For weeks I planned to wear a grand African ensemble to see the movie, Black Panther. The hype was in the air, and black pride was on level 10.
After reading many different social media posts and gaining different perspectives from people from different walks of life making excellent points about the uptick in interest in African clothes, but not so much in African education and culture (to include clothing and tradition), I thought the better of it and decided to do something more meaningful and impactful (to me).
I fully support and understand anyone who elected to show up at the movie theaters in African attire. In fact, I completely and excitedly looked forward to it. People showing up to the theater in African attire at the theater Julie and I patronized was underwhelming. I was quite surprised.
In any event, after thinking about the posts and commentary I read, I decided that I would support a local African owned boutique in my area that sells both African and non-African stylish clothing. I purchased an outfit that I would wear long after the Black Panther movie. Not only that, I purchased this particular outfit because I was inspired by my very fashionable stylist Chi Chi of Chicamastyle. Trust me, you’ve seen her modeling stylish fashions all over Instagram. I’ve accomplished a few things by making these decisions. I have:
– Not unintentionally offended an entire culture by wearing fabrics, clothes, and patterns of which I do not have a clear meaning or understanding of their significance to the African culture (I hope to educate myself more in this area)
– I’ve supported a small business owned by an African in the United States
– I’m wearing an outfit modeled by an African model (who inspires me) who has mad style and models for many American-based boutiques and businesses
– I’ve contributed to the American economy in a small way, but still – I did.
This was my epiphany and my choice, and I was quite content with my actions thereafter. Again, much love to those who put a significant amount of effort to dressing in African attire to see the movie, Black Panther.
The movie was absolutely amazing! There were many messages taken away that I will ponder on for weeks to come. What was most astonishing to me was to see black women portrayed as fierce, educated, trusting, loyal and strong warriors – which in fact, in reality, we are. The movie just affirmed for the masses what we already live and know. I can’t wait to purchase the movie and add it to my collection of all time favorites. If you haven’t seen the movie it’s a must-see – a classic, a keeper, and a true Oscar contender.