Negative Nancys are out here trying to shame folks for being excited about the film Black Panther.
Well, I’m here to say this loudly:
It’s fine to wear African clothing, dance, relax and have fun.
All of this is perfectly normal and human. Furthermore, it’s beautiful to see all of this melanin on my timeline adorned in African inspired clothing, with positive Black messages.
Trust me, the ancestors are pleased.
It is testament to our legacy that despite all of the negative images that Eurocentric idealism has tried to throw on us – we continue to love who we are and love ourselves.
We are a unique, talented and creative people. And yes, this should be celebrated.
Black people deserve to have joy! I’m tired of people shaming us for exuding happiness, during what is definitely a defining moment in Black cinema.
No, Black Panther is not our key to freedom. No, Black Panther is not our liberation. I don’t think anyone thought we would suddenly be free from oppression based off of a movie. That’s not the point.
This film highlights the essence of Black cultural awareness, heritage and pride. It promotes positive and beautiful African imagery, with a compelling story line and an all Black cast. Additionally, the film promotes strong Black female voices in leadership positions. This is seriously impactful.
Furthermore, we don’t have to be 100% serious all the time. It’s actually healing for us to enjoy the moment.
So, dress how you want to dress. Act how you want to act. Have fun this weekend.
And I co-sign the message below by Kev On Stage: Let people live!
See y’all in Wakanda!
Also, read my article Black Americans Wearing African Clothing Is NOT Cultural Appropriation.
Jessica Ann Mitchell Aiwuyor is the founder of Our Legaci Press. To reach Jessica, email her at OurLegaci@gmail.com. Follow her on Facebook at Facebook.com/JAMAiwuyor.