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Pan-African Dreams: A Skeptic's Take on Black Panther

I went into this movie suspicious of a Disney movie selling "wokeness."

I came into Black Panther skeptical, as I am about most things. I think it's a part of my personal defense to view grand projects that entice people to spend money with disdain and suspicion. This is especially true when it's appealing to an audience of Black people increasingly politicized toward understanding the natural world order as one that disadvantages people of African descent and people in the "Global South." This film capitalizes on this market and on the trending "wokeness." The Black masses, the people to whom this film is marketed, will not participate in this financial gain. This is the bitter reality of a consumer driven society.

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Meet the 'Black Panther' Actor Pushing Back at Trump's DACA Repeal

We sat down with Bambadjan Bamba, the actor working to put a human face on undocumented immigrants.

Bambadjan Bamba is living his dream as a working actor in Hollywood. While he hasn't landed that breakout leading role just yet, he's played a wide variety of characters in movies and on TV. He has a recurring role on the much loved network sitcom "The Good Place" and he plays a militant leader in the world's biggest movie right now—Black Panther.

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This Nigerian Actor Used His Incredible Stuntman Skills to Land a Role In 'Black Panther'

Femi Olagoke has worked on the set of major motion pictures, but he's currently celebrating one of his biggest roles to date.

Lagos-born Femi Olagoke was in college when he decided that he would pursue a career in acting, so he did what any person with Nigerian parents would do—he got a degree in business administration. His plan was to get a job in the corporate world to support his passion. After all "struggling artist" doesn't exactly qualify as a legitimate occupation in everyone's book.

He never did find that job though, his physical strength, acquired form years of sports training—he went to the University of Missouri where he ran track and field—made him uniquely qualified for work as a stuntman in major motion pictures and television series, including Avengers: Infinity War and Luke Cage, just to name a few.

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