The Black Panther is a Marvel Studios film that was released in 2018. This movie is about a man named T’Challa who is named king, of an African nation called Wakanda, after the death of his father. T’Challa is exposed to an herb that makes his strength and agility like no one had ever seen before. T’Challa created the title “Black Panther” to help protect Wakanda and his people from danger. After the Black Panther was released, audiences started talking about how this was the first “superhero” that was played by a African American actor. The Black Panther was released almost three decades after the first superhero, Superman, was created (Bucciferro). The most recent film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, took it a step further by making the …show more content…
The recently released film Black Panther has brought forth conversation for the first African American superhero as the main character of a movie (Bucciferro). In the article, “Representations of Gender and Race in Ryan Coogler’s film Black Panther: Disrupting Hollywood Tropes,” the author talks about how much the Black Panther is the only superhero movie to be directed by an African American man which also stars the first superhero character. Majority of the other characters in the movie are also African American due to the setting being in an African American country of “Wakanda” (Bucciferro). Due to the movie being released during a critical time of struggles related to the Civil Rights movement in the United States, the Black Panther is one of the most successful marvel films to date (Bucciferro). This film is the first superhero film to be nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Motion Picture of the Year (Bucciferro). The movie symbolizes the inequalities and struggles of people color (Bucciferro). This made the film watchers notice the change from the typical representations of superhero’s from the normal gender and race stereotypes (Bucciferro). Along with changes in stereotypes for the African American community, it was also a creative milestone in the film industry (Bucciferro). The Black Panther symbolically addressed the identities of people of color and the …show more content…
The author states that the audience recognizes the representation of the African American culture that is imputed into the film (Jiaxi). “The Black Panther was also nominated for three Oscar Awards that include Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score,” Jiaxi tells us. The article also explains that the theme of the film inspired African American audiences when they saw the film and the way that their culture was depicted (Jiaxi). “The purpose of the theme is to achieve liberation and social dignity for the African American community,” states Jiaxi. A claim was made that the movie banished white supremacy by selecting the role of the hero to be played by an African American man
They have directed films such as “Middle of Nowhere” (2012), “Pariah” (2011) and “Black Panther” (2018) respectively, that center on the experiences of black women and offer a more nuanced and authentic portrayal of the black experience. Overall, the representation of the black experience in American cinema has been a complex and dynamic topic throughout the history of the film industry. While there has been progress made in recent years in terms of representation, there is still much work to be done to ensure that the black experience is accurately and fairly represented in American cinema. The industry must continue to work towards greater diversity and inclusion, and to ensure that the black experience is portrayed authentically and
The birth of beliefs in Black Panther and Homegoing People’s lives and perspectives are all guided by one thing, and that thing is beliefs. People’s beliefs dictate how they see the world around them and what they deem right and wrong. The way people form these beliefs is from their environment, their personal experiences, and the people who influence them. This topic is extremely important in realizing that there are two sides to every story and understanding the beliefs of people can help people look through their lens of the world. Through someone’s personal experiences, environment, and whom they associate with, people form their beliefs, and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and Black Panther gives an excellent and unique perspective on this
For one, black people did not get the opportunity or given the chance by society to be able represent themselves through media and cinema. As black people, they were unable to present themselves as themselves in attempt to show a correct view of the black experience, but instead that moment was taken away from them, which can be dated back in black history, which deals with the power struggle between black and white people. In economy, and especially looking into cinema and film, white people have always had an upper hand on black people, carrying all the power in their hands, and choosing not to share the power amongst the American people. Finding a positive representation of black people, especially in today’s context, can prove to be challenging because according to white people, black people
The movie also does a good job of depicting the subjective concerns of police brutality. It shows how different segments of society view police brutality differently, and how this can lead to a lack of understanding and empathy for those affected. The movie portrays the frustration and anger that many African Americans feel towards the justice system and the police force, and it highlights the need for
All of these unique factors in one production helped Blaxploitation films to combat the mainstream movies that led audiences to perceive black people negatively. These unique factors of Blaxploitation, made the genre popular, because they created and displayed to audiences new stories where the blacks did not “always ended up dead”, according to famous Blaxploitation filmmaker and actor, Martin Van Peebles (Christian). They displayed taboo actions and roles for the mainstream false image of the African-American, which many audiences yearned for. Blaxploitation hit its decline Towards the 80s, as the demand for more films featuring heavier black involvement in non-stereotypical roles decreased…. there was need for Blaxploitation after a while because it jumpstarted more black involvement in Hollywood, Hollywood was noticing there
This reinforces the theme that a white man has more freedom than a black man and is seen at the top of the social hierarchy. This theme is important to the plot because it to the message of the movie to treat each race equally and to not believe that one race is better than the other and to end the social hierarchy of races. This message is seen candidly when each character from each race was stating racial stereotypes facing the camera as though they are looking at the audience and at the end of the scene
The Swedish documentary, Black Mixtape, traces race relations in the United States from 1967-1975. The captivating documentary includes appearances by popular African American figures like Civil Rights activist Stokely Carmichael, Black Panther Party founders Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The purpose of the documentary is to show America in a different viewpoint than how it is portrayed internationally. Due to the Swedish dialect throughout the film, it is evident that there isn’t a specified audience. Black Americans have struggled to obtain equality and justice in this country for decades.
It is also easier to deny the reality when one is fixated on a popular myth that unequal treatments and racism ended. The so-called freedom society talks of in America does not apply to everyone. With the stereotypes formed, portrayed, and passed down, oppression continues in obvious and subtle ways. This film showed the affects the stereotypes have on people. Even with an understanding of history, the audience might find themselves rethinking American history and modern
Blade II and The Matrix are two examples of how African American personal identity or racial heritage can be depicted on screen. Both films present fully-formed characters who are defined by their personalities and motivations, rather than their race. While Blade II presents its African American lead as a powerful and dominant character, The Matrix portrays its African American lead as a wise and guiding figure. Both films contribute to the construction of a national identity, with The Matrix offering a critique of the power structures and systems of control that exist in
In the Marvel universe, Black Panther was the first Black superhero in the U.S and while Marvel’s diversity might lack, Black panther is a role model for millions. Throughout the movie it's easy to see just how beneficial releasing Black Panther was. This movie shows representation and breaks
2. What are the major sub-points the author uses to support the thesis? The author discusses how through the Black Panther newspaper that the imagery for black women was different from the
The film Girl’s Trip has been applauded for being a celebration of blackness in the primarily white film industry. The majority of the cast and the writers for Girl’s Trip are people of color. The film was much more successful than its “white counterpart” Rough Night in box office revenue and reviews. However, most of the black characters in Girl’s Trip shift through various controlling images throughout the movie. The reason these stereotypes are less obvious than they are in some other films is because each characters portrays multiple stereotypes and different times throughout the film.
Film, media and Hollywood have shaped over the years how society views as the norm. They have dictated the way certain races or minority groups are portrayed. If it weren’t for people speaking out about injustices there would have never been a change in the film and media industry. Over decades African Americans have been oppressed and misrepresented in film. It has not only been African American’s but also women.
Black women are treated less than because of their ascribed traits, their gender and race, and are often dehumanized and belittled throughout the movie. They are treated like slaves and are seen as easily disposable. There are several moments throughout the film that show the racial, gender, and class inequalities. These moments also show exploitation and opportunity hoarding. The Help also explains historical context of the inequality that occurred during that time period.
I chose this film because it showed how hard the union workers and families worked in fighting racial injustices, and because it inspired myself to move forward with strong ideologies and pride. 2. Stereotyping in mass media was an important concern of Chicana/o media activists because it imprinted a demeaning label by only casting Chicana/o actors with "minor roles: villains, sidekicks, temptresses, where their main function is to provide the protagonists, typically a handsome white