I decided that I would do a weekly recap, and link up with The Sunday Post, which is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer, that was inspired in part by In My Mailbox. It’s a post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.
This week was a stressful week. Work was essentially the same, and I enjoyed celebrating Valentine’s Day with my students. They gave me lots of candy, and some cute stuffed animals to add to my collection. I also got the opportunity to work with them on some of their lacking language arts skills. On the home front, my family was worried about my Uncle who ended up in the hospital last weekend and took a turn for the worse. He’s better now but still hasn’t been released. I visited him for a few hours on Wednesday and afterward started feeling yucky again. I either never recovered from my last cold like I thought I had, or I just have the worst immune system ever! I also haven’t been sleeping well for the past couple of weeks, and being run down might also explain my health’s backslide.
Despite feeling a bit icky, I still went out with my friends Saturday to see Black Panther. For the first time, I got a D-Box seat which made the experience even more amazing. If you don’t know, a D-Box seat moves with the action. It swerves with fast moving cars, and rocks whenever bullets or fists find their marks. Throw 3-D on top of that, and I was in geek heaven. After the film, we went toDave & Buster’s for dinner and drinks. It was a really good evening, and I enjoyed being among friends. I definitely want to see the film again.
last week on the blog
this week on the blog
- Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading
- Audio Review: The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jenifer Lewis
- Book Review: André (The Uncompromising Series) by Sybil Bartel
Black Panther Mini-Review
Black Panther was everything I hoped for and more. Set shortly after the events depicted in Avengers: Civil War, the film gives us a look at life in Wakanda. Viewers get a chance to see T’Challa ascend to the throne following his father’s death. However, old grudges and secrets threaten his reign. I won’t say more than this in order to prevent slipping any spoilers, however, I do want to talk about what I loved about the film.
I loved the story, the special FX, the costumes and the acting. Marvel didn’t pull any punches with this production. It was very well done, and it made me proud to see a predominantly black cast in a film so well produced and of such high quality. The story shied away from the stereotypical portrayals of black characters often seen in Hollywood features. Everyone in the film was well educated, whether they were the average person or royalty. This education came through their manner of speech and comportment. Even the villain, Killmonger, is not a cookie cutter “thug.” The film portrays black people in a way I’ve always seen us. True, there are people in society who fit the stereotypes often portrayed in cinema, however, that stereotype does not encapsulate an entire race of people. My hope is that in the future Hollywood will concentrate on more positive portrayals of black people, instead of feeding into the old racist dogma of the black menace.
Having said that, Black Panther isn’t just a film for black people, but people everywhere. The film fits perfectly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and even has appeal to those not invested in the MCU. This film can be seen as a standalone film and does not have to be viewed in the preferred MCU order to be enjoyed. However, I do advise you check out the films in their correct viewing order to get the complete picture of how T’Challa fits within events previously told.