The Black Panther film, based on the Marvel comic character and book (first appearance in Fantastic Four 52 in 1966) of the same name, has become a rallying point for black actors, writers, producers, and directors.
It’s received a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. One site carried the following headline:
Move over all other films — Black Panther is officially the best film EVER MADE
The author qualified that claim in the article, but the reviews of the film have been off the chart.
Some reviews have noted its political themes. Since I haven’t seen the film I’ll take their word for it. Voter registration tables have been set up outside some theaters to register black voters. Every film is political. It’s not a good or bad thing; it just is.
But Black Panther is different:
Once it became clear Marvel’s Black Panther would be a huge draw to movie theaters, a trio of black women had an idea: If black communities would turn out in large numbers to see the film, why not seize the opportunity to get people registered to vote?
The result was the #WakandaTheVote campaign, an initiative that allows people to set up voter registration events at local theaters or register to vote via text message. The initiative is headed by Kayla Reed, Jessica Byrd, and Rukia Lumumba, who also created the Movement for Black Lives’ Electoral Justice Project. The EJP aims to “continue a long legacy of social movements fighting for the advancement of the rights of Black folks through electoral strategy.” (Vox)
I wonder what would have been said if a similar initiative had been attempted at the showing of Captain America.
Once these new black voters are registered, what political party will they embrace? It’s my guess it’s going to be the Democrat Party. What else, although “Civil rights pioneer and unabashed conservative Clarence Henderson had a central message for those gathered to hear him speak in Fayetteville, North Carolina, last week: Black voters should join the Republican Party.” (The Blaze)
While blacks are excited and proud of Black Panther, as they should be, will it make a difference in black communities with education, black-on-black crime, and fatherless homes?