The Afro-futuristic marvel blockbuster Black Panther has generated mega-hype both in Africa and its US diaspora. Hollywood has produced a revolutionary action adventure with an almost all-black cast of strong characters — particularly women — who have historically been invisible in Tinsel Town. The film also has a black director, co-screenwriter and costume designer, as well as a hip-hop soundtrack. Black Panther is set in a mythical African land of Wakanda: the most technologically advanced country in the world, based on its vibranium wealth. The movie is visually spectacular, raking in $1.3bn in sales. But despite the importance of Black Panther as a thrilling spectacle, one wonders if the euphoric reaction to the film represents black therapy for a people that have suffered more humiliation — through four centuries of slavery and colonialism — than any other race in history. Black Panther makes a great effort to represent an authentic Africa. The film is set in an Afropolis echoi...

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