BPP (Black Panther Protocol)

Today is a great moment in Black history.

If you’re reading this, it’s either Black Panther Day or Black Panther Eve — yep, it’s time to go to the movies to see Black Panther!

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Over these past few months, I’ve been hearing a lot about what we would wear to the movie, what we should eat at the movie, and how we should conduct ourselves at the movie.
Keeping all three of those things in mind, here’s some proper protocol and procedure for watching the Black Panther movie in theaters (because if you buy a bootleg or watch it on Fire Stick, you will never enter the kingdom of Wakanda):

What we should wear to the movie:
• Brothas and sistas, if you want to reenact “Coming To America” and dress like Zamundan royalty, I’ll allow it.
• Brothas and sisters, if you want to go full cosplay, go for it. Bonus points for the sistas who shave their hair in the spirit of the Dora Milaje (and Zhane).
• Dashikis? Yep. Dressing up like you’re going to a 70s party? Count it. Channeling Black heroes of the past? God bless you.

In short, wear whatever you like.

What we should eat at the movie:
• Movie food is expensive, but I believe it’s worth it, in this instance.
• I SAID, MOVIE FOOD IS EXPENSIVE! Brothas and sistas, these are the moments that the big purse was made for. Go ahead and stash something in there to drink. And bring your own snacks. Yeah, I said it.
• I SAID, BRING YOUR OWN SNACKS! SNACKS, I SAY! NOT A SOUL FOOD PLATE! Small chicken wings and fingers are approved in the BPP. Chicken boxes are not.
• Non-perishable food items are OK, unless you need machinery to open them. In that case, they’re probably best for home and/or a local food drive. Thanks.

In short, eat whatever you like. Just save the Sunday spreads for the house.

How we should conduct ourselves at the movie:
• Talking during the movie is absolutely and positively allowed. I am unapologetic about saying this. If you missed something, it gives you another reason to go see the movie. As a matter of fact, I’m planning on using this excuse with my wife.
• If you plan on holding your breath for two hours and 15 minutes because you don’t want to miss a single word that passes from the mouths of Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, I respect your unearthly breath control. And you might just be the next great superhero.
• If you insist on acting out every fight scene, I am excited for you. I only ask that you not repeatedly punch the person’s seat in front of you.

In short, be you. Unapologetically.

This movie means a lot of things to a lot of people.

It will be fairly (and unfairly) criticized. I choose to enjoy this experience as I have enjoyed the anticipation leading up to the movie, by buying every single bit of Black Panther mer — forgive me, I had a moment.
I choose to enjoy this experience as I have enjoyed the anticipation leading up to the movie — not by treating it as some social experiment or an exercise in respectability politics.
I just want to have some fun, y’all. We deserve it.

Go enjoy this movie!

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