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Black Panther A dream from my inner child

Black panther as a comic character turn film means so much in many ways to many individuals, especially children and individuals who live in the world of imagination and wonder. As a child I would have loved to have seen a character that I could image and wonder about being. As an animator, a game designer and creator of visual worlds this hold a wonderful place in heart. Long have we searched for that superhero we could relate to. The film represented many things, it showed a unified collective of various cultures, It showed a fictional near utopia region in the continent of Africa not drained of its resources by colonizers. It showed what Africa could one day become and what we only dream may happen. It showed the beauty of what we would yearned they would show case of Africa many locations and nations. Personally I was sick of seeing the slave stories as if that was all we had to tell of our past, we did not start as slaves our origins stemmed from much further back. Many want to stop at Egypt as if that was the dawn of man and mainly African. Egypt barely touched the surface of what and where we came from and what we could be. I look at Egypt and think oh more middle eastern influence.
What I took away from the film was the awe of seeing strong Black Women, who were not afraid to embrace their natural beauty, some don Afros, natural hair style or some simply had no hair, they were not presented as sex objects or prizes that we are seen time and time again but mighty warriors who did not require the protection of a man but was respected as a equal. Having a younger sister who is practically the athletic prodigy in the family who does not needs a man to protect her, she seeks her equal to stand by her. This was our starwars, startrek, our harry potter at the end of the day it does matter who created the character, it just gives the children of tomorrow an image of hope that we do exist even in fantasy, that we have brilliance. This film shows a culture that we so longingly wanted and had lost our connection to. We now have a super hero who is not batman, superman or spiderman but so much more he is a king of a nation. Beyond that there are strong women, noble men, monarchs, of more than one tribe.

Growing up in Jamaica, I saw so much culture so much of unity. Our motto out of many one people. Has a meaning that we are a nation of many different groups of people, you will find a chinese, japanese, white, indian all sort of jamaicans. Mind you each group had their own form of unity and devide at the end we were still all jamaicans.

This film also shows how we as the lost children of Africa felt which was abandoned, alone without a base culture, we were stripped of anything that connected us to mother Africa by our colonizers. In a sense this was us hoping for such a future, this was us not being a people who were stolen from that shithole Continent but from somewhere greater even again if it a fictitious place called Wakanda. The question is how did we become a shithole Continent. Thank you Colonizer, don’t you worry the descendants from those shithole countries will not forget that statement and hopefully we will try to make our base-nation better. If you love the score snag it from amazon or google, note the score is not the same thing as the soundtrack.

DAYUM!!!! #Netflix green lights #Cannonbusters

Being one of many supporters of #cannonbusters when it was a #kickstarter campaign I am overjoyed to hear it got picked up by #netflix for a 12 episode run. It’s a bitter sweat moment because there has been no update from the campaign heads to anyone supporters since July 16,2016. Once you start a campaign through a social network platform it is expected that one should be transparent and open, that is so far from the actual truth. I suspect more than likely in order to get the contract with netflix the team had to agree to an exclusive buy out or acquisition from netflix, much in the same way when you want to have exclusive contents locked to a Game platform system. Yes it may appear to be bad business but it’s simply business none the less. All I hope after this neflix adventure wraps is that they honor the kickstarter campaign at that point I can be satisfied. Even though I want to see Children of Ether which was another production done with the blessing of #crunchyroll I will refrain until the cannonbusters fulfillment is honored.

This reminds me of another talented artist who had to still prove his merit the great #HayaoMiyazaki. To get green lit for his First major animation #NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind, he had to create a manga and publish it which basically became the blue print for the film which was a trimmed down version of the manga. I will wait patiently for how this will play out. Incredible times we are in. We got little witches series, a new voltron and god knows which other animated series that I may have missed that went under the radar.


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