Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Black Panther (USA: Ryan Coogler, 2018)

Black Panther (USA: Ryan Coogler, 2018: 134 mins)

Bhimull, Chandra D. "In Black Panther and Wakanda Extraordinary Possibilities are Realized." From the Square (March 13, 2018)

Bierut, Michael and Jessica Helfand. "Taking License." The Observatory #76 (March 2018) ["A proposal to license designers, Black Panther, Legally Black movie posters, NASA’s Pluto site."]

Connolly, Nathan. "Looking for Wakanda." On the Media (February 26, 2019) ["A persistent site for utopian longing, Wakanda has once more captured the public imagination: endowed with unlimited access to the most precious natural resource in the world, unsullied by the ravages of colonialism, Wakanda has reignited conversations about what black liberation can and should look like. According to Johns Hopkins University history professor Nathan Connolly, this latest chapter is part of a much longer tradition of imagining and reimagining black utopias. Connolly speaks with Brooke about how Wakanda arises from a 500-year history — from Maroon communities to Haiti to the actual Black Panther movement — a journey that takes us from "dreams to art to life, and back again."]

Enzo and Eve. "Wakanda Deferred." Hammer & Camera #16 (July 12, 2019) ["Enzo and Eve of the Marxist "propaganda circle" Unity & Struggle to discuss their article, "Black on Both Sides: Grappling with BLM in Movies", and to review the past year of Black cinema. Among the films discussed are Black Panther, Blackkklansman, Sorry to Bother You, Blindspotting, and Us."]

Gates, Racquel and Kristen J.Warner. "Wakanda Forever: The Pleasures, The Politics, and The Problems." Film Quarterly (March 9, 2018)

Girish, Devika. "Out of This World." Film Comment (March/April 2018) ["Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther envisions an alternate future for a troubled genre and a troubling reality, pointing the way toward more political, playful science fiction"]

Hudson, David. "Ryan Coogler's Black Panther." Current (February 6, 2018)

Lebron, Christopher, Robyn C. Spencer and Carvell Wallace. "Afrofuturism, Liberation & Representation in Black Panther: A Roundtable Discussion." Democracy Now (February 28, 2018) ["While “Black Panther” has broken box office records, it has also generated an intense debate. We host a roundtable with three guests: Christopher Lebron, a professor at Johns Hopkins University who recently wrote “Black Panther Is Not the Film We Deserve”; Robyn C. Spencer, a professor at Lehman College, who wrote “Black Feminist Meditations on the Women of Wakanda”; and Carvell Wallace, author of The New York Times Magazine story “Why Black Panther Is a Defining Moment for Black America.”"]

Philo, Kaila. "Fear of a Black Universe: Can Marvel's Black Panther help carry the torch of Black radicalism?" The Baffler (February 21, 2018)

Spencer, Robyn C. and Carvell Wallace. "How the Black Panther Movie is a Defining Moment for Black America." Democracy Now (February 28, 2018) ["As Black History Month wraps up, we look at the record-breaking movie “Black Panther.” Since the release of “Black Panther” earlier this month, fans have crowdfunded campaigns to ensure children can see the film in theaters, teachers have incorporated the movie’s core themes of anti-colonialism and cultural representation into their curriculum, and activists have used film screenings to hold mass voter registration drives. The movie has also renewed calls for the release of more than a dozen imprisoned members of the real Black Panther Party. “Black Panther” has also ignited a firestorm of impassioned social commentary online among fans and detractors alike. We speak to historian Robyn C. Spencer, who wrote a piece, “Black Feminist Meditations on the Women of Wakanda,” and Carvell Wallace, whose piece, “Why Black Panther Is a Defining Moment for Black America,” appeared in The New York Times Magazine."]

Sperling, Nicole. "Black Panther Cinematographer Rachel Morrison Shoots and Scores." Vanity Fair (February 16, 2018) ["The first woman nominated for a cinematography Oscar takes on Mudbound, Black Panther, and the Hollywood establishment."]

Tompkins, Joseph. "Woke Hollywood? The Marketing of Black Panther." Counterpunch (March 30, 2018)

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