‘Black Panther’ Stars Share Black Pride With Enthusiastic Apollo Theater Audience

It’s so exciting to see the success & impact Black Panther has had in so many communities!

Choruses of “yes!” and murmurs of agreement accompanied everything speakers Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o and ‘Atlantic’ national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates said, like they were preachers in a black church.

Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates and what seemed like 1,500 of their closest friends gathered in the Apollo theater last night to discuss Black Panther and its social implications. The panel was presented in collaboration with The Atlantic and Afropunk.

Globally, the film has made over $700 million, but what makes it a “historic moment and cinematic history” to the Apollo’s executive producer, Kamilah Forbes is the way it ignited black communities. When the three speakers walked onstage, the crowd rose to its feet, cheering and dancing to music from Black Panther: The Album (played by DJ Reborn). Somewhere lost in the audience, a man yelled “Wakanda forever!” and others echoed it back.

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