Here are the Dos and Don'ts of What to Wear to 'Black Panther'

'Black Panther' is almost here, and you must come correct.

Folks have been planning what they're going to wear to Black Panther since the trailer dropped in June of last year. Almost, immediately after, the internet was flooded with memes about black folks bringing out their "best and blackest" outfits to mark the momentous occasion.

It's been clear from the start, that the release of this movie was going to encourage an unapologetic showing of black pride. Now, the release of the movie is just hours away, and if you're like us then you're preparing to put together a fly fit to celebrate in. Before you do however, we want to share some tips with you to make sure you're looking like Wakandan royalty—not all fits are are made equal, in fact, many of these so-called trends need to be thrown in the trash—but we digress.

All we're saying is that, we've waited far too long for this to not look our absolute best.

So we're here to help.

Below are the dos and the don'ts of what to wear to Black Panther. Remember, everything we say here is irrefutable—you must listen to us.


Coming to America-inspired outfits are a no—we're in a new era, y'all.

Wear the headwrap, sis, but don't let it wear you. This may not be the best occasion to bring out your most dramatic headwrap, keep in mind that you'll be in a theater and there will be folks behind you who probably want to see the movie too.

Please don't wear gele if it's not tied to perfection. Honestly, if it don't look like this, we don't want it:

Whatever you do, don't turn up looking like an uncle at a graduation cookout. We'd assume this was a given, but you just never know do you? (See: photo of David Oyelowo below)

Perhaps consider steering away from Angelina print all together? It's too predictable, y'all.

Do yourself a favor by not wearing anything you know you're uncomfortable in just for the sake of looking cute—we know, you want to look your flyest, but you'll be sitting in a theatre for 2 long hours. Ask yourself is it worth it? We promise Michael B. Jordan looks even better when your feet can breathe.

Don't wear traditional garb without knowing its significance—some traditional clothing is reserved for important rituals like the Maasai shuka. Remember, that these clothes are not costumes.


Well executed squad fits.

Opt to wear all-black. It's certainly on theme, and honestly when has wearing "all black everything" ever been a bad decision?

Fellas, please make sure you know how to properly flip that agbada.

Be creative. You don't want to look like just anybody, so don't be afraid to experiment a little.

Pull out that shea butter. Not a single ashy knuckle is allowed. You must go forth and glow like Danai.

Wear whatever makes you feel like the star you are, and own it. Go ahead, channel your inner Lupita.

Have the time of your life celebrating blackness. Black joy is quite possibly the best thing you can wear.


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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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