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Wakanda to Smithsonian: NMAAHC Acquires Objects From ‘Black Panther’ Film

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Wakanda to Smithsonian:
NMAAHC Acquires Objects from ‘Black Panther’ Film

Black Panther’s hero costume is part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture’s collection. The Museum acquired several objects from the record-breaking film Black Panther, including the hero costume worn by actor Chadwick Boseman; a partial shooting script signed by Ryan Coogler (co-writer; director), Kevin Feige (producer, president of Marvel Studios),Nate Moore (executive producer) and Joe Robert Cole (co-writer; producer); and 24 high-resolution production photographs. Plans for display of the objects are under consideration by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Black Panther is the first superhero of African descent to appear in mainstream American comics, and the film itself is the first major cinematic production based on the character. Black Panther illustrates the progression of blacks in film, an industry that in the past has overlooked blacks, or regulated them to flat, one-dimensional and marginalized figures. The film, like the museum, provides a fuller story of black culture and identity.

The origin story of the Black Panther character started in the late 1960s, during the height of the civil rights movement-a critical period in American history and an era that the museum explores in many of its exhibitions.

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Film still photo credit: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History of Culture, Gift of Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Company, ©Marvel/Matt Kennedy

Suit photo credit: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History of Culture, Gift of Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Company, ©Marvel, photos taken by NMAAHC/Lanae Spruce

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Africa’s enormous potential, abundant opportunities

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AFTER having the honour of serving my country as a diplomat for more than 30 years – 22 of them in eight different African countries – this week I have the opportunity for the first time to underscore US interests in and commitment to the continent at the United Nations General Assembly.
In dozens of meetings and conversations in New York, I will highlight the importance of a continued and strong US-Africa partnership that prioritises the following goals:
• Promoting stronger trade and commercial ties between the United States and Africa by establishing a level playing field across African markets;
• Harnessing the potential of Africa’s tremendous youth bulge as a force for economic ingenuity and prosperity, which is a counter-narrative to violent extremism and despair;
• Advancing peace and security through robust partnerships with African governments via bilateral and regional mechanisms; and
• Most importantly, reemphasising that the United States has an unwavering commitment to Africa.
Far from being mutually exclusive, these priorities are mutually reinforcing. Our failure or success depends on a “whole of government” approach in working with international partners, civil society, and the large African diaspora in the United States, towards a future which leads to peace, stability and prosperity – now and for future generations across Africa.
My experiences in both diplomacy and academia have convinced me that Africa truly is at a critical crossroads, and the direction it takes in the next few years will have a major impact – for good or ill – not only on the continent, but across the world.
Everyone who follows trends in Africa knows that a demographic sea change is coming between now and 2050, when the continent will double its population to more than two billion and the percentage of Africans younger than 25 years of age will surpass 75 percent. These millions and millions of young Africans will have high aspirations for employment and quality of life – no different than young people anywhere in the world. With the proliferation of social media, African youth have a clear window into the countless possibilities that the world has to offer, but more importantly can compare their own circumstances with those of their peers around the globe.
Africa’s leaders are beginning to understand that their most important challenge is to create meaningful and lasting jobs for their youth. And I plan to do all I can to help, since the United States is the ideal partner for supporting Africans in building and strengthening democratic institutions and the type of business environments which attract investment that foster economic growth.
The fact is that a more prosperous and democratic Africa offers enormous commercial and trade opportunities for the United States. As the global economy becomes increasingly intertwined and Africa represents a larger share of global trade, I firmly believe that American companies can and should have deeper ties to the continent, which can also …Read full story

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Chadwick Boseman fought Marvel for Black Panther’s African accents

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Marvel wanted Black Panther’s Wakandan people of Africa to speak with a British accent.

The studio were initially convinced that an African accent would be “too much for the audience to take in” and wanted to alter their dialect so that they spoke with an English twang, but Chadwick Boseman – who starred as T’Challa in the widely acclaimed film- fought against bosses because he felt it was important to keep the authenticity throughout.

Speaking on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, he said: “They felt that [an African accent] was maybe too much for an audience to take. I felt the exact opposite.

“Like if I speak with a British accent, what’s gonna happen when I go home? It felt to me like a dealbreaker. Having gone through similar situations before where I was willing to, like, stand up for it I was like, well, here we go again. So for them I don’t think it was that deep, I think it was an opinion. No, this is such an important factor that if we lose this right now what else are we going to throw away for the sake of making people feel comfortable? So yes that was a huge thing — once we decided to do it, we went for it.”

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EBONY Travels to Ghana to Mark 400 Years Since the Middle Passage

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Following a successful launch of the first Annual Back2Africa Festival in February 2018, Ghana’s 61st Independence Celebration, and The Ghana Tourism US East Coast Visit in March 2018 to promote Ghana as a prime tourism destination, The Ghana Tourism Authority and The Adinkra Group continue to bolster their efforts to promote Ghana as a prime tourist, business and investment destination for African Americans by hosting a team of writers and photographers from the iconic, EBONY Magazine to document a 10- day tour of Ghana starting August 21 to August 31 which will be broadcasted through EBONY’s social media platforms and prominently featured in EBONY’s Power 100 issue in print and online later this year.

2019 is a landmark year marking the 400-year anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the United States in 1619 widely recognized as the start of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade where millions of Africans were kidnapped and brought to America as free labor. Underscored by The United States Congress recently passed Act H.R. 1242 – 400 Years of African-American Experience Act – recognizing the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in 1619 thus commencing the beginning of the African American experience.

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