Black Panther is for film what Barack Obama was for the presidency

( CNN) For a few hours starting next weekend, black America will exhale, something it has not done since the Republican Party preferred as its presidential nominee a man who rose to national political prominence on open bigotry and 58% of white voters built him President.

For a few hours, all tints of black people, African and African-American, will be able to see themselves become the center of the most influential image-making industry on countries around the world. Slavery and racism will be neither soft-pedaled nor portrayed as the totality of the black experience.

“Black Panther, ” scheduled for wide release next Friday, could therefore not have been better period. Had Marvel decided to launch this superhero franchise during the Obama era, it would have still resonated, but not like this.

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