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Here Are 23 Art Pieces Of Nakia From ‘Black Panther,’ Some Of Which You Can Purchase

With a bigger box office success than “Star Wars” and “Jurassic World,” Marvel movie “Black Panther” has taken the film industry by a storm. Among the characters who are featured in the film, the strength, power, humor, intelligence, and perseverance portrayed in the women warriors of “Black Panther” is beyond inspirational.

People are channeling this inspiration through their art and here are 23 pieces of Nakia, played by Lupita Nyong’o, that you will want to buy and display on the walls of your home ASAP.

1. Here is a detailed paper art piece created by Ryan W. Riller.

Nakia
CREDIT: @rywes09 / Instagram / March 26, 2018

Although Riller is commonly known for his Disney art pieces, he created this vibrant cutout piece after watching Marvel movie, “Black Panther.” He was particularly inspired by the women in the film, which is what led him to create a piece on Nakia.

2. This art piece is laser engraved on Baltic Birch.

CREDIT: @metrospectrum / Instagram / March 26, 2018

This art piece was designed by a husband and wife team based in Detroit. They go by the name “Metro Spectrum” and create a mix of home decor, functioning art and custom pieces. The wooden art piece of Nakia above is one of three that they have created. The other two being wooden art pieces of “Black Panther” characters Shuri and Okoye.

3. Here is a mixed media screen print of Nakia on heavyweight paper.

CREDIT: @bobbyhillart / Instagram / March 26, 2018

This art piece was created by New York native Bobby Hill. Each one of these pieces in individually screen printed and hand painted, available in all different shapes, sizes and colors.

4. Here is a painting of Nakia created by artist Lulu Troy.

CREDIT: @lulutroy / Instagram / March 26, 2018

Lulu Troy is both a caricaturist and an oils and acrylic artist. She spent a day working on this acrylic painting and after receiving a high amount of interest from people on social media, she went on to duplicate the painting into multiple prints for purchase.

5. This painting of Nakia was created by artist Kervin Andre.

CREDIT: @akomicsart / Instagram / March 26, 2018

This is only one of the paintings Andre has created based on the Marvel film “Black Panther.” Other of Andre’s detailed “Black Panther” art pieces include an oil painting of Black Panther himself, a painting of Erik Killmonger accompanied by one of his strongest quotes from the film, and more.

6. Here’s an illustration of Nakia drawn by artist Jason Casey.

CREDIT: @jasoncaseyart / Instagram / March 26, 2018

This drawing of Nakia took Casey a total of four hours, which he completed with materials including graphite and ink. This gives me a Time magazine type of vibe and I love it.

7. These watercolor paintings were created by artist Morgan Overton.

CREDIT: @mointhestudio / Instagram / March 26, 2018

Overton, who is know for her beautiful watercolor paintings, started releasing her “Black Panther” art shortly after the release of the movie. The powerful characters featured above from left to right are Okoye, Shuri, and Nakia.

8. This art piece was created by artist Martin Underwood.

CREDIT: @xwood_art / Instagram / March 26, 2018

The materials used to create this piece were copic markers, charcoal, posca pens and pencils. Whether complete or not, I love this already.

9. This bright colored illustration of Nakia was created by Samantha Ralph.

CREDIT: @identigeek / Instagram / March 26, 2018

In addition to this illustration of Nakia, Ralph has also created art pieces of Okoye and Shuri from “Black Panther.” Love how colorful and vibrant this is.

10. Here’s an acrylic wash created by artist Lawrence Reynolds.

CREDIT: @Ireynoldsart / Instagram / March 26, 2018

Reynolds’ collection of art mainly features art pieces of super heroes, including powerful figures such as Erik Killmonger and M’Baku from “Black Panther,” Rocket and Star-lord from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and more.

11. Here’s a photo of Nakia designed by Digital artist Bryan Williams.

CREDIT: @just1forty / Instagram / March 26, 2018

So detailed and beautiful. I would definitely buy this as a poster.

12. Here’s a tattoo of Nakia and Okoye.

CREDIT: @karolfernandesarte / Instagram / March 26, 2018

The detail of color in this tattoo is everything! ?? And I love the geometric shapes that are placed in the background.

13. This piece was illustrated by artist Tina Tran.

CREDIT: @imawonder / Instagram / March 26, 2018

This art piece was inspired by the powerful female warriors in “Black Panther.” The materials she used to bring this illustration to life were colored pencils and water color paint.

14. Here’s a portrait of Nakia created with pens, markers and colored pencils.

CREDIT: @retreatsyndrome / Instagram / March 26, 2018

Whether this piece is complete or not, I love it already. Wish I was this talented at drawing.

15. This vector illustration was created by 20-year-old artist, Chloe.

CREDIT: @illustratedchlo / Instagram / March 26, 2018

Other portraits Chloe has created include illustrations of powerful women such as Frida Kahlo, Camila Cabello, and Letitia Wright. Although each piece is different, they follow the same artistic style.

16. This art piece was created by Sejuti Bala.

CREDIT: @gallifreyanninja / Instagram / March 26, 2018

“My appreciation for this badass woman Nakia quite clearly doesn’t even begin to capitulate the beauty of Lupita Nyong’o,” Bala expressed when she shared this image on social media.

17. Here’s a painting featuring Nakia, Shuri and Okoye.

CREDIT: @lisbethmars / Instagram / March 26, 2018

This art piece was created by Lisbeth Checo. Other art pieces by Checo feature multiple inspirational celebrities such as Gina Rodriguez, Cardi B, Bruno Mars, Samira Wiley and more.

18. This digital illustration was created by 21-year-old graphic designer, Joksie.

CREDIT: @joksiea / Instagram / March 26, 2018

Joksie created this image using Photoshop. The style of the illustration follows the style of a vintage comic book cover.

19. Here’s another detailed Photoshop illustration of Nakia.

CREDIT: @tara.light / Instagram / March 26, 2018

The colors in this illustration are far more vibrant, which took a lot of layers and blending on Photoshop.

20. This sketch of Nakia was drawn by Nikolas A. Draper-Ivey.

CREDIT: @nikolasdraperivey / Instagram / March 26, 2018

The colors and lighting in this illustration are on point. I’d love to see this framed.

21. Here is an adorable water color painting of Nakia.

CREDIT: @chy.thehooman / Instagram / March 26, 2018

This painting is very cartoon-like which makes it so adorable. And the details in Nakia’s suit are everything.

22. This illustration of Nakia was created by artist Hal Betzold.

CREDIT: @hbstudio / Instagram / March 26, 2018

Betzold is an artist and animator based in Chicago, who has illustrated multiple iconic film characters. This illustration in particular, almost looks as if it was spray painted.

23. Last but not least, here’s a sketch of Nakia drawn by Jesse Hernandez.

CREDIT: @jessito_draws / Instagram / March 26, 2018

For this drawing, Hernandez used prisma color pencils. And the details he added onto Nakia’s suit are amazing.


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22 Strong Latinos On TV Who Awesomely Defy Stereotypes

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22 Strong Latinos On TV Who Awesomely Defy Stereotypes

It’s no secret that representation of Latinos on TV is, to put it mildly, not great.  Very few are present in mainstream TV and movies and, more often than not, we’re cast to play stereotypes and/or minor roles. The world needs to see more realistic Latinos reflected back into their living rooms. You know, the awkward Latinos. The smart Latinos. The downright weird Latinos. So let’s take a moment to celebrate the awesomely odd Latinos on TV we DO get to see (and hope that soon we’ll get to see many, many more):

1. April Ludgate

CREDIT: Parks And Recreation / NBC

April was not here to entertain you, be the sassy best friend or be reduced to just another pretty face. In fact, she’d rather you not be happy at all, because super happy people are kind of annoying. It was pretty great (and different) to have a Latina on TV who was smart, sarcastic and flawlessly flawed.

2. Amy Santiago

CREDIT: NBC

We say this with love: Amy’s a dork. Like, the dorkiest dork who ever dorked. But her dorky weirdness is just so endearing! She’s a people pleaser, an overachiever and truly, incredibly, hopelessly awkward. Just like a lot of us are, tbh.

3. Rosa Diaz

CREDIT: Brooklyn Nine-Nine / FOX

Rosa is a badass to the core, but don’t let her tough exterior fool you: she is layered and is half of the greatest current-day sitcom friendships we’ve seen in a while. Her toughness is balanced by the fact that she’s… kind of weird. Like, owns-an-ax-and-doesn’t-let-her-coworkers-know-where-she-lives level weird.

4. Cristela Hernandez

CREDIT: Cristela / ABC

Cristela was a combination of incredibly ambitious and kiiiind of prone to complaining, which is realistic af to most of us. Sure, she wasn’t always the nicest sister or best employee in the whole world, but she was always smart, loyal, funny as hell and HUMAN.

5. Carmen Peña

CREDIT: Que Pasa USA / PBS


Carmen was, in a word, awkward. Especially around dudes. She was the good kid while her brother, Joe, was the troublemaker of the family. It’s a dynamic a lot of girls growing up in Latino families, especially immigrant and exile families, can really relate to. Cheers to the weird, nerdy girls!

6. Jane Villanueva of Jane the Virgin

CREDIT: CREDIT:  Jane the Virgin / CW

The beloved Jane is a Latina character who doesn’t rely on heavy accents or maid costumes. Gina Rodriguez plays a witty Latina who is focused on her goals. But, she’s got to grapple with bringing to full term a baby that she was accidentally inseminated with. Yea, wrap your head around that last sentence. #AsiEslaVida

7. Laurel Castillo of How to Get Away with Murder (Karla Souza)

CREDIT: CREDIT: How to Get Away With Murder / ABC

Mexican actress Karla Souza plays the sharp and intrepid Laurel Castillo, who has both the wits to aide her law professor in solving court cases, as well as an under-the-radar darkness that keeps viewers on their toes. Laurel’s last name made us question if she had Latina roots, and the show answered our hypothesis when she was shown in a flashback with her Spanish-speaking Florida family.

8. Rodrigo de Souza of Mozart in the Jungle (Gael García Bernal)

CREDIT: CREDIT: Mozart in the Jungle / Amazon Studios

Gael Garcia Bernal’s character Rodrigo De Souza, an eccentric conductor trying to keep the magic of symphony orchestra alive, is based off the real-life Latino conductor who is bringing the joy of classical music to thousands: Gustavo Dudamel.  So it was a double ? ? that Gael won a Golden Globe for his performance! A real “si se puede” moment.

9. Alonzo Gutierrez of American Crime (Benito Martinez)

CREDIT: CREDIT: American Crime / ABC

The first season of this ABC network show featured several Latino characters. However, we couldn’t be particularly proud of them since they were having run-ins with the law. Benito Martinez’s character, Alonzo Gutiérrez, stood out from the bunch though as the hardworking and dedicated father of character Tony.

10. Daya of Orange is the New Black (Dascha Polanco)

CREDIT: CREDIT: Orange is the New Black / Netflix

Dascha’s character Dayanara “Daya” Diaz has an intriguing backstory and storyline in OITNB. Although drugs are involved with her character’s history, the circumstances surrounding her story still make us proud. And of course, OITNB has brought a whole host of Latinas – Diane Guerrero, Jackie Cruz among them – into the spotlight. We applaud that!

11. Chava of Club de Cuervos (Luis Gerardo Méndez)

CREDIT: CREDIT: Club de Cuervos / Netflix US & Canada

Netflix made the push into Latin America by premiering its first Spanish-language series, Club de Cuervos. The comedy stars Luis Gerardo Méndez as Chava, a spoiled party boy who inherits his late father’s club soccer team. Despite having more experience partying with players than managing a huge corporation, Chava swears he has ALL the right answers (spoilers: he doesn’t). Futbol and #Netflixandchill? We’re in!

12. Harlee Santos of Shades of Blue (Jennifer Lopez)

CREDIT: CREDIT: Shades of Blue / NBC

J.Lo is back on the small screen, everyone!!!  This time, as tough NY detective Harlee Santos. After years of doing not-quite-by-the-book police work, Santos has to do whatever it takes to protect her family. We know Jenny from the Block kicks ass in real life (fashion, live dance routines, being a fierce #cougar), and now we’re excited to see her do it on TV.

13. Manny

CREDIT: Modern Family / ABC

Manny is basically an old man trapped in a kid’s body. He takes his coffee black, values good old-fashioned manners and dresses like your dad at a family BBQ. He’s weird in the most awesome way, especially because he doesn’t compromise who he is to fit in. Do you, Manny.

14. Flaca

CREDIT: Orange Is The New Black / Netflix

How often do we get to see emo/goth/alt Latinos on TV? Flaca, besides having impeccable taste in music, is an example of taking a character that could very easily have been reduced to a stereotype, and making her complex, complicated and someone we’ll always want to know more about it.

15. Betty Suarez

CREDIT: Ugly Betty / ABC

Betty started off as a fish out of water in the fashion world, her quirkiness and awkwardness confusing many of those around her. She didn’t really fit in with the beauty standards of her peers and she knew it. Eventually, she developed a sense of confidence and independence that we couldn’t help but root for. Stay awk, Betty.

16. Rickie Vasquez  from “My So-Called Life”

CREDIT: CREDIT: ABC
CREDIT: ABC

It all seems like yesterday, but looking back at the 90s its hard not to flinch at the reminders of how rampant negative portrayals of Latino characters and homosexuals was. And yet, a positive representation of the LGBT community unexpectedly emerged on a little teen drama called “My So-Called Life.” Rickie Vasquez. He rocked a mean eyeliner, used the girls’ bathroom as a safe haven, and kept his friends in check while remaining fiercely loyal to them. Rickie was a massive launching pad for TV’s understanding of sexual fluidity that the 90s desperately needed.

17. A.C. Slater from “Saved by the Bell”

CREDIT: CREDIT: NBC Enterprises/NBCUniversal Television Distribution

Muscles ― lo siento, Mario ― Mario Lopez portrayed U.S. Army Brat A.C. Slater and took things to a next level for us (sexuality wise) after Benny Rodriguez. One peck ripple from A.C. and there’s no questioning what stripped us of the remainder of our Latina youth. And still, despite A.C’s heritage never being a thing in the early days of SBTB (though, there is an entire episode dedicated to Slater discovering his Chicano identity in “The College Years”) we all knew what was up. Besides Lisa Turtle, A.C. was one of the few people of color portrayed on the show which was a big deal considering how massive the show was. It always felt good knowing that we could flip on the TV and see someone who looked like us. LBR, especially one that was so guapo.

18. Ashley Banks from “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”

CREDIT: CREDIT: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
CREDIT: Warner Bros. Television Distribution

Ashley Banks herself might not have been a Latina character, but Tatyana M. Ali whose parents are Trinidadian and Panamanian identifies herself as Afro-Latina. As a non-Latina character on the show, there’s no doubt Ashely still had some influence on us as kids. She was a smart, beautiful and witty girl of color and TV was missing quite a bit of that. While initially, young Ashley did her best to model her dope older cousin Will, it wasn’t long before she began to grow into her own. She developed her own taste in music and fashion all while pushing against the tight reins of father Phil. In short, she became ultimate #rebelforindepence goals.

19. Valencia Perez from “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

CREDIT: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend / CW

Valencia Perez is the kind of girl we love to hate; beautiful, a yoga instructor, and the apple of almost everyone’s eye. The great thing about “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is that they don’t just make her a bitch because she was dating Josh (Rebecca’s old flame) – she’s a character that feels like a real person, and Gabrielle Ruiz plays her perfectly. 

20. Rosita Espinosa from “The Walking Dead”

CREDIT: Walking Dead / AMC

Hey, if you’re still alive during the Zombie Apocalypse, you automatically get so many badass points. Rosita Espinosa is still kicking it (but with this show, who knows for how long), and she’s become one of the show’s most central characters. Whether it’s her friendship with Eugene, or her kickass fighting, walker-killing skills, she’s definitely someone that sticks out in the series.

21. Dr. Callie Torres in “Grey’s Anatomy”

CREDIT: “Grey’s Anatomy” / ABC

Dr. Callie Torres appeared in 240 episodes of the mega hit “Grey’s Anatomy.” That’s pretty damn impressive. She was strong, loved dancing, and an orthopedic queen. You better believe that on a show like “Grey”‘sthis character has gone through some major ups and downs, which only makes her an amazing multi-dimensional character.

22. Penelope from “One Day At A Time”

CREDIT: One Day At A Time / Netflix

Let’s be real, Penelope Alvarez is the Cubana American television has been deprived of for way too long. From addressing her PTSD to learning how to be an accepting mother of a queer Latina, Penelope is a Latina with a life filled with joys and obstacles. 

23. And finally this kid, who just wants to be hardcore

CREDIT: ChiledeCulto / Youtube.com

Iconic.

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