This is not going to be the typical #OOTD post. This week I’m not really feeling that. This past weekend I went to see the movie, Black Panther. No, this is not going to be a post about what I thought about the movie. It’s not even going to be my interpretation of the movie. That’s not my lane. What it will be is me peeling back a layer and letting y’all in a bit. Especially about some things I’ve been dealing with the last couple of weeks, no months…and really years. I promise this will be short.
As a black woman, I’m constantly reminded about what I can’t do and where I can’t go. I’m always reminded of where my boundaries begin and end. I’m made aware about how hard I have to work to be successful. As an entrepreneur, I’m especially reminded about the disadvantages that I have as a black woman. With that being said, Black Panther was the first time in a long time that black people had something mainstream that wasn’t about us overcoming slavery, that wasn’t about us making it out of the hood, and not about us being funny. We saw a black man as a super hero who was king of one of the richest lands in the world. We saw black people being smart, successful, powerful, strong, and leaders. We also saw this unity that happened on screen and off the screen (so dope to see people at the theaters gathering and all over social media just being happy to be black).
And y’all, this is pretty major. Being in the beauty and fashion industry, you almost always see reminders about why being black is not necessarily beautiful. You also see how some of your physical and cultural attributes are ripped from you when the majority finds them ‘cool’ or trendy. Black Panther showed the beauty of black people both physically and culturally and that was refreshing in today’s media.
No, I didn’t need a movie to make me feel or realize any of this. But I will say that this movie created a special public moment to unapologetically and authentically celebrate my blackness and all that comes along with it. And no one can appropriate that.