Black Panther is now one of the true cultural phenomenons of the 21st century. After garnering ecstatic reaction from celebrities, smashing box office records, sparking a movement to show the film to the underprivileged, causing celebrities to surprise fans at a screening, and sparking marriage proposals, the effect of Black Panther will be felt for years to come.
As if the hype and press surrounding the film wasn’t enough, the film’s symbol as a powerful representation of African culture has resonated almost universally. Even the world of sports jumped on the hype train when Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman attended an NBA All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk contest at the Staples Center.
The actor gave Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo a Black Panther mask during one of his dunks, and the athlete played the part of the Wakandan King as you can see in the video below:
— ESPN (@espn) February 18, 2018
Unfortunately Oladipo’s dunk only received a score of 40 from a possible of 50 points. Oladipo ended up being eliminated from the competition, with title of victor going to Donovan Mitchel of the Utah Jazz.
While Black Panther’s presence didn’t help with any magic at the sports event, the film itself is almost magical and is an experience to be reckoned with.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown, Andy Serkis and John Kani. Here is a synopses for the film:
“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Black Panther is in theaters now.
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