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BATA, Wakanda Forever and Pop Culture 

BATA, Wakanda Forever and Pop Culture 

Over a month ago, our students visited the local AMC to watch Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The movie felt so close to home for many of our students. Not only were there scenes shot on the Charles River, but also in Haiti and Cape Verde, where many of our students originate from. Students identify with the characters, their heritage, their culture and the fight for justice. 

Pop culture has a significant impact on the way our students see the world. So some of the students in Ms. Dani’s Ethnic Studies class decided to interview each other about how their diverse identities are shaped by pop culture and the media that represents them. 

Read all the interviews here:  

Claudina interviews Jazmoni

What movie do you feel like you have a personal connection with? 

Spiderman into the Spiderverse 

How does the movie connect with your identity? 

Because it's the first Black Spiderman in a movie, ever!  I identify so much of myself with the main character, Miles Morales. He's black, he loves Jordan's and he loves Spiderman.

What's a scene you really loved from the movie? 

The scene where Miles Morales finally becomes Spiderman. I waited so long for that to happen. 

Why is it important to have movies or music relevant to your identity? 

Because artists and actors that are like me inspire me to be and do better and sometimes you can feel your life reflected in theirs. You can relate to what they have to say. 

 

Sante interviews Ms. Dani 

Who is a musician you love and feel connected to? 

Joy Oladukon 

Why is their music important to you? 

I feel her music brings about a lot of emotions that I feel connected to 

What kind of feeling does their music give you? 

Their music makes me feel calm. 

Why is it important to have movies or music relevant to your identity and culture? 

I think it is because music and movies help you feel connected to each other. It brings together a sense of community for those who share the same interests as you. 

 

JP interviews James 

Who's a musician you love or feel connected to? 

Yungeen Ace 

Why is their music important to you? 

I love the rhythms and rhymes of his songs. He expresses feelings and emotions I connect to in the way that he raps.

What kind of feeling does their music give you? 

The songs are motivational for me. His music makes me feel so inspired. 

Why is it important to have movies or music relevant to your identity and culture? 

Because it reminds you of home when you listen to music or watch. I can feel the memories when i listen to music or watch movies related to my culture. 

 

Eve interviews Danny 

What movie do you feel like you have a personal connection with? 

Rascal does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai 

How does the movie connect with your identity? 

I feel a lot of connection to the context of the movie. The character's views and journeys throughout the movie relate to the way I see life.

Why is it important to have movies or music relevant to your identity? 

It's important to have people represented that are going through what you're going through. The feelings of craziness and insecurity, I can relate that back to characters or lyrics.

 

Danny interviews Eve 

Who is a musician you feel connected to? 

Bad Bunny 

Why is their music important to you?

The artist has a huge impact on myself and how I view myself 

What kind of feeling does their music give you? 

Happiness, sadness, love 

 

Anthony interviews Janilsson 

What movie or TV show do you feel like you have a personal connection with? 

Lupin 

How does the movie connect with your identity? 

The TV show helps you to understand that things aren't always what they seem to be. The main characters' personalities match a lot with mine.