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Chadwick Boseman: ‘Black Panther’ Celebrates The Beauty Of Black Women

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Black Panther isn’t just an action flick for the fellas. One look at the trailer you can’t help but notice the strong queens and warriors of Wakanda (a fictional East African nation) with their rich brown skin and textured hair.

This major moment of beauty representation isn’t lost on the film’s star Chadwick Boseman who praised the Marvel film for celebrating the strength and beauty of black women.

“It’s impactful, I think it’s a special movie,” said Boseman who plays King T’Chala aka Black Panther. “It’s important because we do get to see very, very strong women in this film. Women don’t have to conform in any sort of way. Whether you want your hair to be bald, or have white locks, if you wants to have kinks, little curls, it’s all possible here.”
But beauty aside the flick also portrays the women of Wakanda as strong and intelligent.  Danai Guira who rocks a bald heads plays the leader of the Dora Milaje – Wakanda’s female only army, while Lupita Nyong’o plays it’s head of intelligence, Letitia Wright plays their tech guru and Angela Bassett is queen mother.
Boseman says this imagery is much needed as many black men and women still struggle with their identity as a result of slavery and being taken from Africa some 400 years ago.
“The conflict that exists not just for men but also for women when there is a disconnect from your ancestry and an acceptance of the African and the African American that conflict, we are two sides of the same coin,” he explains. “To show that on this stage at anytime would be great but to show it now is an amazing thing.”

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‘Annihilation’s’ Leading Ladies Use Intense Military Training As Bonding Experience

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Annihilation is one hell of a visually stunning sci-fi film with five female leads on an expedition to uncover the mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline.

For Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez, the film, which also lends a voice to what is being called the year of the woman, dressing in head to toe military gear and going through tactical training was a bonding experience.

“”t was really fun. It’s weird to say that. But to have all these women in military training together, where we had to do these exercises … it was a great bonding experience with each other.” Portman told us.

And although the women had the opportunity to use real guns, firearms is not something the ladies of Hollywood advocate. “I’m anti gun to be honest,” Rodriguez said. “I say no guns. There’s no reason for people to have guns especially when you have these,” she said while holding up her firsts.

This past week Gina has been very vocal via social media about gun legislation and the idea behind policy and change following the tragic high school massacre an Parkland, Florida.
Annihilation, also starring Oscar Isaac, hits theaters on February 23.
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