Black History Month

When Asked What ‘Black Panther’ Means To Them, Twitter Users Had Some Inspiring Responses

“Superheroes can be Brown people too?!”

Twitter is often full of either good or bad news, but sometimes there are some truly awe-inspiring moments as well. Today, people are sharing what the upcoming Marvel film Black Panther means to them with a simple hashtag: #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe.

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For those of you who don't know, Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler — who helmed Fruitvale Station and Creed — and stars Chadwick Boseman as Wakandan royal T'Challa, the man behind the titular character. Throw in a cast of beloved Black actors and actresses and you've got one ultra-hyped movie. Having sold more pre-sale tickets than any other superhero movie ever, Black Panther is on pace to have a huge opening, and become a hit with both critics and fans alike. Plus, it's proof that representation matters on the big screen.

Kayla Marie of Black Girl Nerds showed us just that with a tweet asking people to use the hashtag #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe to tell everyone, you guessed it, what Black Panther means to them. Here's the original post that spawned all of this Twitter love:

In response, people have swarmed to the trending hashtag to support Black Panther. For these folks, people of color but specifically Black people, it is a moment of feeling seen by popular culture and having their story told in a way that it isn't generally told in media.

These tweets range from people being proud to see themselves reflected in a major way; people seeing Black stories told by a Black director and Black stars; people seeing Black stories that aren't about slavery, gangs, or drugs; that Black roles can be more than what they are typically portrayed as; and that inclusion isn't a detriment — it's a strength.

Cover image via Marvel / Disney

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