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Music from the Black Panther Soundtrack: Ancestral Plane by Ludwig Gransson


The Huffington Post’s article on the film Black Panther sheds light onto the amounts of social and cultural impact it brought to many people around the world. Shanita Hubbard, the Guest writer of the article, speaks on the global movement of the single word ‘Wakanda’ and how just that word alone, holds so much power for the black community. She discusses how being a black woman, in a way made her feel voiceless. This film changed that. She says, “Coogler brilliantly helped convey the powerful message that we didn’t need any more stories about  “white saviors.” Both native Africans and Black Americans are, in fact, our own saviors. We are our own superheroes.” Black Panther was a conversation starter and is still do this day. The article praises the film for breaking out of the traditional Hollywood standards for filmmaking and taking a risk in the midst of the TimesUp and HeforShe periods.

The article is clearly an opinion piece, as the writer makes personal connections to how she feels the film has liberated her people and made them feel strong. Her main argument in this piece is centered when she concludes with, “Wakanda may not be real, but this year, it became a place to have some very real conversations about the wounds still felt by the impact of the slavery in our past and racism of our present day.” The article does not simply celebrate the film’s success, it delves deeper into the roots of the native African culture and how groundbreaking it is to show diversity in a big budget film such as this.

The article has the potential to entertain nerds such as I on the film itself, and how that film has transcended into a global movement. It also has to makings of another discussion on how Hollywood is slowly moving out of its exclusive box and into an inclusive one filled with different people of different cultures. It is in this podcast that I will discuss Hollywood and Black Panther’s movement using other articles such as Variety’s Despite Dollars in Diversity, Hollywood Still Averse to Making Inclusive Films, which talks about the shift after Oprah’s speech on female empowerment and diversity in moviemaking. I will also use Forbes Box Office: 'Black Panther' Should Terrify Every Hollywood Studio, which expresses how other traditional “whitewashing” films are of low interest after the release of Marvel’s mightiest project. Lastly, I will also look at Time’s The Revolutionary Power Of Black Panther, which discusses the film as a revolution and a stand up against prejudice and discrimination. All these concerns and topics will be more than enough to grab my listeners and embark them on a journey that will leave them feeling liberated and ready for change.



An “opinion,” in my opinion, is when someone states an idea based off of their own experiences and education without knowing confidently whether or not their statement is accurate. The nature of opinion stems from multiple theories/concepts coming from people that lead to a person’s own development of such an idea. However, opinions can lead away from just hypothesis and thesis found in schools, it can be dangerous when discussing serious matters such as politics, real-world issues (ex: #TimesUp movement), and criminal laws. Opinions are mostly based on emotions, and when emotions begin to control our words, people can say either the most influential or stupidest things. For instance, Trump claiming that he has never said that if he wasn’t his daughter's father, he would want to date/marry her- even though fact checkers proved that he, in fact, said it.

Matter of opinions is not the same as being knowledgeable or having knowledge. Rather, I believe that matter of opinions involve the person’s own experiences, feelings, and life lessons. Yet, this does not mean that their opinions should not be credible, this simply means that there is a difference between what a person knows to be in fact true, and what that person believes to be the truth. Therefore, I believe that it is simply impossible that all knowledge is a matter of opinion when opinions are not the real truth to someone’s accusation/declaration.


Hello! My name is Jessica, and one thing you should know about me is that I am a huge movie lover. Ever since I could remember, my mom would have me watch black and white films like Casablanca, Jane Eyre, Rebecca, Psycho, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Shop Around the Corner, and so on. I grew up believing I lived in a colorless world because of these films! I loved them, and as I grew older, I became to appreciate them more for their style, meaning, characters, and script.  This was the beginning of my lifelong passion to become a professional actress and screenwriter.

I feel intrigued by the course demands, as well as excited yet nervous to learn how to produce and publish a podcast. Through my theatre background/education, I was taught to edit and create short films and put together my own score (background music) using sound apps. Now that this course asks us to use our own voices to give an opinion on a topic, I am interested to see how my previous knowledge can benefit me, including on what new tools I can take through each new lecture/ lesson. I believe I will find myself nervous during this assignment because of the fact that I am a perfectionist and want my podcast to be the best it can be. Likewise, I don’t like the sound of my own voice, which will make me even more nervous.

As a student, I use JSTOR to properly do research on my chosen topics, whatever they may be. I first started using JSTOR due to the fact that my professor at the time, didn't want us to use anything else but that. So, after that course concluded, I just began using JSTOR as my premium outlet to locate, and find research. This is helpful to me because I already know that all of my sources are valid, and are not questionable unless they do not relate to my given argument. It makes my time to do research not as long as one would think since I use one outlet (JSTOR) to discover thousands of articles, books, newspaper clippings, statements, etc.