Black Panther references

"How Black Panther Asks Us to Examine Who We Are To One Another Rahawa Haile considers how, by sliding between the real and unreal, Black Panther frees us to imagine the possibilities — and the limitations — of an Africa that does not yet exist." (Rahawa Haile)

"On the Blackness of the Panther: ‘In my wildest dreams, there is no king. I killed the king. The king is dead. All power to the people.’" (Teju Cole)

"The Tragedy of Erik Killmonger: The revolutionary ideals of Black Panther’s profound and complex villain have been twisted into a desire for hegemony." (Adam Serwer)

"‘Black Panther’ Is Not the Movie We Deserve" (Christopher Lebron)

"The Provocation and Power of Black Panther: The biggest success of the new Marvel film isn’t representation, but its contemplation of identity, responsibility, and the future of a diaspora in an interconnected world." (Vann R. Newkirk II)

"How Do You Solve a Problem Like Wakanda?: A friendly political debate inspired by the erstwhile rulers of the ‘Black Panther’ universe, King T’Challa and renegade Erik Killmonger" (Justin Charity and Micah Peters)

"“Black Panther” and the Invention of “Africa”" (Jelani Cobb)

"Wakanda: The Chocolatest City: The new Marvel superhero movie Black Panther shows the benefits and the risks associated with sustaining and protecting a majority-black community." (Brentin Mock)

"The Women of Wakanda: Nakia is the real revolutionary of "Black Panther"" (Evette Dionne)

"'Black Panther': Why Not Queen Shuri? (Guest Column)" (Salamishah Tillet)

"Marvel's 'Black Panther' Isn't Just Another Black Superhero" (Charles Pulliam-Moore)

"Black Panther's Mythical Home May Not Be So Mythical After All" (Winona Dimeo-Ediger)

"Why ‘Black Panther’ Is a Defining Moment for Black America: Ryan Coogler’s film is a vivid re-imagination of something black Americans have cherished for centuries — Africa as a dream of our wholeness, greatness and self-realization." (Carvell Wallace)

"'Black Panther' Costume Designer Draws On 'The Sacred Geometry Of Africa'" (Mallory Yu)

"Ever wondered which African cultures inspired the costumes in Black Panther?: Ruth Carter's costume design for Black Panther drew inspiration from a mix of African cultures, writes @diasporicblues." (Waris Dualeh) (starts here)

"Meet Ruth E Carter, the Black woman behind the costumes of “Black Panther”‘s Wakanda" (Daniel Johnson)

"Dressing Heroes: How Ruth Carter, the costume designer behind Selma and Malcolm X, fashioned Black Panther" (Joy Shan)

"The New Director of the Smithsonian’s African Art Museum Reflects on the Look and Fashion of Black Panther: The blockbuster movie borrowed from multiple African peoples to create a unique Wakandan style" (Sam Spengler and Zoe Sayler)

"Space is the Place: The architecture of Afrofuturism: Why Black Panther—and science fiction seen through a black cultural lens—has a lot to say about architecture, urbanism, and cities" (Patrick Sisson)

"Wakanda is where every urbanist wants to live: The Marvel film spurred conversation among architecture and cities buffs on Twitter" (Alissa Walker)

"The Real-Life Possibilities of Black Panther's Wakanda, According to Urbanists and City Planners"

"How Black Panther Composer Ludwig Göransson Found the Sound of Wakanda" (Sheldon Pearce)

"Black Panther teases new anthem from Kendrick Lamar: He’s got loyalty and royalty inside his DNA" (Julia Alexander)

"‘Black Panther’ and the Revenge of the Black Nerds" (Lawrence Ware)

"Oakland’s Two Black Panthers: The Movie and the Movement" (Sandhya Dirks)

"A short, melancholy review of Black Panther" (Tim Carmody)

"Wakanda Got Colonizers Shook" (Hannah L. Drake)

"‘Black Panther’ Brings Hope, Hype and Pride" (Salamishah Tillet)

"Chadwick Boseman Chose His Black Panther Accent to Make a Point About White Supremacy" (James Whitbrook)

"Three Interesting Weather-Related Lessons From 'Black Panther'" (Marshall Shepherd)

"The Wakanda Reader: Everything you wanted to know about Wakanda and urbanism, but were afraid to ask." (Brentin Mock)

"#WakandaSyllabus" (Walter Greason)

"Black Panther Film Movie Companion for Middle Grades" (Tess Raser)

"15 books you need to read after seeing Black Panther: From literary novels to action-packed comics to remarkable histories" (Christian Holub and David Canfield)

"10 Black AF things to watch/read/listen to before ‘Black Panther’ drops"

"If You Love Black Panther, You Have to Read Nnedi Okorafor's Books" (Frannie Jackson)

"Africa's First Marvel Superhero Makes His Cinematic Debut In 'Captain America: Civil War': 'Captain America: Civil War' has cinema-goers across the continent and the Diaspora talking about Marvel's first African superhero." (Alyssa Klein, 2016)

"Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther is a human drama about power: "It really isn't enough to have people punching each other and being awesome."" (Kwame Opam, 2016)

"Ta-Nehisi Coates on Creating Black Superheroes" (George Gene Gustines, 2017)

"Ta-Nehisi Coates's Black Panther review – a promising, subversive start: With the long-awaited new edition of the Marvel star, Coates and his illustrator, Brian Stelfreeze, have delivered on their promise of a ‘dramatic upheaval’" (Isaac Butler, 2016) ([]

"It’s Afrofuturism for the Win in Nnedi Okorafor’s Black Panther" (Lyda Morehouse, 2017)

"Marvel’s World of Wakanda Will Spotlight Women, on the Page and Behind It" (George Gene Gustines, 2016)

"Who is Roxane Gay? Get to know the feminist critic who just became one of Marvel's first black women writers" (Elle Colins, 2016)

"The Politics of Marvel's Black Panther" (Evan Narcisse, 2016)

last updated november 2018