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Original article
https://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2018/02/18/black-panthers-identity-politics-give-the-superhero-genre-a-fresh-spin
Date published
February 18, 2018
    Black Panther's identity politics give the superhero genre a fresh spin
    The first black superhero in mainstream American comics, Marvel's Black Panther came with an African pedigree: in real life he's the ancestral king of a small, impoverished sub-Saharan nation that conceals a secret empire, the whole operation empowered by an asteroid from outer space.
    https://www.chicagoreader.com
  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    Inspired is not exactly what has activated the kids now, but they have certainly inspired me this week.

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  • Jeffrey Littleton If you can't be a poet, be the poem.

    It's a movie...a very good movie...but just a movie folks.

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  • RaleighsMa Not fauxraged but may contain typos.

    Thank goodness! There were way too many positive and on-topic comments. EB’s personal sniping mojo had been restored. Never disappoints!

  • ...and such a cast - Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Bozeman, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Basset, Forest Whitaker.....wow. Now, I'll just wait until the crowds subside.....when?

  • Jeffrey Littleton If you can't be a poet, be the poem.

    Don't wait for the crowds to die down, go to the matinée at the Evanston theater, it's a few dollars less and not crowded.
    But pay the few bucks extra for the 3D version, well worth it.

  • It's a movie ... just a movie folks. Didn't somebody just say that?

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    The voters' registration project in association with the film is going great.

    https://qz.com/1211727/marvels-black-panther-is-boosting-black-voter-registration/

  • Jeffrey Littleton If you can't be a poet, be the poem.

    The 3D version... awesome. Catch the matinée, save a couple bucks and beat the crowds.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    Awesome? Earlier you said it's just a movie. I think it's awesome that it has spawned voters' registration drives.

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  • Maggie neff

    Yeah, just an "awesome" 3D movie. What's the confusion?

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  • Phill Unfair suspension without reason. No rules broken

    So you think that people go watch this movie and come out liberal and ready to vote? LOL!
    (Moderators, this is a reply to a comment. If my comment is "off-topic" then the original comment is "off-topic" too. Thank you.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    The film certainly inspired this group of Brooklyn 7th graders.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/18/movies/black-panther-challenge-students.html

  • Phill Unfair suspension without reason. No rules broken

    So Brooklyn always votes Republican and this film inspired them and now they're voting Democrat?????
    (LOL)

  • Maggie neff

    I think it's a bit condescending and exploitative to make this movie into a political issue.

  • Rob

    "So Brooklyn always votes Republican and this film inspired them and now they're voting Democrat?????"

    No.

  • Hey do anybody have a
    Critique on Black lightning?

  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    I collected marvel Comics from the late 1960s. The Black Panther was another great creation by Jack King Kirby - Stan Lee was just the promoter who stole all the $s.

    Kirby had a unique, man in the street pro American point of view - he did not do Conservative politics, but his views presented good and bad from again a man in the street perspective.

    The Black Panther was an idealized vision of a Black African Prince who led his secret African kingdom - it was a "Kingdom" not a PC, LGBT place run by idiot academics and media run by CNN, MSNBC liars.

    The Black Panther moved in American circles and dealt with crime in ways Captain American would deal with crime only from a more Black African, African American perspective - the good guys and bad guys were more Black.

    The movie sounds good. Our young people need super heroes. Hollywood needs a good cleaning - where the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Quentin Tarantino and all the PC , Communist hate White people movies are pushed aside.

    How about some old fashioned Westerns or musicals.

  • Wow, Jaye. Thanks for just throwing all of us LGBT people together, 'cause, you know, we're all alike. Sounds like you have a perspective, for sure...a very narrow one.

  • oz neighbor 36 years in LP

    Ok EB you need to shut these trolls down. Many of them are left overs from DNANFO. they just can't help them selves.....

  • Neighborhood Dad 27-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    Oz - I prefer to have trolls out in the open spewing whatever nonsense they may. Even anonymously.

    Drive them underground and they may get pressurized and really go off the deep end.

  • Old Town family Old town or greater old Cabrini neighborhood

    Thanks EB moderators for keeping it on topic

  • Black Panther, a cultural impact that is making history in
    America.

  • @RPforlife,
    I strongly agree with you
    too. This movie is
    wonderful to watch,
    especially by the young an
    The young in heart.
    Everybody needs a super
    hero come into their life
    sometimes.😉

  • Phill Unfair suspension without reason. No rules broken

    Sheryl robinson, what kind of cultural impact? Please explain. Thanks.

  • @Phill, this movie,
    Black Panther, cultural impact is just the effects of
    another culture has on our
    Society... our communities,
    an Country.
    I feel everyone who have
    enjoyed this movie has
    been effected some kind
    of way, If it is just political,
    Exciting, fun, different, oh-
    Well, or just down right
    Inspiring.
    Too me, it was so COOL!!

  • Phill Unfair suspension without reason. No rules broken

    OK. How?

  • @phill, don't worry about it.
    Just stay that punisher type
    of guy, ok.😌

  • Phill Unfair suspension without reason. No rules broken

    I really wanted to know. Oh, well.

  • Jeffrey Littleton If you can't be a poet, be the poem.

    It's a good movie if you like good movies.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    It was a very good movie, and highly entertaining.

    It's not necessary to see it in 3D, but I would recommend IMAX 2D or Dolby.

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  • RPforlife

    Thanks Sheryl.. i think people make everything political..can't it just be a movie (now i sound like jeffrey..whom i adore lol) not to take away from the people who look up to this character or what it stands for ..I myself have not seen it yet but from what most people are saying it's great.

  • PTR

    If you are looking for the cultural impact consider this...

    Name another movie written by a black person, directed by a black person the major roles filled black actors with two exceptions, and women hold half the major roles.

    The movie opened wide and globally, it's on target to make over a Billion Dollars in theaters.

    Set it in an African country that has never been colonized and controls their own resources. (If you don't get the significance of this one, study African History)

    Add to that, a very thought provoking commentary on what the influence the outside world would be in the people of Wakanda.

  • @PTR -- Eddie Murphy wrote, starred in and directed Harlem Nights ... still one of the best, most underrated comedies of the late 80s/early 90s IMO. I thought he directed Coming to America, too. But I just discovered he only wrote that. At any rate, I guess my point is that talent wins out over race any day of the week when it comes to creative mediums. Eddie Murphy was a comedic genius and he owned this time period because he was smarter and funnier than anyone in the room. It's ironic, looking at things from a cultural perspective (as you referenced Africa). Coming to America was released 20 years before Black Panther and it was about an African Prince who came from a pure, untouched African land ruled by beautiful black humans. Do you consider that movie a 'cultural phenomenon'? I do, but I'm white. So i just have to wonder if our perspectives are truly all that different? Or, do we all just really appreciate good stories that move us to laugh, cry and love?

  • {Edit} Actually, Coming to America came out a whole 30 years before Black Panther, not 20.

  • RaleighsMa Not fauxraged but may contain typos.

    Putting the impact of "Coming to America" in the same conversation as "Black Panther" seems a stretch. I wouldn't call the characters and storyline in "Coming to America" empowering. And, that wasn't the point -- it was a great comedy. Classic and really funny but certainly not inspirational for an entire sector of the population who very rarely sees dramatic, powerful heroes and heroins that look like them on screen. King Jaffe Joffer, while regal in a caricature kind of way, was not a character that anyone found inspirational.

  • I'm not trying to equate the cultural impact, merely pointing out that the "African" narrative in entertainment predates Black Panther by a generation or more. My point is more about Eddy Murphy dominating an industry based on the merits of his talent, not the color of his skin.

  • Actually...Eddie Murphy plagiarized Coming to America from columnist Art Buchwald. Buchwald wrote a syndicated column about an African prince who came to America to find a Queen many years before Murphy’s movie. CTA was judged in a court of law to be a gross plagiarism of Buchwald’s column and EM had to pay a significant amount of money to Buchwald in restitution. True fact.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    True fact? Are there any false facts?

  • Well, if you consider what is being presented on the mainstream news as fact then you would conclude that yes, there are “false facts”.

  • @Treyfred - Interesting ... I never knew that story. Although, I just read the synopsis brief of Buchwald's original treatment and I gotta say ... it sounds absolutely nothing like the final Coming to America script aside from a few small details (mainly an African prince and a ghetto):

    A rich, educated, arrogant, extravagant, despotic African potentate comes to America for a state visit. After being taken on a grand tour of the United States, the potentate arrives at the White House. A gaffe in remarks made by the President infuriates the African leader. His sexual desires are rebuffed by a black woman State Department officer assigned to him. She is requested by the President to continue to serve as the potentate's United States escort. While in the United States, the potentate is deposed, deserted by his entourage and left destitute. He ends up in the Washington ghetto, is stripped of his clothes, and befriended by a black lady. The potentate experiences a number of incidents in the ghetto, and obtains employment as a waiter. In order to avoid extradition, he marries the black lady who befriended him, becomes the emperor of the ghetto and lives happily ever after.

  • Neighborhood Dad 27-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    I know (and lament) that “true fact” made its way into common usage.

    But if something isn’t true, it’s not a fact. No matter how many people believe, report or repeat it.

  • Ok, ok, you got me on semantics. And BTW Murphy paid Buchwald $900k to settle.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    Umm, no, Buchwald got only $150,000 accoding to the New York Times. Buchwald's partner, Alan Bernheim, got the rest of that $900,000.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1992/03/17/movies/art-buchwald-awarded-150000-in-suit-over-film.html

  • I like this film, in my opinion, that is really great, that we have got such cool directors

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