The Black Panther Movie captures the strength, reverence and grace of woman living in their zone. In The Black Panther’s Wakanda the women came through and we’re instrumental in every way. Hello, that’s because we are!
It’s just a powerful medley of mutual respect and expression of love throughout the film. This is what I loved about the movie. Each character’s motivation came from a place of love. This love irrupted pain, division and war but it was also expressed in patriotism.
For obvious reasons black folks across the globe are here for it and excited, but beyond that it’s a great story that transcends race. It’s that good! The box office says so!
Sheros at every pivotal point in the movie made me want to dance and shout! And with that, let’s talk about the take-aways. These are the five things that as creators we can learn a thing or two from.
#1 Do you! No matter what.
What was interesting about the character Nakia, played by Lupita Nyong, is that she was already actively helping people outside of Wakanda. The movie opened with her on a mission of saving other women who were kidnapped.
Why is this interesting? This is interesting because this seemed to be the reason why T’Challa and her weren’t together. They weren’t on the same page. I will say that they were at different stages of awareness in their lives.
With that said, with any relationship with family, friends or a partner when you have an idea or when you come to an awareness you do not have to wait for them to come around to where you are. There’s work to do! You must manifest and experience what that awareness has to offer you.
For example, I am a plant-based eater (vegan is a term I’ve used loosely). I had been grappling with this for a long time before I actually committed to a no meat and no dairy diet. The reality is that my body was telling me all the long what it didn’t want. I didn’t listen. Not only that, the way I was eating was what I grew up eating. My entire family ate meat and mac n cheese! Once I changed my diet and had to bring food that I could eat to family functions, a shift occurred. My family became more open to healthier alternatives….as long as it taste good of course. If I were waiting for someone else in my family to drop meat and dairy before I acted on what I already knew was for me, I would still be eating how I was raised.
There are things for you to experience and to create for others to experience.
In the end, the movie came full circle and the King came into an awareness. An awareness that took his father to die, for he himself to die (in a sense) to be born again and after all of that then gets on the same page as Nakia had been on from the beginning. That was T’Challa’s path.
#2 It’s okay to flex for what you want and believe in
What I love about Okoye, played by Danai Gurira is her apparent strength. But more specifically, I love her character because, it is because of her craft and the confidence that comes with her knowing her shit that she commands respect and has the high regard of the King and all of Wakanda.
Even with Okoye, we find her and her boo on a different page at the climax of the film. We see her at a pivotal part in the movie willing to kill him for what she believed in and for what she felt was right.
Again, she had an awareness that her husband did not have, but after looking around at the chaos surrounding them and what he stood to lose, he woke the f-up!
#3 Sometimes you have to check yourself
One of my favorite scenes took place between Okoye and Nakia. That exchange was so powerful. This is what changed Okoye mind and ultimately led to the end of the fighting in Wakanda.
It’s okay to pause and reevaluate things. Sometimes it comes from someone outside yourself to bring awareness to an opportunity to do better and be better. Not everything can be dismissed. And it isn’t always from someone you may want to hear it from. What matters is whether it some real shit or not. At the end of the day, you decided what you want to do with that.
#4 Wisdom over age
Queen Ramanda, played by Angela Bassest’s had that wisdom that came into play at two powerful parts in the movie. I thought that it was interesting that the movie showed an older woman as instrument as well.
We all know the value of a mother and especial the power of the relationship between a mother and her son. But what I took away from Angel Basset’s character is that no matter your age you are invaluable. But you have to know you are and what advantages your experience affords you. In the Queen’s case, first of all she knew she was the Queen of Wakanda and as the Queen she knows what it takes to be a King. She was married to one. She also knew how to prepare the magical flower that brought T’challa back to life and returned to him the black panther powers. She is very instrumental because of what she knows and her life experience.
At the end of the day, it’s what you know ( who know helps). Self awareness is a powerful thing, becuase then no one can tell you who you are and what you’re worth. If there’s an area in your life where you are lacking well get to it. Wisdom over age, everyday!
#5 Authenticity all day
Princess Shuri’s character, played be Letitia Wright, is so refreshing. What I love about her character is the blend of brains and relatability. Yes, she is brilliant! Shuri’s science and technological skills are on 1,000, and unlike most depicted brainies she wasn’t an unapproachable, socially awkward or disconnected in this movie. Shuri is the complete opposite! That makes her relatable and appealing to young girls. Not only girls, she’s a likeable character period.
Again, though she is young and is the little sister, her craft and the mastery of her craft makes her invaluable to her brother, her family and Wakanda
I think the take-aways with Shur’s character includes all of the above, but also do not let others define your box. Don’t be afraid to be colorful. Don’t be afraid to invent the world you want to live in.
The Black Panther Movie Take-Aways in Closing
Do what you love?
Every person’s motivation in The Black Panther movie was love. Even the so-called villain, Killmounger loved his father and had love for his people, those of us outside of Wakanda. It’s hard to hate him because his plight is real and relatable
Ladies, this movie may be fantasy, but the principles and take-aways are real. Women we are the power, everything begins with us, is nurtured by us and is here because of women. Everything man made! Everything you put your eyes on and what we are experiencing can find it’s root from a woman. Think about that for a moment. It takes a woman to birth a baby that grows up to creates whatever he or she can think of. The world we live in. Think about it Trump has a momma!
These women possessed a certain knowledge, skill and grace that made them momentous in The Black Panther. How are you momentous in your life, your movie, your world? What do you need to do to become momentous? Act on this #Justdekit
Featured image: The King of Wakanda and his Dora Milaje by Eddie Holly