Why Black Panther’s box office success matters

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  • Published on:  Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Movies spotlighting people of color are kicking ass right now.

    Read our full review of Black Panther on Vox.com: http://bit.ly/2ExE9xf

    The buzz around the Black Panther movie release should come as no surprise to anyone keeping tabs on representation in media these days. People want movies that feature people of color and their stories. But there is a dearth in the supply of films produced that do that. Vox spoke with the UCLA sociology professor Darnell Hunt about how Hollywood has progressed to diversify its characters and stories to reflect the demographics of the US. Watch this video to understand how America’s changing makeup is key to Black Panther’s early dominance at the box office.

    For a closer look at the data, you can visit these links:
    http://bunchecenter.ucla.edu/2017/02/21/new-2017-hollywood-diversity-report/

    https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/US/PST045217


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  • Braxx  (Feb 16, 2018)

    HONEY....WHERE IS MY SUPERSUIT?!

  • KingsEffect11  (May 31, 2018)

    firekram same here lol

  • Cory Mck  (Feb 17, 2018)

    Vox: People are really excited about this movie because it stars non-white people who are underrepresented in movies and fiction. Here are the facts:...Commenter: Well I don't see race, Why does Vox have to put its political agenda in everything,This is just affirmative action in work, what about that one black action hero from 20 years ago, or the animated side character from 18 years ago?????

  • TCDREAM  (Feb 17, 2018)

    Black Panther's suit is so dope 🔥

  • 420_SWaG3r 33  (Jun 11, 2018)

    TCDREAM gold looks better

  • Bryon Scheer  (Mar 10, 2018)

    And Spiderman would waist the black panther...

  • in hoc signo vinces  (Feb 18, 2018)

    I prefer pink panther

  • Aquariuskudo  (May 9, 2018)

    HOMBURGHER

  • Divanya Alea  (Mar 24, 2018)

    Zink whoa..

  • Bob Jones  (Feb 16, 2018)

    I'm a person of color and it really bothers me that art must be altered in order to appease a group of people. Shouldn't a movie be driven by the storyline it provides not the representation of a certain demographic?

  • Jake Sampson  (Nov 4, 2018)

    Wi Fine yes, and there are no other cultural superhero's, which more than 1.3B dollars worth of ppl liked, and there are almost no non- white main character superheroes. I mean this is so dumb for so many reasons. You like Batman but eventually ppl get tired of the same thing. Also superhero movies are supposed to empower and challenge children, not be intellectual exercises for magnanimous professors such as your genius self sir, and kids that aren't white don't see anything except white American hero...

  • Exter  (Feb 16, 2018)

    As a black man, it's kinda funny seeing people act as though Black Panther is a revolutionary piece of film. It was, by most accounts, mediocre in terms of plot development and other standards. Unfortunately, the reviewers have left out many of the classic criteria for critiquing a film, instead choosing to focus on the fact that it's a minority dominated cast. The people that don't give it 5 stars for having a lot of black people are labelled racists, simply for being colourblind and judging a movie o...

  • Exter  (Feb 21, 2018)

    Well apparently you either need to be rich, have some genetic/mental mutation , not be human, or have an instance of trauma to be a superhero, so no, not all people can be a super hero, but we can all be regular heroes.

  • Ken Yap  (Feb 17, 2018)

    We need more Asian representation in Hollywood too, and none of those racist stereotypical roles. Time for Asians to be properly represented in the media too. #AsianRepresentInHollywood

  • aksuperswag02  (Sep 27, 2018)

    crazy rich asians

  • Rayan Said  (Apr 3, 2018)

    KenYap89 two words: Jackie Chan

  • NScyg  (Feb 22, 2018)

    what if it was just a good movie 🤔

  • Cool JeansBro  (Mar 5, 2018)

    Moss Linden i have no idea when u mean by major. I’m assuming you mean hyped up movies so there’s something like Get Out, but then old classics like blade. Even remake of movies such as the Wiz. There seems to be more back in the day such as Friday and house party. All films I loved(except the wiz I don’t like WoO either) but there’s also documentary type movies like Selma, Malcolm X, and straight outta Compton. I disliked everyone as they were boring to me as I like action packed movies like black pan...

  • oskamunda  (Feb 16, 2018)

    Why Black Panther's box office success matters:It doesn't. Stop being racist.Let good movies be good and bad movies be bad without making a social issue out of it.

  • Jordan E  (Feb 23, 2018)

    Her Tro Cool, then you don't care about the reality of life. Diversity is like the slogan of this planet.

  • Her Tro  (Feb 23, 2018)

    Jordan E I don't care about diversity.

  • Justin Anger  (Feb 17, 2018)

    Obama is my favorite superhero.

  • Justin Anger  (Mar 6, 2018)

    k. but he was my favorite superhero. like I said

  • My Name  (Mar 6, 2018)

    obama was an elitist sellout, says alot.