Wakanda Forever Takes Audiences By Storm, Just As The First Black Panther Movie Did


Mame Fatou Thiaw, Reporter

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The two Black Panther movies are groundbreaking and have received significant attention for its representation of black culture—specifically that it is a black superhero. The first one caught my eye, so I told myself I had to watch the second one. 

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever movie is a significant step toward better representation of underrepresented groups in the media. I think the movie’s success highlights the demand for more diverse representation, and its themes of Afrofuturism, political commentary, and family and community provide a compelling story.

 This Black Panther movie shares some cultural traits with mine and because some of the soundtrack’s songs were played, I felt a strong sense of connection to it. 

A well-known Senegalese singer named Baba Maal performs his brand new song “Yerimayo Celebration,” during the movie’s opening credits. My father verified that the song was Senegalese when I asked him whether it was. Since I adore my country’s music and thought it suited the events that were occurring throughout the movie, I was pleased to hear the songs from the film played. 

To be honest, I enjoyed all the songs that were included in the movie since they helped me get deeper involved in the film. It was also improved by the sound in the theater. They also played “Lift Me Up” by Rhianna, who is one of my favorite performers. I was simply singing along to the song while grooving.

I think I comprehended the first movie better. I always like the original material because I choose classics and originals. Don’t get me wrong—I really enjoyed Black Panther 2. Just the first one, which I understood better. 

I liked the second Black Panther movie, too, because I got to see my favorite actor Dominique Throne that was in both of the films both first and second. I love how she became the main character in the movie. Her acting was beyond great and I really enjoyed her doing her thing and being great at it.

As we all know, Chadwick Boseman wasn’t in the second film because of his death that happened on August 28, 2020, at home as a result of complications related to colon cancer; he wasn’t able to make it in the second film which was really touching for me. I was sad not to see him on it because he did an outstanding job on the first one. I was really looking forward to him being in the second movie.

Overall I do think the Black Panther movie was really great, and I look forward to seeing more to come. I feel that it is important to continue to prioritize representation to ensure that all individuals feel seen and heard.