Brightness and blackness: The effect of Black Panther on an African New Zealander

Keagan Carr Fransch is a New Zealand-Zimbabwean actress studying in London. She writes about the breathtaking moments representation on screen can create for African diaspora.

*Contains spoilers for the film Black Panther.

Since whisperings began of Black Panther joining the Marvel cinematic universe in late 2015, the African diaspora was abuzz with excitement. As promo pics, trailers and sneak peeks of various production elements were released, this excitement grew into an almost desperate anticipation of something that could potentially change the game and positively impact the respectful representation of the black body in mainstream cinema. As an African-New Zealander who is also an actor, my anticipation was fuelled not by excitement, but by worry. As I watched the almost…

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