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Author: Descant Deb

Marvel’s Black Panther & the 30 Year Wait For Real On-Screen Afrofuturism: Part 1

Ever since Eddie Murphy’s Coming To America (1988), the African Diaspora has yearned for another taste of the Afrofuturism depicted in the first 20 minutes. It is as yet unfulfilled by the big budget products currently produced by Starz in partnership with Amazon Prime or by Marvel, CBS and DC Comics in partnership with Netflix. Even the hotly anticipated collaboration by Macro and Netflix may fall a little short. So, people of the African Diaspora have been keenly awaiting the arrival of Marvel’s Black Panther, in the hope that it just might meet the need to see our story –...

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100% #OutOf100: At last, Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” Brings Afrofuturism Home!

Whichever date you choose to see the Ryan Coogler-directed Black Panther, remember it. Because, even if it’s in only some small way, you won’t leave the movie theatre the same as you arrived. For over a year now, we have been calling Black Panther not just a black superhero movie, but a super black hero movie, for good reason. When we heard that this iconic superhero from the Marvel comic book universe (MCU) was to be brought to the big screen, we worried that it might be yet another case of an African story being told through the white...

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Tonight’s Death in Paradise Guest Stars Richie Campbell, Steve Toussaint, Jenny Jules and Clare Perkins!

A black character-led Death In Paradise story is rarer than you’d think – usually around 1 – 2 episodes out of every 8. But, it is usually worth tuning into. So, we recommend that you do so tonight, as season 7, episode 4 stars Liar‘s Richie Campbell as a man whose blind aunt goes to a faith healer to recover her vision and instead dies on stage just before receiving the cure! DI Jack Mooney (Ardal O’Hanlon) and the team find themselves embroiled in the mysterious world of faith healing where all evidence initially points to the healer himself!...

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86% Out Of 100 – Black Lightning is great, but misses out on potential Afrofuturistic greatness

Black Lightning is technically the second African American superhero from DC Comics. He first appeared in 1977, 6 years after John Stewart debúted as a Green Lantern in 1971. Marvel had aready unveiled the Black Panther in 1966 and Luke Cage in 1972. It’s probably no coincidence, that the new series premiered on CW Channel (USA) last week and comes to Netflix UK January 23rd in its 40th anniversary year. Husband and wife creators and senior writers, Salim and Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane, Girlfriends) have brought us a tweaked live-action version of the comics and it’s a good-looking package. Black Lightning also has...

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98% #OutOf100: Dancing Suzann McLean Returns In Expanded BUPA UK Commercial in #ForLiving Campaign

As another national advertising campaign is spearheaded by a British black woman, it’s great to see BUPA UK expanding on this WCRS Agency commercial for their #ForLiving campaign. Previously, it offered only a teaser of backstory to its beautiful black star. Originally launched on January 5th, 2017 to advertise how BUPA cancer services can help you rediscover you after the ravages of serious illness, this extended version has been released, focusing on helping people get the most out of everyday life. Whether it was cancer directly affecting her femininity (breast, gynecological), or chemotherapy-related hair loss, we’ll never know. But,...

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