Black Panther

It's an open secret in Hollywood that there are 2 separate A-lists. There's the official A-list -- the one that is most coveted and often referred to in articles and press releases. Then there is the black A-list.

Less than a handful of accomplished black actors have the high visibility or financial clout to garner an honorable mention on the official A-list.

Even then black superstars like Oprah and Denzel are penciled in for political and inclusive brownie points.

Hollywood Reporter blog exposes Hollywood's growing racial divide in a review of Marvel's Black Panther trailer.

The Black Panther trailer generated 89 million total views across all platforms in less than 24 hours of its debut during the 1st quarter of game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Struggling to explain the trailer's popularity, Hollywood Reporter writer Borys Kit assumed that the 'Black Panther' trailer generated 89 million views off the strength of one actor, Chadwick Boseman, who plays T'Challa, aka the Black Panther.

Even worse, Kit writes that "Black Panther features an unprecedented predominantly black cast and no A-listers".

In fact, the cast boasts 2 Oscar winners, Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong'o, in addition to highly decorated black actors Angela Bassett, Michael B. Jordan and Phylicia Rashad.

Following the backlash in the comments section, the writer further insulted his readers by editing out "no A-listers" and writing "no box office titans".

The snub didn't sit well with white and black readers of the high traffic blog.

One reader wrote, "No A-Listers" I guess Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong'o hasn't paid her dues?"

Another commenter wrote: "No A-Listers? Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong'o? Oh let me guess...the only black actor that counts as A-list to y'all is Denzel, right?"

Black Panther is set for theatrical release in 2018.

  • Queen of EVERYTHING

    And here we are discussing White Folks approval. I've seen the trailer, this looks to be an amazing movie that we will go see. Mayonnaise Stamp of Approval unnecessary.

  • hotntot95

    Um?..the 1% of our population is not a very good source of information on our racial divide...these are millionaire problems...entertainment is overrated.
    ..But I will be there to see this one?

  • zawnn

    Smfh...

  • Genia

    im here for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rayne

    Yup going to see this no matter what the other half says. ?

  • Kanyade

    I was on one board and a troll was basically saying "no white characters" in major roles. And one white dude was like, dude, Andy Serkis is the villain. It's like some fanboys still can't get over the fact that Idris Elba portrayed Heimdall in the Thor movies. It's like get over it.

    Also, this movie trailer just makes me feel so good inside...as does Chadwick Boseman. The man is beautiful and stole scenes in Captain America: Civil War. He had chemistry with everybody. I will marry him one day and birth his children.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    ??...??...?? slow handclap for this writeup.

    Idc about yt people or what they think. I WILL be going to the movies to see this. I think I'm going to take my mom.

    Yasssss to all of that melanin!!!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I will marry him one day and birth his children.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    ??? Speak it into existence girl.

  • Kanyade

    LOL.

  • Faithz

    The world will go on. People can keep trying to hold Others down
    Regardless of Race What ever God has for each of us is for us , and the devil in he!! Can't
    Stop Jack.

  • Faithz

    People of color have come this far by Faith?

  • Faithz

    There are literally low down dirt bags from every
    Demographic

  • Faithz

    Yea and Whites need to help their snagged tooth
    Broke trailer trash lfted up, and stop trashing
    People of Color.

  • Anunnaki
  • Faithz

    I heard that?

  • Anunnaki
  • Faithz

    There are many people of color who are always trying
    To hold their own people down , and often times people of color
    Are worst than Whites trying to trash people of Color ?

  • Liz

    So much talent and beauty in 1 film, can't wait. Chad Boseman... I just....??????

  • Scromes1212

    I thought it was dope how they had him in the last marvel movie. Look forward to seeing this one.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I get where you are coming from, but it's bigger than entertainment. The entertainment industry is just one example of the racial pay disparity. They may be millionaires but they work just as hard as their yt counterparts and deserve to be recognized (financially and otherwise) for it.

  • RespectSelf

    I was too pumped about the trailer lol!!! I mean you got Danai from Walking Dead and Daniel from Get out.... Angela fine self.... But then I was like damn here was a perfect opportunity for all them love jones, best man, and think like a man actors to get in on a block buster hit... where they at though????

  • Ro

    Thats right!

  • Mbailey

    AFTER our grand and great grandparents knocked down the doors in the 50s, 60s and 70s, black people should have been through with begging. All of you boastful stans, stanning for filthy rich black people, who you think will save the day. No, stop worshiping other people, their children, and their pockets and SAVE the day for yourself and your community.

    Filthy rich entertainers are not a part of our community, and are not going to save us. So, stop worshiping them and be about your business. Be builders and stop begging people for shyt. This is the 21st cotdamned century!

  • Clock

    Preferred

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Man f**k the ytpipo...this film will be epic and lit as hell! We will all be there on the early day showing and opening day show to witness this black greatness. I'm seeing this shit as many times as I can. We don't need approval from them because we got it like that. This trailer is all the way black and the movie is all the way black and they mad because they can't be like us.

    *sidenote* I want to meet the person that chose Run The Jewels for the trailer song. I need to high-five them and give them my Thanks for being great.

  • Nita

    They hate how great we are and don't want to showcase it or give us credit for it. This is going to be epic...I can't wait to see it

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    He pretty much made Civil War what it is. Like he made it great. It would've just been good instead of great if Black Panther wasn't in it.

  • Yen Chantress

    I just won't/cannot get emotionally pumped about a "Black" super-hero movie. Especially with my perspective..It is like a gold mine being stolen and the people that possessed it are snubbed out for centuries and the robbers take ownership. Then when some of the descendents of those that were snubbed, arise, taking back what is their's. But those in question are offering up "Fool's Gold". I do not mean to offend anyone but "We" must do better". I agree with your comment!

  • Yardgirl

    This is not a genre of movies that I normally go to but I will be going to this one to help support the numbers!! Plus the trailer is FIRE so it should be good!!

  • Julia Lyons

    #Epic

  • Petty Rubble

    I can't wait to see this movie! I'm going opening night. If they do an early release on Thursday night. I want shirts, action figures, posters. All of it!

  • sunni_daze

    Let me grab my goblet to collect this white tears.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    The blacker we are the more they (powers that be) resist ?????

    Tell the truth, shame the devil!

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker
  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Tell 'em how you feel BUT pay attention to what they say?
    He is telling you HOW THEY THINK.
    #STAYwoke

  • sunni_daze

    They lack flavor yet its thirst quenching.

  • Decked Out

    WE need to SUPPORT this MOVIE. Phuck what THEY say.

  • Wile E. Coli

    THR is a collection of retarded hollywood SJWs. Ignore them.

  • Wile E. Coli

    Oh God. Black entertainers are some of the richest in the country. THE richest at the moment is Diddy. Cut out the bullshit.

  • SuperScooper1

    GREAT POINT! So glad you saw the forest for the trees. Frankly I'm glad he was so candid/Told us what time it is re: their true thoughts about Black actors and Black people in general.

  • hotntot95

    Yeah I agree with that but..I'm coming from the angle of the small business owners and the poor man's dollar...and how the legal system profits and gains wealth from the indigent...the young ones being gunned down..unfair pay at these corporations...higher interest rates in "certain" demographic neighborhoods...the entertainment industry is a stepping stone for a small few but realistically speaking its fantasy for the majority.

  • Branch Davidian

    Am I not down and out of touch because I liked Chadwick Boseman in 42 and Civil War and think the Marvel Cinematic Universe is full of great stories and interesting? Sorry I am not outraged about what ignorant people think. I just want to see the movie.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    And you missed the entire point...

  • Bam Bam Li

    Can't wait to see this!! The music was all wrong tho, they should have used afro beats! Get ya damn soul jumping no matter what race you are ????????

  • Disqus_year4016

    All of them r A-listers. Michael b. Jordan is A-list. If u say angels Bassett ain't no A-list then I don't know what to tell u. If Kim Kardashian no talent, non Oscar winner is a A-listers then I don't know wut to tell u. White America need to take a few seats they only A-listers because they kidnap and stole the media and do cultural appropriations.

  • Wile E. Coli

    NO I didn't You are whining about white people, as so many do here, as if they're running your life. And you didn't even get it right.

  • Mbailey

    STOP begging, black people. Do for self, and stop worshiping the rich and privileged.

  • jazzysmith12

    you mean what you say then support black businesses, buy my disposable seat bins for trash that fall down beneath the seat.They're 3 bucks a pack and come in camouflage ,pink "hello kitty",and also custom rappers face on some of them,like a 50 Cent,Drake etc..

  • stanhope

    Begging my ass...dummy, this is called getting your due. Instead of showing how stupid you are you should write on that nit wit reviewer's facebook page and his employer's website just how ignorant his comments were. Otherwise you should just stfu.

  • Cici

    Been waiting all year on this. I'm so excited, and I know Chadwick's gonna bring it.

  • stanhope

    Not only support it by seeing it, write positive comments on every blog and website you can. Further take to task online every cracker reviewer that makes ignorant comments like this writer did. Action not passivity!

  • Wile E. Coli

    "they kidnap and stole the media and do cultural appropriations."

    What the fk?

  • Decked Out

    Great response. Note taken.

  • Acts238

    African Unity. That is all.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    YUP!
    I NEVER miss moments like this.

  • http://www.pureromance.com LA

    Yass!!!

  • Mbailey

    BEGGING is not getting your due. Your due from whom? The very people you say aren't shyt, are racists, and are appropriating your culture? What the phugg do you expect them to do? They built theirs----now build your own and stop expecting them to do something for you they will not. Stop all of that puxxy whining and begging.

  • Tammie Reed

    So sad how they still view African American Actors smh!

  • Wayup!

    PREACH

  • MythCalledLove

    He was fierce in Civil War Captain America vs Iron Man. Hell he whipped all of them and to me made the movie. Blackhawk is coming soon to CW. Scotter the boyfriend from Living Single is the hawk. To the industry Samuel Jackson, Morgan Freeman, and Denzel are about all the black male talent. There is no way they would let a black superhero have his shine. Hell even Luke Cage main love was mixed and white. He just hit the sister on a whim and made her the angry black woman. The coffee jokes in Luke Cage was symbolic.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    He is a great actor. Most of the sold called A listers are bombing at the box office, unless you are Denzel Washington, who always brings the heat. Looking forward to this movie.

  • anjanette b

    Omg this is amazing, look at that black tanned skin, that black confidence, style, swagger, sexyness, strength and toned body.. I love black people.

  • interestingconcept1

    What is the purpose of this post. Damn Sandra just post the trailer and shut it.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Did you read the post? The reviewer said there are no A-listers in the movie.

  • Taj

    None of them are A-listers, let's be real with it. An A-lister is someone who can carry a mainstream film on their name alone, a household name. "Let's go see the new Lupita Nyong’o movie"---said no one ever. No shade, love them all and can't wait to see the movie but let's call a spade a spade. Doesn't mean the reporter isn't an asshole either. I just can't stand black twitter and how they pull the race card over EVERY LITTLE THING. Of course Hollywood is racist! What are you going to do about it, social media activists??? Sooooo lame.

  • Taj

    Thank you!

  • Overpower Radio

    I see where you're going with that, but I would never consider Angela Basset or Forest Whitaker B-List celebrities, that's disrespectful .....and I think that's the point of this post. That there is clearly a White vs Black A List. Michael B Jordan isn't a B list actor either, not now. He was about 4 years ago, but since Creed everybody knows his name.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    You missed the point and you will deal. If you don´t like what you read, block the comments or go elsewhere.

  • Wile E. Coli

    If I don't like what I read, I respond. If you want to try to tell people what to post, find another sucker.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    You clearly have a comprehension issue. At no point did I tell you what to post. Good day, maam

  • Cricket404

    Can't wait, I'm going full tribal, makeup necklaces, head wraps all that. White people have code words to make us seem inferior and unworthy. Stay woke.

  • Coffee1st

    Beautiful indeed.

  • Allihave2say

    I will rent a limo and take my entire family to see this movie on opening on me. I'm going to order all the tickets online as so as they are available and fill the theater with family and friends.

  • Allihave2say

    They posted on ghetto Gossip. If Auntie doesn't post you can see it there but buyer be ware their site is full of spyware and adware. IJS.

    Trailer is amaze balls tho. I'm taking everyone!

  • Enoughsaid2020

    A-lister is what white hollywierd made up, so they can keep people of color out. However, its backfiring, because most of the movies winning, do not have so called A-listers, just great actors, except for Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, or Colin Firth.

  • Ashley H

    I cannot wait to support my black people.

  • stanley

    It's funny that the "Black Panther" comics has been here for 40 years, yet people are complaing that the cast is all black... Didn't they pick up and read the comics? lol It's in Africa

    I haven't visited a Movie theater in 3 years. I always watch it free online. But I'm going to spend my $$$ an go support this film.

  • Jussjess25

    Oo thats gonna be good! But dam it comes out next dam year?? Thats crazy lol

  • Jussjess25

    Yes me too!! But I honestly had no idea about this concept, I dont read comics.

  • Jussjess25

    Knowing dam well we can out act any white person on any given sunday.. ?

  • chris

    I like this post

  • Wile E. Coli

    "If you don´t like what you read, block the comments or go elsewhere."

    You're not up to this, in over your head.

  • Mbailey

    AS if in all the history of white movies and white movie stars their movies have never failed. Get your head out of yt's arse!

  • datATLboi

    Soooooooooo.....Angela Bassett isn't A-List????!!! I count at least 5 in this post

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Angela is on the black A-list, as far as Hollywood is concerned.

  • Dowoop

    Quite frankly the think like a man actors do the same shit in a different movie. I like the cast as is.

  • Dowoop

    I saw that trailer and all I saw was sexiness in multiple tones. I will definately be seeing this movie.

  • interestingconcept1

    Yes, but so what, who cares what white folks think, say, etc.,...I wish you would stay positive when it comes to "us" no one needs to know that there are no A-listers, what you should be doing is encouraging us to go and see this movie, so more can be made.

  • Not Down With The BS

    I cannot wait to see this movie!! Keep these coming.

  • Taj

    So you are the one commenter who writes before they reads. There's always one. And what are you even talking about??? Show me where I mentioned anything about box office receipts. I'll wait....

  • Taj

    I agree that I would not label Angela or Forrest as 'B-list ACTORS. They are trained award-winning actors. But the whole list thing is dependent upon CELEBRITY status. They are not A-list in their celebrity. Nor should we want them to be, right? A-list celebrities are tabloid fodder and they have a great lack of privacy. With most of our black actors, you don't know what's going on in their personal lives until they tell you.

    As far as Michael B. Jordan and Lupita go, they are really poppin right now but I don't think they've been in the game long enough to be on par with a Angela or a Denzel or even a Kerry Washington in the acting rankings.

  • don juan

    It benefits the 1% to keep racism going

  • NIA

    Only 1% in HOLLYWOOD are Wealthy and they are not in the MEDIA exposing themselves they are hidden and pull the strings... and they are not the ONES who BLOGGERS write about....

  • NIA

    Actually you have to sell your SOUL to Hollywood elites and pay with a sacrifice ... children, family members, even THEM.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    At what point did I tell you not to post...

  • Blaque Mahogany

    At what point did I tell you not to post...

  • Wile E. Coli

    holy crap. maybe it is the pot, your short term memory is non-existent. But alas, you can read above and see where you gave me my instructions. LOL.

  • Whiteguy

    Pants up don't loot.