#WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe Is Why Representation Matters
"Black Panther" is already a groundbreaking film, and this heartfelt Twitter movement proves why.
There's no doubt that 'Black Panther,' has already broken barriers in the film industry despite not even having been released yet.
As the first black superhero film from Marvel, "Black Panther" is a major milestone and an uncontested win for representation. This sentiment is not lost on the many black folks who have anticipated the release of the unprecedented movie. For us, it's more than just another superhero film, its an opportunity for us to see ourselves, our blackness, our "Africaness" portrayed on the big screen like never before.
In other words, 'Black Panther" means a great deal to many of us, and folks are taking to social media to share its impact ahead of its release #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe. It's a delight to see how much the movie has already touched folks.
Check out some #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe responses below. Prepare to be moved.
Seeing dark-skinned Black women as other than the angry, loud sidekick #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe— Nyasha Junior (@Nyasha Junior)1517928440.0
#WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe It means that my kids and young black kids everywhere will see themselves as heroes capa… https://t.co/ChdxCf6FVD— Matthew A. Cherry (@Matthew A. Cherry)1517931944.0
#WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe That I have lived long enough to see little black girls – dark skinned, natural hair, ev… https://t.co/kDrfDIdPai— Reina Valentine (@Reina Valentine)1517931141.0
@BlackGirlNerds #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe I'm Nigerian-American & this will be the first time I get to see a cultu… https://t.co/zDhVLjoWLQ— shithole-ian 🇳🇬 (@shithole-ian 🇳🇬)1517927914.0
Finally seeing Africa depicted in a powerful and positive light, free from the effects of colonialism, with charact… https://t.co/F0Cg7hpyNl— Andrien Gbinigie (@Andrien Gbinigie)1517930845.0
In a world where prejudice is still a problem; in entertainment where POC are often regulated to the background/sid… https://t.co/P0a0wY5jNR— Jenna Carpenter (@Jenna Carpenter)1517927848.0
#WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe Breaking free of the "comfortable" tropes of sidekicks and sacrifices, soaring into our… https://t.co/BYE8wSDund— Tananarive Due (@Tananarive Due)1517930444.0
Shattering the mold of what I was taught superheroes should resemble!! They resemble me, you, all us. They are not… https://t.co/k27aO0TFEQ— Audacious Jen (@Audacious Jen)1517930288.0
#WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe having complete confidence in a film, secure in its direction and creation, knowing it w… https://t.co/cnPs7iZVUC— mellowscorpio🌊🦂 (@mellowscorpio🌊🦂)1517927639.0
When I was younger, people didn't believe I was a nerd because I am a black woman. It was hard to find people like… https://t.co/bOgQHHrKB8— MD (@MD)1517930249.0
Being able to see women and girls like myself designing the most advanced technology and weapons the world has ever… https://t.co/R9pb0U8R5T— Netia McCray (@Netia McCray)1517929559.0
Finally seeing BLACK people ruling their BLACK Country on their BLACK Continent minding there BLACK business thrivi… https://t.co/hlvd1j4rGK— NoDell Beckham (@NoDell Beckham)1517931318.0
Representation and validation after 30 years of wondering why my heroes didn’t look like me ✊🏾… https://t.co/y8cyseDJyW— #28DaysOfBlackCosplay 💫 (@#28DaysOfBlackCosplay 💫)1517931551.0
When my 9 year old son sat in the movie theater SHOOK seeing a black superhero on a big screen. And the emotion I f… https://t.co/jrRv4EHcss— Rashida Parrish (@Rashida Parrish)1517928747.0
Needless to say at this point, but February 16 truly cannot get here soon enough.