Marvel Studios Black Panther Original Motion Picture score soundtrack artwork (PRNewsfoto/Marvel Music/Hollywood Records)

Marvel Studios and Disney have teamed up to bring comic fans a long awaited arrival of “Black Panther” to the big screen. Box office totals are expected to shatter previous records and create new fans of the comic franchise. Have you seen moviegoers dressed in Dashikis and other costumes? It’s all part of this experience, soak it all in! Perhaps the greatest part of the BP experience is all the #BlackGirlMagic and #BlackBoyJoy on display in and around the film. From director Ryan Coogler to the amazing cast, this Black Panther Party just doesn’t stop! Check out the BP conversation with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and Ryan Coogler

I thought about it and unapologetically, I’m here for all of it! Almost as long as movies have existed, blacks have been depicted as subservient or criminal. Finally, we have a hero. The fictional land of “Wakanda” is set in Africa and features a mostly black cast (A Stan Lee cameo is par for the course).

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This is a departure from the norm for Hollywood as well. There’s much to celebrate. This star studded cast carries its weight and I have to often remind myself that Angela Basset and Forest Whitaker are also in the movie. That much current star power in in the film. Of course, the trio of: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o lead the cast and have done earned much of the movie’s limelight.

This is why Black panther is so exciting for black people

For far too long, Hollywood has allowed let the worst of us define the rest of us. This is beyond problematic and is actually criminal. “Black Panther” won’t fully absolve Hollywood, but it’s an amazing start! Hollywood needs to continue to build on this and not stop short with a single film!

Wesley Snipes as Black Panther? The superhero we almost had

Not to be outdone, the bigots in America have reared their ugly heads. The demographic who needs no comic history lesson to understand the importance of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America or any of the other Avengers, seem to draw a blank when it comes to Black Panther.

For the record, this movie is not about the civil rights group from the 60’s. The name of the group has been demonized beyond repair, and to this day many people still mischaracterize it as a hate group.

Now that we’ve got all that cleared up, who’s ready for some popcorn and a good time?!? #WakandaForever

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