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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

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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