Black Panther Context


Black Panther Party

-->  1966-1982

--> political context

--> a political activist group established to provide armed monitoring of police behaviour and prevent police brutality in the UK

--> they became well known for providing access to medical clinics and free breakfast to children

--> political organisation founded by college students Bobby Seale and Huey p Newton in October 1966 in Oakland, California

--> Black Panther movie poses black communities with a hero during a time when police brutality was on a rise

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Harlem Renaissance

--> historical context

--> American history from the 1920s - 1930s

--> attempt to redefine black identity and subvert historical , problematic stereotypes

--> Harlem was a community in New York

--> Black Panther has some of the most talented African- American/ Black actors, eg. Chadwick Boseman, Micheal B. Jordan etc

--> the costuming within Black Panther, which won an award at the Oscars, is deep in the diversity and cultural identity of different African communities

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--> it is a movement that brings in black history and culture

--> a genre that centers Black history and culture and incorporates science-fiction, technology, and futuristic elements into literature, music, and the visual arts.

--> the film takes place in Wakanda , believd to be a poor place, but Black Panther steps away from the stereotypes that people link to Africa being like and instead displays a society rich in Afrocentric perspectives

--> the purpose is to reclaim black identity through art, literature and political resistance

--> it gives an alternate narrative to understanding black experiences, eg. futuristic societies

--> it shows cultural apsects of tradition and the potential of a future where black people can restore their heritage. 

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Malcolm X

--> a vocal advocate for black empowerment and the promotion of Islam within the black community

--> joined the Nation of Islam when he was in prison in Massachusetts for burglary charges

--> in 1952 he was released where he moved to Chicago shortly after, becoming a minister and 'Malcolm X' 

--> he died on 21 February 1965 after being shot

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Product Context

--> Black Panther is the 17th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is the highest grossing film franchise in history.

--> It is directed by Ryan Coogler and released in Februarry 2018

--> The only Superhero film to be nominated for a 'best picture' academy award.

--> it won 3 Oscars in Costume, Production design, and original soundtrack

--> The film has grossed well over $1b worldwide, with 48% in non-US countries

--> The film was produced by Marvel Studios, a famous comic book brand that is also a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company.

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