From left: Okoye (Danai Gurira), Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) and Ayo (Florence Kasumba) in Marvel's "Black Panther" (Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios)
From left: Okoye (Danai Gurira), Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) and Ayo (Florence Kasumba) in Marvel's "Black Panther" (Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios)

What’s more amazing than the “Black Panther” movie right now? Besides the fact that it’s an all-Black cast that just literally made history as the number-one gross selling film opening weekend by a Black director?

I mean did you see all those fierce females fighting for their sovereignty with their huge swords and smoothly shaved heads, all dripped in dark brown butter sauce?

And when I think about the two little Black boys who had just seen the film, who I saw pointing at the “Black Panther” display images, asking one another “which one are you?” “I’m the king,” “No I want to be the king,” was invaluable and totally heartwarming.

So to all those people who think this is just another film — you are crazy! If you haven’t seen this movie yet and wish to be eternally transformed forever, it is definitely a must. From the real tribal African garments to the real African dialects. Don’t like superhero movies? Then just do it for the culture!

Meredith Farmer

Obama Portraits Represent Real Time

Despite some harsh criticisms, the Smithsonian’s recent presidential portraits truly reflect what’s happening in today’s society for the better.

The unveiling of the new paintings of former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, held at the National Portrait Gallery, hosted more than 72,100 visitors opening week, including 50,000 this past weekend, and I have to say … “I’m glad.”

I really believe that this is the year of Extreme Black Excellence, despite the political climate and ever-changing world. We’ve overcome tougher odds and we always seem to do it with such finesse.

So salute to all the people who thought big enough to even get out and put the Obamas in the White House. Salute to all the people who then saw it fit to get President Obama re-elected. Salute to all the people who paid homage to their brilliant legacy through two new outstanding paintings and salute to all the people who came out (and are still coming) to see it. From “Black Panther” to the Obamas, this is truly our year.

Kevin Yearwood

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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