‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ comes out in theatres on June 30. The fifth in a series over 42 years, many of its originating ideas are taken from 19th-century racist archaeology. Will this iteration be different?
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The final Indiana Jones movie is coming out June 30. The fifth in a series over 42 years, many of its ideas are taken from 19th-century orientalist and racist archaeology.
Nigerian star Tems performs at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK in 2022.
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Afrobeats truly conquered the globe, influencing music styles, packing out stadiums and lifting awards.
Chadwick Boseman died at age 43.
When someone dies young, the grieving process can be more complicated.
‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ is one of only three Black films since 2018 to have a production budget exceeding $100 million.
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After the first ‘Black Panther’ shattered box office expectations, some critics wondered if it marked the dawn of a new era of big-budget Black films.
The film sees myths created by the Black diaspora come alive as Wakanda is presented as a Black utopia.
Letitia Wright in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Black Panther and its sequel are more than just good movies: they can be used as teaching tools.
Talokan is inspired by Mesoamerica, a vast area that encompasses Central America and parts of Mexico.
Whereas the first ‘Black Panther’ film celebrated an array of African cultures, the follow-up seeks to also highlight the rich legacy of Mesoamerican cultures destroyed by colonial conquest.
The first Black Panther film was a milestone in Black representation on-screen – now it is hoped Wakanda Forever will be both a mirror and a spotlight for millions of Latin Americans.
A publicity still from The Woman King, about the “amazons” of Dahomey.
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From Lovecraft Country to Black Panther to a statue in Benin, the “amazons” of Dahomey continue to trend in global popular culture.
Bernice A. King, daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, at a recent press conference preview the King Holiday observance in Atlanta, Georgia.
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King saw parallels between the anti-colonial movement in Africa and the civil rights struggle in the US.
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.