Author: Tolani

Can We Talk About Killmonger’s Museum Look?

Of the many movements our collective trip to Wakanda has inspired, a move toward a wardrobe full of African pride is one of the more exciting ones. There were so many outfits I wanted to steal from the Black Panther lookbook: Okoye, Nakia, and T’Challa’s fashionable nod to Pan-Africanism in the casino scene, Agent Ross’s monochromatic dashiki-hospital gown, King T’Challa’s press conference look with that glorious scarf draped over his shoulder—all in my top 5. But the one look I wanted to snatch up on the spot? Erik “Killmonger” Stevens’s museum-heisting look.

HWIL: Issue No. 002 — New Fiction from Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini Announces New Book omgomgomgomg   A post shared by Khaled Hosseini (@khosseini) on Feb 21, 2018 at 7:57am PST 50 Beautiful Book Covers Featuring Black Women #RepresentationMatters Aubrey Plaza Teases Second Season of LEGION WTF did I just watch??? LEGION 🖊 SEASON 2 📌 FX @LegionFX — Aubrey Plaza (@evilhag) February 20, 2018 Black Panther Looks and the Traditions That Inspired Them We’ll never be done with Black Panther Quinta Brunson to Star in CW Pilot Black Girl Magic Phoebe Robinson on Desus and Mero Black. Girl. Magic. Watch Black Panther Director, Ryan Coogler, Break Down the Casino Scene It’ll blow your mind.

The Best Things About Marvel’s Black Panther

It wasn’t until my butt was in a chair in an IMAX theater Thursday night that I realized what this movie would mean to me. Black Panther had been on my mind for the better part of the months following the first trailer premiere—when we got a glimpse of the grandeur Wakanda would dazzle us with. I talked to everyone who would listen about Danai Gurira’s involvement, squirreled Black Panther into the Off the Shelf editorial calendar at work, and accosted family and friends to make room for a screening or two. But on Thursday night, I had butterflies. I was expecting something to go wrong: What if the accents are terrible? What if it’s corny? What if I shouldn’t have believed the hype? I’ve never walked into a theater with these thoughts, these fears, because there has yet to be a film like this one where black people are the heroes of their own story, where melanin and beauty and strength are one in the same, where the narrative would depart from the poverty-stricken war-torn Africa the world …

HWIL: Issue No. 001 —Black Panther Edition

My favorite Black Panther links of the week Black Panther is now in theaters! See what the critics are saying. 5 Books to Read After You’ve Seen Black Panther Curated and written by yours truly Superhero Bae, Chadwick Boseman, Stops by the Elvis Duran Show The charm tour continues Michael B. Jordan on Desus & Mero   Meet the Ladies of Wakanda Danai Gurira (AKA #1 Girl Crush) on FabookLive with The Build Series The actress discusses the historic movie Lupita Nyong’o shares her thoughts on Black Panther and the power dynamics between black men and women I asked @Lupita_Nyongo how she feels that #BlackPanther will change the way we view power dynamics between black men and black women and she gave me such an INCREDIBLE answer! — THE SLUMFLOWER (@theslumflower) February 9, 2018 Meet Black Panther’s Breakout Star Letitia Wright You might recognize her from that episode of Black Mirror

Here’s What Books Mean to Me: 5 All-Time Favorites

Early, early one morning, I was called to get my hair braided on the roof of my aunt’s house. I didn’t think twice. I grabbed my sister’s book: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. As the sun rose, you could hear calls for prayer, vendors opening, people rising for work—the usually bustling town picking up where it left off the night before. But I was engrossed in this book, the dazzling rendering of this beautiful story of brotherhood and redemption. I was 19. That was the first book I remember experiencing.

Lesson No. 001: Ask Him

Circling the jam-packed lots of malls, churches, and stadiums looking for parking, my mom would do this peculiar thing… We, the passengers, would scoff, laugh to ourselves, or think what is she doing? But nine times out of ten, not only would she immediately find a parking spot, it’d often be damn near VIP-type parking. So, whenever we’d pass up a good time because we predicted the parking prospects would be bleak, mom would pull us in close and let us in on her little secret…