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“Black Future Month” with Jamil Smith

Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) joins Ana to talk about what makes Black Panther different from other Marvel movies and so important. They discuss the power of the movie’s metaphors to talk about colonization and the black experience in America as well as how this movie can prompt white people to think differently about white supremacy. Ana and Jamil also consider the active decision by the movie’s creators to make a movie for black audiences, and what that choice could mean for the future of movies and TV.

Jamil wrote the Time cover story on Black Panther, which you can find here.

There is a lengthy digression about “Atlanta” and the Donald Glover profile in the New Yorker, and whether superhero movies always fight the last war while comedy confronts the future.

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