Black Panther: Representation & Diversity

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Black Panther is an extremely groundbreaking movie to African Americans. Black Panther is the first movie to properly represent Africans and African culture. This is important to me because I am an African American and finally seeing a movie that represents African culture properly makes me filled with joy. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was very emotional for me to see because everything was precise. The writers did incredible depicting African culture in celebration of the life of T'Challa. Overall, the writing and production were good at displaying Africans.

Black/African-American people are affected positively by this topic. This is because they are finally getting African American superheroes, because most Marvel superheros are Caucasian people. When Caucasians go to see Black Panther, there isn't really much meaning they bring out from seeing it. It's just another Marvel movie to them. But when people of color go to see this movie and see people that look like them, they are honored. Not only did Marvel have an African American cast, but they hired a diverse cast. They hired the filmmaker and director, Ryan Coogler to lead. Through their cast being diverse, the culture of African-Americans is showcased accurately in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

I believe Marvel did an amazing job in helping African-Americans to see themselves in a Marvel movie. Black Panther is the first movie that I've seen that did not stereotype the way it is in Africa, but instead they honored Africans. They had proper education and knowledge on South African countries. There was even Swahili, Xhosa, and Korean spoken in Black Panther. I also saw that the T'Challa funeral beautifully represented how Africans would celebrate the life of a deceased person. Not only was the script and production astounding, but the makeup and outfits were meticulous.