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Lupita Nyong’O Discusses ‘Black Panther’ Importance To African People

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Black Panther growing to be one of the year’s if not the decades most anticipated films follows T’Challa as he returns to Wakanda, a fictional African nation to reclaim his throne.  The Marvel film has gained the attention of many outside of the comic book fandom. The majority black cast includes some major talent and the idea of a high-tech African kingdom, provokes curiosity and pride in many.  Lupita Nyong’o who plays Nakia, recoginizes the significance of this representaion not only to Black Americans but also African people.

Black Panther also stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Angela Bassett and  Daniel Kaluuya among other A-list talent. Ticket sales have already broken records and the film has yet to hit the big screens. Following the premier, Black Panther has recieved endless positve critic and fan reviews, adding to the excitement for the film. Nyong’o understands how the action packed movie has transcended comic book folklore becoming a celebration of blackness for many ready to experience Black Panther.

“We were creating an aspirational world where an African people are in charge of their own destiny. And that really appealed to me and had the little girl inside me jumping for joy. To just have African people, Black people, at the center of that narrative is so exciting” Nyong’o says to E! News.

Lupita Nyong’o, who accepted the role before even reading the script is just one cast or crew member excited about bringing Black Panther to life.

“For me, I’m looking forward to everybody seeing the film,” Coogler said.


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