#WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe Trends as Fans Celebrate Cultural Importance of the New Film

By Sameer Rao Feb 06, 2018

Twitter users sent a love letter to "Black Panther" in the form of #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe, a hashtag filled with personal odes to the movie that trended on Twitter today (February 6).

The Root reports that Kayla Sutton, director of online marketing for Black Girl Nerds, created the hashtag after talking to her son about the "Black Panther" comics he was reading. 

"As a young Black male with autism, I wanted to know what this movie meant to him," she told The Root. "It got me thinking about the impact this movie is going to have on so many. And how much it means to us internally at Black Girl Nerds and to me personally as a Black woman. This film is so unapologetically Black, and growing up on the outside of the nerd community as an ‘other,’ to have a film filled with people that look like me and my family is the most amazing gift." 

Black Girl Nerds launched the hashtag this morning: 

The responses poignantly address the superhero movie’s importance to moviegoers who yearn for complex and nuanced depictions of Black characters: 

The hashtag coincided with the lifting of an embargo on "Black Panther" reviews, which are positive enough to give the movie a 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes ahead of its February 16 release.