Next Article in Journal
Religion in the Global East: Challenges and Opportunities for the Social Scientific Study of Religion
Previous Article in Journal
Nation, Race, and Religious Identity in the Early Nazi Movement
Previous Article in Special Issue
Love Thy Extra-Terrestrial Neighbour: Charity and Compassion in Luc Besson’s Space Operas The Fifth Element (1997) and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Religions 2018, 9(10), 304; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9100304

Dark of the World, Shine on Us: The Redemption of Blackness in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther

School of Liberal Arts & Education, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA 94901, USA
Received: 14 August 2018 / Revised: 25 September 2018 / Accepted: 7 October 2018 / Published: 8 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue So Say We All: Religion and Society in Science Fiction)
Full-Text   |   PDF [251 KB, uploaded 8 October 2018]

Abstract

Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film Black Panther portrays the heroes of the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda as godlike. They possess otherworldly sophistication by virtue of their blackness, in contrast to longstanding tendencies in mainstream film toward tokenism, stereotyping, and victimhood in depictions of people of African descent. The superhero the Black Panther, a.k.a. King T’Challa, learns to stand in solidarity with the oppressed, even those in whose oppression he has been unwittingly complicit, such as the children of the African diaspora. As a result, the film can function as catalyst for reflection on the part of viewers in terms of how they might perceive more clearly the complexity, variety, and ambiguity represented by blackness, whether others’ or their own, and how they, too, might identify with the Other. View Full-Text
Keywords: race; gender; film; post-colonialism; science-fiction; blackness; black theology; superheroes; popular culture; Afrofuturism race; gender; film; post-colonialism; science-fiction; blackness; black theology; superheroes; popular culture; Afrofuturism
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Faithful, G. Dark of the World, Shine on Us: The Redemption of Blackness in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. Religions 2018, 9, 304.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Religions EISSN 2077-1444 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert Logo copyright Steve Bridenbaugh/UUA
Back to Top