My two hours long date with Black Panther blessed me with Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman’s ridiculously/equally good-looking abs (no ab-shaming here, please!). But RN, I’m not here to talk about those hot-bods; let’s move on to another aspect of Black Panther that is just as rad.
(*drum roll*) Afrofuturism!
Afrofuturism (apart from the kickass aesthetics, of course) blends science, technology and African ethos better than you can blend your foundation. Smashing the western perspective, it hopes for a utopic future (one without the outer influence) for the African countries.
Don’t you love the cool gadgets shown in the movie? 😉
It was Mark Dery’s (a white guy!) essay on ‘Black to the Future’ which went into the depths of Afrofuturism. Of course, it got a nod from the Blerd (black nerd) community.
Returning to Black Panther, the red uniform of the female guard (*swoons*) is inspired by Kenya and Tanzania’s Maasai tribe.
Image courtesy: Vox
Meanwhile, the lip plates are inspired by the Ethiopian tribes (Mursi and Surma).
Why is it so important that we talk about it?
Well, I worship Black Panther for more than just for one reason.
Firstly, because we finally have a superhero film that doesn’t revolve around the first-world nations (meh, SO BASIC!).
Secondly, the movie proudly boasts a facet of Africa that escaped the brutality of colonialism; while making us have a look at the nations which weren’t as lucky.
On that note, I’ll be here waiting for the dictionary to coin this term officially. With that, let’s take a deep bow and proclaim, “Wakanda forever”.