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.