Category: Culture

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‘This is America’ by Childish Gambino [Full Analysis]

Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) has burst back on the music scene with a song that has lyrics just as vividly descriptive as the music video. This song addresses a handful of controversial topics that remain hot-button issues on everybody’s social media timelines. You can find a myriad of interpretations for the visuals and lyrics contained within this four minute mini-masterpiece; what you are getting here at The MÆG is a full analysis of the hidden messages contained within Donald Glover’s video and lyrics.

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10 Quotes by Actual Black Panthers to Get Your Mind Ready for Revolution [The S.O.T. Project]

Seeing Chadwick Boseman run around the silver screen as the Black Panther was a reminder that black Americans still yearn for heros that look like us. The acrobatic, action-filled performance was perfectly complimented by a storyline and script which included many of the conversations the black community have amongst ourselves. [SPOILER] The beginning of the film even pays homage to the Oakland Black Panther Party in a way that ties the fictional story into our present reality.

It is inspiring to see a fictional masked vigilante fight for black people all around the globe, however, this Black Panther story is completely fictional and is not the only positive outlet required to begin to remedy the lasting problems within the black American community.

Let’s shift our focus to the actual Black Panther Party; the black political entity founded in the 1960s by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. The founders and subsequent members of the Black Panther Party instilled fear in those who saw “Black Power” as an existential threat while emboldening an entire demographic of Americans who had been treated as second-class citizens. Check out these 10 quotes by actual Black Panthers that will have you feeling like T’Challa after his crowning ceremony: