BLACK PANTHER: THE BEGINNING OF A CULTURAL SHIFT OR A ONE-OFF?’s one way to debunk President Trump’s s—hole nations smear.  Portray an African nation as a technologically advanced society and then emerge as the hottest movie ticket in years. Credit the monstrous opening of this African themed, superhero movie from Marvel Studios, now part of the Disney family, with shattering records and busting myths. Will this phenomenon, with its cultural implications, lead to doors being opened in new ways to African-American creatives, in front of and behind the camera, and will it create new opportunities for understanding in these challenging times?  We pose those questions and more to Dr. Phillip Cunningham, a media studies professor, at Quinnipiac University.