If you’re looking for a good excuse to shout “WAKANDA FOREVER!” this week, the National Museum of African American History and Culture announced its acquisition of a coterie of objects associated with the Black Panther movie, most importantly, the iconic costume worn by Chadwick Boseman in the role of Prince T’Challa, aka Black Panther.
Based on the Marvel comic, the cinematic version of Black Panther shattered box office records and redefined ideas about the target demographic for superhero movies (as well as making the crossover to real-world affairs in the form of a billion-dollar investment in a forthcoming STEM Center of Innovation in Oakland). Also, the majority of people who saw the movie were inspired to dramatically rap anything resembling a spear against the floor for a solid month after seeing it.
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Image from Marvel Cinematic Universe, courtesy Walt Disney Pictures