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What Does Black Panther Mean To Me?

Hey Cuties,

Black Panther opened up to record numbers this weekend. The numbers are still rolling in but they are at 218 million. Without a final count, it is in the 5 top opening weekends of all time. We are not surprised and if you are I’m judging the shit out of you. I saw the movie for a second time yesterday with the family. My son is a huge Marvel fan so this was his glory moment. LittleCuteLips (6) was on the fence but began to get excited about I got her dressed; she said she loved the movie and giggled a lot.

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I thought I was going to see a Superhero movie with dope actors, and I did. What I did not anticipate was all of the feels and questions that I would have after watching the movie. Director, Ryan Coogler definitely said that was by design; all of his favorite superhero movies left him with something to chew on. This movie did just that and a bit more.

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Location: Fantom Comics – Washington, DC

My Feels:

  • My Africaness was stripped away when blacks were slaved and forced to come to the United States.
  • I feel totally and completely disconnected from the African part of my African Americaness.
  • Black History always consisted of African American’s but not Africans.
  • I don’t know anything about where my people and I come from outside of the United States.
  • I need to do African Ancestry dot com because Ancestry dot com isn’t enough.
  • I need to go to Africa.
  • I already knew my Black was beautiful.
  • I already knew I possess Black Girl Magic.
  • I already knew that black people ride for one another in a way a lot of other cultures don’t and can’t understand.
  • What I am is even more proud of this brown skin I have the honor and privilege to be born with.
  • Generally, only people who are underrepresented or have a child that is underrepresented understand why representation matters so much.
  • Women are bad ass period!
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Location: Fantom Comics – Washington, DC

As a woman, if you ever doubted our strength and power you need to see Black Panther. We exist in a male-dominated society and women are often at the bottom of the totem pole. You know we get paid less than men. That doesn’t mean we aren’t just as good if not better. The women in this movie are simply bad ass; we get to see their strength in great number. Sometimes you might see a woman in a movie who is bad ass, in this movie, there are so many you can’t even count. I felt like a peacock walking out of the theater with my chest poked out so damn far.

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Location: Fantom Comics – Washington, DC

Society wants us to think women can’t work together. BS! We do it all the time and in a variety of forms. This movie shatters that stereotype as well. The women aren’t frumpy looking either, they are fierce much like me in these pictures.  They aren’t the help, they aren’t disrespected.  They are unapologetically beautiful. They are unapologetically strong. They are unapologetically bold. I am them, and the older I get the bolder I become. I want you to own your boldness just the same.

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Location: Fantom Comics – Washington, DC

Black Panther highlighted how we support one another.  That was a recurring theme in the movie.  I recognize this was a collaborative effort because Marvel comes with a ton of fans. A lot of non-Marvel fans supported the film because of the culture; it took on a different meaning to the black community. So you had a lot of blacks folks support that are non-superhero fans.  There is a notion that black movies do not do well. There is a notion that black movies don’t travel. There is a notion that a black cast doesn’t do well. Black Panther shattered all of that. Girls Trip did the same thing last summer, but whateve. We have to constantly prove ourselves. Can we move past that now?

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Location: Fantom Comics – Washington, DC

Black Panther took us back to our roots. Not just black people but all people. People around the world were inspired to show up in their cultural attire to see the movie. Marvel Producer, Nate Moore mentioned that in our interview. This movie is a reminder to take care on your own, now that is a relative term so it can mean something different to everyone. That could mean your immediate home, the family you created, or your entire family, your community, your support system, your country, your team, etc.

Be the change you want to see. Even if we don’t agree with people, treat one another humanely. Did you hear me? HUMANELY!

Lifestyle Media Correspondent MimiCuteLips shares her takeaways from seeing Black Panther. What does black panther mean to me was trending on Twitter a week ago. #WHATDOESBLACKPANTHERMEANTOME

What does Black Panther mean to you? Chat with me in the comments below or FBIG, and Twitter.

Article written by:

Mimi Green is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a mother of two and a girlfriend to one. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Stacie

    Yes to all of this! I’m a Marvel fan so I loved the way they weaved and addressed some of our current day issues throughout this movie.

  2. Ola

    First of all I love the outfit Mimi! Second, I have not seen the movie. Third, I have to start a pot of it: I wonder how well the movie would have been excepted the actors did not have African accents. Just a little something something to think about. (Wink wink)

    • MimiCuteLips

      – Thank you Ola, I love to put looks together. Looks that fit my personality so well.
      – You must go see the movie.
      – I think it would be hard to depict a movie set in Africa with an accent. It would have been a disconnect.

  3. Dr. Sheila Pope

    I loved this piece. Your photos were awesome. I agree with your talking points. Women can and do work well together. Black Panther was fantastic and it showed black women in a positive light. No, the women in this movie were not frumpy. They kicked but and embraced technology.

  4. Leslie

    Hey Mimi! You said it all here and I couldn’t agree more. I always walked tall but I feel like I am holding my head up higher in honor of our ancestors. I loved all the messages of unity, love, family, culture, tribe pride, and strength.

  5. Jay Colby

    I agree with the importance of this movie due to the plight of Black people in America. I’m ready to see it myself I’ve heard so many great things.

  6. Courtney CJ

    I admit that I proceeded with caution at first because I was so afraid of a spoiler. I am FINALLY home and after I rest tonight, I’ll probably catch it tomorrow or Thursday evening. But YES to all the girl power and black girl magic and owning your fierceness! I’m not sure if I ever told you but my nickname is Tutu so I’m here for the outfit too.

    • MimiCuteLips

      I wouldn’t dare do that girl, I know folks are still trying to see the movie.

      I did not know that it is a cute nickname though.

  7. Valerie Robinson

    You look so amazing! Black Panther was SO good…I can’t stop thinking about it! Glad you enjoyed your experience! #WakandaForever

  8. Kiwi

    Girl black panther means so much to me I chose to see it 4xs! It was that powerful – also we are vibranium! I love you got to find a collection of Black Panther comics I want to buy some!

    • MimiCuteLips

      I got some others from BAM (Books a Million) there are a lot out right now. I needed to own them for the history of it all.

      I feel you, I would go see it again and again and again. I’m ready for the damn DVD.

  9. valmg @ Mom Knows It All

    I’ve never followed or known much about comic books so didn’t even realize there was a Black Panther until this movie came out. I am seeing tons of advertising for it. I totally agree that people should be the change they want to see and treat people humanely.

  10. Amber Myers

    I can’t wait to see this movie! Women do kick ass, that’s for sure. It’s one reason why I really loved Wonder Woman.

  11. Karen Morse

    Such a beautiful message for everyone. I think it’s also amazing how women are represented in this movie. There will be more characters for young girls to look up to. It’s a movie that will move you and change your views on a lot of things. I loved every single moment of it.

  12. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    We are huge Marvel fans, but haven’t seen this movie yet, but we totally plan on it. To be honest, I am glad that a big name (Marvel) come out celebrating the african american community. I am thrilled to see a movie that gives boys and girls alike someone to look up too, a superhero, one that represents their community. It’s really about time.

  13. Wanderlust Hearts

    I love how passionately you write! I think it’s definitely overdue that we treat each other better, respect each others differences, and also learn from one another.
    P.S. I absolutely love your outfit!!!

  14. Kita

    Black Panther has me smiling at all my black people as I walk by. I am feeling so proud and my children are feeling proud too. This is so important especially growing up in the South.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Yes, Kita. Like we have a secret that nobody else knows about. hahahaha The amount of pride that we all feel is so magical. I need to flush out my thoughts on this feeling into action.

  15. Lisa

    I still haven’t seen this movie. While I am a fan of Marvel, and we did try and go last weekend, it just hasn’t worked out and so we put it on hold.

  16. Tiffany H.

    My fathers said traced our Ancestors though the DNA process, I’m from Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau. I def would love to visit these two places. I hope that you are able to make it to the motherland soon, its a great place to visit!

    • MimiCuteLips

      That is awesome, I have a little bit of information from doing the regular DNA testing. Now I want to do the African DNA testing because it is more specific.

  17. Tomi C

    Such a great movie on so many levels. One of the things that resonated with me was the tech-savvy Shuri and the launch of the movie on the heels of National Engineers Week and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. It was so refreshing to see a girl with such a love of STEM and her creative. I’ve seen it once and I’m ready to see it again.

  18. Heather

    I agree, I mean we are all humane, so why can’t we treat each other as such. Anyway, love your dress, you are totallly stylin’ in it. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but know we will.

  19. Saidah Washington

    Slayyy!! Black Panther was such a good movie. Nobody can tell me Chadwick Bozeman didn’t play T’Challa perfectly.

  20. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    I love your outfits! Also, I love that people showed up to the movie in their cultural attire. The movie has a powerful message!

  21. Pam

    I keep hearing about what a powerful movie Black Panther is. I’m really excited to see it and see the strong women and all the African inspired culture and costumes for myself. I’ve never seen any cinema set in essentially futuristic Africa before. All of the sci-if I’ve seen has been US or rarely European centered. This is such great representation. So many kids are going to be happy to see characters that look like them that they can relate to.

  22. Marysa

    I love that you liked the movie.. but that it also had substance and was inspiring. It’s great when something like a film is meaningful. I’ll have to check it out!

  23. Sara Welch

    I am so glad to see that Black Panther has had a life changing impact on you. I really hope you follow through with your feels!

  24. Kita Bryant

    You know this hits home with me too. I have almost the same feelings about it as you do girl.

  25. Our Family World

    I am going to watch the movie this weekend. I have heard lots of good things about the movie and the life lessons we can learn from it. I like that this movie will break society’s stereotype about women. That alone makes me think that this movie is a major success.

  26. Carol Cassara

    I love everything that you said! It’s so true how important representation is especially for the little kids who will be watching it. This post is very well written. I love every single thing you talked about.

  27. Laura Dove

    Wow what an outfit! I love that look and totally agree with your stance on this. Great post!

  28. Food and Footprints

    Glad you enjoyed it! Not normally into Marvel movies, but this one looks awesome. We too would love to visit Africa. It is the only continent we haven’t been to besides Australia.

    • MimiCuteLips

      This was my first Marvel film ever. I went in with zero expectations, and I was blown away in the best possible way.

  29. Kim

    First, I love your outfit. I’m hearing so many great things about this movie and how many people are coming away with a new found love of their blackness. This is great!

  30. T. Espinoza

    The movie was absolutely spectacular and definitely gave me ALL the feels. It was a great conversation starter for me and my kids about race and general Black (girl and boy) magic.

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