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.
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.
— Black Panther (@theblackpanther) January 30, 2018
Aaaaand right click + save to desktop.
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!
— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) January 30, 2018
Woke up to images from the #BlackPanther premiere and glimpsed an alt. universe where society celebrates the glory of all our cultures. I grew up <3ing fantasy & sci-fi. Prepared me to dream another world every day – and to fight for it. #BlackGeeks pic.twitter.com/COVZvNsmd0
— Heather C. McGhee (@hmcghee) January 30, 2018
— Mel (@DorkyAfroLatina) January 30, 2018
And apparently the movie itself is living up to all the hype.
So you know how #ThorRagnorok was called the best reviewed Marvel movie to date — yeah, doesn't hold a candle to #BlackPanther. The movie has heart, well-developed characters and the emotional depth to keep you invested in all of the characters. And Michael B. Jordan, wow.
— Ricardo Lopez (@rljourno) January 30, 2018
I think the argument can be made for #BlackPanther being the best Marvel film ever! Just got out of premiere & overwhelmed at the imagery, the majesty, & a film that elevates the superhero genre to new heights. pic.twitter.com/LSkWEconB4
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) January 30, 2018
Even if it runs a bit long, it’s nothing I can’t handle. I’ve trained for this my whole damn life.
Listen as a Latina you sometimes I have to wait 3 hours for your mom to say bye to all the Tias. #blackpanther being over 2 hours is nothing fam.
— Yali Perez (@beautifullynerd) January 2, 2018
But really, the premiere and the film means so much more!
As a Latina, I was overwhelmed with emotion when #Coco came out. It was such a beautiful portrayal of my culture. And now, #BlackPanther is doing the same for African culture, except more badass. I love this so much.
— the latina (@selamarai) January 30, 2018
#BlackPanther is also the latest and certainly biggest film to show Oakland love. Ryan Coogler really did that for the Bay. Imagine all the kids who will see themselves onscreen so deliberately – for a movie to tell you that you are seen like this one does is just beyond words
— jen yamato (@jenyamato) January 30, 2018
I can’t wait!
“Black Panther” hits theaters on Feb. 16. Advance tickets have been selling like crazy so get yours soon!