The Women of Wakanda By Mae Catherine Godhigh

All crowns on because it’s Women’s History Month! This is where we pause to highlight and celebrate the contributions of women and events globally.

As of this date, the movie Black Panther has topped $1 Billion worldwide. Who would have thought it possible?

Finally, we are witnessing a shift in the right direction. In this film, Blacks are not portrayed as losers, servants, drug dealers, pimps or prostitutes.

Within the gates of a non-colonized, tech-savvy city; a proud black people possess the keys to their destiny. Let’s look more closely at the word colonization. It is the invasion of a new habitat by a new species. The colonies develop when a bacterial cell begins reproducing. Well, there you have it! Colonialization is an infection! No wonder the Wankandans desired zero contact with the colonizers. Now returning to the bright side, we finally saw super-heroes who looked like us!

For days, we can all talk about the undisputed showmanship of Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis. I think we can all agree it was the fierce females of Wakanda who really stole the show.

Queens Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright are clearly the backbone to this blockbuster. Oh yes, the magnificent display of their strength, loyalty, resourcefulness, and loyalty are anchored in this soul of sisterhood. How about the all-female guard? Mic drop!

The backstory is the women are indeed revolutionary leaders. Their beauty, cunningness, and brilliance make the visit to Wakanda even more powerful. Every girl and woman needs to recognize their individual super-powers.

Many of us, including myself, walked away with a sense of renewed empowerment and pride. Guess what? Empowerment is nothing NEW among black females. Unlike the oppressed former plantation wives, black women have been empowered by black men for centuries. Long before women’s feminist movements, the black women’s counsel was sought by kings and valued.

In the story of Shaka Zulu, his mother Nandi served in both roles of Queen Mother and his advisor. The opinions of other females in the family structure were taken into consideration. This also included the opinions of sisters, aunts, and grandmothers.

Females are, and they remain pillars of strength in the black family. Who would dare challenge a strong black woman in the family? My answer and your answer should be; nobody but a fool!

If you have not seen Black Panther, I encourage you to go and see to see this amazing masterpiece. The Women of Wakanda Rule! It is indeed a movie for the ages and for your library.

Wakanda Forever.