by Michael Imhotep host of The African History Network Show
Saturday, Feb. 17th, 2018, 10:57am EST – Updated 7:38pm EST
The much anticipated Disney – Marvel Studios blockbuster movie “Black Panther” is finally here and African Americans are speaking out and showing up to see the movie in droves and some in African attire. The film officially opens on Friday, Feb. 16th, 2018 in over 4,000 movie theaters. It is expected to gross $170 million in it’s opening weekend. As the TheGrio reported, the film grossed $25.2 million on Thursday, Feb. 15th.
The character of the “Black Panther” was created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for Marvel Comics. He first appeared in issue 52 of “The Fantastic Four”. The character first appeared on the big screen in the blockbuster film “Captain America: Civil War” in 2016.
Numerous interviews have been done with cast members such as Chadwick Boseman who plays King T’Challa of the fictional African nation of Wakanda who is also the Black Panther, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Michael B. Jordan, etc. One of the most important things to take away from this film is that we get a chance to see an African Nation that was never colonized, never conquered by Europeans and was not the victim of Slavery. This is one of the reasons why Wakanda is so technologically advanced ahead of the rest of the world. Their history was never interrupted by Slavery and Colonialism.
This movie is an opportunity for the real teachers of African History and African American History to use the enthusiasm surrounding this film to teach African Americans real history. As the founder of The African History and host of The African History Network Show, I saw the movie on Thursday night Feb. 15th and was totally blown away by the movie. We see African garb, traditions, honoring of our African Ancestors, the importance of knowing ones history, nationhood, all of the women have natural hairstyles, numerous beautiful dark skinned women, etc. all displayed on the big screen. There will be naysayers who will complain for whatever reason but this is what naysayers do to gain attention and to stay relevant. There will be others who will use this film as a teaching tool for our children and our people? Which one will you be?
Here are some videos and Social Media posts that deal with the impact that the film will have on the consciousness of African Americans.
Here’s what historian, author and archaeologist Tony Browder had to say about the film “Black Panther”.
Here’s what radio talk show host Keidi Awadu of LIB Radio had to say.
Here I am discussing the film “Black Panther” on my radio show “The African History Network Show” on 910 AM Superstation from 2-18-18 – Michael Imhotep
Here is what I posted on my personal Facebook Page. Watch this video from The Washington Post.
Michael Imhotep is a talk show host, researcher, lecturer, writer and founder of The African History Network. He is the host of The African History Network Show on 910 AM Superstation Detroit WFDF on Sundays 9pm-11pm EST and on BlogTalkRadio on Thursdays, 8pm-11pm. Visit his website www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information about his lectures, DVDs, our history and podcasts of the show.
You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope and Youtube @MichaelImhotep and his Facebook FanPage, “The African History Network”. He is available for interviews and lectures. He is a strong advocate of African Americans reclaiming their history, culture and controlling the economics, education and politics in our community. He is featured in the documentary “Elementary Genocide 3: Academic Holocaust”, the documentary series “Black Friday: What Legacy Will You Leave” which deals with African Americans controlling our $1.2 Trillion economy and creating generational wealth and “Resurrecting Black Wall Street: The Blueprint” from Your Black World Films. Visit www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information and DVDs podcasts and Online Classes from Michael Imhotep.