I recently took a very special journey with my kids, one I don’t think any of us will ever forget.
Originally this was supposed to be a mother/son date night, but as my daughter looked up at me with her wide eyes, inquisitive stare and hand on her hip pleading her case for why she shouldn’t be left out, I know we had to include her.
If you read my revealing post from a couple of months ago about my daughter’s anxiety issues, I thought this was the perfect time as well as the perfect movie to show her how strong, smart and powerful women can be.
I needed to show her that this girl can.
More importantly, I especially knew it was my duty as a mother to my biracial daughter to include her as part of our Black Panther movie experience tribe.
Now I’m not here to spoil anything for you, but with a movie this monumental I felt a strong desire to share about why I took my 7-year old daughter to Wakanda.
Why I Took My Daughter To Wakanda To Show Her This Girl Can
Wakanda is a nation where black women don’t walk behind men, but instead they walk alongside of them and sometimes even walk ahead and take the lead.
Women in Wakanda aren’t stifled or talked down to, instead they are encouraged to explore their full potential and they are appreciated for their incredibly smart minds.
Many women in Wakanda are strong warriors who are trusted to protect and guard the king, the Black Panther.
One of my daughter’s favorite characters in Black Panther is T’Challa’s sister, Shuri, who doesn’t play the role of a typical little sister. Instead Shuri is an intelligent, tech-savvy, creative woman, who can also fight. This girl can and does when it comes to embodying the phrase “Wakanda forever“
The incredibly beautiful black women of Wakanda aren’t waiting to be saved.
These women aren’t meek or silent, instead they are influential and considered equals.
Wakanda women are fierce, intelligent and powerful, and I know both my daughter and I will be in awe of these characters for a long time to come.
It wasn’t enough for my daughter to hear that she can, she had to see it for herself to truly believe it, and Black Panther provided that and so much more.
Thank you to the women of Wakanda who made her truly believe that this girl can.
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