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Who Is ‘The American Society of Magical Negroes’ For?


Apart from the frustratingly naked bones character growth of Aren, we aren’t informed a lot about this magical society past the truth that it dates again to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello property. Its chief, a larger-than-life Dede (a criminally underused Nicole Byer), floats within the air and presents the ultimate and most essential rule of the society: must you ever put your wants forward of the shopper’s, all of the magical negroes will lose their powers. It’s a frightening and virtually too on-the-nose reflection of the discourse that pierces via the Black diaspora as we speak. Ought to the wishes and targets of the entire supercede the person’s? What about when these targets don’t make sense anymore? These are questions (and subsequent solutions) that I so desperately needed The American Society of Magical Negroes to dig into however, once more, the movie by no means fairly will get there. Any movie about Black folks is inherently a movie about group, so it’s disappointing that we don’t actually see that group in any strong or substantial approach. Why does the society nonetheless persist as we speak? What retains them in such strict loyalty to at least one one other? What are Roger’s motivations to stay inside it after many years of service? What group does Aren even come from? 

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