New “Black Panther” Trailer is all Motherships and AfroFuturism

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Today director Ryan Coogler and Marvel Studios dropped another edge-snatching preview of the most anticipated superhero film in the diaspora’s history. It seems Coogler’s visionary film crew and talented cast (which includes Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, and Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett) are channeling Parliament Funkadelic and Sun Ra with a side of LaBelle. The trailer’s soundtrack draws from the Godfather of hip hop, Gil Scott-Heron, and his everlasting track The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

Black Panther arrives in theaters Black History Month 2018.

Glossary: AfroFuturism

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1974 poster for "Space is the Place" starring the Legendary Sun Ra. Photo Courtesy of Getty Images
1974 poster for “Space is the Place” starring the Legendary Sun Ra. Photo Courtesy of Getty Images

What is Afrofuturism?

In 1909 Filipo Tommaso Marinetti launched the Italian Futurist movement in his Futurist Manifesto. Among its many principles, FT Marinetti and his fellow futurists sought to make people producers of their society rather than just consumers. They were obsessed with the idea of stretching the imagination, robots, technology and war. They wanted to destroy libraries, schools, museums, and all history in hopes that society would cleanse itself.

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Thinking is a Habit in David Banner’s “Walking With Gods”

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If you’ve seen any of the latter episodes of Issa Rae’s “Awkward Black Girl” you will be more than familiar with the production quality and look of David Banner’s “Walking With Gods”. He’s no Gordon Parks Jr. when it comes to directing super-fly action sequences but Banner can tell a pretty exciting visual story.  What’s sets WWG apart from the ever-growing slew of web series aimed at audiences of color is  that it’s a decent piece of Afrofuturism from the guy that made “Like a Pimp”.

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