There has been so much buzz around the new Marvel superhero movie Black Panther. I had the pleasure of attending the star studded premier and I must say the movie exceeded even my expectations. The emotions that overcame me within the first five minutes of the movie were unreal; from the african drums in acoustics of the sound effects of the movie, to the excitement of what had just dawned on me would be one of the most significant moments of the year for the black community.
This movie is unapologetically championing the strengths of the black community with an all black cast (bar two actors), black writer, producer and even wardrobe stylist. The is air of conversation around black panther suggesting that this set up makes the movie seem slightly provocative in the statement it is making. However, the reality is that this is the image that most ethnic minorities witness in reverse when they turn on their TV, or go to the cinema - Black Panther appears shocking to most because it is so far from the norm.
I hope that this is just the beginning of what is to come for black and ethnic minorities in the box office and for diversity within the film industry. One of the most anticipated movies of 2018 is going to make history, and make a statement that movies with ethnic inclusion have more than enough capability to bring in the big bucks in Hollywood.