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Photos: Here's What Went Down at OkayAfrica's #OkayWakanda 'Black Panther' Celebration

Brooklyn's black and beautiful came out in numbers to celebrate the biggest film of the year.

Ahead of the release of the most anticipated film since, what feels like, forever, OkayAfrica and Okayplayer teamed up with the Brooklyn Academy of Music to put together a night of celebration with an advanced screening of the film, followed by an intimate Q&A with director Ryan Coogler and our CEO Abiola Oke.


As if all of that weren't already enough, we capped off the night with an #OkayWakanda afterparty. Folks were dressed in their best "royal attire" as the dress code required—and folks didn't disappoint in custom fits and colorful pieces from online boutique, Zuvaa.com.

It was an incredibly vibrant affair, and a fitting way to mark the release of the culture-shifting movie. Check out some of the action below, featuring photos by Travis Matthews and Staysuckafree.

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Photo by Travis Matthews.

Photo by Travis Matthews.

Photo by Travis Matthews

Photo by Travis Matthews

Photo by Travis Matthews

Dress (right) courtesy of Zuvaa.com

Photo by Travis Matthews

Photo by Staysuckafree.

Jumpsuit courtesy of Zuvaa.com

Photo by Staysuckafree

Photo by Staysuckafree

Image by Staysuckafree

Image by Staysuckafree

Image by Travis Matthews

Photo by Staysuckafree

Image by Staysuckafree

Photo by Staysuckafree

Photo by Staysuckafree

Photo by Staysuckafree

Photo by Travis Matthews

Photo by Staysuckafree

Dress (left) courtesy of Zuvaa.com

Photo by Staysuckafree

Photo by Staysuckafree

Photo by Staysuckafree

Photo by Staysuckafree

Photo by Staysuckafree

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During her birth month this year, the emerging South African photographer from Estcourt in KwaZulu Natal opened her solo exhibition at Durban's Distillery 031 venue. Titled 4:4 Mas'hlalisane, the exhibition showcased a series of images depicting the Joburg inner city and the country's most used mode of public transport—(minibus) taxis.

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This paradigm-shifting moment in history is the center of the latest series from Nigerian visual artist Fred Martins, who began conceptualizing "Aba Women Riot" in 2019, while reflecting on the invaluable contributions women have made throughout history. "I reflected on the power of femininity and how it has affected history on every stage and era of human civilization," said the artist in a statement.

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The film platform, from director Ava DuVernay, is hosting a weekly movie-viewing experience for the "global online community of cinephiles."

If you're looking for African films to dive into while at home during the coronavirus outbreak, a new digital series from award-winning director Ava DuVernay's film collective ARRAY is a great place to start. The multi-media platform and arts collective is launching its #ARRAYMatinee series, and each film will be available for viewing here.

#ARRAYMatinee is a virtual movie-viewing experience that will screen a string of the collective's previously released independent films from Africa and the diaspora. The weekly series begins on Wednesday, April 1 with a viewing of the 2015 South African coming-of-age film Ayanda. "Viewers will take a cinematic journey to the international destinations and cultures featured in five films that were released via the ARRAY Releasing independent film distribution collective that amplifies that work of emerging filmmakers of color and women of all kinds," says the platform in a press release. To promote a communal viewing experience, viewers are also encouraged to have discussions on Twitter, using the hashtag #ARRAYMatinee.

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