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One of the most culturally consequential movies from Hollywood in the past decade has to be the Black Panther. Being a stan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since inception and having watched every single movie in the franchise, it hurt so much to lose Chadwick Boseman who played the role of King T’Challa. Wakanda Forever wasn’t just a catchphrase or representative of the black culture but also it underscored an enduring legacy. The King of Wakanda’s mandate wasn’t just to protect the people and property of Wakanda but more importantly – their philosophy. That philosophy is what I succinctly expounded in this book! If the Black Panther movie entertained you, this book will educate you about powerful life lessons about Wakanda that were hidden in plain sight!
The Franchise Players is a collection of fictional pieces that may or may not be inspired by real life events. A satire of sorts, it is used to shine a light on very important issues in our world like rape, inclusion, leadership, crime, ethnic and cultural biases, insecurity, health etc. Using the storytelling approach, it humanizes these issues by depicting them in very relatable scenarios and language. The Franchise Players chronicles hypothetical happenings and imaginary events through the eyes or lens of different ‘players’ who have their unique roles in the stories. On the surface, these stories appear as nothing but a beautiful concatenation of words; unfettered expressions of creativity. A more cursory look at these stories will reveal their familiarity because they are the stories of our lives – literally. Written for contemporary readers, it is designed to stimulate thinking using veiled references to relatable events. This book is for the discerning, those who know that George Orwell’s Animal Farm was NEVER about animals.