Narrative extraction, #BlackPantherSoLit, and signifyin': "Black Panther" fandom and transformative social practices

  • Tracy Deonn Walker Duke University
Keywords: Black American culture, Fan labor, Fans of color, Race, Transformative works, Twitter


This article examines the history, creative labor, and social practices around the #BlackPantherSoLIT hashtag on Twitter. Two years before the Black Panther movie event, the hashtag created a fandom of Blackness itself. Once the film was released, Black audiences experienced freedom from fan labor practices typically used when consuming content without significant Black representation.