The creator of #OscarsSoWhite has something to say about the new “Black Panther” movie.
“Black Panther” will be so many things, but it can’t be everything.” April Reign began. “’Black Panther’ is a significant moment for Hollywood, for the Black community, and for the entertainment industry as a whole. In the late 70s and 80s, we had shows like ‘Good Times’ and ‘Sanford and Son’ and ‘The Jeffersons.’ And those were important for that moment but here we are now, especially when we have the leader of the free world calling African nations ‘sh*tholes,’ it’s important to show the reality of what African nations look like and can look like in an afro-futurustuc world.”
She later went on to say, “’Black Panther’ will allow little Black and Brown kids around the world to finally have a superhero that looks like them. That is why representation is important. It takes nothing away from Superman or Iron Man. It takes nothing away from Superman or Iron Man; this isn’t ‘All Superheroes Matter.’ But it does provide kids with choices that they haven’t had before, and that is key. ‘Black Panther’ represents an opportunity for all moviegoers to experience an Afro-futuristic world that we’ve never seen to this extent on film, and it is a culturally significant moment for black people. However, ‘Black Panther’ is not a panacea. It is an incredibly well-done film, but it will not solve the problem of the lack of traditionally underrepresented communities in entertainment.”