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“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 ...
Benin bronzes to be returned to Nigerian officials from German museum
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Benin bronzes to be returned to Nigerian officials from German museum

Dozens of bronzes stolen by Europeans from the Kingdom of Benin will be on display on last time in Berlin on Saturday before they are returned to Nigeria. The items will be shown at Humboldt Museum in Berlin where the have remained for decades. The repatriation of these artifacts is the latest attempt by German officials to take responsibility for their involvement in colonialism. RELATED: London museum agrees to return collection of stolen Benin Bronzes and art to Nigeria Thousands of Benin bronzes and African artifacts are still in the possession of European museums. Britain currently has the vast majority of the artifacts and has not returned them after being requested by Nigerian officials. More about the repatriation of Benin bronzes can be found here.
London museum agrees to return collection of stolen Benin Bronzes and art to Nigeria
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London museum agrees to return collection of stolen Benin Bronzes and art to Nigeria

A museum in London announced today it has agreed to return dozens of historic African artifacts, including precious Benin Bronzes, brass and art to the Nigerian government where they were forcefully taken by colonists in the late 19th century. London's Horniman Museum said it will return 72 artifacts. This includes 12 brass plaques known as Benin Bronzes that were seized from the Kingdom of Benin by British soldiers in 1897. It is estimated that thousands of artifacts were looted by British military invaders and eventually spread throughout European museums and the U.S. The Horniman Museum said Nigeria's National Commission for Museums and Monuments requested the return earlier this year. It is believed that Horniman’s compliance, similar to other European museums last year, could in...
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Belgian officials to return remains of Congo’s assassinated first leader — more than 60 years later

A tooth — the only remains left behind of Patrice Lumumba, The Democratic Republic of the Congo's first elected leader — was returned to his family during a ceremony in Belgium. Lumumba was the first democratically-elected Prime Minister of the DRC when Congo gained independence from Belgium in 1960. His leadership was short-lived; Lumumba was assassinated by Belgian operatives who attempted a coup. Lumumba, the handsome and charismatic leader who captivated an entire continent, was tortured and killed. His body is believed to have been dissolved in acid. A tooth, the only known remains of Lumumba’s body, was taken by a Belgian police officer who brought it to Belgium as a memento. Lumumba’s children came to Belgium last week to reclaim their father’s tooth two years after his daughter...