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Vibing with Blackness: Critical Considerations of Black Panther and Exceptional Black Positionings

Media Studies Department, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa
Received: 12 September 2018 / Revised: 15 November 2018 / Accepted: 15 November 2018 / Published: 21 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Media Art and the South African Social)
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This article considers different ways in which Blackness is represented as exceptional in the 2018 film Black Panther. It also considers other iterations of Black visibility and legibility in the current popular culture context which appears to privilege Black narratives in interesting ways. The essay uses conceptual lenses from diaspora studies, Afro science fiction and Black feminist studies to critically engage the film and to critically question the notion of Black exceptionalism. View Full-Text
Keywords: Afrofuturism; blackness; Black exceptionalism; cinema; post-apartheid; Black Panther film Afrofuturism; blackness; Black exceptionalism; cinema; post-apartheid; Black Panther film
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Marco, D.D. Vibing with Blackness: Critical Considerations of Black Panther and Exceptional Black Positionings. Arts 2018, 7, 85.

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