Racism is Taught By Aspects of Environment, Like Media… Thus, Can Be Untaught…By Media…
Does white Kids Wearing Black Panther Costumes Mean Something Significant to Race Relations?
The Many Meanings of Black Panther’s Mask
We Get Movies Like ‘The Black Panther’ From People Who Know African History and Who Love Their Blackness…Like Ta-Nehisi Coates, Writer of The Black Panther.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, is a national correspondent for The Atlantic, award winning author, and writer of Marvel’s The Black Panther comic book.
How did he do it?
Well, Coates’ father was actually a Black Panther.
And, is the owner of Black Classic Press, the primary punisher of Afrocentric books since at least 1960’s.
Coates, therefore, was raised around the original Afrocentric scholars… John H. Clarke, Tony Brower, Molife Asante, etc.
Thus, his home environment was informed by Classical African History…since birth. It’s in his intellectual blood.
The movie, Blank Panther, is an example of what we can produce when, and only when, we know and have internalizedthe essence of Africa’s 30 million year history.
So, let’s teach all our children…and watch them soar… in ways whites can’t… them being Eurocentrc and patriarchal.
We really need know and understand..that being Afocentric is one thing we can have a monopoly on. whites can’t create “a” movie like Black Panther…an Afrocentric creation that requires an indigenous African perspective of which whites are incapable ideologically.
The Afrocentric arena is one in which whites can not!!! compete, try as they usually do and will most probably try.
You have to love being Black, love Black people, love African history, love Africa, and love/live African culture….which whites don’t.
When you see the movie, you’ll notice quickly how Wakanda looks like the future: It’s full of details like healing tables and hovercraft, all powered by vibranium. But if you look at the costumes, you can see that that Wakanda’s Afro-futurism is grounded in the past.
Designer Ruth Carter — whose previous films include Selma, Malcolm X and Roots — pulled colors, shapes, jewelry, and textures from tribes all over Africa. She says she wanted to tell a story “of brilliance, royalty, intrigue — you name it. I feel that you can tell a story through clothing.”
One detail Carter particularly likes is in the Black Panther suit worn by Chadwick Boseman, who plays T’Challa. The suit was created by Marvel character designer Ryan Meinerding, but the fabric has a triangular surface pattern that’s all Carter.
“That triangle is the sacred geometry of Africa,” Carter says. “I call that pattern the ‘Okavango’ pattern. I felt that it made his suit have this character that would, in the wide shots, make him this superhero but in the close-up, you see this beautiful pattern that is consistent with a lot of the art of Africa and would turn him into this African king.”
Carter’s costumes needed to evoke an African country that had never been colonized, one that looked toward the future but was based on a real past. So she found inspiration from African art and craft, and indigenous tribal wear from all over the continent. Then she and her team worked to create group drawings of the various groups in Wakanda.
“And we did them as they were centuries ago,” she says. “Then, it was a process of deciding how we go from there in the past, to where Wakanda would be in the future.” For Carter and her team, that meant using the same color palette, the same headdresses or beadwork but with more modern sillhouettes. The Dora Milaje, for example, are Wakanda’s elite team of female warriors, and they wear bright red military uniforms, a leather harness and beaded tabard, and metal neck rings and armor. It’s a striking look that Carter created “based on some of the beloved practices of many indiginous tribes” like the Maasai of Kenya, the Ndebele of South Africa, the Himba people of Namibia.
The bright red color comes from those tribes in Kenya. The Dora Milaje’s leather harnesses were crafted in the way of South African leathersmiths — woven together with a big heavy stitch. Their tabards feature intricate beading, a nod to the beadwork found throughout Africa. Even their tights are patterned with the same triangular pattern you can see on the Black Panther suit.
“I really wanted this to have a feeling that if you were an aspiring Dora Milaje and you were granted permission to be a member, you would be presented with this beautiful honor and this beautiful uniform that was exclusively yours and handsmade by craftsmen.”
But where Carter stayed closer to traditional tribal wear for the Dora Milaje, an institution in Wakanda, Carter looked further into the future with another character, Shuri. She’s T’Challa’s younger sister and the resident tech genius — her lab is a science fiction dream and she creates and builds all of Wakanda’s technology, including the Black Panther suit. For Shuri, Carter was guided by one scene in the film: Representatives from each tribe have gathered for the King’s Challenge — anyone wishing to take the throne must challenge T’Challa to a fight. Shuri wears a traditional costume, including a corset inspired by the Dinka people, and she shouts at one point, “Can we get a move on? This corset is uncomfortable.
“So she told us right away that that’s not where she comes from, that’s not where she wants to be mentally,” Carter says. From there on out, Shuri dresses in clothes with modern sillhouettes and fabrics — Carter chose youthful, vibrant colors overlaid with mesh fabrics or bold outlines. But Carter says the shape of her clothing still holds meaning.
“Her first dress is a white dress and we created the front of it to be this cylindrical round shape — and I was trying to connect shapes within Wakanda so you see them repeat. It’s the language of Wakanda.”
Carter knows a lot about the world of Wakanda now, but when she was first asked to interview for Black Panther, she thought it was a simple superhero film. “I knew about him as a superhero, but I didn’t know that he lived in a secret place called Wakanda — I knew he was from Africa, but I didn’t know that they weren’t colonized and they had all different types of tribes within their little hidden country.”
Carter says the more she understood about Black Panther and the people of Wakanda, she began to get scared. “This is [a character] that’s gone back fifty years and I’m going to be given the task to create this world on camera for the fans!”
But she got over her fear and set about creating a rich tapestry of color and texture. She says her experience on the film underscored how costume design is art. “I learned that I was an artist, that I could communicate and tell stories through this wonderful medium of adornment. The adornment of Africa has always been a part of their beauty from scarification to beadwork to woodwork, and I fell in love with it even more.”
Personally, I Prefer Ubuntu Intimacy Day
Additionally, the holiday is commercialized, i.e., sales for big white businesses reached $17.6 billion last year; this year’s sales are expected to total $18.6 billion.
And, many Black folk will break the bank buying jewelry and flowers for their beloveds WHILE…many, IF NOT MOST others will celebrate in a SAD (that’s Single Awareness Day) way…ALONE.
So, Happy Ubuntu Intimacy Day to you…
Let’s do #UbuntuBlackIntimacyDay instead
Ubuntu…IS NOT SEXUALIZED…has nothing to do with sex
Using the Ubuntu concept, can we not discover an African way to celebrate our love for each other…on February 14th… that embraces the concept of Ubuntu…Black community / village caring and intimacy?
Consider, Sobonfu Some’s’ tribe’s way of being intimate:
A renowned, respected teacher and mentor to thousands, Sobonfu Somi is one of the first and foremost voices of African spirituality to come to the West.
Some’ was born in #DanoBurkinaFaso, a remote West African village with a population of about two hundred people. Dano has preserved the old ways of African village life, with family structures, spiritual practices, and methods of living that have been in place for more than ten thousand years. In The Spirit of Intimacy, Some’ distills the ancient teachings and wisdom of her native village to give insight into the nature of intimate relationships.
Some’ generously applies the subtle knowledge from her West African culture to this one. Simply and beautifully, she reveals the role of spirit in every marriage, friendship, relationship, and community. She shares ancient ways to make our intimate lives more fulfilling and secure and offers powerful insights into the “illusion of romance,” divorce, and loss. Her important and fascinating lessons from the heart include the sacred meaning of pleasure, preparing a ritual space for intimacy, and the connection between sex and spirituality. Her ideas are intuitively persuasive, provocative, and healing–and supported by sound practical advice, along with specific rituals and ceremonies based on those used for thousands of years.
With this book, the spiritual insights of indigenous Africa take their place alongside those of native America, ancient Europe, and Asia as important influences on Western readers.
This is the type sermon that will make me a church-goer. My mission is to give us the history to stop the system of racism/white supremacy’s tool, Black global cultural genocide.
Sermons like this and movies like the Black Panther will bridge the historical information gap we need to know ourselves which will enable us to counter and neutralize the system of racism/white supremacy and stop the Black global cultural genocide that formally started with the Berlin Conference in the 18000’s
The PUUR University Question: Would regular attendance at a 12 step meeting to recover from white male Patriarchal cultural values & return to African Matriarchal cultural values… help African Americans get it?
It’s so nice to see so many new friends who’re interested in the WORLD SYSTEM OF RACISM / wHITE SUPREMACY and IT’S MISSION, BLACK GLOBAL CULTURAL SUICIDE…of North / South / East / & West Africans, African Americans, Native Americans, Hawaiians, Australians, alllll people of color…officially started with the Berlin Conference…
The Berlin Conference of 1884–85, also known as the Congo Conference or West Africa Conference, regulated European colonization and trade in Africa during the New Imperialism period and coincided with Germany’s sudden emergence as an imperial power.
…and is almost complete now, in 2018.
So, there’s no time to waste and I’m committed to this issue…and, request all the help I can get.
PUUR University Question
Question: share 4 reasons this movie counters the Black negative esteem generated by white/patriarchal movies?
…for all my friends, new friends especially, new male friends even more so, & new young male friends who call me ‘honey’….
Referring to a mature Black female whom you’ve never met as ‘honey’ is ok per white male Patriarchal culture…which has no respect for women
….but it’s disrespectful per Black Matriarchal culture…
….so, please stop disrespecting me, I’m a Black female elder…who’s about the elder mission of helping non-white people save our culture from the Trump Club…
PLEASE…focus…on the topic of this Facebook page…. Understandin & Undoing Racism, please & thank you, my brothers.
Question: share 4 reasons this movie counters the Black negative esteem generated by white/patriarchal movies?