The Importance of 'Black Panther'

The Importance of 'Black Panther'

Wakanda Forever...
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I know there has been a bunch of hoo-ha on social media lately and there have been people on both sides saying why Black Panther is important and why it isn't. Well, opinionated citizens of the United States, I'm going to tell you what I think.

Black Panther IS important. Not because it's a primarily black cast. (Though, that's really cool in 2018). Not because of the soundtrack. (Shoutout to Kendrick Lamar) But because of some of the messages in the film. For example, when Killmonger was talking to the lady in the museum. She tried to convince him that the artifact was of the Fula tribe of Africa. His response? Oh, yeah it made everyone and their moms go...

He clapped back with, "nah, it was taken by British soldiers in Benin, but it's from Wakanda and it's made out of Vibranium." To say the least, the British museum lady was shook. When he said he wanted to buy the artifact she told him that it wasn't for sale. His final response? "How do you think your ancestors got these? Do you think they paid a fair price? Or did they TAKE IT like they took everything else?"

Now we can touch on the fact that it is a predominantly black cast. Not just any set of black people though. They have the young, popular, and good-looking black people. Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita N'yong'o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya (he made it out of the sunken place), Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and more. The movie isn't about just African-Americans but also Africans themselves.

Also, the roles that women play in this movie. They are powerful, badass queens. Lupita, Danai, and Angela are always in those roles, though, in every movie or show they are cast in. We know Danai from The Walking Dead. A lot of us know Angela from a plethora of works but most recently, as a take-no-mess cop on "9-1-1". Lupita is just great all around, man.

This movie is important in ways that a lot of people don't understand. So don't bash my friends for throwing on the dashikis and headwraps because they didn't bash you when you dressed as Princess Leia, Skywalker, and Darth Vadar when Star Wars came out. Come on, leave it be. Wakanda forever.

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I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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Hannah (Beast) Brown first stole the hearts of bachelor nation with her awkward, yet sweet first one-on-one date with Colton Underwood. From that moment on, I was hooked. The reason why is because she was REAL. She showed that she was a real person. You would think that since she came from the pageant world, she would be well-trained in talking points, but she opened up to Colton how that world actually ruined her self esteem.

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