The Black Panther Syllabus: The Cultural Film Phenomenon from Yesterday’s, Today’s and Tomorrow’s Perspective and Imagination
I wrote this Facebook post on 2/16/18: So, my communications degree focused on a critical study of film and television. In addition, my first English course in college was a study of Sci-fi, where I was introduced to Octavia Butler’s work. So, it’s no wonder that I am totally nerding out on Black Panther, (film and sci-fi)! I am still a reader, writer and story nerd at heart, always listening watching and studying those that do. Forever the student, I am always interested in learning and still curious and full of questions.
The addendum: For no other reason than I was completely compelled to, I dug deep with the research to learn all I could about Black Panther. I wanted to know who, what, when, why, where and how. And thus, this syllabus was born.
It can be used to understand the pieces that go into filmmaking, if that’s of interest to you. Or you can focus on the music, culture and beautiful visuals of it all. You can also find out where to start with the comics, if that is of interest to you or your kids. It’s all in here.
Thankful to the resources that made this possible.
Now, I can move forward with my life! I hope you enjoy and get as much out of this as I put into it! #nerdup
Full Cast and Crew
Behind The Story
Based on Marvel Comics created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby starting in 1966
Screenplay written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole
The Man Who Put Marvel in the Black (The Undefeated) — https://theundefeated.com/features/marvel-nate-moore-black-panther/
Nate Moore Interview — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VybqLZE0giI
Joe Robert Cole Interview — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xEYJIpVWvA
Ryan Coogler Breaks Down The Making Of ‘Black Panther’, Black Girl Power, & Building Wakanda — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRpunguFOq4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRpunguFOq4
Black Panther Townhall on Sway in the Morning — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsTitt-VDuU
Christopher Priest (Writer from 1998–2003) On Black Panther — https://www.newsarama.com/25496-priest-looks-back-at-black-panther.html
The Essential Black Panther: Ta-Nehisi Coates — http://comicbook.com/marvel/2018/02/14/the-essential-black-panther-ta-nehisi-coates/
TA-NEHISI COATES FIGHTS THE POWER — LITERALLY — WITH BLACK PANTHER (Wired) — https://www.wired.com/2016/04/ta-nehisi-coates-black-panther-comics/
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther Review — a promising, subversive start — https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/08/ta-nehisi-coates-black-panther-review-promising-subversive-start
The Words that Build Wakanda: Following Ta-Nehisi Coates’ BLACK PANTHER — http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2018/01/08/the-words-that-build-wakanda-following-ta-nehisi-coates-black-panther
6 BLACK PANTHER COMICS TO READ BEFORE AND AFTER THE MOVIE — https://nerdist.com/6-black-panther-comics-to-read-before-and-after-the-movie/
The 7 Best ‘Black Panther’ Comics to Read Before the Movie — https://www.inverse.com/article/40981-best-black-panther-comics-marvel
The Carcosa Interview: Ta-Nehisi Coates Discusses The Black Panther — http://blacknerdproblems.com/the-carcosa-interview-ta-nehisi-coates-discusses-the-black-panther/
Cultural Inspiration —
Pulling Together the Pieces of Visual Storytelling
Meet the production designer behind Black Panther’s Afrofuturist look — http://www.cbc.ca/radio/day6/episode-377-designing-black-panther-school-shooting-cartoons-olympic-spoilers-drew-hayden-taylor-more-1.4535149/meet-the-production-designer-behind-black-panther-s-afrofuturist-look-1.4535153
Meet the Woman Behind the African Utopia in ‘Black Panther — https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3k7aj9/meet-the-woman-behind-the-african-utopia-in-black-panther
How Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter Brought the Afrofuture to ‘Black Panther’ — https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-costume-designer-ruth-e-carter-brought-the-afrofuture-to-black-panther
The Wardrobe of Wakanda: The Costumes of ‘Black Panther’ — http://toofab.com/photos/d8a3726f-e458-4eac-930a-6621f5120879
‘Black Panther’ Costume Designer Draws On ‘The Sacred Geometry Of Africa’ — https://www.npr.org/2018/02/16/586513016/black-panther-costume-designer-draws-on-the-sacred-geometry-of-africa
Exclusive: Designing Wakanda and the Amazing Sets of Black Panther — https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/production-set-design-black-panther/
‘Black Panther’ Costume Designer Ruth Carter: ‘I Was Under a Lot of Pressure to Not Create a Stereotype’ (Glamour) — https://www.glamour.com/story/black-panther-costume-designer-ruth-carter-interview
Adorning Wakanda: Meet Douriean Fletcher, the jewelry designer for ‘Black Panther’ (LA Times) — http://www.latimes.com/fashion/la-et-ig-black-panther-jewelry-designer-20180216-htmlstory.html
Peripheral Facts and Thoughts
Kevin Fiege — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaR__kswLrU
Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Duality in Storytelling — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKXxiiEbiCA
The Provocation and Power of Black Panther (The Atlantic) — https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/02/the-provocation-and-power-of-black-panther/553226/
The past, present and Afrofuturism of ‘Black Panther’ — https://www.cnet.com/news/black-panther-afrofuturism-reclaim-black-experience/
Beyond ‘Black Panther’: A brief history of Afrofuturism — https://mashable.com/2018/02/14/history-of-afrofuturism-black-panther/#OoGSrrvilsqt
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