Black is the new black

4/12/2018, 12:10 p.m.
Although it was a few decades ago, the memory lingers quite vividly.
'Black Panther'

Although it was a few decades ago, the memory lingers quite vividly. It was a bitterly cold day in February and after a hard day at school the crib was minutes away as the D pulled into the 167th Street station. I deviated from the normal route, in hopes of catching the crosstown 35 bus, and there it was. Outside of a Chinese restaurant was a makeshift advertisement etched in chalk that read, “3 Wings, french fries and soda. $2.00 Black History Month Special!” The further away from childhood I had gotten, the more offended I became. Maybe I was just trippin.’ Or maybe not…News just came down that the global box office juggernaut “Black Panther” has grossed $66 million thus far in China. A few reviews of the film, however, seem to suggest the ugly head of racism. Listed below are a couple of the comments made regarding the film.

“Maybe the Chinese are still not used to a film full of Black people. ‘Black Panther’ is black, all the major characters are Black, a lot of scenes are black, the car-chasing scene is Black—the blackness has really made me drowsy.”

“When I entered the theater, a bunch of Black people was fighting in the night…I’ve never been in a theater so dark that I couldn’t find my seat.”

Is it a reach to relate the two situations described? Is it a reach to feel a way about either? Maybe 50 said it best. “If they hate, let ‘em hate, but watch the money pile up.” “Black Panther” has grossed more than $1.3 billion in global ticket sales, $1.3 billion! This week it has become the third highest grossing film in the history of America, having surpassed the film “Titanic.”

Unfortunately, the two spots residing above it, “Avatar” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” respectively, might have been secured with the announcement made by Marvel Studios. With the April 27 release of “Avengers: Infinity Wars,” in which Chadwick Boseman reprises his Black Panther role, a brief window will exist when his character will compete against himself at the box office.

That time frame has been pinpointed as it appears that the blockbuster will be available digitally May 8 through Digital HD, 4k Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere, and the following week, May 15, it will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra. Bonus content is assured that will include never-before-seen extras and feature commentary from director Ryan Coogler—deleted scenes, outtakes and several making-of featurettes, which detail the Black Panther’s evolution, the remarkable women of Wakanda, the history of T’Challa’s proud nation and the cosmic origin and technological applications of vibranium. Also included are a roundtable discussion with “Black Panther” filmmakers and writers; a featurette tracing the countless connections between heroes, characters and storylines within the Marvel Cinematic Universe; and an exclusive sneak peek at “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Additionally, retailer exclusive content will be available where Best Buy will have Steelbook versions, Target will have a “filmmaker edition” featuring commentary from the director and Wal-Mart will offer a version that includes collectable trading cards.

Over and out. Holla next week. Til then, enjoy the nightlife.