Black Panther: does the Marvel epic solve Hollywood's Africa problem?
Guardian (UK) - 16 days
Cinema has long reduced Africa to a faraway land filled with wild animals, wars, poverty and Aids – but perhaps this new Afrocentric epic will put an end to the cliches Related: Will Smith’s Bright: racial allegory or straight up racism? Fans have been waiting a long time to visit Wakanda, the wondrous Afrofuturistic homeland of Black Panther, but this is not the first time Hollywood will have taken us to a fictional African kingdom. Before Wakanda, there was Zamunda, where giraffes and elephants roam the palace gardens, the king wears a dead lion around his shoulders, and handmaidens strew the royals’ paths with rose petals and attend the prince’s every need, including the washing of “the royal penis”. The movie is, of course, Eddie Murphy’s 1988 smash hit Coming to America, whose compendium of cliches showed just how large the gap could be between “African” and “American”, and how much work Black Panther has to do. Continue reading...
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