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Angela Bassett Joins Marvel's 'Black Panther' Movie as T'Challa's South African-Born Stepmother

Marvel’s forthcoming Black Panther movie adds Angela Bassett to an already lit cast.

Marvel’s forthcoming Black Panther movie continues to get lit. Angela Bassett is the latest addition to a knockout cast that already includes Chadwick Boseman in the title role and Michael B. Jordan as the villainous Erik Killmonger alongside Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke and Florence Kasumba.


Bassett, who currently stars in American Horror Story, will play the South African-born Ramonda, second wife to the late King of Wakanda, T'Chaka, and stepmother and main parental figure to T’Challa / Black Panther. She’s also the biological mother of T’Challa’s younger sister, Shuri. In the Black Panther comics, she's referred to as “Queen Mother.”

As for Kasumba, you may recall the Ugandan-German showstopper basically won Captain America: Civil War with a single line (“Move, or you will be moved”), while Kaluuya is about to be the next big thing in Hollywood as the lead in Jordan Peele’s forthcoming race-driven horror flick, Get Out.

The first standalone Black Panther movie is being directed by Creed/Fruitvale Station’s Ryan Coogler. Production is expected to start in the first quarter of 2017, with a theatrical release slated for February 16, 2018. WE. CAN'T. WAIT.

Ramonda in the Black Panther comics. Image via Marvel.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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