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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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Mozambique's Political Unrest: Where Things Stand

Fears continue to be on the rise as more attacks by militants are anticipated in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province.

On March 24th, militants stormed Palma—a gas-rich city in Mozambique—as part of an ongoing insurgency in the country dating back to 2017. Dozens of civilians have been killed although an official death toll has not been declared as of yet. Currently, at least 8000 more have been left displaced, fleeing to other parts of the country and attempting to seek asylum in Tanzania. This is believed to be the worst attacks carried out by the Islamist militant group, Al-Shabaab, to date.
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