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My Experience after Watching ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

Four years ago when Black Panther entered theaters I remember being overwhelmed by how powerful it was. To see so many beautiful, intelligent, inspiring Black people on the big screen in a fashion that was 100% empowering was something I truly had never seen before.

It’s been four years since I’ve felt the power of this side of the MCU and Ryan Coogler did NOT disappoint with this sequel. He understands that sequels always have to up the ante and that means more characters, bigger action sequences, and even greater depth than what came before. He delivered that with Wakanda Forever, a film that never settles for being anything other than an emotional, ultra-serious story.

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A Movie Ranking: Angela Basset

Angela Basset is a beautiful, captivating actress who commands the screen with her presence. Today, for this week’s A Movie Ranking, I wanted to highlight an actress and she was the one I chose. Enjoy!

6. Meet the Robinsons

Meet the Robinsons (2007)

I watched this movie as a child and while it isn’t the worst children’s movie I’ve ever seen it’s definitely not the best.

5. Bumblebee

Fred Dryer, Len Cariou, John Ortiz, Megyn Price, Pamela Adlon, Glynn Turman, John Cena, Stephen Schneider, Lenny Jacobson, Sachin Bhatt, Hailee Steinfeld, Gracie Dzienny, Tim Martin Gleason, Felicia Stiles, Krystin Goodwin, Isabelle Ellingson, Jason Drucker, Brandon Wardle, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Nick Pilla, and Mika Kubo in Bumblebee (2018)

While this, personally, is not my favorite Transformers movie it’s very cute. Angela Basset does a great job bringing life to the Decepticon Shatter and is one of the better elements of the film.

4. Black Panther

Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Isaach De Bankolé, Martin Freeman, Michael B. Jordan, Andy Serkis, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o, Daniel Kaluuya, and Letitia Wright in Black Panther (2018)

Angela Basset plays King T’Challa’s mother, Queen Mother Ramonda, and she exudes power as this Wakandan queen. Her words are full of wisdom and she looks like, if it came down to it, she could defend herself rather efficiently against her foes. I’m interested in what else she can add to the story in the future.

3. Avengers: Endgame

Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Danai Gurira, and Karen Gillan in Avengers: Endgame (2019)

This movie is a masterpiece. No, it’s not the best film in the MCU but it is extraordinary in how it manages to conclude a saga eleven years in the making. I mean, I’ve never been in a movie theater that excited and rowdy in my life. This franchise has impacted the world and deserves every bit of praise it can get.

2. Mission: Impossible-Fallout

Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, and Simon Pegg in Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

This, in my opinion, is the greatest action movie ever made. Filled with jaw-dropping, heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat action sequences, Fallout stands as one of the best films I’ve ever laid eyes on. Angela Basset’s role as CIA deputy director Erika Sloane is actually my favorite role of hers, as she manages to exude such a sternness in all of her scenes in this movie that is downright riveting. I hope she returns in the sequel because I have a feeling she’d only help the film’s story in a big way.

1. Malcolm X

Denzel Washington in Malcolm X (1992)

This is hands down the best biographical film I have ever watched. Denzel Washington should’ve won Best Actor for his stunning portrayal of the iconic civil rights activist, Malcolm X, Spike Lee should’ve at least been nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, and this movie should’ve been nominated for Best Picture. It’s one of the greatest movies ever made and a true testament to exceptional moviemaking.

That’s my movie ranking for Angela Basset. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a tremendous day.

The Women of ‘Mission: Impossible-Fallout’

Ever since the first Mission: Impossible 22 years ago this franchise has become a favorite of anyone who loves a good action movie. Now the franchise has six movies and with its latest and best installment yet this franchise is easily one of my favorites of all time. But what really made Fallout stand out was its incredible inclusion of women in the film.

Up to this point we have only ever seen, at the max, three women in a single Mission: Impossible film and most of the time those women are killed off before we can get a good grasp on their character (remember Keri Russel’s character in Mission: Impossible III?) Fallout didn’t do that. In fact, it gave us an all-time high in terms of its inclusion of women with four awesome females who stole the show and took control of their various situations. So, I’m going to celebrate these women and all of the importance they brought to this film.

Erika Sloane


Erika Sloane, the newest director of the CIA, is a boss! She’s so awesome. Her character doesn’t appear often in the film but when she does she steals the show with her authoritative personality and Angela Basset portrays the character perfectly. Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt isn’t usually intimidated by anyone but there is definitely a respect he holds for her that is beautiful to observe.

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The Women of ‘Black Panther’

Marvel hasn’t been known for incorporating a lot of female superheroes in their movies (until recently.) For a while Black Widow was the only female superhero in the superhero franchise until 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy introduced assassin sisters Gamora and Nebula into the fold. Since then the female superheroes have appeared at an increasing rate. Avengers: Age of Ultron debuted Scarlet Witch. Doctor Strange had The Ancient One. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 brought forth a new heroine, Mantis. Thor: Ragnarok unleashed the fiery Valkyrie into the MCU as well as the franchise’s first female villain, Hela. And now Black Panther.

Out of all seventeen previous films there have been only eight female superheroes, and four of them appeared in the last two years! This has been a male-dominated franchise for a long time but that’s slowly being cut into and the arrival of Black Panther helps that immensely as it introduced the most women we’ve seen in a Marvel film to date. Not only were their four major heroines in the film but there were plenty of strong, powerful women surrounding them as well and it was a marvel (see what I did there?) to see. And more importantly, they were black!

We, as black women, rarely see ourselves represented in such an epic fashion onscreen and to see so many of us, at one time, portrayed as strong, beautiful, intelligent, and downright awesome was and still is one of the best experiences of my life. So today I’m going to celebrate the arrival of these powerful women and I hope you enjoy. 🙂

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