Video: Black Panther's costumes weren't just the garb of King T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and the people of Wakanda. They were also a loving tribute to the art, history and culture of several African nations. Now, the film's costume designer Ruth Carter is giving an inside look at how she mixed tradition and technology to bring the film's Afrofuturist vision to life.
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When you play one of Janelle Monáe's albums, you aren't just taking a winding tour through the musical influences that have shaped the artist's intoxicating, soul-piercing voice. You're tapping into a part of an expansive Afrofuturist saga about identity, revolution, time travel, and (of course) androids.
Black Panther has been a lively topic of conversation for a bit longer now than most Marvel movies manage to be, and in wider circles. It owes a lot of that to its thoughtful take on producing politically relevant themes and pushing discussions about the worldwide black experience. Now, one teacher in Chicago is using that as a springboard for an entire lesson plan.
We really dug the inaugural issue of the Journal of Science Fiction earlier this year, and the Museum of Science Fiction has just released their second issue.