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one of black panther’s main messages is: trust black women

February 19, 2018
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One of the greatest achievements and takeaways from Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther was the display of capabilities of the Wakandan women. From the onset, we meet a bevy of skilled women Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia, Danai Gurira’s Okoye, and Letitia Wright’s Shuri. A spy, the greatest warrior in the land, and the tech wiz. Each of these women is fiercely independent and rooted in their own set of principles and those principles pay pivotal roles in the identity and strength of Wakanda, Black Panther, and possibilities for peaceful black liberation around the world.

Whether its Nakia’s swift action and resilience in the face of defeat and loss, Okoye’s physical strength and untainted and unselfish sense of duty & honor, or Shuri’s brilliance and imagination, the message is clear: Trust Black women, we know what we’re doing.