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Before You Watch 'Black Panther,' Get Familiar With T'Challa's Royal Family Tree

A new video from Marvel breaks down the superhero's rich family history.

Happy Black Panther Day, folks! The day we've been waiting for is finally here and we couldn't be more excited.

If you haven't quite seen the movie yet, or are still picking out the perfect outfit, here's something that can give you more insight into T'Challa's character before you view the movie.

The good folks over at Marvel have released a video, breaking down T'Challa's complex family line. It's the perfect intro for those unfamiliar with the comics.

In the short clip, the suerhero's family history is broken down over several generations, with his bloodline being traced all the way back to a man named Bashenga, the first man to assume the role of the Black Panther.

You'll see some familiar faces like tech maven and sister to T'Challa Shuri, warrior Okoye the head of the Dora Milaje played by Danai Gurira and Nakia the goodhearted spy played by Lupita Nyong'o in the film.

You'll also learn about some of his ancestors and more distant relatives.

While the new film introduces us to the world of Wakanda, It's quite intriguing to see how much time and detail has been put into developing the backstory even before the film came about.


Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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