The Black Panther Syllabus: The Cultural Film Phenomenon from Yesterday’s, Today’s and Tomorrow’s Perspective and Imagination

Photo Credit: Marvel Studios

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

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1825683/fullcredits?ref_=ttloc_sa_1

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 PANTHERhttp://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 MOVIEhttps://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 Pantherhttps://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

Black Panther’s production designer talks bringing the nation of Wakanda to life https://www.avclub.com/black-panther-s-production-designer-talks-bringing-the-1798663922

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

The Music

The Score

Ludwig Goransson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO-lmUXiSs0

https://www.essence.com/entertainment/ludwig-goransson-music-composer-black-panther

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XtCnGT0B20

The Soundtrack

Song Lyricshttps://genius.com/albums/Various-artists/Black-panther-the-album-music-from-and-inspired-by

Vulture Reviewhttp://www.vulture.com/2018/02/the-black-panther-soundtrack-is-more-than-a-tasteful-tie-in.html

Billboard’s Takehttps://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8095902/black-panther-the-album-details-kendrick-lamar

Peripheral Facts and Thoughts

http://www.prnewsonline.com/influencers-black-panther

Kevin Fiegehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaR__kswLrU

Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Duality in Storytellinghttps://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/

Afrofuturism

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 Afrofuturismhttps://mashable.com/2018/02/14/history-of-afrofuturism-black-panther/#OoGSrrvilsqt

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