Just hand over what is owed nothing less or over. Black Panther is coming for it's accolades and acknowledgement, starting with last night at the 25th SAG awards. Disney & Marvel's all Black super hero smash hit took home the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture AND made history.
Black Panther is the first super hero themed movie and highest earning film to receive the "top honor at the SAG awards". The film also won an award for its stunt performer ensemble. According to Yahoo.com there is a trend that "In the last decade the SAG ensemble winner has gone on to win best picture at the Academy Awards half of the time. Actors make up the largest percentage of the academy, so their preferences can have an especially large impact on the Oscar race." Oscar or not Black Panther earned a W that can not be quantified or monetized. We broke the door open and the whole world has finally seen what Black people have been saying, we are excellent, we are the shit and we will win. So ready or not, here we come you can't hide...the opportunities.
When the perfectly moisturized cast of Black Panther went onto the stage to accept the award, Chadwick Boseman made everyone stand on their toes with a speech that included a quote from the legend Nina Simone. Boseman stated, "To be young, gifted and black." He continued to say "We know what it's like to be told there isn't a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on...We know what's it like to be beneath and not above. And that is what we went to work with every day, we knew that we could create a world that exemplified a world we wanted to see. We knew that we had something to give."
The entire speech can be watched below. This moment should not be challenged, undermined or distracted from. I hope the whole world can watch and share in the joy that this film has brought the Black community.