(Photo: Marvel Studios)
(Photo: Marvel Studios)

Marvel’s Black Panther is already cementing its place in cinematic history as the most high-profile black superhero movie to date. It’s the women behind the catsuit-clad African king, however, who are the movie’s true marvels. 

Walking out of the theater, I felt fulfilled as a black viewer and as a woman, which rarely happens simultaneously with mainstream movies. Black Panther is Marvel’s attempt at being “woke,” and it confronts colonialism, racism and nationalism in profound ways, while also crafting a vision of black womanhood that’s both inspiring and empowering.

One movie isn’t going to eradicate racism, or fix gender or racial issues in America, but it’s a step in the right direction. Representation in pop culture matters, and the women of Black Panther are celebrated and validated throughout the film in powerful ways. 

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