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“It is not because Black Panther is there, that the debate around diversity in the media will stop’

Nozizwe Dube, former chairman of the Flemish Youth council and the Young European of the Year 2017, is looking forward to Black Panther in the premiere, a superheldenfilm with mainly black actors. But she also has reservations: “Still get black directors often hear that our stories do not sell.’

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“I do this to Black Panther to go watch it in the cinema. What do you do? ” asked one twitterer recently. He added a photo of him in his shirt from the kente-cloth, colorful and with firm geometrical forms. As a comment suggested black tweeps around the world in their traditional clothing exhibit. An Afro-American woman with South African roots responded with a photo of her traditional Ndebele dress: big necklaces with colorful beads adorned her neck and forehead.

In short, the black community is looking forward to Black Panther, I also. That a sci-fi action film with mostly black actors in a fictional African country, a major hype causes, was already written in the stars. Also I have a hunger for stories in which black people play the leading role, and in Africa by a non-Western approach is being viewed.

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“It is not because Black Panther is there, that the debate around diversity in the media will stop’

‘Too often we see Africa in the West, illustrated by photos that poverty exhibit or by the reports of African landscapes and nature on National Geographic, “said Lupita Nyong’o, who How to play in the film. Counter narratives, stories that show a different perspective to show, are often missing or get no platform. But Ryan Coogler, the director of Black Panther, allows us to to imagine how Africa could be without the exploitation of the colonization by the fictional African country of Wakanda to life.

The afrofuturism mixed with a combination of different cultures, and shows the respect to the authentic African cultures on the continent itself. Black Panther clearly wants to show that tradition and technology can go together. One need not come at the expense of the other.

In Black Panther, the female characters of the warriors in the realm to protect. Dark black women are in Wakanda, engineers, politicians and advisers. That image is important for black women, who must battle against colourism in the black community. Colourism, or discrimination based on negative stereotypes linked to the dark tint of the skin, is a persistent onderdrukkingsmiddel for a lot of dark black women everywhere in the world.

The lighter your skin, the greater your opportunities in life, yet in many places, and that has far-reaching effects. In Hollywood make black women less likely to get a job. Also on the African continent to be dark black women in their own communities discriminated against. In several black African countries celebrates the huidbleekmiddelindustrie glory days. This is why Black Panther is important for black women who have yet to learn to love themselves, from their dark skin and their kinky hair.

The cast of Black Panther. How often you already saw a poster of a blockbuster which only two actors were white, and they are still tiny in a corner? © .

It is not all gold that glitters in Wakanda. Black Panther blends different African cultures together, and that can be positive ,but it also nurtures the western perspective on Africa as one continent, without to distinguish which culture comes from the numerous countries on the continent.

Further, it is also noteworthy that it is mainly an Afro-American product is as good as no direct cooperation with black African actors, filmdirecteurs or singers on the continent itself. I see this as a missed opportunity for dialogue between black people in the diaspora and black Africans on the continent itself, to start. Too often romantiseren blacks in the diaspora to the African continent, without the conversation about their roots and to engage with people on the continent itself.

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In several black African countries celebrates the huidbleekmiddelindustrie glory days. This is why Black Panther is important for black women who have yet to learn to love themselves.

My enthusiasm for Black Panther is big, but I remain aware of the bigger picture and the difficulties that black actors, directors and, by extension, black people experience in everyday life. It is not because Black Panther now is that the debate around diversity in the media all the way over. Still get black directors often hear that our stories do not sell. Just therefore get young filmmakers in their own community and to hear that they are better not in the world of film start, because there is for them no future. The companies that the big decisions are still not diverse.

When there’s also black people in the board of control and management offices of the film companies and other large companies are, we can speak of successful diversity. We are not there yet, but the symbolic representative impact of Black Panther for the black people in all corners of the world is not wiping away, and I’m going Wednesday to celebrate.

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