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This weekend, like many others, I went to watch the highly anticipated Black Panther movie. Let me just say it was incredible! From the storyline to cinematic techniques, this movie gets 5 stars from me.
I’ve never been a huge comic fan but I've watched many of the other Marvel movies and was especially excited to see this one. There is a lack of diversity and representation in many industries and Hollywood is no stranger to this. Black Panther goes against the norm and is so much more than a movie about a comic. It's about representation. We get to see ourselves as heroes, our skin, our hair, our beauty, our intelligence, our culture and sheer magic reinforced in this movie.
Below is an overview video from the editorial team at LinkedIn discussing Black Panther not only a movie but as a movement. Don't worry it's not a spoiler so feel free to watch and if you haven't seen the movie yet, what are you waiting on?! Stop what you're doing right now and get your tickets!
Now you know your girl had to get In Formation to watch this movie. After all Letitia Wright, the actor who plays Shuri is GUYANESE!!!
I wanted to do a mix of inspiration from the movie as well as the Black Panther Party so I combined a leather-look outfit with African-inspired prints and jewelry.
I started with my all black ensemble that consisted of leather-look pants and a black vinyl bandeau bow front top. From there I took one of my Africa-print head-wraps and instead of using it for my hair, I secured it to the waist of my pants, allowing it to drape all the way to the ground. For accessories, I rocked red python mules and beaded bracelets from my jewelry collection. I picked up those pieces from an African fair in Brooklyn as well as the African Market in Harlem. If you're ever in Harlem pop into the Malcolm Shabazz Market on 116th street for similar looking pieces.
My earrings were gifted to me by my dear friend (thanks Ayana!) and are gold Fulani hoops. These hoops are a tradition of the Fulani people and have been worn by women as a symbol of wealth and nobility.
To play up the Panther theme, I rocked black cat-eye sunglasses along with my vintage black and gold panther purse. Yes friends! I feel so lucky to have already owned this amazing vintage beauty. A pop of teal lipstick added more edge to my look and kept it feeling futuristic.
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My King and I at the movie.
Wakanda Forever! 🙅🏽♀️