BLACK PANTHER: THE MOST UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION TO BLACK THEOLOGY

God works through me, the same as you. There is no feat I achieve that you are not capable of.”

-Black Panther

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As fascinating and as unexpected as it may sound, the Black Panther is indeed a very important figure in comics. This exception of the Black Panther does not exclude other significant black superheroes of authority and influence such as the Blue Marvel. But, the Panther takes first place because he came before the rest. His impact on African American thought was revolutionary. At a time when the African American community battled with self identity, Marvel Comics showed that they could rise up to the occasion and create a character who would be the image of African Americans. The Black Panther, though unassociated to the group that went by the same name did something unimaginable. It not only changed how African Americans saw themselves, it also demonstrated that though they originally hailed from Africa [which had been christened the ‘Dark Continent’ in the sixties], that they and their homeland were not so ‘dark’ after all.

In a manner that must have stunned DC readers at the time, the Black Panther was a point in and of himself. Unlike DC’s Cyborg, the Panther was not a sidekick, he was his own authority. He has remained, since the time of his creation, a king, a genius of Marvel’s top cream, a superhero and a priceless contribution to the Avengers’ team on panel. Now, here’s where some of you may ask some questions like, “Wasn’t Marvel just trying to capitalize on a present issue to earn some extra income?”. The answer, a resounding “No”, here’s why; Stan Lee had pointed out that he did not like his character being ‘shadows’ of the so-called ‘main hero’ because he felt that they took something away from this main hero. He later on went to state that he would not do to any of his characters what DC had done to Batman’s Robin and subjugate them.

At a time when comic books themselves were seeking relevance, Stan Lee and Marvel Comics were on the right path. Seeking to create characters of substance, and relatability; meaning that the selling point of the characters would not be on their power or abilities but on their diverse personalities, weaknesses, challenges and ability to ‘rise up’ as it were after being knocked down several times over. This, if I must say, is a strength. And as recent comic news is showing us, Cap’s history has been re-written. He is now a triple agent and a HYDRA project?? Anyway, many fans are a bit confused about this reveal but this story is bound to be one that may lead fans to respect the Captain even more. Some of you might be skeptical but watch this space…

Now, to the issue at hand, Black Theology and Black Panther’s contribution to the same. Black theology has had a very powerful influence on American society as a whole. Be it loved or hated, it is a force to reckon with. Seeing the likes of Martin Luther King Junior, pardon me, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. springboard the revolution in the U.S. that shook the very core of the rest of America we got the best comparison to the Black Panther character. We got Barack Obama, an educated African man who made African American history through his dual heritage as a Hawaii-born black man. It’s this point that makes me respect Marvel; they looked into the future by being great analysts of the present. I speak and express myself in these posts as a young African man of black descent and I have grown up reading comics. Not only do I love them, I relish their perspectives on several events. As an African theologian, I am thrilled to see the parallels that can be made from the comic book/fictional realm and the realm of theology. If some of the greatest ministers advised other preachers/theologians to hold a paper in one hand and the Bible in another, then comic books qualify right there near the newspaper.

Kudos Marvel on bringing the character to the big screen in Captain America Civil War!

“The more different we are, the more we find that we are the same”

-Chinese Proverb

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Y.O.L.O.: HOGMOB STYLE

YANKED OUT OF LUCIFER’S OPPRESSION: YOLO BE REAL YO’

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Hey guys, as you’ve probably noticed, I am on a roll with sharing what I enjoy…really good music with an awesome message. Guys, I can almost feel myself melt with excitement sharing this post with you. As you can tell I can barely keep my pants on with this one, I love HOGMOB (Hook’d On God, Ministry Over Bizness). If you notice any spelling errors, they are not my own, they actually are how the words are spelled. Sevin, a half African American, half German man is one of the people responsible for the formation of this group.

Sevin and the HOGMOB group make some of the best tracks that I have ever heard. What’s more impressive is the degree of growth they have demonstrated over the years. For those of you out there who are familiar with the 116/Unashamed Movement, are aware that this year, Lecrae Moore has written a book chronicling his life journey. Sevin and HOGMOB have done this very thing but through their music. Take for instance the redefinition of YOLO: Yanked Out of Lucifer’s Oppression, which is then described as the true acronym is portrayed in the song as being the true testimony of the MOBer.

Here we go;

Uh
God Over Money
HOG MOB
For real
Huh Sevin
Datin
YOLO the real one

[Verse 1: Sevin]
It’s Christ above everything and in this ring every swing is a bolo
Because Jesus got me more creased up than a cholo
So bro do not play me homo
By His blessin’ I was Yanked Outta Lucifer’s Oppression
That’s my YOLO
Used to take a zip on the trip all by my dolo
Til they wonder how I’m making a band by going solo
Where I’m from even though the powder is white they call it cocoa
But if you outta bounds they get on your head just like a go pro
Used to clap and squeeze out the stolo
I’m thankful for salvation
If I was Japanese I’d tell ‘em domo
I was coming to America first to let my oats grow
Even though I put that semi to work He made my soul glow
I’m from sinner’s town where daily the foal blow
And I been around more K-Ci than Jojo
About the Father business hang with us you cannot stand around no mo’
You are not in Kansas now Toto

[Hook: Datin and Sevin]
YOLO
Yanked out of Lucifer’s oppression
Oh No
Christian’s bring conviction to your section
Suggestion yeah
Let Christ give you new life, for real
Alright alright alright
YOLO
Yanked out of Lucifer’s oppression
Oh No
Christian’s bring conviction to your section
Suggestion yeah
Let Christ give you new life, for real
Alright alright alright

[Verse 2: Datin]
Yo Sev
I heard em say when Datin spits
He blacks out like when the breaker trips
Snappin like the paparazzi’s cameras when they taking flicks
But I liked him more when he was rapping on that gangster tip
Not rapping bout these ancient scripts or Christ cuz that just makes ‘em sick
They would rather hear me viciously rip emcees
Planting these kids with seeds of death that infect like a sick disease
They must of missed the memo
The new meaning of triple D
Is dat Datin is dead it is over for him he’s history
So I was a slave in lucifer’s oppression
Hanging from a noose in his possession
Until Yeshua revealed His truth and cut me loose from his deception
It’s a life I didn’t choose this was predestined
The Father opened my eyes
So bye bye He has cut all of my ties
And saved me from the fall like a parachute in a sky dive
Til I die God has linked me up with these five guys
GOM and our connection’s stronger than your Wi-Fi

[Hook: Datin and Sevin]
YOLO
Yanked out of Lucifer’s oppression
Oh No
Christian’s bring conviction to your section
Suggestion yeah
Let Christ give you new life, for real
Alright alright alright
YOLO
Yanked out of Lucifer’s oppression
Oh No
Christian’s bring conviction to your section
Suggestion yeah
Let Christ give you new life, for real
Alright alright alright

[Verse 3: Sevin]
Yuh
We kingdom building children so we stack it like a Lego
Jehovah is the captain I get it crackin’ if He say so
But it’s active where I’m at boy they’ll cap you like a payroll
They spiritually dead I guess I’m passing out some halos
Get ya lassos hog tying they souls
Streets of the forsaken on Daytons boy I be skating like the lake froze
Beefin’ is for certain cook my burger with some queso
Murk the wicked serpent we ain’t worshipping his pesos
Yeah life’s tough I like it rough just like a sadomasochist
No pacifist I’m blasting at the Pharaoh
When I used to get keyed I had to get the mako
Put on the mind of Christ now I’m matching wits with Play-Doh
H-O-G-M-O-B homie this the take oh
Blurring the occurrences currently in your facial
I’ll pray for the day mane I can’t wait for him to suffer
Yeah I’m hateful
Cuz Satan is a sucka
Like fellatio

[Hook: Datin and Sevin]
YOLO
Yanked out of Lucifer’s oppression
Oh No
Christian’s bring conviction to your section
Suggestion yeah
Let Christ give you new life, for real
Alright alright alright
YOLO
Yanked out of Lucifer’s oppression
Oh No
Christian’s bring conviction to your section
Suggestion yeah
Let Christ give you new life, for real
Alright alright alright