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Kenyan-Mexican Actress, Lupita Nyong’o, Explains Why ‘Black Panther’ Is Extremely Inspirational To Her

“I didn’t need to hear what I meant to her, but I could feel it and it moved me.”

In a recent interview with ET Canada, Mexican-Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o recalls the moment she encountered a young girl in January while she was at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The young girl only wanted to take a picture with Nyong’o, but as soon as they came face to face, the young girl broke down and started crying. After asking her what was wrong, the girl responded to Nyong’o, “It’s just so nice to meet you.” Although those were the only words she said, Nyong’o could feel how much she meant to that young girl and it meant the world to her.

This is why Nyong’o’s role in the new Marvel film, “Black Panther,” is extremely important to her. Nyong’o explains that not only is her role in this film a game changer for herself, but a game changer for women of color.

What Nyong’o especially admires about “Black Panther” is that everything about the fictitious African nation in the film is inspired and informed by the real African continent. Moreover, Nyong’o expresses, “It’s so inspirational to see the depiction of an African nation that is self-determining, that wasn’t interrupted by the assault that is colonialism.” In particular to women of color, Nyong’o highly appreciates that in the film women are equally as powerful as men and the men are not threatened by their power. Every single person, whether male or female, is able to deliver their absolute full potential, and it’s such an honor for Nyong’o play a role in this.

To see Nyong’o on the big screen, stay tuned for the release of “Black Panther,” set to be played in theaters on February 16th .


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Lupita Nyong’o Says She Is Not Excited to Film ‘Black Panther 2’ Without Chadwick Boseman

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Lupita Nyong’o Says She Is Not Excited to Film ‘Black Panther 2’ Without Chadwick Boseman

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The Marvel highlight reel for future movies dropped on Monday. The three-minute video gave Marvel fans a peak into what is to come in the near future. One of the most highly-anticipated Marvel movies on the horizon is Black Panther 2. But fans know that installment is sure to be drastically different after the passing of Chadwick Boseman.

Ryan Coogler, the director of “Black Panther“, has already stated that Marvel has no intentions of recasting the role of T’Challa. However, Lupita Nyong’o–who played Nakia in the first installment–will be reprising her original role.

Recently, Afro-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong’o revealed in an interview that she is not excited to return to the world of Wakanda without Chadwick Boseman.

In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Nyong’o explained her complicated feelings about Black Panther‘s second installment, which will be called “World of Wakanda”.

“People will ask me, ‘Are you excited to go back?’ Excitement isn’t the word,” she explained. “I feel like I’m in a very pensive and meditative state when it comes to Black Panther 2. His passing is still extremely raw for me.” According to Yahoo Entertainment, Nyong’o’s voice became audibly emotional. “And I can’t even begin to imagine what it will be like to step on set and not have him there.”

Lupita Nyong’o went on to say that “World of Wakanda” will be a sort of tribute to the “light” of Chadwick Boseman.

“We have a leader in [director Ryan Coogler], who feels very much like we do, who feels the loss in a very, very real way as well. And his idea, the way which he has reshaped the second movie is so respectful of the loss we’ve all experienced as a cast and as a world. So it feels spiritually and emotionally correct to do this,” she said.

Nyong’o went on to say that she looks forward to “getting back together and honoring what he started with us and holding his light through it. Because he left us a lot of light that we’re still going to be bathing in. I know that for sure.”

When Chadwick Boseman passed away in August of last year, Nyong’o wrote a touching and heartfelt tribute to the late actor on her Instagram page.

“When we came together to make Black Panther, I remember being struck by his quiet, powerful presence,” she wrote. “He had no airs about him, but there was a higher frequency that he seemed to operate from. You got the sense that he was fully present and also somehow fully aware of things in the distant future. As a result, I noticed that Chadwick never seemed rushed! He commanded his time with ease.”

She continued, saying that Boseman was “absorbent. Agile. He set the bar high by working with a generosity of spirit, creating an ego-free environment by sheer example, and he always had a warm gaze and a strong embrace to share.”

As of now, Black Panther 2, which will be called “Wakanda Forever”, is set to be released in July of 2022.

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The New ‘In The Heights’ Trailer Is Out And You’ll Wish You Were In This Latino Fairytale

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The New ‘In The Heights’ Trailer Is Out And You’ll Wish You Were In This Latino Fairytale

There is a new “In The Heights” trailer and release date and fans are getting excited (again)! This is the second time that Warner Bros. has released a trailer to tease the release of “In The Heights” but Covid derailed its first release. Here’s to summer of 2021!

Here’s the new trailer for “In The Heights.”

“In The Heights” is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first wildly successful musical before “Hamilton. The show is based in Washington Heights, a Latino and immigrant enclave in New York City where music runs through the streets and the residents.

Usnavi, portrayed by Anthony Ramos, is the protagonist who is central to the community. He runs a bodega that everyone visits and it isn’t long until he and his large community fight back to protect their friends and family.

The story has it all from love to despair to triumph.

Usnavi is in love with Vanessa, portrayed by Melissa Barrera, and their love story grows alongside the community through the summer. At the same time, it seems that Abuela Claudia, portrayed by Olga Merediz, is facing deportation and the community comes to her defense to keep her here.

Miranda and Jon M. Cho, the director of “Crazy Rich Asians,” beautifully captured the resilience and diversity of our neighborhoods. Actors Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, and Leslie Grace bring the play to life on the big screen in a big way.

Fans cannot wait to see the new movie offering Latinos so much representation.

People have been anxiously waiting for this moment since 2008. That was the year that Universal Pictures announced their plans to make the movie adaptation of the play. It was supposed to be released in 2011 until Universals Pictures dropped the project. Then The Weinstein Company acquired the rights, however, Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct came to light and Miranda pulled the rights in response. Warner Bros. then got the rights in 2018 and we had our first trailer in 2019. It was slated to be released in June 2020 and the Covid caused the company to cancel the movie’s release. Now, with a deal with HBOMax, Warner Bros. will finally release “In The Heights” more than 10 years after fans were promised a movie.

“In The Heights” will be on HBOMax on June 18, 2021.

READ: The Trailer For ‘In The Heights’ Is Finally Here And It Looks Like A Latino Fairytale

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