WHY YOU SHOULD CELEBRATE THE STAR WARS ACTOR JOHN BOYEGA.


When i was nine years old, Star Trek came on. I looked at it and I went screaming through the house, come here, mum, everybody, come quick, there’s a Black lady on the television and she ain’t no maid. I knew right then and there that I could be anything I wanted to be- Whoopi Goldberg

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Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek Actress.

Misrepresentation or lack of representation by the media are significant in the real-world as they shape perception of the viewers, for example Black men are more likely to be perceived as criminals, gang members, fools and demoralized by negative media33809d72ff13ec089a0b5375a2e4c2ddalso following recent events, the trend without a question shows that Black men are more likely to get killed by the police due to assumptions created by bias media and mainly ignorance, such as the killing of

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                                                                                                      Eric Garner
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 May their souls rest in peace.

One could argue that the danger goes beyond societal perceptions and attitude towards Black people, there is danger in having to deal with negative expectations, which creates all sorts of health and well-being issues from anxiety, stress to depression, hence why we strongly believe that perpetuation of stereotypes is a deadly crime. Scholars have shown that there are several reasons why biased and distorted images of Black people are presented in the media, some expressed that it is the practice of incorrect assumption, conscious or unconscious biases of producers, while some argued that it is tactically done to maintain power, prejudices and status.  Whatever the cause may be, it is time that Black people are represented through an unbiased media lens.
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Stars Wars: The force awakens was aired to the public, most of us expressed our excitement and celebrated that the lead character is the British Nigerian actor John Boyega, but the world of social-media revealed the gravity of racist and ignorant perception held by some people (mainly non-Blacks), we are talking about the viral distasteful hash tag on Twitter #BoycottStarWarsVII, followed by the suicide of a White male, as reported on moviepilot.com by Janiera Eldridge on the 20th of October, 2015  ‘The wife of 53 year-old Bobby-Jo Garrison found him not breathing in a chair after overdosing on pills. The wife said she then noticed a suicide note beside him that read “Make American white again.” The note went on to clarify even more of the man’s ridiculous thoughts: If white people aren’t wanted in Star Wars, then our money must not be either. I’m tired of seeing N****** taking over great white films. I cannot live in a world being overrun by Blacks. Sorry Sarah’.  Well Afrokanist magazine, have chosen to celebrate the new Star Wars actor John Boyega who is making Africa proud.

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John Boyega was born in Peckham, London, to Nigerian parents, John attended Westminster City School, and he also attended classes at Theatre Peckham. He then went on to study performing arts at South Thames College in Wandsowrth; he was part of the theatre productions and played a leading role in Othello in 2010.

John has appeared in several movies, from the famous movie Attack the Block in 2011 john_boyega

to the film Half of a Yellow Sun john-boyega-half-of-a-yellow-sun

and recently he has been confirmed to be the lead character in Star wars: The force awakens.

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We also look for forward to the new Marvel Comic film, as John has been rumoured to play the character Black Panther.

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John Boyega is much more than a successful British Nigerian actor, he is now a living legend and a hero to young Black boys everywhere. While browsing through the world of Tumblr we came across heart-warming photos such as these ones.

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Afrokanist Magazine celebrates John Boyega

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