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Everything We Know and Love About 'Black Panther' After Watching the Trailer

The official "Black Panther" trailer has dropped, and we're all very excited.

DIASPORA—In case you haven't heard, the official trailer for Marvel's upcoming Black Panther movie dropped during game 4 of the NBA finals, and it's everything we needed and more.


The two minute clip gives us an exciting glimpse into the fictional world of Wakanda, where T'Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, is ruler. His character was first introduced last year in Captain America: Civil War, after his father was assassinated, making him king of the isolated "African" nation.

Little is known about Wakanda, and while outsiders believe it to be a third world country, it is actually a flourishing, technologically advanced metropolis, where everyone appears to be insanely fierce and fashionable.

Here's the trailer for the film, directed by Ryan Coolgler:

As you can see, the film is jam packed with black and badass characters like Lupita Nyong'o who plays Nakia, Black Panther's love interest and potential adversary. Danai Gurira as Okoye, the leader of an elite group of women warriors. Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi, Black Panther's right hand man and Angela Basset as his mother, Ramonda. Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger—another warrior rival, and Forrest Whitaker as the wise elder, Zuri.

It appears that the main villain will be Black Panther's nemesis Ulysses Klaue, who's looking to exploit Wakanda's wealth, but a synopsis reveals that his rule will also be challenged by "factions within his own country."

What's made clear from the trailer are the film's references to historical African figures, its portrayal of black characters with agency, and its use of afrofuturism to challenge the "underdeveloped African nation," film trope.

It's the type of superhero movie that we are yet to see, and we, along with our friends on the internet, are rightfully excited about its upcoming release. Reactions to the trailer have been celebratory to say the least.

Fans have also pointed out the abundance of black, female lead characters.

Black Panther will hit theaters on February 9 in the UK and on February 16 in the U.S., but it really can't come soon enough.

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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