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23 February, 2018

As Black women collectively, we're basking in the glow from the cinematic beauty of a film that portrays us as the fierce women we are while retaining our femininity and ability to love and be loved.

This is why Batman: The Dark Knight is credited as the best superhero movie ever, because it features villians that are very three dimensional and are in their own ways very human, while still serving the overall plot of the movie. Only one of those has had a black lead, and that was the recent release of Black Panther.

"I think representation is essential, and so on a superficial level, the film aesthetically - [an] nearly all dark skinned black cast, utilizing costumes, hairstyles, references from across the diaspora - is powerful", she added.

Nonetheless, Black Panther is fantastic for many reasons BUT as a beauty editor the one standout moment of the film is the hair!

A section of Kenyans were a little disappointed Lupita Nyongo didn't come to the Kenyan launch in Kisumu, but she was attending the movie's launch in South Africa with fellow actor Connie Chiume. But in our podcast discussion about this, /Film's Peter Sciretta raised a good point: if the world has access to Wakandan technology that can save lives (as seen when Letitia Wright's Shuri saves Martin Freeman's Agent Ross), what does that do for the stakes of the MCU in future films?

I didn't fully comprehend it at the time, but having representation in a soon-to-be booming genre of film was important. In the USA, celebrities like Octavia Spencer, Serena Williams and Travis Scott have pitched in and bought out theatres, eager for kids to see the Afrofuturistic world of Wakanda. "It was just the most lovely thing".

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The theater I was in was filled with people of color, and for the first half of the film, most folks had a bored look on their faces.

"Black Panther" tells the story of T'Challa, king of the fictional country of Wakanda and the superhero known as Black Panther, as he transitions into power and struggles to defend his country from those who would seek to abuse its resources. Hidden from the rest of world for centuries, Wakanda hasn't been subjected to European colonization and has thrived without white influence.

"What did you think of Killmonger, and did you think his anger was justified?", Smith asks Maxlino about the film's dynamic villain.

In the comic book Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Ayo (played in the film version by Florence Kasumba) is in a relationship with another woman named Aneka.

Just yesterday we posted on the excitement had by many Atlanta travelers as the ATL airport had a gate that said flights were heading to Wakanda, the magical land in Marvels's Black Panther. "[Director] Ryan [Coogler] was gracious enough to be like, 'Will you take a look at this script?'" he said.

The 24-year-old is making a name for herself in major franchises, including the next "Avengers" movie and Steven Spielberg's adaptation of the sci-fi novel "Ready Player One" (out March 29).

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