Not Without Black Women to host ‘Black Panther’ talk back

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Letitia Wright as Shuri in “Black Panther.” Image via IMDB.

“Black Panther” continues to break records at the box office, a trend that doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. The movie’s portrayal of the titular hero and the Afrofuturistic setting of the fictional nation of Wakanda have been winning raves from audiences.

After years of a pretty terrible track record on promoting diversity, theater owners are now saying they want more representational superhero movies, Variety reports.

Here in Baltimore, community groups have hosted screenings and panel discussions to further unpack the movie. The latest to put one on the books, the Baltimore Beat reports,  is the local group Not Without Black Women.

Founding director Brittany Oliver tells the Beat‘s Lisa Snowden-McCray the panel will discuss the role of black women in the film, how movies and pop culture affect young people and more.

“Originally we were not [having an event] but because of the response that we were getting from the community, they wanted us to have a talkback because Not Without Black Women brings a certain type of perspective when it comes to black radical politics,” Oliver tells the Beat.

The event is scheduled for March 3 at Cheat Day Bar & Grill in Pigtown, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. The panel includes Oliver, Morgan State University associate professor Lawrence Brown, Ujima People’s Progress Party member Nnamdi Lumumba and Morgan State University associate professor Natasha Pratt-Harris.

Brandon Weigel

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