My little brother is from Ethiopia and I made it a point to take him to Black Panther shortly after it came out. We have white parents, and I knew it was imperative that I show him a strong, wise, capable Black character. He was BP for Halloween that year and I was so proud and happy for him. I’m married now and no longer at home and I don’t covet my younger sisters who have to tell him. I am grateful, though, that he was able to see such a celebration of Black life and resilience so young.
When Black Panther came out, there were a lot of stories of predominantly Black schools taking the students on field trips to see it. I “got” at the time how important representation was, but that message has really hit home this past year. That movie, and his performance in it, is the most significant contribution the MCU has made to film.
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