Black Panther Got Black America's Priorities All Wrong

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  1. African King

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    "The movie "The Black Panther" is coming out next week and like most of you, I look forward to seeing it. But I had a thought: We're going to hand at least $200 million dollars over to Disney next week in order to see this film, but I can't think of a single initiative in the African American community where we've been equally determined to give even a fraction of that." - Dr. Boyce Watkins, Black American author, economist, political analyst, and social commentator

    I started to see more dialogue regarding how Black Panther may gross $200 million during the opening weekend and how over time it will gross $1 billion altogether. I also saw the other side where there are more African-Americans speaking up and bringing up the idea that it is sad that we will put $200 million to Black Panther but we cannot even put up $10 to $20 million for initiatives of our own as black people. Then consider when it is black AND gay, there are people out there who want to see more quality content from black LGBT content creators when it comes to film/TV, music, media and/or other ventures but those in the black LGBT community cannot give even $2000.

    What do you guys think? Tell me your thoughts and where you stand.

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    I get where the that logic is coming from but I don't agree with this premise. This isn't just some Disney movie, hence why everyone is so excited about it. I don't really feel the need to go in on what this movie means or represents for black people (especially to black people who should know what it means). My question to Dr. Boyce Watkins is name a initiative in the African American community that we ALL agree on AND ALL are included in (same with black lgbt community)? This is the same as the"shop black" argument, it sounds good but not everyone is down for the cause. We are a divided yet together people.

    By the way black people aren't the only ones excited for this movie. Its low key annoying involving politics into things such as the arts.
     
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    As much as I get what he is saying, entertainment is a business. And like any type business, they are consumers, which we all are on a daily basis. And I'm pretty sure that when he goes to buy products, accessories and personal things, he might not be always thinking the same way. I can probably name at least one things in his home that he pursued that helped someone Non-Black, Black, or otherwise, make a lot of money.
     
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    Black people can't do shit without someone--sometimes our own blood relatives, let alone black people--attempting to fuck it up, talk shit about it or otherwise, piss on it.

    Black people actually give quite significantly to church. Whether you call it an initiative or not, you can't say that black folks don't give to anything in abundance.
     
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    I wanna take Boyce Watkins seriously. I really do. But I can't. And the reason why I can't is because Michael B Jordan is too sexy for words. The way that the light gently caresses his body and exposes all of his contours, the way his pants grip his waist, the way he glowers at his opponents before and after providing a healthy beatdown...oh lawwwd!!!!

    Boyce Watkins needs to stop trying to kill my joy.
     
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    I completely understand the hype behind the Black Panther movement and I'm completely for it BUT it does beg the question, why can't form a unified front when it's not concerning entertainment?

    This is an example of how much collective power we actually have; we did the same thing with Cardi B and got her a number one single on the billboards (a minor example sure, but nonetheless)

    I get it - let folks have their fun but also recognize that we could mobilize for so much more if we tried.

    To be honest, we do things when we want to do them - you're not going to get ALL of any one group on the exact same page, that's just not life but like I said before, we boosted tf out of ticket sales as a collective, we boosted tf out of Cardi B's fames, again, as a collective. We always seem to come together more when it involves entertainment. The only exception was the BLM movement but even that's very hot or cold depending on what's going on in the media.

    Last, we involve politics in arts/entertainment when actors and actresses make thought-provoking social commentary after winning an award, when athletes take knees during the national anthem, etc - because we're social beings it's all going to be intertwined.
     
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    Black ppl as a whole are just too damaged for such expectations. Generation after generation of ppl living in squalor doesn't encourage long term thought, let alone any kind of focus on collective achievement.

    Blk Americans hate Caribbeans, they hate Africans, and they hate Blk Americans, based on wtf their ancestors got dropped off! While it might be fukd up and simultaneously understandable, even the division of blks/mulattos/passers/massas mixed kids who end up w a lil land(money) when he dies, blks have been too divided and set against each other from the beginning of America to get us to find time for a bigger picture.

    This BP thing is nothing new. I'm all for supporting blk ppl on screen en masse, even if the person who creates the opportunity and reaps the biggest reward isn't. Compare this to the amounts of money blk ppl have given, and continue to willfully give Balenciaga, Hermes, Laboutain, Nike and any other label that is blatantly not priced for the average Joe.

    Unlike the labels, at least with BP, it shows that bp will support certain media projects that include us in some forms, en masse.
     
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