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Chadwick Boseman’s genius was to embody black pride, in all its forms

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The actor reflected the ownership of self that white America still has a hard time embracing, says film critic Elvis Mitchell By Elvis Mitchell, The Guardian — For African-Americans, always braced for news about our own being taken from us early, the unexpected impact of Chadwick Boseman’s death, from colon cancer – and the shoulder-to-the-grindstone dignity of his decision to work through his illness and keep it quiet – encapsulated…

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The coronation of King Henry

Inside the Kingdom of Hayti, ‘the Wakanda of the Western Hemisphere’

By Editors' Choice

By Marlene Daut, University of Virginia — Marvel’s blockbuster “Black Panther,” which recently became the first superhero drama to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, takes place in the secret African Kingdom of Wakanda. The Black Panther, also known as T’Challa, rules over this imaginary empire – a refuge from the colonialists and capitalists who have historically impoverished the real continent of Africa. But fans of the box-office hit might not…

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Black Panther and the Black Panthers

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By Amy Ongiri, Los Angeles Review of Books — Just out of sheer curiosity (I might regret this but): Why are people making comparisons between the Black Panther Party and the movie Black Panther? Like where did this expectation come from that because the movie is called Black Panther that it should in some way reflect the BPP? What am I missing? — Alicia Garza, Facebook post, February 20, 2018…

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Marvel’s “Black Panther” and Uncolonized African Sexuality

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Lucy Odigie-Turley — How much do I know about Wakanda? Not a lot, but I’ll bet they have really good sex. When I decided to write about my reaction to Marvel’s Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda from my perspective as a first-generation Nigerian immigrant, sex wasn’t the first thing to come to mind. But the more I saw of this hidden nation — free of the historical scars of colonialism…

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"Black Panther" Is Inspiring Black Brazilians to Occupy Elite, White Shopping Malls

“Black Panther” Is Inspiring Black Brazilians to Occupy Elite, White Shopping Malls

By News & Current Affairs

The organizers of the rolezinho preto, the Black Collective (Coletivo Preto) and the Grupo Emú, chose the whitest and most elitist spaces in one of Rio’s toniest neighborhoods to stage a group viewing of “Black Panther.” “HOW DIFFERENT. EXOTIC,” commented one women as she watched a group of almost 50 people — mostly young and black, many wearing bright fabrics with African designs — stroll through the Shopping Leblon mall. They came…

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Why “Black Panther” Is Revolutionary, Even Though It Isn’t

By Commentaries/Opinions

Because this film is not just about poverty and it’s not just about race: it’s about colonialism. By Aviva Chomsky — Of course a Marvel Comics, Hollywood, high-budget capitalist product isn’t going to be actually revolutionary.  Or isn’t going to meet every revolutionary purist’s standards.  But there is a lot that is revolutionary about this movie. How many Hollywood films delve into the political economy of colonialism?  We’ve had plenty…

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The Tragedy of Erik Killmonger

By Commentaries/Opinions

The revolutionary ideals of Black Panther’s profound and complex villain have been twisted into a desire for hegemony. Black Panther is a love letter to people of African descent all over the world. Its actors, its costume design, its music, and countless other facets of the film are drawn from all over the continent and its diaspora, in a science-fiction celebration of the imaginary country of Wakanda, a high-tech utopia that is a fictive manifestation of African potential unfettered by slavery and colonialism.

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Haiti: The real life Black Panther’s Wakanda with Badass Women Warriors Too

Haiti: The real life Black Panther’s Wakanda with Badass Women Warriors Too

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By Betty Media, Medium.com — On Thursday night, as I sat watching Ryan Coogler’s film Black Panther, based on the comic by Marvel, I couldn’t help wondering, is Wakanda, Haiti? My mind was racing. There was so much to unpack. I thought of the economic power of the African American community, Coogler showing the conflict between African Americans and Africans, (something I identified right away being a Haitian Canadian), and…

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Black Panther: Afrofuturism Gets a Superb Film, Marvel Grows Up and I Don’t Know How to Review It

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By Andrew Stewart —  Note: At the outset I would like to acknowledge the profound debt this essay owes the work of Dr. Jared Ball, Dr. Todd Burroughs, and the website ImixWhatILike, all of whom have produced amazing criticism in the lead-up and on the release weekend of this film. I began studying Africa and the diaspora, including African American culture, in my undergraduate studies at RIC. My exposure and…

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