Finishing off 2017, we saw great unrest in many US cities and entire states where black communities were starting to rise up against the local police forces and against the government.

For many, there didn’t seem to be an ending as it would seem the country would soon dip into civil unrest, spanning the entire country especially as such hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter and #AllLivesMatter, were being used across the nation by all walks of life.

But suddenly there came a light of hope, on January 29th, 2018 when the ‘Black Panther’ movie was released and premiered in Los Angeles.

Wakanda

The film is largely about the main character, who is a black superhero, in a fictional country called Wakanda, where, in essence, (like most superheroes), he saves the day by saving his nation.

Now the interesting thing is that this movie was first looked at for release in 1992 when the riots were happening in Los Angeles, which was otherwise known as the ‘Battle of Los Angeles’. This happened after a trial jury acquitted four officers of the Los Angeles Police Department for use of excessive force, in the arrest and beating of Rodney King who was an African-American.

But the movie wasn’t released then, maybe as the riots were contained within a short space of time.

The movie wasn’t officially in the works, (supposedly), until 2014, around the same time as the Ferguson riots in the US, after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown happened. But we see that it had been hanging around in the Hollywood back catalogue as far back as 2005, just waiting to be used.

Even then it wasn’t released, as it seemed to be taking a long time getting it together.

Until finally, this year 2018, Black Panther, was released!

Now obviously this entire post is based on speculation and you’ll be able to find many conspiracy theories online about Hollywood’s connection with secret societies and the US government. But it does raise the question;

Was the movie released to calm tensions between the black communities and the state?

Now that the movie has been released, it has empowered a lot of people, especially in the black neighbourhoods. Which, in turn, has calmed the unrest which seemed to be gunning towards a civil war.

The peoples’ thinking has turned away from the real-life factors that were causing rifts and focused more on the fictional characters in Wakanda; who are now giving people, (and especially the black communities) a sense of hope and grounding within their cultural roots. 

Written by Andy Oliver.

Andy is the founder of 70×7 Music.                                                                                                

He manages UK rappers GhostLotus and J.Walker of (TLD).

He is also the presenter of HopeJamz radio show on 90.1 Hope FM as well as organising music events and bookings for UK & International artists.

Check out his website – www.70x7clothing.com 

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