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This Video Showing What South Koreans Think of 'Black Panther' Is the Most Intriguing Thing You'll Watch Today

A new video from 'Asian Boss' shows what young South Koreans thought of 'Black Panther,' and it's incredibly eye-opening.

Black Panther is a global phenomenon. The film has shattered box office records, disproving theories that movies with predominately black casts don't perform well overseas.

Black Panther mania has touched places as far and wide as South Korea, where the film remains number one at the box office and is its highest-grossing market outside of the US. Members of the cast visited South Korea last month as part of their worldwide press run.

A new video from media outlet Asian Boss, highlights reactions to Black Panther from young South Koreans, and there's a lot to unpack in the 12-minute video.


The video gets particularly interesting when the host asks what South Korean viewers thought of the film's all-black cast, and its role in helping challenge negative perceptions about black people in the country. Their answers highlight why Black Panther is more than just another superhero film—It's singlehandedly changing how people think about race and black identity globally.

Responses ranged from lighthearted responses about how good-looking the cast is, to more critical answers about discrimination and Western storytelling—all thought-provoking nonetheless. They answer questions about the film's cast, whether or not the movie lived up to expectations, its role in challenging anti-blackness, and they even comment on Lupita Nyong'o's Korean—which according to them, is surprisingly better than the actual Korean character in the film.

"Before, the average Korean's perception of black people was not very good, because we learned from our history books that they were slaves," said one interviewees. "Now we perceive them as cool and hip, you know, very free-spirited and expressive, which is great."

"There are lots of movies that portray black as evil," said another. "But I think that through this movie, the perception of black people will improve."

The video helps open up a much-needed conversation about representation, diversity, inclusion, the prevalence of Eurocentric beauty standards and more. After seeing their first non-white superhero, many expressed hope in the possibility of one day seeing themselves reflected on the big screen through a Korean superhero.

Check out the video below.

Wakanda forever!

For more on race issues in South Korea, revisit our piece on Finding Black Girl Magic in South Korea.

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US Government Accidentally Lists Wakanda as Official Trade Partner—The Internet Reacts

You can't make this stuff up.

On Wednesday night it was discovered that the fictional country of Wakanda (the setting of the 2018 blockbuster movie Black Panther) was listed on the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) tariff tracking list of free trade partners.

According to BBC Africa, the listing was discovered by a software engineer by the name of Francis Tseng, who stumbled upon the gaffe while conducting research for a fellowship. What's perhaps even stranger, is that the list included detailed information about items that had been traded between the US and a non-existent Wakanda, including donkeys, cows, fresh vegetables, covfefe coffee and more.

Tseng took to Twitter to share his findings, later telling Reuters that he was was confused after seeing Wakanda listed."[I] thought I misremembered the country from the movie and got it confused with something else."

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Trevor Noah, 'Black Panther' and More Are Honored at the Prestigious 50th NAACP Image Awards

"The power of this moment to us really feels like the power of Pan-Africanism," Danai Gurira says at the ceremony.

The NAACP Image Awards is one of the few premiere cultural moments that celebrates to accomplishments of people of color in television, music, literature, film and social justice. In its 50th year, the awards ceremony went down this past weekend at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, honoring notables who won awards based on public audience votes.

This year's nominees was only a peek into how the African diaspora has continued to build, connect and be recognized for their efforts in telling more stories that reflect our diversity as a global black community.

"The power of this moment to us really feels like the power of Pan-Africanism," Danai Gurira says, while joining the Black Panther cast stage as they swept the awards ceremony that evening. "The beauty of this project is that we as a diaspora made this film successful—and we're just getting started as a diaspora—we're just getting started."

Take a look at some winners of note below.

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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month

Featuring Shatta Wale, Strongman, Kiddblack, Bryan The Mensah and more.

It's a brand new year, and you know what that means – brand new music!

As we began the year, several Ghanaian recording artists issued new releases, some attempting to re-up on the magic of last year, and some attempting to stake a new claim on the airwaves and charts in 2020.

We give you a list of the best songs to come out of Ghana in January. Check it out below.

The list is in no particular order.

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Costa Titch Releases 2 ‘New Wave Remixes’ for his Viral Hit ‘Nkalakatha’

Costa Titch enlists PatrickxxLee, Indigo Stella, Champagne69 and others in two new remixes for 'Nkalakatha.'

The hype around Costa Tich's hit single "Nkalakatha" is not dying down anytime soon. After releasing a remix featuring South African hip-hop royalty in December 2019, the rapper recently shared two new remixes to the song.

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