“Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 06: Origin]

The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Jack Kirby, first appearing in Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966) in the Silver Age of Comic Books.

The point of the first 5 sections was to attempt to give the uninitiated at least a partial understanding of why the messaging in “Black Panther” is important and thought-provoking for people.

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I had nothing to do with the making of this film and I have no idea what the filmmakers intended to say with what we saw in the final presentation and what was left on the cutting room floor.

However, you don’t get to determine what people get from your art. You only get to make it.

So now we’ll start discusssing the messaging in “Black Panther”: Continue reading ““Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 06: Origin]”

“Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 05: Power]

There are no checks and balances AT ALL against someone taking over the entire kingdom by winning a physical fight.

I found the issue of Power to have been dealt with in a strange way in “Black Panther”.

While watching the film and maintaining a mental database of continuity, I decided to forget that category altogether and chalk it up to “suspension of disbelief”:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suspension_of_disbelief

The term suspension of disbelief or willing suspension of disbelief has been defined as a willingness to suspend one’s critical faculties and believe something surreal; sacrifice of realism and logic for the sake of enjoyment.[1]

I had to read this page syfy.com/syfywire/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-tribes-of-black-panthers-wakanda to get my ideas together for this article, as much of this wasn’t made clear in the film, either because it wasn’t relevant to the main issues or it landed on the cutting room floor to get the film down to two hours and fifteen minutes TRT. Continue reading ““Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 05: Power]”

“Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 04: Language]

“Black Panther” is 45 times the length of a music video and portrayed women in a respectful light the entire time.

When I have the opportunity and/or inclination to coach someone on their presentation, I’ll often talk to them about their language.

Not because your language might be offensive to other people, but because you define yourself by what you say about yourself, which indicates what you think about yourself, and can lead you into a predictable future that’s completely unnecessary and that you may not enjoy. Continue reading ““Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 04: Language]”

“Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 03: Images & Inspiration]

Get your inspiration however you get it… Just make sure you get it.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of miseducation aimed at “minority” children.

What’s worse is that a lot of it comes from their own parents or whoever’s responsible for raising them.

This may or may not be the fault of their parents because their parents were mentally infected by someone else and passed that information to their children as “truth”. Continue reading ““Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 03: Images & Inspiration]”

“Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 02: Blacks & Africans]

If you keep conflating groups that have nothing to do with each other besides how they visually appear to you, you won’t be able to intelligently discuss issues that depend on your understanding the differences between those groups as a foundational premise.

Before I can get to my views on the messaging in “Black Panther”, we need to clear up a stumbling block that A. LOT. OF. PEOPLE have when they attempt to discuss types of people.

“Blacks” are not Africans, and vice versa. Continue reading ““Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 02: Blacks & Africans]”