We might as well call 2018 the year of Black Panther because the film continues to be the cherry on top of the neo-Black movement.
Not only did Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright) and General Okoye (Danai Gurira) show us strong and loving Black leads in a global blockbuster, but their characters transcended the screen. We all now believe that we are Wakandans forever and ever.
And for one young boy in Raleigh, North Carolina, that sentiment will literally walk around with him forever and ever. As first reported by Because of Them We Can, the boy received a Black Panther-themed prosthetic leg from a local tattoo artist, and his reaction will blow you away.
Milton Purnell, the Raleigh tattoo artist, painted the leg for the young boy, who Purnell identifies as Lil’ Mikey. When Purnell presents him with the leg, the boy gets so excited that he leaps off the chair. He does a little dance with his new, shiny leg, and both Purnell and Lil’ Mikey proceed to take pictures where you can clearly see there’s nothing but Black man and Black boy joy. How can you not love this?
For Twitter, they couldn’t get enough. One user attempted to get the attention of the whole cast of Black Panther while others got all the feels just watching this sweet act.
I personally need to see how Lil’ Mikey is rocking his new prosthesis. And yes, little help from the Black Panther cast? I’m with user Joyce Washington who calls out the Black Panther himself to sign it.
Renese spends her early mornings writing, her days securing insurance for TV shows, and her in-betweens blogging about the silliness and seriousness of life on her blog. Follow Renese on Twitter: @reneseford