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The ‘Black Panther’ Premiere Was A Royal Event, And It Made A Powerful Statement

Last night, the highly anticipated Marvel film “Black Panther” held its premiere in Hollywood and holy shit it was glorious!

The Dolby Theater was transformed into the fictional nation of Wakanda, with attendees stunning on the purple carpet wearing jaw-dropping outfits that hit the “royal attire requested” dress code to a tee.

And when I say jaw-dropping, I mean my jaw unhinged itself from my skull and landed straight onto my sneakers, fucking up my contour but I don’t even care. I audibly gasped seeing the photos from the premiere. It hurt my chest, it was so gorgeous.

Gowns and suits worn by the likes of Lupita Nyong’o, Tessa Thompson, Janelle Monae, Donald Glover, and Michael B. Jordan beautifully paid honor to traditional African garb. It was Zamunda Wakanda Afropunk perfection!

Not only that, the premiere, and the film itself, was a powerful reminder that representation is vital, as is celebrating Black excellence, beauty, and culture. Knowing black and brown children will see these photos and the film, and see themselves on screen as heroes, fills my heart with joy.

Here are some of the photos from the premiere. Try not to break into tears. I already failed.

Lupita Nyong’o walked the carpet in a purple Versace gown that was the epitome of crown.

Lupita is a goddess forever ? The world is lucky to have her.

Tessa Thompson donned black full-coverage lace that packed a royal punch.

H to T, this was a wow!

Donald Glover’s bright orange suit was a bold statement.

#ChildishGambino at the #BlackPanther premiere in Hollywood

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And I very much approve of that message. Way to rock a LOOK, and right after winning a Grammy!

“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan standing tall like true Wakandan kings in black tuxedos is all I need to get by.

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If you’re wondering what Tina Turner would have worn in the ’70s had she been the funk queen of Wakanda, look no further than Angela Bassett.

I’m staring at this outfit and at Angela in all her preserved-in-time glory, and I’m for real waiting to exhale.

Fans have been geeking non-stop about the premiere!

And apparently the movie itself is living up to all the hype.

Even if it runs a bit long, it’s nothing I can’t handle. I’ve trained for this my whole damn life.

But really, the premiere and the film means so much more!

I can’t wait!

“Black Panther” hits theaters on Feb. 16. Advance tickets have been selling like crazy so get yours soon!


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Lupita Nyong’o Brings The #BlackPantherChallenge To Her Hometown In Kenya

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Lupita Nyong’o Brings The #BlackPantherChallenge To Her Hometown In Kenya

Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly love Lupita Nyong’o more than you already do, the Mexican-Kenyan actress finds a way to melt your heart once more.

On Wednesday, the megastar announced that she participated in the #BlackPantherChallenge, a campaign raising money to bring low-income children around the country to the theaters to watch the record-breaking hit. Nyong’o brought the challenge to her hometown of Kisumu, Kenya, where she paid for 600 children to watch the movie.

“I wanted kids from my hometown to see the positive images reflected in the film and superheroes that they can relate to on the big screen,” the 34-year-old, who had help from her mom organizing the screening, said in a post on Instagram.

And, as she thought, the day was powerful for children attendees. In a video, one of the girls who watched the film discussed what she took away from “Black Panther.”

“Being a leader, there’s so many challenges you have to face, but you should never give up. Always keep on trying. … It’s a matter of people coming together to walk as a team to achieve and to build our nation,” she said, before thanking Nyong’o for paying to screen the movie in Kisuma and expressing her pride in the actress.

Nyong’o is encouraging others to start the #BlackPantherChallenge in their own towns.

“No matter where you live, you can help make this happen for more children who can’t afford to see the movie,” she wrote.

With $426 million at the worldwide box office, “Black Panther” has topped the lifetime gross of all superhero films.

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