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Black Panther: The Hero We Need (And Deserve)

In June of 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson and a panel of community leaders, activists, and politicians gathered at the White House Conference on Civil Rights, shortly after the promise of equality was supposedly ensured by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In the wake of these legislative motions, it quickly became evident that it was no less dangerous to be an individual of color in the United States as the racial tensions that were supposedly ameliorated by these measures were more evident than ever. Four days after the conference, Civil Rights activist James Meredith began a protest walk that would take him and a group of his peers from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi, a tour of black men defiantly walking across the landscape that represented a historical hotbed of violence, discrimination, and prejudice. On the second day of this march, Meredith was shot by a white supremacist and it became clear that while white politicians proclaimed the dawn of a new era, burning crosses scorched picket fences and sodden earth while racial epithets hung in the stale southern air.

That same summer, the first black superhero in mainstream canon was introduced as the Black Panther hit the pages of Fantastic Four #52. And this past Friday, in an era no less rocked by institutionalized discrimination, ingrained prejudices, and longstanding bias, the hero hit the big screen for the first time as the stand-out star of Marvel’s latest blockbuster Captain America: Civil War.

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Movie Review: “Captain America: Civil War”

Captain America: Civil War opened in theaters nationwide on Friday, ushering in the time of year where action movies abound.  Much like last year, when Mad Max: Fury Road began the action-movie season, this year’s summer opens with an impressively made, well-directed film, with outstanding performances from all cast members.  Unfortunately, also like Mad Max, Captain America is not written half as well as it is acted or directed.

In Lagos, Nigeria, Captain America, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, and Black Widow fight and defeat Brock Rumlow, preventing him from stealing a WMD.  In the process, however, Scarlet Witch attempts to control a suicide bomb Rumlow detonates, but instead, it accidentally explodes and kills Wakandan humanitarian workers.  At the same time, Tony Stark is sent on a guilt trip by the mother of an American boy who died while spending his summer in Sokovia.  The latest incident, coupled with all the other destruction the Avengers have left in the wake of fighting evil, leads to the creation of the Sokovia Accords, which states that the Avengers would be under the authority of a special UN panel.  Continue reading Movie Review: “Captain America: Civil War”