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Monday, February 12, 2018

Panther Power Resurrects This Week In Anderson For Black History Month: --- An Epic Celebration For All!!

Chadwick Boseman as The Black Panther

As most of us from the urban community of the A.N.D. (Anderson, S.C.) are aware of, this looks to be an unforgettable Black History Month for African-Americans, not just us but the entire city will be basking in the lime-light nationwide this February sixteenth. We have our own gracing the big-screen in director Ryan Coogler’s Marvel Comic Classic entitled “Black Panther”. It will be featuring an Anderson Home-Town prodigy in a leading role by the name of Chadwick (Chad) Boseman. With unprecedented anticipation and high reviews, it could be easily one of the best Marvel Comic hero movies to date.

In my opinion the scheduled timing of this momentous release couldn’t have been more paramount.  During a time when this country (America) is more polarized and divided than it’s ever been since the turbulent racial angst of the sixties. I feel most can agree that Dr. King if still living, would be most delighted and would assist in celebrating this success with us. Allow me to put this in proper context, who would have fathom that a small-city like Anderson would have produced a home-grown talent like the 41-year-old Mr. Boseman, a graduate from Howard University, and T.L. Hanna High School would be cast as a prominent Black Super-Hero directed by another African-American whose Rocky sequel “Creed” earned rave reviews, next to grossing $119 million at the box office.  

Mr. Boseman, the director Coogler and other cast members greet a fan at the Asia premiere in Seoul.

Don’t misconstrue my point, the A.N.D. is teeming with untapped urban talent in its entertainment sector, such as P&W Films, the local movie company that produced the city’s cult classic “Child Support”, acclaimed actor Adam Minarovich whom appeared in the early episodes of the series “The Walking Dead” just to name a few.  Make no mistake you’re still in the Marvel Universe, this touted proto installment promises to submerge you in an element of a hidden world in Africa defined by traditions with advanced technologies. Hopefully with this type of story-line it just may re-instill some pride back in segments of some African-American viewers, in 2018 I’ve encountered on social media those whom have a problem with acknowledging their very own ancestral roots. I find it ignorantly fascinating to say the least!!

Mr. Boseman and director Ryan Coogler

Some of us in the African-American community can identify with, there is always the person or persons we’ve heard exclaimed, “I’m not from Africa I was born in Texas” etc etc. In today’s media spin climate, the term may not be considered politically correct as of late but we deal with facts on this site regardless. NO FAKE NEWS or POLITICAL PARTISAN B.S. is propagated here.  But I digress and will save that discussion for another article. The magnitude for the release of this epic movie (Black Panther) is very significant, the first comic-based studio movie featuring a Black hero (from Anderson) at its center, since “Blade” in 1998. Please make note that even Time Magazine has even gotten  on-board  with its latest cover photo high-lighting Mr. Boseman in a blockbuster film   featuring a super hero which traditionally they aren't known to do, according to Matthew Erao a writer for ScreenRantdotcom.  " TIME isn’t known for highlighting blockbuster films or superhero movies, so it’s certainly something to see a rising star like Boseman featured on the latest cover. Like Wonder Woman before it, Black Panther is a comic book adaptation that comes paired with a certain amount of cultural and political weight. Rather than avoid that, however, Black Panther has been embracing its impact and legacy. And for Boseman, the way Wakanda blends elements of fantasy and reality is a big part of what makes the movie special ''

Freelance Journalist and Radio Host Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith)  expands further on the deeper significance of the backdrop being portrayed as a fantasy African Nation, which I felt was a key point he alludes too.
“You might say that this African nation is fantasy. But to have the opportunity to pull from real ideas, real places and real African concepts, and put it inside of this idea of Wakanda – that’s a great opportunity to develop a sense of what that identity is, especially when you’re disconnected from it.”

The mix of Afrocentrism, feminism, spirituality, in an enigmatic world with Hi-Tech advancements, sounds as if it was crafted from one of the many  Dr. Malachi Z. K. York’s dynamic publications, which makes it irresistible for me personally.

Man From Planet Rizq authored by Dr. Malachi Z. York

 I find the theme motivating while simultaneously making me so proud and I’m betting many more folk in Anderson share these same sentiments. Just to know a brother from my city Anderson in South Carolina will have a lead role once again in a major motion picture. We loved you as Jackie Robinson in the movie “42”, as the God-Father of Soul James Brown in “Get On Up” and I’m sure we will love you even more in “Black Panther”. I’m asking all in the A.N.D. to go out as I will and show support at the theaters on the weekend of February 16, 2018 in honor of another one of our local hometown talents, clearly, he has broken through another barrier into the mainstream.  Talent, initiative, hard-work and being ready when opportunity knocks can open the doors to success, this is proof it can happen, actor Chadwick Boseman and his subsequent achievements  is an example we can all learn from.

Much Respect, Dj Tuc da A.N.D. Representa

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