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“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” continues the series’ quest to recover and celebrate lost cultures
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“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” continues the series’ quest to recover and celebrate lost cultures

By Julian C. Chambliss, Michigan State University   As someone who teaches and writes about Afrofuturism, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” I’m particularly excited about the introduction of Namor and the hidden kingdom of Talokan, which he leads. The first “Black Panther” film adhered to a longstanding practice in Afrofuturist stories and art by engaging in what I call “acts of recovery” – the process of reviving and celebrating elements of Black culture that were destroyed or suppressed by colonization. This practice is often linked to “Sankofa,” an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana that roughly translates to “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” “Wakanda Forever” pulls from the past in the ...
“Black Panther” and Brown Power – how “Wakanda Forever” celebrates pre-Columbian culture
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“Black Panther” and Brown Power – how “Wakanda Forever” celebrates pre-Columbian culture

By César Albarrán Torres, Swinburne University of Technology and Liam Burke, Swinburne University of Technology Wakanda is back in cinemas, promising to deliver high-voltage action and trigger new discussions about how Hollywood represents other races and cultures. On November 10 Marvel’s Black Panther will receive its long-awaited sequel, Wakanda Forever. The first film was considered a landmark in how Black culture is represented in mainstream movies, breaking box office records and earning a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Now there are hopes that Wakanda Forever will have a similar impact in its depiction of pre-Columbian culture. Directed by Ryan Coogler, the first Black Panther became an exemplar of ethnic diversity in mainstream cinema, as well as a watershed moment for ...
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Walmart apologizes for selling “Juneteenth ice cream,” pulls products from shelves

What does overdue freedom taste like? If you ask Walmart, the answer is probably its short-lived “Juneteenth ice cream,” which has reportedly been pulled from shelves this past week. Photos shared on social media showed a container adorned in red, yellow and green (a not-so-subtle nod to Africa) with a message on the label that said: “Share and celebrate African-American culture, emancipation and enduring hope” with a group of colorful hands joyously raised on the bottom of the container. The special edition ice cream was available in two flavors. Apparently, customers perusing the aisles were appalled to stumble upon the new ice cream and shared their disgust with the company, leading to Walmart issuing an apology in a statement. How the bad idea materialized into pints of ...