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What Black Panther Didn’t Do

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Stan Lee and Jack Kirby did not invent the public perception of the “Black Panther.” (Feige) That was created in Oakland California by two brave men, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in response to police brutality. (Seale) The location of Wakanda in the film “Black Panther” was similar to “Lord of The Rings” Middle Earth in what it depicted of Africa which was minimal. Along with a ruling elite created by resource hoarding which is similar to the current Africa. So, the new Marvel movie “Black Panther” only capitalized on the furtherance of these ideas rather than changing the stereotype of minorities in film. It could have changed the story of Black Panther and filled in those gaps between our continents. But, I’m glad for finally bringing some strong minority characters to the Marvel Universe. This depiction of African culture in film felt watered down maybe because the story physically took so much away from the Black Panther Party. Instead, it gave us, this. So…thanks? Disney.

Source: Fiege, K. & Coogler, R. 2018. Black Panther [Motion Picture]. Burbank, CA: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. #film #movies #quotes #blackpanther #marvel #comics #comicbook #heroes #villains

Source: Durham, M. G. (2006). The culture industry: Enlightenment as mass deception. Media and cultural studies: Keyworks, 41-72. #perception #Africa #corporate #story #stereotype #bias #history #think #ideas #imagination #culture #belief

Source: Seale, B. (1970). Seize the time: The story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton. New York: Random House. #hueypnewton #bobbyseale

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Sorry Gambia. Be Proud of Who You Are.

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Sorry Gambia. Be proud of who you are. #art #draw #comic #comics #sayings #words #immigrants #immigration #refugee #policy #politics #borders #division #bias #stereotypes #words #quotes #people #rules #laws #africa #mandinka #gambia #power #respect

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Is What We Value Creating Mass Shootings?

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Gun control is a small mark on a very large picture. Big gates and more patrols won’t help that toxic environment of #influencers. To think critically rather than passively digesting whatever the newest trend may be is my solution.

I’m fat and, kind of happy because I don’t seek outward validation that most compete for in the middle class. You look on the wall of any social media network and the need, the thirst, for attention is there. How can this be a healthy need? It’s a sinkhole that was there before social media. That feeling, of not belonging and inadequacy from not being whatever the new normal is at the moment. These new pressures are not being addressed because money is more important than the safety of everyone. Source: Fox, J. A., & Levin, J. (2015). Mass confusion concerning mass murder. The Criminologist, 40(1), 8-11. #crime #attention #media #social #criminology #behavior #validation #lookatme #selfie #normal #narcissism #think #reality #psychology #schools #education #film #guns #secondamendment #music #gaming

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America’s Love of Itself In Movies

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We have watched enough movies to know what Whiteness does, says, and likes but anything beyond that group becomes the stereotype. Which is sad. We should learn to appreciate other cultures without appropriations or exploitive narratives. As it is THEIR contributions to history which make THEIR current identities. Source: Mack, A. (2017). Film as a Mirror of Evolving Consciousness: The Politics of Representation, the Power of Social Media, and Shifting Landscapes (Doctoral dissertation, California Institute of Integral Studies). #culture #class #movies #film #people #tradition #social #groups #narrative #meaning #bias #stereotypes #identity #Hollywood #books #media #history #Havenots