Black Panther: A Celebration

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King T’Challa, Killmonger, Nakia, Okoye. Just a few of the names that have been ringing bells in every black household lately. February 16, 2018, Black Panther was releasd to all theaters and it coulndnt have come at a better time in the year of course, but in history itself. The movie dropping during Black History month was obviously planned, but the weekend of Valentines’s Day was just pure genius. The young mogul director Ryan Coogler has done his thing and it is being celebrated all over the world.g I believe Mr. Coogler and his team knew that there would be hundreds of thousands of couples, young and not so young out enjoying themselves and he too that into consideration. Very smart. Boo and I got up early Friday morning for a 10:30 showing. He’s a big Marvel comic fan, so he was up bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to have a good time. I’m not sure whose idea it was to put the movie in 3D, but THEY NEED A RAISE!

The 3D effects just added to the excitement and pull the movie had on each and every person in the theater. There were so many powerful scenes and moments, I honestly wouldn’t mind seeing it again. Everything from the close knit relationship between T’Challa and his sister, to the all female army behind the king, to the undying love for their country and the people in it. When you left the theater you wanted to save up your coin for a visit to Wakanda. The representation in this film was magical. Beautiful black women assiting the king in making the country run smooth. If I had to pick one, I’d have to say T’Challa sister Shuri was my favorite character. She was young and brilliant. She knew that there were things that only she could teach people and she took pride in it. She was honored to work side by side with her brother in making him the best he could be.

Her intellect and wit moved me, I was so proud of who she was and what she could accompolish for the entire country. Shuri reminded me of my younger sister, the brightest part of the future and having fun making a difference. There was so much love and respect in the film. Coogler took it back to when men fought like men for power and economic strength,fair and square. And I think I’d be fibbing if I said that I wasn’t excited about there only being two white faces in the film and one of them died. The energy brought by this movie was one that reached millions. Seeing peopl show up to the theater in kente cloth and dashikis was empowering. It let me know that when my people stand behind something it can be bigger than we ever dreamed.

Of all of the great scene, costumes, musical selections, and beautiful chocolate skin, the most endearing part was the excitement of the children. I think Ava Duvernay said it best. “I’ve loved the Black Panther reaction videos, read the reviews/think pieces, swooned over folks lining theaters, tried to teach myself Panther flash mob dance moves, admired all the African threads. But this. This broke me. Our babies. Our young ones. Imagine the seeds planted…” Ms Duvernay follows with a photo oftwo young black boys dressed in costumes of the esteemed characters in the film.

We are a bigger part of the makings of great things than people like to acknowledge, and with people like Ryan Coogler, Issa Rae, Will Packer, Ava Duvernay, and so many more we are no longer giving them the choice!

With Love,
Storie Stone

The Storie Will Be Televised

B R I L L I A N T. Successful Project Product. Proud Black Sheep and all around Thoroughbred. 26. Planted in Chicago,IL | Blossomed in Atlanta, GA

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