“Mom, how many passes do you have for Black Panther?”
“Two. Me and your dad are going?”
Tears welled up in my 12-year-old son’s face as he bowed his head knowing he wouldn’t be seeing Black Panther with me. I attend screenings all the time with and without my children, but this was the first time his reaction actually gut punched me.
I explained that although I am seeing this movie early, I promise I will take them this opening weekend. For the last two months, we have all been excited for the release of Black Panther but seeing my son start to cry at the possibility of not seeing this film made me realize how important this is as a culture for us.
The truth is for the past few months you can’t go anywhere without hearing the hype of the Black Panther movie. I’m over the moon that it lived up to its expectations.
I enjoyed this movie for a few reasons. It was a complete story. I’m not the biggest superhero fan. I know the big guys, Spider-Man, Iron Man, etc. but I’m never in a hurry to get to the movies to check them out.
Black Panther made me research. I was literally online reading the history of this character, his family and his country. Somehow I became an expert! I’m glad that director, Ryan Coogler, took his time with the movie and I didn’t feel rushed to understand something before the next scene. Although I’m now an expert, you can watch this movie and not feel lost. It’s also a true 2-hour film that you don’t want to end.
What is Black Panther about?
Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
I’m glad I saw Black Panther first with my husband so when I see it the next time, I will be able to pick up on things I didn’t quite catch the first time. I think I will also be better prepared for the questions my children might have after certain scenes. I always look for the lesson in anything that I do. After watching this movie, a few lessons were loud and clear.
3 Lessons Black Panther will Reinforce for My Children
It’s ok to LOVE YOUR CULTURE.
The night I screened Black Panther, I wanted to make sure I represented my African American heritage. I love that so many people are dressing up in cultural attire to go see this movie. It was a teaching moment for my children because I let them look up the African flag, learn the colors and be conscious of the many flags of the countries throughout Africa.
While watching Black Panther, you’ll see many tribes represented. The tribes all have a genuine love and respect for each other with one common goal. I want my children to learn it’s ok to represent who we are as a people because we are amazing in a variety of ways.
It’s always ok to DO the RIGHT THING.
In a world where people think you have to lie, steal or hurt people to get what you want – it refreshing to see a character not necessarily struggling to do right, but wrestling with the best way to do the right thing.
T’Challa, (Chadwick Boseman) was put into the position as a king because his dad was murdered. He felt he wasn’t ready to lead and wanted to make sure he put his country first. I want my children to understand that doing the right thing is sometimes hard but it’s always possible.
It’s a BLESSING to KNOW OUR HISTORY.
As African Americans and the descendants of slaves, we can only go so far back in our history or family tree. In the country of Wakanda, they have a rich history and follow traditions from hundreds of years ago in modern times. I want my children to learn that knowing where we come from is important.
Personally, I’ve been trying to construct my family tree for the last few years. It’s been challenging. Even if my children never find out who their great great great great grandfather is, it’s important to know the history of our people. Which is why my children research someone new every week.
Can children see this movie? Yes. There are no sex scenes and a few curse words (the S-word) in the middle of the movie. However, there are a few fighting scenes but nothing over the top gorry that my children haven’t seen in other movies.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on Black Panther.