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The significance of Haiti's nation honored in the recent Black Panther "Wakanda forever" film...

The "Black Panther" movie, released in 2018, is considered symbolic to many black people for several reasons. Firstly, it is one of the few major Hollywood productions with a predominantly black cast, and features complex and multi-dimensional characters who are often underrepresented in mainstream media. Secondly, the film is set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda, which is depicted as a technologically advanced and powerful society, and presents a positive and aspirational vision of black excellence and potential. This is significant because it challenges the stereotypical portrayal of Africa and African people as poor, underdeveloped, and in need of rescue, and instead presents a vision of black people as capable and self-determined. Finally, the film also addresses issues of identity, community, and responsibility, and raises important questions about the role that black people and black communities can play in shaping the world. The film has therefore become a source of pride and inspiration for many black people, and has become a symbol of the power and resilience of black culture and community.

Firstly why was Haiti selected to be featured in the "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" film ?

Credit: Illustration by Richard Watkins/AJC

Several reasons: Haiti's history and cultural heritage are an important part of the broader African diaspora, and its inclusion in the film would help to further celebrate and acknowledge the diversity of the black experience. Secondly, the connection between Haiti and Wakanda, as two black nations with unique and powerful histories, would help to reinforce the idea of black solidarity and the shared struggle for freedom and dignity. Finally, featuring Haiti in the film could also provide an opportunity to raise awareness about Haiti's ongoing struggles and challenges, such as poverty, political instability, and environmental degradation, and encourage a greater sense of global responsibility and action on these issues. Including Haiti in the film could therefore help to deepen our understanding and appreciation of the rich cultural heritage and political history of the black world, and further strengthen the connection between black people around the world.

Queen Ramonda travels specifically to Cap-Haïtien Haiti were Nakia resides to speak with her....

Reference to Haiti's Nation:

"Cap-Haïtien" was a significant city in the history of Haiti and played a role in the Haitian Slave Revolution. Cap-Haïtien, also known as Au Cap, is a city located on the northern coast of Haiti and was one of the largest and most important cities in the French colony of Saint-Domingue. During the Haitian Slave Revolution, Cap-Haïtien was a center of resistance and a key location for military action. It was the site of several major battles, including the Battle of Crête-à-Pierrot in 1793, in which enslaved Africans and people of African descent successfully defeated a French army, and the Battle of Vertières in 1803, which marked the decisive defeat of the French forces and the final stages of the revolution. After the revolution, Cap-Haïtien became the first capital of independent Haiti and was the center of political power and cultural life in the country. It was home to important political leaders and cultural figures, and was a hub of intellectual and artistic activity. Today, Cap-Haïtien remains an important city in Haiti, and its rich history and cultural heritage continue to be celebrated and remembered as a significant part of Haiti's national identity. The city's role in the Haitian Slave Revolution and its place as a center of resistance and liberation continue to be seen as a source of inspiration for black people around the world.

Nakia seeks refuge with her son on Haitian soil...

Reference to Haiti's Nation:

In the aftermath of the successful slave revolution in Haiti in 1804, many people of African descent from other countries sought refuge in Haiti for several reasons. Firstly, Haiti offered a safe haven for people escaping slavery or persecution in other parts of the Americas. The new Haitian government abolished slavery and granted citizenship to all free people of African descent, regardless of their origin, making Haiti a symbol of hope and freedom for many black people. Secondly, Haiti was seen as a place of opportunity, where people could start a new life and escape poverty and oppression. The country was in need of skilled workers and entrepreneurs, and many black refugees saw Haiti as a place where they could build a better future for themselves and their families. Finally, Haiti was also seen as a political refuge, where black people could escape the influence of colonial powers and reclaim their cultural heritage and identity. Many refugees saw Haiti as a place where they could contribute to building a new, independent, and democratic nation, free from foreign domination.

Number of Nakia's new home in Haiti numbered "1804". (Easter Egg)...

Reference to Haiti's Nation:

1804 was a significant year in the history of Haiti, as it marked the end of the Haitian Slave Revolution and the establishment of Haiti as an independent nation. The Haitian Slave Revolution was a series of conflicts that took place between 1791 and 1804, in which enslaved Africans and people of African descent in Haiti rose up against their French colonial oppressor and fought for their freedom. The conflict was characterized by brutal battles, tactics of guerrilla warfare, and the leadership of figures such as Toussaint L'Ouverture, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, and Henri Christophe. The revolution took place in the French colony of Saint-Domingue, which is now known as Haiti, and was one of the largest and most successful slave revolts in modern history. It resulted in the abolition of slavery in Haiti, the establishment of Haiti as an independent nation, and the establishment of Haiti as the first black republic in the world. The Haitian Slave Revolution and the establishment of Haiti as an independent nation had a profound impact on the wider world, inspiring anti-slavery and anti-colonial movements throughout the Americas and Europe, and challenging the notion that black people were inherently inferior and unable to govern themselves. The revolution remains a source of pride and inspiration for people of African descent around the world, and is widely recognized as a key moment in the struggle for freedom, justice, and human dignity. The impact of Haiti on the black free world can be seen in several ways. Haiti has played an important role in the development of various cultural and artistic traditions, particularly in music and food, which have had a profound influence on the wider black free world.

T'Challa's son given the Haitian name Toussaint...

Shuri: “Toussaint is a beautiful name it holds a great history”.

Toussaint: “Thanks” yours is cool too. I guess?.

Shuri: (laughter)

Toussaint: (laughter)

Toussaint: My mom said you’re good at keeping secrets is that true?

Shuri: Yes, I can keep a secret.

Toussaint: Toussaint is my Haitian name…

Shuri: who are you?..

Toussaint: My name is Prince T’Challa son of king T’Challa.

Reference to Haiti's Nation:

Haiti's successful slave revolution in 1804, led by Toussaint L'Ouverture, was a major inspiration for anti-slavery and anti-colonial movements throughout the world, particularly in the Americas. The establishment of the first black republic in Haiti challenged the idea that black people were inherently inferior and unable to govern themselves, and encouraged other black people to fight for their own freedom and independence.

"Numerous theories have been taking root in the identity of the next person that will pick up the crown and take the role of Black Panther. A new theory deals with the possibility of king T’Challa’s son taking up the throne as the rightful heir of the kingdom. And as per recent sources, the timeline of both the events i.e., post-Avengers: Endgame and Black Panther…do match."

As the slave revolution in 1804, was led by Toussaint L'Ouverture in Haiti - will the son of T'Challa Toussaint lead a war against the government following their attempted destabilization attack on Wakanda?

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