Women In Hollywood Are Doing Their Thing

When I began writing this post, I was a little taken back maybe even a bit dazed. I was so excited to be able to write a story about Black Panther because I’m an avid movie goer. The movie Black Panther is a movie that has sold a domestic total of $605.4 million and $1.182 billion globally. It’s just a movie true enough, but there were so many messages and movements in that one movie. There were many angles I could take. There is the Black Lives Matter movement, the Me-Too movement, and Income Inequality movement.  I am a black woman and not one to talk politics I decided to talk about the empowerment of women in most recent films.    

This has been a fabulous six months for women in movies. As the women in Hollywood continue to push up the glass ceiling, I had the opportunity to watch wonderful movies starring some dominant women roles. Wonder Woman and Star Wars both hit the reel boasting woman as leading characters and showed movie goers and film creators what was possible. 

Doing It Bigger and Better

As those two movies gave us a small glimpse of what was possible for women in film today Black Panther just took it to the next level with superstar actresses like Angela Bassett, Danai Gurirai, Lupita Nyong’o, and Letitia Wright. In the past few weeks, Black Panther has broken records in the box office and Black Girls Magic. While there is already talks of a Black Panther two could there also be room for an Okoye trilogy as well, played by Danai Gurira? I can honestly say there were scenes in the movie where Okoye stole the show. Some of my favorite quotes were when she said, “Don’t freeze when you see her,” and “Wakanda Forever.”  

Black Panther has created a world on the screen that has left room for the real world to continue the story. People are using the lessons and stories from the movie to create their merchandise. I have seen t-shirts, doll babies, memes, viral videos, dances, and so much more. This movie encourages young women to grow and become Queens and warriors. They can see their real potential reflected in the movie. Any product that can move a person in an uplifting way and positively encourages them at the same time is a great thing.  

Black Girl Magic at Its Best

Although, Wrinkle in Time is not performing as well as Black Panther in the box office earning $61.1 million in North America and $71.7 million globally its first two weeks; director of Black Panther Ryan Coogler published a beautiful ode to Ava DuVernay the director of Wrinkle in Time. While both were recording and editing their movies, they got the opportunity to share close working space. Ava was working right across the hall from Ryan at the Disney studio.  Ryan got to see firsthand Ava’s girl power at work. Ryan jokes in an interview about Ava having to be on three sets because of her other shows and him only having to be a one. 

Only a few weeks after watching Black Panther twice I had the opportunity to watch A Wrinkle in Time with actress Oprah Winfrey, Resse Witherspoon, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mindy Kaling, and Storm Reid. To be honest, I won't be going to see this movie twice however if you’re the parent of young tween girls you should add this movie to your list. This movie is all about learning the importance of self-love, and courage. The movie journey helps a beautiful young girl to see herself as the powerful Princess that she is. There is no Prince in this movie to save her, in fact, she is the one saving her dad the King of you will. 

Keep It Coming We Want More

I am a real movie lover. I have the apps, I plan my movie days, and I even go to the movies alone. You may have a friend just like me in your friend circle, or maybe you are the friend who loves the movies too. I will keep going to movies no matter what but, I have a message for Hollywood.  Keep creating movies that look, sound, and act like real people. If you can make more movies like this, you will continue to get more record-breaking hit box office sells. If you’re a woman and your reading this stay beautiful and shine in your truth.

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