To wrap up Black History Month, it’s only fitting that after a free screening of the blockbuster Black Panther (my third viewing) at the Magic Johnson AMC, I made my way across the street to the world famous Apollo Theater where they, along with the Atlantic and AfroPunk, hosted a discussion with Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o, moderated by current Black Panther scribe Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Photos weren’t allowed but the event was live streamed on Facebook, hopefully they will restream this event for folks who couldn’t make it, because theses stars live were an amazing experience, Lupita could read a Canadian phone book and I would be all in. Luckily she spoke about the importance of the movie, the roles of women and why she decided to take the role as it would “tell a story about a woman with agency.”
And yes her smile is that ridiculously stunning.
Chadwick spoke about how Black Panther “breaks convention for a superhero movie” comparing it to Hamlet and Shakespeare, which is what I been saying for the past few weeks, so thank you Mr. Boseman. In addition, he spoke about the horrors of going into hair & makeup and the person not knowing how to handle his hair. He also signed a very luck kids mask on stage. Very, cool and laid back I can only image the fun that these actors had when they weren’t grinding to make such a beautiful piece of art.
Their stories and views on this monumental experience was uplifting and inspiring, but as of this writing there isn’t a link, please search for this event you’ll thank yourself and me for telling you about it.