African Americans in film are having the best year ever! We are barely over 70 days into 2018 and “Black Panther” tops the box office for the fourth week in a row ($41.1 million), and right behind it this past weekend is another Disney movie, “A Wrinkle in Time” ($33.3 million).
Directed by a Black woman, Ava Duvernay, “A Wrinkle in Time” is based on a 1962 novel about a sibling duo who searches through space and time for their missing father. The film stars Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and newcomer Storm Reid.
Although Oprah did sprinkle massive amounts of the greatness in this film, it was 14-year-old Reid who stole the show. Reid, who had a small role in “12 Years a Slave,” plays main character and big sister, Meg Murray. She is amazing, filling really big shoes with a small amount of effort. Her role is very important for little Black girls. It changes the imagery of what it means to be a young Black student.
Nowadays, and I see it with my own children, all they care about is Snapchat, streaks, and watching fight videos. But during the film, not once did my children try to sneak and look at their cell phones. The credits didn’t finish rolling before my daughter ignited into an exciting compare and contrast between the book and the movie.
“A Wrinkle in Time” will continue to make lasting impressions on innocent minds to change what it looks like to be a young Black woman.
I read a recent headline claiming “A Wrinkle in Time” to be just as important as “Black Panther,” and I completely agree. The volume of importance, relevance, and impact in both films will boost the confidence of every young learner, Black or White. Both movies break the glass ceiling of combating stereotypes and negative narratives.
We have so many days, so many months left of 2018! Let’s keep the momentum going. First, “Black Panther” and then, “A Wrinkle in Time.” I’m here for all the Black excellence on the big screen.
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