Rising Stars; The Ryan Coogler Story

Ryan Coogler is an American film director, producer and screen writer, debuting his first short film in 2009. Where he presented “Locks” at the Tribeca Film Festival. The 6-minute film shows a young man who is taking a walk to the barbershop. Shaving the lovely locks that his younger sister admired so much. But her sickness was preventing her from growing her own. The main character decided to break away from all of the others whose hair looked like his. Shaving his head bald to show his sister that she too was admired and wouldn’t stand alone during her journey.

The characters silence allows the audience to feel and experience the atmosphere that the young man lived in. shedding light on the different obstacles that was surrounding him. Ryan Coogler told this story through a simple walk to the barbershop; no words needed when the emotions could be felt through the main character. A simple walk that allowed us to be apart of his life altering decision made to bring his little sister happiness.

And Now 9 years later, Ryan Coogler has grown into exactly what Black Cinema needs. Coogler is a perfect example of a black man taking his destiny into his own hands. Directing films such as “Locks” “Fig” “Fruitvale Station” “Creed” and the most recent “Black Panther”. Winning countless awards for the work that he has done over the past couple of years. Coogler uses his creativity to bring insight on some of the struggles that African Americans face in life. But with Black Panther, Ryan Coogler has done so much more, giving our people a sense of pride. Allowing us to see ourselves as not only heroes but as royalty, showing us what it looked and felt like to be united and powerful. But he didn’t stop there, also showing what it was like to be an outcast, angry and wanting change. Representing those willing to force a change by any means necessary. And that is why Ryan Coogler is one of Black Hollywood’s Rising Stars. Showing that cinema isn’t only about entertainment, but a way to bring untold stories and different perspectives to life. Uniting and motivating our people, while representing a platform that shows us that all thing are possible.

 

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Independent Entrepreneur Spirit

Although African Americans have never truly been accepted into Hollywood, that hasn’t stopped us from forcing ourselves through the doors. Changing the way cinema portrayed African Americans, filmmakers like Spike Lee, and John Singleton forced the world to see their view on Blacks. Taking their creativity into their own hands as well as funding their own projects when no one else would. Spike Lee is one of the many film makers to have that Independent Entrepreneur Spirit. raising 175,000 dollars over a span of 4 years in order to create the vision he had for the film “She’s Gotta Have It”. The success and profit of movies like those have forced Hollywood to take notice, although they still weren’t accepted.

The 90’s was a breakthrough for what is considered “Black Cinema”, with movies such as “Boyz N the Hood”, “Mo Betta Blues”, “Malcolm X” and “Poetic Justice”. These movies as well as many others were honest, and intelligent Portrayals of modern day African Americans, all from the black perspective. Showing what American life was like for most of us living here, showing the history that media doesn’t want to accept as the truth. The 90’s was showing that a revolution was starting and it was being televised, dramatized, publicized, and eulogized. Showing the world, what Hollywood didn’t want to accept as the truth. All the while doing it for ourselves and by ourselves for the most part. Showing young black men and women that we no longer needed handouts, we could do it all by ourselves, for ourselves. The 90’s have showed us exactly what having that Independent Entrepreneur Spirit was like, and because of that we’ll always have our very own Black Hollywood.