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Posted: February 06, 2018

Black Twitter flocks to social media to share #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe in viral hashtag

It stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o. The director is Ryan Coogler, whose credits include "Creed" and "Fruitvale Station." Filmmakers began working on the action flick as early as 1992. It began filming in Atlanta, Georgia in 2016. Kendrick Lamar produced the soundtrack. The trailer was viewed 89 million times within a day of its debut. Opening Feb. 16, it will have a "cross-nation release" in Africa, a first for a Disney film.

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By Najja Parker

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

There are less than two weeks remaining before “Black Panther” hits theaters, and people are sharing their excitement on social media. Along with sharing their joy, fans are also expressing the importance of the flick with the viral hashtag #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe.

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On Tuesday, one tweep posed the question, “What does the Black Panther film mean to you?” Pretty soon, hundreds were replying with thoughtful answers and personal stories. 

Several wrote about the significance of representation. They were thrilled that younger generations would have the opportunity to see themselves positively portrayed in cinema.

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Others were happy to be exposed to African cultures and traditions not related to the traumas of slavery.

  

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And a few chimed in to praise to the moving responses they were seeing.

Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita N’yongo and a host of others, the Ryan Coogler-directed movie follows Black Panther, or T’Challa, as he returns home to his African nation of Wakanda to reclaim his throne. It’s out Feb. 16.

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