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‘Black Panther’ costume designer Ruth E. Carter on creating the wardrobe for Wakanda

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These aren’t your mama’s dashikis.

The colorfully printed garments, which are most commonly worn in and associated with western Africa, have been co-opted as the uniform de rigueur for Hollywood depictions of the entire continent of Africa. “Black Panther,” which hits theaters Feb. 16 and is based on the longstanding Marvel comic book series, takes a much more thoughtful approach to its wardrobe.

Wakanda, the fictional land where “Black Panther” takes place, is located, according to Marvel lore “in equatorial Africa.” Costume designer Ruth E. Carter wanted the film adaptation of the comic book series to reflect the true diversity of Africa. Carter, who earned Oscar nominations as best costume designer for her work on “Malcolm X” (1993) and “Amistad” (1998), also wanted the superhero flick to “respect” and “preserve the culture” of Africa through costume.

Therefore, when creating the costumes for T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), the Black Panther, and his mother, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Carter was thoughtful about paying “homage” and respecting the various cultures of the continent.

W talked to Carter about the many worlds of Wakanda and creating costumes that allowed for mobility during action scenes.

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Ruth E. Carter: Hannah Beachler, the production designer, and the director, Ryan Coogler (“Creed,” 2015), had already come up with what Wakanda would look like. I also reviewed Reginald Hudlin and Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ versions of the comic. I wanted to ensure I was up on legend. It was like cramming for a test. However, the production team had already laid out a nice framework of what Wakanda would look like, so it was easy for me to make some fast decisions.

I had to create looks for each district in the film’s road map. For example, I wanted to incorporate forward-thinking and simple shapes from Japanese designers like Issey Miyake and Mitsuhiro Matsuda in the medical district. Then there was Steptown, a neighborhood in Wakanda, where you’ll see an Afropunk influence. For the business district, you’ll see the more formal suiting, which features African-inspired looks by designers like Ozwald Boateng and Ikiré Jones. There was also the military, royal palace and palace guards — all of those scenes needed to be broken down as well.

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DC Black Film Festival returns to Miracle Theatre on Barracks Row

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WASHINGTON — Launching a brand-new film festival can feel like a miracle achievement.

It’s only fitting that the Miracle Theatre is hosting the second annual D.C. Black Film Festival, which returns to Barracks Row near the Eastern Market Metro from Thursday to Saturday.

“The first year is writing the rules … the second year is improving on it,” founder Kevin Sampson told WTOP. “It’s great because we’ve grown in terms of submissions, entries, everything. A lot more people were responsive because the first year is proof of concept.”

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In order to qualify, at least one “above the line” creative force must be African-American, meaning the lead actor, writer, director or producer, providing a diverse lens on the world.

“It gives representation for people of African descent on the big screen, but also education and cultural exchange with people of other ethnicities,” Sampson said. “There’s something about the representation, when you’re able to see yourself on the big screen. … One of these filmmakers might be the next Barry Jenkins or Dee Rees, so you want to come support them.”

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‘Black-Ish’ Creator Kenya Barris Sets Exclusive Netflix Deal

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix says it’s signed “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris to an exclusive production agreement.

The multi-year deal announced Thursday makes Barris the latest prominent TV creator to jump from broadcast and cable to the streaming platform.

Barris’ Peabody-winning “black-ish” aired on ABC, and he produced the spinoff “grown-ish” for the network’s Disney Co. sibling, Freeform.

He ended his ABC Studios contract early after ABC declined to air a “black-ish” episode that reportedly addressed issues including the NFL player protests.

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Casting Call: “Men of Business” | September 22, 2018

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Auditions will be held on Saturday September 22, 2018 4719 Stamp Rd., Temple Hills, MD, 20748 from 1pm – 5pm. Those who register ($25) with eventbrite (link in bio), will be placed on the list to audition in the order of registration. Those who register ($25) upon arrival will audition in the order of arrival.

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