Sean “Diddy” Combs recently spoke out about how the Marvel movie Black Panther, while having good intentions, may not be the beacon of hope that some think it is.
While many fans of Marvel’s latest solo outing Black Panther thought the film was a great next step into bringing black members of the entertainment industry to center stage, which isn’t always the case with big-budget blockbusters, Combs isn’t so sure. This is what the musician had to say about Black Panther‘s success:
“Black Panther was a cruel experiment. We live in 2018, and it’s the first time that the film industry gave us a fair playing field on a worldwide blockbuster, and the hundreds of millions it takes to make it.”
Diddy went on to express his worry about the industry using a film like Black Panther and its success to simply capitalize on the black community.
“We only get 5% of the venture capital invested in things that are black owned — black-owned businesses, black-owned ideas, black-owned IP. You can’t do anything without that money, without resources. But when we do get the resources, we over-deliver. When Adidas invests in Kanye and it’s done properly, you have the right results. When Live Nation invests in artists and puts them in arenas the same way U2 would be, you have the right results. Black Panther, Black-ish, fashion; it’s all about access. If you’re blocked out of the resources, you can’t compete. And that’s my whole thing — to be able to come and compete.”
Diddy went on to compare the topic to similar issues in the music industry.
“You have these record companies that are making so much money off our culture, our art form, but they’re not investing or even believing in us. For all the billions of dollars that these black executives have been able to make them, [there’s still hesitation] to put them in the top-level positions. They’ll go and they’ll recruit cats from overseas. It makes sense to give [executives of color] a chance and embrace the evolution, instead of it being that we can only make it to president, senior VP.”
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5 Reasons ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ Is The Perfect ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Follow-Up
Marvel Studios released its 20th film with Ant-Man and the Wasp, and it was exactly the kind of movie they needed. After the dark, epic story that is Avengers: Infinity War, the studio badly needed a palette cleanser to keep audiences on board. Marvel sets out to make good movies every time, but they know they can’t have their heroes square-off against alien tyrants to save the world in every film.
Marvel’s newest and smallest movie was the right choice for the studio to follow-up Infinity War. A small-scale story packed full of heart, humor and entertaining action, Ant-Man and the Wasp is an exciting superhero movie and an intimate look at the power of relationships. Not only is it accessible for viewers who may not have seen every Marvel movie, but it is packed full of Marvel easter eggs for long-term comic book fans to get excited about!
Hit Next to discover the five reasons why Ant-Man and the Wasp is the perfect follow-up to Avengers: Infinity War! Spoilers ahead…