This weekend, I had the privilege of watching the record-breaking Blockbuster, Black Panther. The newest of the Marvel Comic has broken records worldwide for two weeks in a row.
So much conversation around race, budget and gender has sparked, challenging Hollywood to improve it’s systems of inclusion.
As powerful as ‘Black Panther’ was for adults, the potential impact it can have on boys and girls of color who watch it is insurmountable. Though there are many amazing characters in the movie, and one sticks out for me as a shining example of #Womandla, and that is Shuri – the Tech Princess of Wakanda.
Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, is the playful and smart younger sister of T’Challa the King of Wakanda.
When we look at the witty and sharp Shuri, we can only ask ourselves how many more Shuris exist who have untapped potential that can be used in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields where women of color are underrepresented. Shuri plays a pivotal role in saving Wakanda, which I believe qualifies her to be the next Black Panther. Who knows?
I encourage you all to go watch the movie. I don’t want to give too much away. It will really blow your mind and get you thinking!
Black Panther has revealed a whole world beyond what superhero movies had ever dared to dream of.