Why Is 'Black Panther' So Great?

Why Is 'Black Panther' So Great?

Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther shattered so many records.

Normally from movies that I am extremely excited for, I get nervous that they won't live up to my expectations. I never got this feeling before I watched "Black Panther." I have been waiting for this movie since about the second "Iron Man" movie (and I'm still waiting on a "Black Widow" movie), knowing that when it was made, it would be made well. And it was made well: the plot, the set, the characters. This movie was incredible for so many reasons, and I am so glad I got to see it. Here is why:

1. Shuri

Honestly, Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, could be listed as at least the top three reasons the content in this movie is so amazing. She has some of the best one-liners, is incredibly intelligent (and has amazing inventions to prove it), is stunning in any outfit she wears, and is an all-around badass.

She was easily my favorite part of the movie and is an extremely well-written character.

2. The Design of Wakanda

Wakanda, seen by the rest of the Marvel world as an extremely poor African country, is a thriving, advanced technological society and home to the mystically powerful vibranium. While fictional, this country gives a different look to Africa, which is traditionally seen as underdeveloped and basic in most media.

The set designers and costume designers should be proud. They represented the African and technological sides of the culture so beautifully through both the fashion and city design.

3. The Diversity

Directed by Ryan Coogler, "Black Panther" shattered so many records, including the top-grossing film by a black director. Not only was "Black Panther" directed by a black man, but it also includes a mostly black cast which "raises a defiant, razor-clawed middle finger to the ridiculous Hollywood notion that actors and directors of color are less bankable than their white male counterparts," according to Bryan Rolli at Forbes Magazine.

"Black Panther" celebrates black culture and paints a world where women are powerful warriors, spies, and inventors. The movie also includes a Kendrick-Lamar soundtrack which features many other black artists.

4. The Villain

Without spoiling anything, Killmonger is an incredibly complex villain, which makes any movie so much better. His emotions are so raw and relatable and they are enhanced by Michael B. Jordan's performance. The character's background is interesting and better than what I was expecting.

He is a total badass with amazing hair, and he brings change to our hero, King T'challa: The Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman), through his ideologies, which is an impressive feat for a villain.

5. Global Responsibility

A theme throughout the movie is the global responsibility that countries have to citizens of the world, not just their own people. Given the increasing connections we have to people across the globe because of technology and the issues going on about immigration and refugees, it is an important topic that I have not seen many non-news media outlets touch on.

This movie makes at least some of the audience contemplate actions their country is taking (and hopefully want to do something about it), and that's a step in the right direction in making a peaceful, co-existing society for everyone of all nations.

There were so many more amazing things about this movie that I did not list. It's most definitely worth the money to go see, maybe even more than once!

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14 Stages Of Buying Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets As A 20-Something In 2019

"Alexa, play "Burnin' Up" by the Jonas Brothers."


In case you missed it, the Jonas Brothers are back together and, let me tell you, they're giving us some major jams. For those of us who were there when it all began back in 2007 with their first album, It's About Time, this has been one of the most important events of the year. But nothing, and I mean nothing can rival the excitement every twenty-something felt as the Jonas Brothers announced their Happiness Begins tour. I, for one, put my name in for ticket presale, have been following every single social media site related to the tour/group, and, of course, listening to the Jonas Brothers on repeat. And if you did manage to snag tickets, then you know that this is how your brain has been ever since they announced the tour.

1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

10. Frantically trying to find seats you can actually pay for because, let's be real, you're twenty-something and poor

11. Managing to actually get the seats you want

12. Joyfully letting your squad know that you've done it

13. Crying a little because all of the dreams you've had since 2007 are coming true

14. Listening to every single Jonas Brothers song on repeat (again)

If you, like me, have finally fulfilled one of your dreams since childhood, then congrats, my friend! We've made it! Honestly, of all the things I've done in my adult life, this might be the one that child me is the most proud of.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"


This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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