Black Panther Rewiew: Worth The Hype or Nah?

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Hey guys! What’s up? I hope all is well. If you haven’t been living under a rock, I’m sure you all have heard of the new movie “Black Panther” that premiered this weekend.

As a black woman, I have been waiting for this movie to come out for about a year or longer.  This movie has become more of a movement than a movie. It has brought black people  from all different backgrounds and different parts of the diaspora together. It has united us to show out in our best African regalia or even just show up to the theaters to support. A black superhero that we can all love and support? Count me in.

So let me give you the honest review of this movie.

Cinematography/Production

This movie was on some next level ish with the film quality. I loved how it captured the beauty of what Africa can really look like.  The image quality was pristine and captivating. It really took you on a magical journey of what this fictional Wakanda can really look like.

The costumes were pretty dope too.  Some were traditional and some took Westernized versions of what African clothes would look like.

Overall I would give it a 9/10 in this category.

 

Plot/Acting

The plot was very unique and intriguing. It wasn’t your typical Marvel movie. It dealt with social issues that black people face, especially the effects of the African diaspora.

The plot also kept you guessing. It was definitely not predictable. I felt like I wanted to pay attention to each scene because a new nugget of information was given.

The acting was phenomenal.  I want to commend Chadwick Boseman for being a good example of a strong black man that was still loveable. I also want to give Michael B. (Bae) Jordan a shout out too. Yes, he may be fine, but his acting made you hate his character. As hard as it was not to root for him, his evil character got the job done.

I can’t forget all the powerful female bosses. Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyongo, all of them were perfect examples of Black Girl Magic.

I would give it a 9.5/10  in this category.

Societal Impact

Like I mentioned before, this movie did a fantastic job at bringing black people together. I love that we can unite for such a positive cause. This movie is going to change the way people view Africa, and African Americans. It’s going to create and open dialogue for conversations about representation in the film industry.

I am so proud of this movie. It made me so proud to be a black African woman.

You know a movie is good when it resonates with you personally.

This category gets a 10/10.

Overall, this movie is a must-see. I highly recommend it. There is action, laughter, drama and culture.  You will feel empowered and inspired after watching it.

Overall score: 9.5/10

 

I’d love for you all to share with me what you liked about the movie in the comments or contact section.

 

Have a blessed day,

Abisola Xoxo

Valentine’s Day Edition: I’m Falling In Love?

 

 

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How are you all doing? For those of you who don’t know, I’m a pisces.  My birthday is (February 27th).  One of the characteristic traits that we are supposed to have is being hopeless romantics. I’ve got to admit, I definitely fall into that pisces stereotype. What can I say I love love? However, I’ve also been vocal in saying that I’ve been single basically my whole life. I can talk about the season of singleness in another post.

However,  now in this stage of my life, I’ve fallen deeply in love with someone.

His name is…Jesus. Now before you leave this post thinking that I used the title for clickbait, let me explain.

While strengthening your relationship with Jesus is important anytime, it is even more critical in the time of singleness. If you’re a Christian, you have to be whole in yourself and in your identity with Christ before you can add someone else to the mix. Two “half” people don’t make a whole, two whole people do.

With this in mind, I want to share a little bit about how I fell in love with Jesus.

As many people do,  I grew up in the Christian faith.  I always had a relationship with God, but like most people, that relationship fluctuated. I am not perfect, so I would fall short with the same sins routinely over and over again.

Last year, I felt like I really rededicated my life to Christ again. I made conscious efforts to pray actively, dig into his word, and really seek intimacy.  I’m blessed to say that this growth has continued through this year.

Fast forward to today and I feel the giddiness of falling in love. Jesus is my best friend and the person I can tell my deepest secrets, insecurities and fears.  The best part is that I know that he loves me more than I can or will ever love him. He shows me by waking me up every morning, giving me good health, peace, purpose, favor, and blessings.

The song “Reckless Love” by Bethel Music, perfectly describes the intensity of God’s love for us. It just amazes me that the creator of the Universe can love me so much that he died for me. It has me shook that he wants relationship with me of all people.

So if you’re single like me or even if you are in a relationship, I encourage you all to fall in love with God. It is more fulfilling and satisfying than any human relationship can possibly give you.

Plus, when you seek him, all good things will be added unto you. It’s a win-win situation.

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

Love,

Abisola

Black History Month: Letter to My Black Sisters

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Hey guys!

How is your Black History Month going? I’m enjoying seeing #BlackExcellence and #BlackHistory on my timeline.

Today I wanted to affirm black women. I want to encourage all my black sisters to embrace who they are.  I want to let you all know that you are celebrated and appreciated.

So, here we go.

Dear Black Queen,

You deserve the world. You are strong, brave, bold and courageous. I know that you are often misunderstood and portrayed in a negative light. But sis, the only opinion that matters is your Lord and Savior.  One of the reasons they hate on you, is because you are so unique.  You are radiating with a heavenly glow and they are jealous of your majestic aura.  Take their comments with a grain of salt. Do you boo.

We are worth more than diamonds and gold. Don’t let anyone make you think less of yourself. While the world may portray women with light complexions as the standard for beauty, know that we are so rare and exotic, we have to create our own standard.

My sister, when it comes to men, know your worth. You are the backbone of a black man. Let him put some respect on your name and vice versa. Let’s build empires, kingdoms, and communities for ourselves. Let’s have communities where we support our businesses, foster emotional support, and lend each other a helping hand.

If you feel underappreciated, know that I see you. I see you working hard and reaching for the stars. I see you paving the way for the next generations of royalty. The hustle may be hard, but you will reap fruit.

Be encouraged, and keep doing what you are doing.

Love,

Abisola

Black History Month: 4 Reasons I Love Being Black

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Hey guys!

Happy February! Happy Black History Month! February is one of my favorite months of the year.  It’s my birth month, there’s Valentine’s Day, and my favorite Black History Month! As a Nigerian-American woman, I am so proud of my heritage. I am proud of all the wonderful things black people have done in society and in this world.

I am not discrediting other races. I am simply celebrating my own. I want to share with you 4 reasons (I could do more) why I love being black.

Let’s get to it.

1.Black Is Beautiful:

I’m blessed to have a mother who encouraged the notion that “black is beautiful.” She would always tell my sister and I that our skin tone is unique, special and beautiful. Now as an adult, I’m appreciating my melanated skin more than ever.

Having dark skin and seeing the beauty of #BlackGirlMagic is something I constantly surround myself with. I love that our skin tone almost defies the sun. And sis, have you seen a dark person wearing bright colors? The phenomenon is astounding. Plus, it is practically a proven fact that “black don’t crack”, meaning that black people tend to age slower than other races.

But our beauty is more than skin deep. Black people have beautiful spirits, personalities, dimensions, auras,  strength, and wisdom that is captivating.

2. Black People Influence Culture And Society

Black people have been slaying the game since the days of ancient kingdoms and empires. Historically, we have made significant contributions to society from peanut butter, to pace makers.

However, speaking about modern times, I have noticed that black people often set the tone for pop culture. Think about it, almost every dance trend, social media hashtag, or “cool” hairstyle, has started from a black person.

This is why in recent times, there has been so much cultural appropriation of black people. While I’m flattered that people really appreciate black culture, it’s devastating to see that we often don’t get the credit for our contributions.

I won’t get too deep into it.  I can speak on this topic for  a while. However, K.Michelle has a song called “Kim K” that deals with how the Kardashian’s are praised for concepts and ideas that have been started by black people.

Although that irks me, they do say that imitation is the best form of flattery.

3.  Being Black Is Fun

From our comedies, to our cookouts, being black is such a good time.  I love our fun spirits and how almost all of us can pull off an effortlessly cool aura. While not every black person has rhythm, a good majority of us do.

There have been so many times where I’m taking a dance class or in a place where there  are dancing, and someone asks me to show them how to dance. It’s the African rhythm that flows from our blood.

Also, being black is like a VIP pass to inside jokes, certain slang, certain perspectives, and a sense of familiarity with other people. For example, when I see another black person, I can almost immediately relate to them in at least one aspect of my life.  I have a sense of comfort that they have gone through similar experiences as me.

4.  Being Black Is Unique

In our Westernized society,  black people and black experiences, make us minorities. Unless you go to certain regions, in “mainstream” society, black people are hard to come by. I take that as a badge of honor. We are like rare flowers that bloom in adversity. (Stole that from Mulan)

The black experience is multidimensional and cannot be experienced by anyone other than a black person.

Our hair textures are unlike any other race. Our styles and personalities vary tremendously. Our skin tone range is immense.

I genuinely feel so blessed to be chosen by God to be black.

 

While I have so many more reasons why I love being black, I don’t want this post to be super long. I will be doing more black history related posts throughout the month. Stay tuned. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please leave them through the contact section. I would love to hear reasons why you love being black.

Have a wonderful day.

Love,

Abisola Xoxo