I don’t think I can write about Black Panther. I loved it and have a lot of thoughts about it. But why would you read my thoughts when there are dozens of well-written articles from black writers out there? It’s not that I don’t think I have the right to write about black culture. I’ve written about plenty of albums and movies from black artists before, and I’ll write more in the future. But the level of joy I want to communicate about this movie…that requires a writer of color. So I’m sitting this one out.
Below you’ll find some great content about Black Panther from African-American writers. They’re all well worth your time. Enjoy!
Zito Madu, GQ: Black Panther and the Search for Home
Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker: Black Panther and the Invention of “Africa”
Carvell Wallace, The New York Times Magazine: Why Black Panther Is a Defining Moment for Black America
Waris Dualeh, Twitter: Thread on African tribes/cultures featured in Black Panther
Jenna Wortham & Wesley Morris, Still Processing: We Sink Our Claws into Black Panther with Ta-Nehisi Coates