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What ‘Black Panther’ Means to Parents (According to Twitter)

#WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe reveals the joy parents are feeling from Marvel's latest hit.

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If it seems like everyone loves Black Panther, that’s probably because the vast majority of the movie-going public does. The 18th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a hit on three fronts so far: critics love it, audiences love it, and the box office take has been massive. But those are Hollywood metrics. The most interesting reactions to the film — middle schoolers going to the movie dancing with joyChadwick Boseman tearing up during the press tour –have all been emotional. The latest, the hashtag #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe started by Black Girl Nerds writer Kayla Sutton takes this to the next level and parents, in particular, have provided real insight.

Searching through the hashtag, it’s easy to find mothers and fathers thrilled that their children have a superhero on the big screen that not only looks like them, but embraces and celebrates African culture and African accomplishments. At their best, these short missives are about both history, pride, and the recognition of an important cultural moment. The most poignant stories from the #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe tag are really poignant and even the least interesting — not that any ought to be dismissed — make a clear case for the inevitable sequel.

These are the best explanation of the film’s importance by parents, who definitely get it and are definitely pumped for the rise of Wakanda.