Black Panther: The Revolution will never be televised(Spoiler review)

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Black Panther, the most recent entry into the Marvel cinematic universe, has been greeted with the breathless anticipation that its arrival will Change Things. The movie features the leader of a fictional African country who has enough wealth to make Warren Buffet feel like a financial piker and enough technological capacity to rival advanced alien races. The change that the movie supposedly heralds is black empowerment to effectively challenge racist narratives. This is a tall order, especially in the time of Trump, who insists that blacks live in hell and wishes that (black) sons of bitches would get fired for protesting police violence. Which makes it a real shame that Black Panther, a movie unique for its black star power and its many thoughtful portrayals of strong black women, depends on a shocking devaluation of black American men.

To explain my complaint, I need to reveal some key plot turns: spoiler alert.

Wakanda is a fictional nation in Africa, a marvel beyond all marvels. Its stupendous wealth and technological advancement reaches beyond anything the folks in MIT’s labs could dream of. The source of all this wonder is vibranium, a substance miraculous in ways that the movie does not bother to explain. But so far as we understand, it is a potent energy source as well as an unmatched raw material. A meteor rich in vibranium, which crashed ages ago into the land that would become Wakanda, made Wakanda so powerful that the terrors of colonialism and imperialism passed it by. Using technology to hide its good fortune, the country plays the part of a poor, third-world African nation. In reality, it thrives, and its isolationist policies protect it from anti-black racism. The Wakandans understand events in the outside world and know that they are spared. This triumphant lore—the vibranium and the Wakandans’ secret history and superiority—are more than imaginative window-dressing. They go to the heart of the mistaken perception that Black Panther is a movie about black liberation.

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In Black Panther, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) has risen to the throne of Wakanda. We know that his father, T’Chaka, the previous king, died in a bomb attack. T’Challa worships his father for being wise and good and wants to walk in his footsteps. But a heartbreaking revelation will sorely challenge T’Challa’s idealized image of his father.
The movie’s initial action sequences focus on a criminal partnership between arms dealer Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) and Eric Killmonger (Michael P. Jordan). They both seek vibranium but for different reasons: Klaue is trying to profit from Wakanda’s wonder-material; Killmonger is trying to make his way to Wakanda to make a bid for the throne. He believes he is the rightful king.
Killmonger, it turns out, is T’Challa’s cousin, orphaned by T’Chaka’s murder of Killmonger’s father and T’Chaka’s younger brother, N’Jobu (Sterling Brown). Why did T’Chaka kill his brother? N’Jobu was found with stolen vibranium. The motive for the theft is where the tale begins—and where the story of black wonderment starts to degrade.
We learn that N’Jobu was sent to the United States as one of Wakanda’s War Dogs, a division of spies that the reclusive nation dispatches to keep tabs on a world it refuses to engage. This is precisely N’Jobu’s problem. In the United States, he learns of the racism black Americans face, including mass incarceration and police brutality. He soon understands that his people have the power to help all black people, and he plots to develop weapons using vibranium to even the odds for black Americans. This is radical stuff; the Black Panthers (the political party, that is) taken to a level of potentially revolutionary efficacy. T’Chaka, however, insists N’Jobu has betrayed the people of Wakanda. He has no intention of helping any black people anywhere; for him and most Wakandans, it is Wakanda First. N’Jobu threatens an aide to T’Chaka, who then kills N’Jobu. The murder leaves Killmonger orphaned. However, Killmonger has learned of Wakanda  from his father, N’Jobu. Living in poverty in Los Angeles, he grows to become a deadly soldier to make good on his father’s radical aim to use Wakanda’s power to liberate black people everywhere, by force if necessary.
By now viewers have two radical imaginings in front of them: an immensely rich and flourishing advanced African nation that is sealed off from white colonialism and supremacy; and a few black Wakandans with a vision of global black solidarity who are determined to use Wakanda’s privilege to emancipate all black people.
These imaginings could be made to reconcile, but the movie’s director and writer (with Joe Cole), Ryan Coogler, makes viewers choose. Killmonger makes his way to Wakanda and challenges T’Challa’s claim to the throne through traditional rites of combat. Killmonger decisively defeats T’Challa and moves to ship weapons globally to start the revolution. In the course of Killmonger’s swift rise to power, however, Coogler muddies his motivation. Killmonger is the revolutionary willing to take what he wants by any means necessary, but he lacks any coherent political philosophy. Rather than the enlightened radical, he comes across as the black thug from Los Angeles hell bent on killing for killing’s sake—indeed, his body is marked with a scar for every kill he has made. The abundant evidence of his efficacy does not establish Killmonger as a hero or villain so much as a receptacle for tropes of inner-city gangsterism.
In the end, all comes down to a contest between T’Challa and Killmonger that can only be read one way: in a world marked by racism, a man of African nobility must fight his own blood relative whose goal is the global liberation of blacks. In a fight that takes a shocking turn, T’Challa lands a fatal blow to Killmonger, lodging a spear in his chest. As the movie uplifts the African noble at the expense of the black American man, every crass principle of modern black respectability politics is upheld.
In 2018, a world home to both the Movement for Black Lives and a president who identifies white supremacists as fine people, we are given a movie about black empowerment where the only redeemed blacks are African nobles. They safeguard virtue and goodness against the threat not of white Americans or Europeans, but a black American man, the most dangerous person in the world.
Even in a comic-book movie, black American men are relegated to the lowest rung of political regard. So low that the sole white leading character in the movie, the CIA operative Everett Ross (Martin Freeman), gets to be a hero who helps save Wakanda. A white man who trades in secrets and deception is given a better turn than a black man whose father was murdered by his own family and who is left by family and nation to languish in poverty. That’s racist.

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Who could hope that this age of black heroes represents thoughtful commentary on U.S. racism rather than the continuation of it? Black Panther is not the first prominent attempt to diversify the cinematic white superheroics and thus not the first to disappoint. After Netflix’s Daredevil affirmed the strong television market for heroes, the media company moved to develop shows for other characters that populate the comic. Jessica Jones, about a white heroine, was a critical success. It handled its tough female protagonist intelligently. That show introduced the character of Luke Cage (Michael Colter), an indestructible black man. When Netflix announced that Cage would have his own show, the anticipation was intense: a bulletproof black man in the age of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown? And he would wear a hoodie and fight police? Instead we got a tepid depiction Harlem poverty, partly the consequence of institutional racism but more closely tied to the greed expressed by two of its big bad black baddies, Black Mariah (Alfre Woodard) and Cottonmouth (Mahershala Ali). But that was not the worst of it. The ultimate evil in the show’s first and only season is Willis Stryker (Eric Laray Harvey), another black man whom Luke Cage must defeat. Stryker is not only a black villain, but Cage’s adopted brother. Cage must beat his brother to a pulp, just as Panther must kill his cousin.

The offenses don’t end, though. If one surveys the Marvel cinematic universe, one finds that the main villains—even those far more destructive than Killmonger—die infrequently. They are formidable enemies who live to challenge the hero again and again. A particularly poignant example is Loki, brother to Thor, the God of Thunder. Across the Thor and Avengers movies that feature him, Loki is single-handedly responsible for incalculable misery and damage; his power play leads to an alien invasion that nearly levels all of Manhattan. Yet Thor cannot seem to manage any more violence against Loki than slapping him around a bit and allowing other heroes to do the same—even as Loki tries to kill Thor. Loki even gets his turn to be a good guy in the recent Thor: Ragnarok. Loki gets multiple, unearned chances to redeem himself no matter what damage he has done. Killmonger, however, will not appear in another movie. He does not get a second chance. His black life did not matter even in a world of flying cars and miracle medicine. Why? Perhaps Killmonger’s main dream to free black people everywhere decisively earns him the fate of death. We know from previous Marvel movies that Killmonger’s desire for revenge is not the necessary condition to eliminate him; Loki’s seeming permanence is proof.

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My claim that Killmonger’s black life does not matter is not hyperbole. In a macabre scene meant to be touching, Black Panther carries Killmonger to a plateau so that he might see the sun set on Wakanda before dying. With a spear stuck in his chest, he fulfills his wish to appreciate the splendor his father described, when Wakanda seemed a fairy tale. T’Challa offers Wakanda’s technology to save Killmonger’s life—it has saved the white CIA agent earlier in the film. But Killmonger recalls his slave heritage and tells Panther he’d rather die than live in bondage. He knows the score. He knows that Panther will incarcerate him (as is disproportionately common for black American men). The silence that follows seems to last an eternity. Here is the chance for the movie to undo its racist sins: T’Challa can be the good person he desires to be. He can understand that Killmonger is in part the product of American racism and T’Chaka’s cruelty. T’Challa can realize that Wakanda has been hoarding resources and come to an understanding with Killmonger that justice may require violence, if as a last resort. After all, what else do comic-book heroes do but dispense justice with their armored fists and laser rifles? Black Panther does not flinch. There is no reconciliation. Killmonger yanks the spear out of his chest and dies. The sun sets on his body as it did on Michael Brown’s.

It is fair to wonder whether the movie merely reflects the racial politics of the comic books that serve as its inspiration. Yes and no. In the movie, Killmonger’s relationship to T’Challa is as the comic-book canon portrays it. Killmonger is a deadly killer in the comics as in the movie, but he is also extremely intelligent, studying at MIT to understand the technology he goes on to deploy. In the movie, Killmonger’s only skill is killing; if Coogler intended to make Killmonger a hood-born genius, he has failed badly.
In the comics, Killmonger also dies at Black Panther’s hands. But KIllmonger dies long after he has come to live in Wakanda, albeit under a veil of deceit, before attempting a coup. The comic thus opens (but ultimately rejects) an opportunity to save Killmonger to fight for another day, just as Loki is repeatedly saved. The movie completely forecloses this possibility, which is odd since we can all be fairly certain that there will be a sequel.

What alternative story-lines might have satisfied?
I couldn’t help think of Ulysses Klaue, a mainline villain in the comics who lives a long, infamous life. He would have been a perfectly good villain to motivate the movie’s attempt at wokeness. In the comics, there is bad blood between the Klaue clan and Wakanda’s royal lineage (Klaue’s Nazi grandfather died by the hands of Chanda, an earlier Wakandan king and Panther). In Klaue, we had a white villain whose bloodline is imbued with the sins of racism. Ramonda, played by the ever-regal Angela Bassett, is temporally misplaced in the movie. In the comics canon, T’Challa takes the mantle of the Panther while Ramonda, T’Challa’s stepmother, is being held captive by a white magistrate in apartheid South Africa. If Coogler had at all been interested in making Panther a symbol of racial reparation he could have easily placed Klaue in South Africa, even post-apartheid, and the rescue of Ramonda—with Klaue in the way—could have driven the narrative. Ramonda is prominent in the movie, but she does not animate the movie’s central drama.  Instead, Black Panther is set on a course to kill off his cousin in his first outing, suggesting yet another racist trope, the fractured black family as a microcosm of the black community’s inability to get it together.

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You will have noticed I have not said much about the movie’s women. They are the film’s brightest spot: the black women of Wakandan descent are uniformly independent, strong, courageous, brilliant, inventive, resourceful, and ethically determined. I take it that a good deal of this is owed to Ta-Nehisi Coates’s success at elevating the series’ women to central characters with influence and power that turns more on their minds and integrity than their bodies. T’Challa’s sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright), is sufficiently brilliant to make the Q character from James Bond films seem a clever child with some interesting ideas, while Nakia (Lupita N’yongo) is the ethical center of the film, thoughtful and lacking any stereotypical hysterics or emotional cloudiness that so many movies use to savage the intellect of leading women. Thus the movie deserves praise for its gender politics—save in relation to the only black American woman. The character, Tilda Johnson, a.k.a. the villain Nightshade, has, by my count, less than fifteen words to say in the movie, and is unceremoniously murdered by Killmonger because Klaue is using her as a shield and Killmonger just ain’t got time for that. The lone American black woman is disposed of by black-on-black violence. She is also invisible and nearly silent. In the comic books her character is both a genius and alive and well.

Black Panther presents itself as the most radical black experience of the year. We are meant to feel emboldened by the images of T’Challa, a black man clad in a powerful combat suit tearing up the bad guys that threaten good people. But the lessons I learned were these: the bad guy is the black American who has rightly identified white supremacy as the reigning threat to black well-being; the bad guy is the one who thinks Wakanda is being selfish in its secret liberation; the bad guy is the one who will no longer stand for patience and moderation—he thinks liberation is many, many decades overdue. And the black hero snuffs him out.

When T’Challa makes his way to Los Angeles at the movie’s end, he gestures at all the buildings he has bought and promises to bring to the distressed youths the preferred solution of mega-rich neoliberals: educational programming. Don’t get me wrong, education is a powerful and liberatory tool, as Paulo Freire taught us, but is that the best we can do? Why not take the case to the United Nations and charge the United States with crimes against humanity, as some nations tried to do in the early moments of the Movement for Black Lives?

Black Panther is not the movie we deserve. My president already despises me. Why should I accept the idea of black American disposability from a man in a suit, whose name is synonymous with radical uplift but whose actions question the very notion that black lives matter?

Article by Christopher Lebron

80 thoughts on “Black Panther: The Revolution will never be televised(Spoiler review)

  1. My people, I am utterly speechless for now. Some of my brothers and I have been up all night discussing the pros and cons of this film. I watched it yesterday and thought that I would need just a few days to process it in my mind before I wrote something substantial about it. Mr Lebron has done justice to the conversation with these observations. There is an emotional tug that is solicited by the film but sentimentality has not helped us achieve what we need, BLACK POWER.
    Instead we are really taken for fools, to think that a CIA agent cares more for black lives than Killmonger, a true Panther. I will reserve the rest of my comments for now, but there is another interest point alluded to here. There have been many debates regarding the role of women in the real Black Panther movements, but the murder of the Nightshade character in this film was really one of the most sacrilegious and insulting thing to be added in the movie. Do we kill our women in pursuit of our ambitions, no matter how noble? In an anti-Black world, Black lives do not matter, but Black women’s lives matter even less and that is something ONLY We as Black men can correct. Of course it will require a fundamental change in the structure of capitalism and the world as we know it.

    • I understand your point Green Ankh. The film was deeply disturbing. Not to mention insulting. It looks visually stunning and you see black people looking regal. But that’s about all you get. Having a CIA agent as a hero is deeply disturbing! We all know that the FBI and CIA helped to stop black progressive movements. This was a direct slap in the face. And they wanted people to hate Killmonger so they made him unlikable. Even though everything he said was correct and righteous. But of course the Pan African had to look evil. That’s why so many white critics praised the film. They love the anti-black liberation message. They tricked the black masses. They knew we wanted to see ourselves in a positive light. And they are capitalizing on culture differences between Black Americans and Africans on the continent. Even though we all have the same ENEMY. They want us to fight each other instead of fighting them. The plot is disgusting! I hope black people can see the agenda in this film. They fear black love and global black unity. I was left speechless as well. I look forward to your review. I’m sure you will do a great breakdown on the film. Thanks for the wonderful comment.

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    • Yes you said it two years ago! What man lets the murderer of his family go free??? Not a white hero. Only black heroes do that. Black heroes can’t seek revenge or retribution. The evil white person must be forgiven. This is social engineering by Hollywood. They are programming the minds of black people to be more passive. Only the white man has the right to seek vengeance. Black people have to just take the abuse.This is a disgusting message to teach black youth. Black Panther comes off like Barack Obama. While Killmonger seems like Khalid Muhammad. These Jewish white men in Hollywood know what it takes for a real revolution to pop off. So they are trying to brainwash the next generation of black youth to be either passive punks,homosexual/lesbians or self hating coons. That’s Hollywood in a nutshell!

      • My wife and I were just talking about this. Have you ever noticed that in Black gangster movies, they always end on a sour note. I mean they are either imprisoned or killed for any act of vengeance or engaging in criminal activity. Yet, white villains can sell guns across Africa, sell drugs to children, engage in any criminal activity and come out on top. I mean wp can literally say, “this is the last time I sell drugs/rob banks/prostitute, etc.” and it works out for them. When black people say this, you know already it is not going to go well for them. True BS but again, their world.

      • You’re right about that Kam. The double standard is obvious. I’ve been to theaters and watched white people cheer the white villain. They want to see him get away with the crime. Never works out for the black villain. As a matter of fact,white men cam always get revenge. Bruce Willis,Steven Seagal,Clint Eastwood,Tom Cruise,Mel Gibson,Sylvester Stallone,Arnold Schwarzenegger all can seek revenge. If someone kills their son or rapes their daughter…they are getting their retribution at any cost. But black “heroes” can never do that. He must be forgiving and understand the suffering of the bad guy. That’s what Black Panther did in Captain America:Civil War. That’s when I knew he was no hero for the black community. These films are teaching the masses that black people can’t get retribution. NO matter if you were enslaved or if someone killed your child or wife. That is a sick message! And people have the nerve to tell me that films aren’t propaganda. Get the Hell out of here LOL!!!

      • Wouldn’t it be nice to watch a movie and not have to break it down? Oh, I did that already…it was called Birth of a Nation, which folks did not support. lol

  3. Kushite, I saw the movie last night. I liked it for the most part. My problems: It does play to stereotypes that black men are weak, but Winston Duke’s character somewhat makes up for it.. 2. I thought T’Chaka should of had a more pivotal role in the movie where it led up to his assassination. 3. I was heartbroken when Forest Whitaker was killed. 4. Klawue is major villain to the Black Panther, they should had a major battle at the end & having Killmonger sitting on the fence to do battle with T’Challa for a Black Panther 2. 5.I don’t think the white CIA agent was a hero, but he wasn’t needed. If you was going to use the CIA ,then use them in it’s truest form. The CIA helped overthrow African governments all over the continent, if anything a white CIA agent would of had operatives ready for a overthrow Wakanda in which you could of used for a Black Panther 2. I will leave saying this: Outside of the Black woman, people always say that Black Men are weak, but those same people aren’t willing to trade places with us either. GOD BLESS

      • No where we are is not good, but I will tell you this, if white people were faced with the same oppression we are, their suicide rates will soar & their suicide rates are off the charts & they dominate everything, that is the point I’m making. GOD BLESS

      • I will tell you what I know, If Whites were in Black peoples position they would not rest until they got rid of us. They would not commit suicide or feel sorry for themselves they would get even. You should reaccess your “point” and analysis who the European Race really is. They were enslaved and opressed and went to war, they did not feel sorry for themselves.

    • I’m sorry brother but I have to disagree with you. The CIA agent was perceived as a hero. But he’s a clear villain to black liberation. He had NO business in the film. But that’s why he was in the film. The Black Panther is a black hero created from a white mind. So that very fact shows you the film could never be authentic. A white person could never understand the pain and struggle of black people. The evil bastards in Hollywood did it again. The made us get our hopes up..but it was all a sham! The Black panther is a white men’s version of a black hero. Also in the film Panther killed NO white people. But Killmonger did. That was to show the white audience who was the true evil.

      • Kushite, I agree with you about the white CIA agent to a degree. I know why he was in the movie. White people are going to be who they are, but we can’t let them define who we are. That has always been my point. I wished Killmonger & T’Challa could of worked it out. I hear you Kushite. GOD BLESS

      • “The evil bastards in Hollywood did it again. The made us get our hopes up..but it was all a sham! The Black panther is a white men’s version of a black hero. ”
        Exactly!

      • Your oppressor can never tell your story. he will always tell the story that benefits him. I must’ve read over fifty positive reviews for this film. All from white film critics.I kept wondering…why? How could they love seeing a black nation? How could they applaud seeing black people as royalty?After you see it….you’ll know.

  4. This is why Black Americans are possibly the only people capable of destroying white supremacy. If we cannot do it, no one can. And the White Supremacists know this. This is why Anti Black American racism/resentment is the worst kind of oppression that exists on this earth. Continental Africans are different than us, we have to accept that. They sold us off, they do not care about us and are the first to say so when they come here for a degree. Killmonger was poorly written, but he has the same fire that is in the hearts of all Black Americans when we see our brothers and sisters murdered by white supremacist “police”

    • I see what you’re saying. But I work around a lot of Nigerians and Ghanaians. And many of them have love for African Americans. I’m coll with a lot of them. Many of the sistas from Nigeria have black American husbands. So even though we may have some cultural differences we have the same struggle. We have Africans that are sellout coons. But you got African Americas coons too. We have black celebs here in America that don’t do anything for us either. So being a self hating coon is not a regional thing. That’s a global problem. The bottom line is all people of African descent have the same ENEMY. We all have the same evil oppressor. if you leave this film hating Africans them their propaganda worked on you. That means you fell for it. This film wanted to promote black disunity and fighting each other. When we should be fighting the oppressor. Don’t lose sight of the real goal at hand. This film was psychological warfare on the black mind.

      • Brother I appreciate you pointing that out to me. That’s the last thing we should let happen to us, as you say. I do wish more focus would be put on not showing a strong black race but a strong african american presence, that’s all. not one that is just a violent gang banger.

      • That’s what I didn’t like. They had to make the African American some violent aggressive thug-type man. They did that purposely so the audience would hate him. Hollywood is anti-black to it’s core.

      • From my experience Kushite, the only reason the Nigerians and Ghanaians have love for us now is b/c they have experienced this BS over here. Most of them are clueless to our experience b/c the same lies we are told about Africa through the media. African born citizens are told the similar lies about us. Many actually believe that for 500 years, we have not been doing anything but accepting our fate. It is only when they learn about our Black Wallstreets, that they see things differently. This is why I keep saying everyone with a brownish hue is not our brother. Obama should be proof of this. Obama reminds me of many of these Africans who suffer from post-imperialism.

        I think the new Black has to be on the appreciation of culture and PAN-Afrikanism.

      • I think you’re right Kam. The Africans I know from Nigeria have been here for over ten years. Some of them have told me cops have pulled them over. I knew a brother from Ghana that said he gets followed in department stores. I used to work with this gorgeous sista from Nigeria. She’s been in America for nine years. Her boyfriend is African American. She said they cultural differences but have the same enemy. And she said African Americans are her brothers and sisters. I even mentioned Black Wallstreet to an African man years ago and he said he never heard of it. So you’re correct,they don’t know our history. And many of us are not educated about theirs. Many black people in America aren’t familiar with freedom fighters like Patrice Lumumba or Thomas Sankara. They only know about Nelson Mandela. Obama is not a friend of Africans. Many Kenyans don’t like him at all. They always give us puppets to make us think we’re making some progress. That’s what this film does as well. Panther is just a superhero version of Obama. He has a cool black suit and he looks hard core. But he’s a soft kitty cat. Killmonger was the real revolutionary. He wants true freedom for black people worldwide. So of course he’s the villain. Damn devils!

    • There are 40 million African-Americans…there are 345 million Blacks in Africa who have an actual history of fighting White militaries and not fighting for them. If White Hegemony is defeated it will be African people from all over the world with a common ideology. The Blacks in the USA don’t have the population to defeat the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Israel and Australia at war and one thing that is for certain as a Nigerian-American 70% of you wouldn’t dare lift a finger against your beloved AMERICA…Most Nigerians hate Nigeria because we know it is not our invention……

      When White Hegemony is overthrown it will be Africans from the Americas, Canada, Carribean, Europe but most young Black males from the continent because we have the number.

      I respect the brothers in the USA like: Micah Johnson, Gavin Long, George Jackson, Colin Fergerson etc etc who I know would fight the American and British White man and the Israeli White man and French White man….

      Nigerian-Americans have dog stopped racist police for racially profiling them in the USA and Nigerians have killed British soliders in the UK. In fact a Nigerian tried to blow up an US Airport in Detroit….

      I never sold anyone off, nor did anyone in my family, but the White families who profitted from Jim Crow and Slavery are being praised by African-Americans like Landanion Tomilson who praised God and Thanked the WHite man for enslaving his father and giving him a White name….

  5. Kushite, I see & here you King. One thing about Killmonger I liked, he never forgot his ancestors. Remember I always said , go see Black Panther, no matter what it is stay focused. Now what we need to do is spend that type of money in our communities. That is what I’m talking about. I’ll leave you with this about defining who we are. “You can ground me into dirt with your twisted white lies, but like dust, still I rise”. Maya Angelou RIP Queen Mother

  6. Everything U said were my observations, as well, dead on. So no need to reiterate what U said as it’s understood. My excitement for the film came from seeing the cartoon on BET @3am some days. Why hide this gem during false profits and prosperity preachings? Anywho… The cartoon is waaaaaay better. More militant. U would’ve never seen Black Panther in cahoots w/C.rack I.n A.meriKKKlan or all aligning himself/wakanda w/a colonial power. That’s what happened all day on that cartoon. Fuck over their imperialistic masters and black lap dogs who favored them. He would kick Captain America’s ass on multiple occasions and when he said no outsiders we’re allowed in Wakanda, he meant just that. Black Panther spewed that same venom U got watching a 70’s flick, how they stayed snapping on ‘the man.’ This movie a nice glass of sugar water. No nutritional value for the masses.

    Regular people pulling up to these premiers in stretch limos/hummers & dashikis eeeeem going as far as to doing impromptu dance/choreography at the theater. Then I thought about something. This not the 1st time we’ve seen black folk come from a thriving wealthy African Nation. And wondered where was this same display of excitement when Coming to America came out? LOL. Zamunda was such a paradise that eeeeem wild animals walked up to U and spoke. LOL.

    • You know our people can be extra with it.lol Yeah I saw the videos of people dancing in the theaters. Some were wearing dashikis and sistas were in headwraps and African clothing. I’m not mad at them. We don’t get to see ourselves as royalty very often in films. So it’s cool if people want to dress up and embrace their African heritage. I wont hold it against them. But if they understood the message of this film they shouldn’t have been dancing…they should’ve been crying. The entire film is playing jedi mind tricks with you. They gave us beautiful scenery minus black unity and empowerment. But this is what happens when your oppressor tells your story. And I agree,it would’ve been better if they based it off the cartoon. But this is a film that is going global. They can’t allow a film that’s going to be seen by millions showing white racism being defeated. The Beast can’t show too much black unity because that would be the death of the Beast.

  7. Hetepu Kushite.
    Excellent observation. I have not seen the movie yet b/c we cannot find a babysitter (smile), but based upon your observations. I think I will be waiting for it to come out on Netflix. However, I did read the plot of the movie on wikipedia and I started having issues when I read that Killmonger was a Black American portrayed as a villain b/c of his views. After I read that, my enthusiasm for seeing this movie disappeared.

    We have talked about this before. This movie was bankrolled by white investors, so “they” are not going to make a movie that empowers US. This is the illusion we keep falling for and every time we see something that offers a glimmer of hope. It is a reminder. I mean, when I saw how many ppl were dressing up to see this movie, it reminded me when Obama won the ‘rigged’ election.

    On another note, I think the synopsis speaks volumes about the strained relationships between diaspora Africans and Africans from the continent. Most (not all) of the Africans I have met from Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Kenya, and Mozambique, all suffer from post-imperial syndrome. Yeah, we may suffer from post-slavery but they suffer from post-imperialism b/c they still see whites as their savior and really look down on anything regarding their culture as inferior and primitive. Christianity and Islam are thriving in the African countries b/c they have turned their backs on their ancestral beliefs and practices, which they see as primitive. Meanwhile, African traditional beliefs and practices are thriving in the States, Canada and the Caribbean.

    From this perspective, it becomes clear to me why we are portrayed as the villain. We are the only one who have been exposed to “their world” and know it inside and out. We are the only ones who understand this system and can destroy it if we so choose to do so.

    Thanks again for the gut check. Hopefully, it will inspire our folks to support our own comics now.

    • It’s very disappointing. I think people go in with an open mind not knowing what’s coming. We want to see our people triumph in the end. Not fighting each other over differences. But our disunity is their strength. And they use films and television shows to brainwash us. To make us hate ourselves and see them as saviors. It’s also apparent to me that black people must not research their history. Those in the know are aware that the CIA and FBI have always infiltrated black progressive groups and black leaders. So when I saw in the trailer that Black Panther was buddies with a CIA agent..a HUGE red flag went up!! Are you serious??? They’re training our children to see the enemy as a friend.It blew my mind! That’s when I knew were are in a serious war. This film has already made over $220 million. It will be seen by millions of black people around the world. But what is the message? This film is nothing but anti-black liberation propaganda. If you see this film this is all you need to know. The Black Panther is Obama and Killmonger is Khalid Muhammad. That will help you when watching this garbage disguised as black empowerment.

  8. @ Kushite Prince
    Great review!!!! Imagery is the mastermind behind the trickery with this “Black Panther” movie. What I’m focus on the most is how our people are drawn to the imagery of this movie, because in their subconscious mind they finally see themselves in a positive light. I blame our people for not building our own “BLACK AFRICAN” media controlling the images of our people. Even though some of our people don’t see the real damaging message behind this “Black Panther” film, in there subconscious eyes they are happy to see their people in a positive image. I heard Chadwick Bosman done sign a deal to make several more movies playing this character.

    • The imagery is what’s drawing everyone in. It’s entertaining in some parts. But it’s a very deceptive film. You have to go in with your eyes wide OPEN or you’ll get fooled. My concern is that black children are going to see this film. They are getting a horrible message. This film is mental enslavement with a pretty landscape in the background. Our children just want to see themselves as heroes in a world that is anti-black. And Black Panther is NOT a hero for our children. If you see the film you’ll know what I mean.

      • Yes and thanks again. You have convinced me to make sure to Peep Game. The real hero is Killmonger even though they are trying their best to downplay us.

      • Kushite @Shanequa, the black media we do have is sitting down on the job. The US is not in Afghanistan to fight terrorism, they are there because Afghanistan is the new drug haven. The US is not in Niger to fight terrorism either. When it comes to Niger, Congress has the war powers not Trump. When those 4 soldiers got killed in Niger, the Congress & Senate didn’t even know they were there, at least they say they didn’t know. We have to start reading books & investing in our museums. Like you Kushite, I hope we spend more money in our communities than we do on The Black Panther movie, while teaching our kids about The Black Panther Party. GOD BLESS

  9. Hopefully the black parents who bring their kids to see this movie explain some things to them as this movie will affect them the most. They will see black panther as their hero when they should more so be on killmongers side. I think most black Americans side with killmonger, I have to say I have come into contact with many black people who come off the “boat” thinking white people will like them because they arent like black Americans. They always learn the hard way.

    The white CIA villian had to be in the movie to connect it to the Avengers film. Winston duke has a white gf off screen.

    I loved the movie BUT I hate to say, this movie shows that black people have the money to support entertainers and have all the time to watch movies and also tv shows but can never do that same when a black person tries to open a school, start a business or anything really. This kind of reminds me of how black people will support the black church because its one mega concert.

    • I had a friend of mine that went to see it. He told me all the white people clapped after the film. That should tell you something. How can a film showing black royalty be applauded by white folks? The agenda is very real. Too bad most of our people can’t see the agenda in films like this.

  10. Let me add, I know wakanda is fictional but do you think the Sentinelese island could be like wakanda? The sentineles are the only “black” people who have not been colonized.

  11. @ Kushite Prince
    I finally seen the 6 o’clock showing of the movie “Black Panther.” I notice in the movie the characters Okoye (Danai Gurira) & W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) were in a relationship with each other but the movie tried to keep it on the low. The reason why I say this is because, when Black Panther (Chadwick Bosman) & W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) were together Okoye (Danai Gurira) appear to warn them about Klaw. When Okoye (Danai Gurira) spoke to them she call Black Panther (Chadwick Bosman) as King & W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) as “MY LOVE.” During the fight scene with W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) & Okoye (Danai Gurira) he made a statement like “this is how its going to end MY LOVE, ” toward Okoye (Danai Gurira). Also what I find disturbing is the fight scene with black men & women fighting against each other. Its like instead of them find a solution to solve there problems they would wither fight it out. This is what we see in some black men & female relationships. Also at the very end of the credits Shuri (Letitia Wright) is in the village helping heal a white man whose a character from the comic Avengers which will introduce the Black Panthers an Avengers Infinity War. I have this feeling they might put Shuri (Letitia Wright) with a white man.

    • Michael B Jordan was the Malcolm x & Chadwick Bosman was the Martin Luther King Jr. in which both had different views .But in the end Killmonger is the real hero in this movie.

      • Yes that’s a good analogy. Their ideologies were very different. I thought the Panther was too passive. Killmonger was more masculine and had a passion for his people. The women were seen as more powerful than the Panther. Killmonger had his flaws,he wasn’t perfect. But he had a better agenda.

    • I hope you’re wrong about Shuri. But you know they love their interracial swirling. But they wanted to promote blacks fighting each other. I think the whole purpose of this film was to give a horrible message in a nice package. That’s why you hear all the critics talking about the great action and beautiful scenery. But at the end of the day they wanted to capitalize on the cultural differences between Africans a nd African Americans. And many of us are falling for us. A film that we thought was going to bring us together and uplift our culture. Instead we get an anti-black liberation message. It is disgusting how they put this crap in films. And black people are embracing the message! Total insanity!!!

  12. Good read. This article says a lot. I haven’t seen the movie yet but there was something that didn’t seem right. As someone else said, there was no way this would be a black movie. It is disappointing. Good job in finding and posting the article here.

    • It is a very deceptive film. The messages are even that hidden either. It’s pretty out in the open. Although there are a few subliminal messages if you know what to look for. Once you check out the film you can come back and give me your thoughts. Thanks for the comment.

      • @ Kushite Prince
        Did you notice this in the movie as well. When Killmonger took the herb it didn’t take him to the ancestral place in Africa but back to his apartment in Oakland. Killmonger was a product of his environment.

      • Yes that’s true. I took two meanings from this. I think they were showing you that there was a disconnect between Africans and African Americans. And also did you notice when Panther took the herb he was a man. When Killmonger took the herb he was a child. It was a subliminal message that one is a man and the other is a child not fit to be king. It’s right there in front of your face. I caught that!

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  14. Kushite, yes you are right , the black women in the film were stronger than the Black Panther, but again you have to remember :Strong Black Male leadership is not tolerated in white society.

  15. Kushite, I talked to my brother who is a Comics Book expert. He told me that The Black Panther movie didn’t tell the truth. In the movie The Dora Milaje is shown as the ultimate fighting group for Wakanda, but my brother told me that the Dora Milaje is the last line of defense. The ultimate fighting group is The Hatut Zeraze (Dog’s of War) . They are Wakandans Espionage experts . My brother said that they should of been in the movie instead of the white CIA Agent. The Dogs were created by a relative of T’Challa. But as I told you before, strong Black Male leadership is not tolerated. I won’t be seeing Avengers Infinity Wars. Why should I watch Wakanda stop Thanos from stopping white society from ruling the world. Even though Marvel will mess it up, my brother said if The Dogs of War don’t have a significant part in the next Black Panther movie don’t waste your time.

  16. Kushite, just to let you know of some good news. Ariell Johnson ,a black woman from Philadelphia owns her comic book store . It’s called Amalgam Comics. If my kids need Comics Book action figures, I’ll buy them from her. Buy Black has a office in every major city in the country. If I see a black owned comic book store in LA, I’ll let you know. GOD BLESS

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