Afrofuturist’s work is rooted in the desire to transform the present for Black people. Here actor Mouna Traoré in ‘Brown Girl Begins’ (2017) directed by Sharon Lewis set in a post-apocalyptic version of Toronto.
Afrofuturist’s work is rooted in the desire to transform the present for Black people. To do so, they imagine a reality in which Black people are the agents of their own story, countering histories that discount and dismiss them.
Simu Liu plays the title character in the upcoming film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is becoming increasingly diverse, on and off screen. The franchise’s continued success depends on remaining culturally relevant.
Detail from the cover of Lagoon, a novel by Nnedi Okorafor.
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Aliens arrive in Lagos in Nnedi Okorafor’s celebrated sci-fi novel Lagoon – and with them they bring a future free of restrictive gender norms.
Zambia-born, Botswana-raised hip hop artist Sampa the Great.
The increased migration of Africans and the global growth of hip hop culture has seen a dynamic new generation of Pan Africanism emerge.
Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of the Black Panther was an inspiration to people of color in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
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The late Hollywood star celebrated being young, Black and gifted, both on screen and off.
Technology can give superhero abilities to people in real life.
A man photographs a mural of late actor Chadwick Boseman’s character T'Challa (Black Panther) from the 2018 film ‘Black Panther,’ on Sept. 8, 2020, in Los Angeles.
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Unlike the Hollywood hero he portrayed, Boseman created space for a kaleidoscope of Black masculinities and challenged the narrative that urban Black men are in need of saving.
Both Black Panther and Beyoncé’s Black is King represent a utopian vision of empowerment and connection to Africa.
Afrofuturism, like the kind seen in Marvel’s Black Panther, allows Black people to imagine themselves into the future.
Afrofuturism allows Black people to not only imagine their distant futures but also how to survive the anti-Black present.
Ghana is very protective of its cultural heritage.
New regulations on the use of folklore are a hindrance to local artists.
King of a technologically advanced country, Black Panther is a scientific genius.
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The film wowed critics and fans. But its hidden power may be black lead characters who are accomplished scientists – just the thing to help inspire future generations to follow in their footsteps.
Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, and Olivia Ancona in Suspiria (2018).
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Suspiria was one of the best; Black Panther a disappointment. Our critical pick of the films of 2018.
Actors Laura Harrier and John David Washington humorously and believably drive home the film’s strong racial irony.
BlacKkKlansman is more than a good story: it expertly weaves together comedy with serious drama to bring the story of past racism to illuminate our present day issues.
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff in Avengers: Infinity War.
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Marvel will need to look deeper than basic representation for its future success.
The cast of ‘Black Panther.’
Seeing is not just believing. Seeing changes what we believe, about ourselves and about other people.
Killmonger, the evil villain of ‘Black Panther,’ has plans of global insurgencies to liberate Black people.
The lead villain of Black Panther is a complex character who represents years of conflicting debates among African American leaders about how to achieve Black liberation.
Letitia Wright as Shuri in Black Panther (2018).
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This is what happens when we stop assuming audiences can’t handle female-led sci-fi films.
Chadwick Boseman (T'Challa ) and Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia) in Black Panther (2018). In the film, natural hair is used as a social identifier.
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Stigma about black or African hair reflects deep-seated politics around race and history.
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Hollywood will allow the world of the Black Panther to be black, only if it doesn’t hurt white people’s feelings.
Television continues to be the main source of media consumption for kids.
It’s not just how characters look. How they talk and the role they play have a profound impact on kids, who are quick to categorize characters as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ based on superficial qualities.