Friday Open Thread | Lupita Nyong’o says Black Panther’s Wakanda is Africa if it had never been colonized

Cinematic smash hit Black Panther means many things to many people – including the film’s star Lupita Nyong’o, who said that the film’s re-imagining of Africa had the continent not been colonised is liberating.

The 34-year-old appeared on The View to discuss the new film with her co-star Danai Gurira, and when asked what it means to have African culture celebrated in such a way throughout the film, Lupita – who grew up in Kenya – came back with a profound response.

‘It’s so liberating. We come from a continent of great wealth, but a continent that has been assaulted and abuse very often. What colonialism did was it rewrote our history and our narrative, and our global narrative is one of poverty and strife, and so the wealth of the continent is very seldom seen on such a global scale.

‘So what this film does is it looks cool, it looks futuristic, but it’s drawing from ancient cultures. The diversity from this film is specifically from the continent.

‘Wakanda is special because it was never colonised, so what we can see there for all of us is a re-imagining what would have been possible had Africa been allowed to realise itself for itself. And that’s a beautiful place.’ The actress has also previously praised the portrayal gender equality in the film, telling Popsugar Australia: ‘we see women alongside men, and they’re powerful in their own right, but them assuming their power in no way diminishes the males in their lives’.

It really is the film that has everything – which is probably why it slipped past Star Wars: The Last Jedi earnings to make $242 million in four days, with the biggest Monday at the box office of all time (in the US), earning $40.2 million.

Lupita went on to speak about how Hollywood isn’t and has never been inclusive

‘The history of Hollywood didn’t look like me. The people who are writing and creative films historically did not look like me. [Actor] Sidney Poitier came and broke barriers back in the day and we’re still breaking barriers, that’s why we have a moment like this with Black Panther.

‘What me and Danai believe is that you work with what you have, and I’ve been given such an incredible platform with 12 Years A Slave and everything that followed it. ‘I want to work with what I have – I work with my sister Danai, I work with Ryan Coogler. I make my way with what I have and I try and make more of it without having to apologise that the status quo doesn’t necessarily respond to me.’

Lupita for president, please?

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139 Responses to Friday Open Thread | Lupita Nyong’o says Black Panther’s Wakanda is Africa if it had never been colonized

  1. We’re headed to see Black Panther again. I didn’t pre-order tickets. I pray they’re available. Got my ‘Straight Outta Wakanda’ shirt on. My cousin made it for me. Yay! See y’all later!

  2. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    March 24, 2018 Washington DC:

    “On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.

    “March with us in Washington DC or march in your own community. On March 24, the collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard.”

    Their mission statement is also at the above link.

  3. rikyrah says:

    NEW superseding indctment from grand jury against Manafort. It alleges he “secretly retained a group of former senior European politicians to take positions favorable to Ukraine, including by lobbying in the United States”

    — The Moscow Project (@moscow_project) February 23, 2018

  4. rikyrah says:

    A guess as to why Gates lied:

    I have a guess why he lied: he thought the Nunes memo was going to blow up the Mueller investigation.

    — Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) February 23, 2018

    • majiir says:

      I read that an as yet unnamed current member of the H. of R. is mentioned in the latest indictment. I think the rep. is either Dana Rohrabacher or Devin Nunes. It would be great if both of them get caught up in Mueller’s investigation. I’ve noticed that both have gone eerily silent as Mueller keeps indicting more of their friends who love Russia and money as much as they do.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Gates is getting off VERY lightly with his plea deal. Mueller doesn’t give free candy to felons. Gates has the goods and is delivering them.

    — John Schindler (@20committee) February 23, 2018

  6. rikyrah says:

    NBC News: The unnamed Congressman in the Gates information is Rep. Dana Rohrabacher @TracyConnor reports. More here:

    — Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) February 23, 2018

  7. rikyrah says:

    Note Mueller is getting Gates to plead guilty to lying to the FBI *JUST THREE WEEKS AGO* on February 1st, 2018.

    What were they talking about that day? Was it the ‘Queen for a Day’ proffer session?

    Either way, Mueller shows again he will go to the mat if anyone lies to the FBI.

    — Ari Melber (@AriMelber) February 23, 2018

  8. rikyrah says:


    This NOT A DRILL. The former FLOTUS is coming to Oakland. Here’s how to snag tickets before anyone else.

    — KQED (@KQED) February 23, 2018

    Get excited! Former first lady @MichelleObama to moderate conversation a the @OracleArena on March 28.

    — NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) February 23, 2018

  9. rikyrah says:

    Grabbed you guys some #BlackPanther swag (kimoyo beads, figures, t-shirts, signed posters, and more) to help say thanks for all the support. Tweet YOUR salute photo or video with the hashtag #WakandaSalute for a chance to win. #WakandaForever

    — Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) February 23, 2018

    @chadwickboseman, here’s 500 + I on opening night doing the #WakandaSalute in our movie theatre! Truly, #WakandaForever. 🙅🏿‍♂️🙅🏾‍♀️🙅🏿‍♂️🙅🏾‍♀️🙅🏿‍♂️🙅🏾‍♀️🙅🏿‍♂️🙅🏾‍♀️🙅🏿‍♂️🙅🏾‍♀️

    — Ty’Challa, King of Wakanda (@TyreeBP) February 23, 2018


    — We Are Wakanda (@WeAreWakanda) February 23, 2018

    “We got spies embedded in every nation on Earth…” (via @MsGoogleme) #WakandaForever #BlackPanther #WarDogs #DoraMilaje #Wakanda @theblackpanther @Lupita_Nyongo @DanaiGurira @michaelb4jordan @chadwickboseman

    — We Are Wakanda (@WeAreWakanda) February 23, 2018

  10. rikyrah says:

    FEB. 16, 2018 AT 4:26 PM

    The Russia Investigation Is Moving Really Freaking Fast
    By Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux

    The investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election took a significant step forward Friday, with the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and and three Russian organizations along with the announcement of a guilty plea from a California man for identity fraud.

    The indictment and guilty plea are important because they are the first charges related to Russian attempts to sabotage the election. (The other indictment and pleas in the Mueller investigation have been in relation to other criminal activities.) The election interference is an activity long denounced by the U.S. intelligence community but routinely called into question by President Trump.

    The indictment is also the latest sign that Mueller’s investigation is still moving quickly and ambitiously in pressing charges against those involved.

  11. rikyrah says:

    From Silverman at BJ:

    Adam L Silverman says:
    February 23, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    About the Van Der Zwaan indictment:

    I think the overarching message, the meta-narrative if you will, of this indictment/plea deal is that before Mueller brings you before the grand jury or in for an interview, he knows the actual, factual, and correct answers to every question his team is going to ask or that an individual might provide as part of an answer even if it isn’t 100% germane to the question. He’s got the info from SIGINT and from HUMINT and from his teams interview work with others as part of the CI and criminal investigations.

    This is signaling. Mueller knows if you’ve been naughty, he knows if you’ve been nice. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so… As a result every interview, every grand jury appearance, every tweet, every statement from the White House press podium, every official White House statement, every off the cuff remark to the press pool or during a photo spray or to a phone gaggle, or in an interview with Haberman et al is a perjury trap. The President may not be smart enough to get the message. I’m honestly not sure if the Law Firm of Dumb, Stupid, and Incompetent (Dowd, Cobb, and Sekulow) are smart enough to get the message. I know the proxies – from Jr to Eric to Nines to Hannity to Carlson to Pirro to Finton to Kingston, etc, etc, etc – aren’t. McGahn’s, Bannon’s, Manafort’s, Kushner’s, Pence’s, and other’s attorneys may, but some of their clients are stupid and/or naive and may throw a wrench into their attorneys work.

  12. Check mail, ladies

  13. rikyrah says:

    Manafort statement on Gates: “I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence. For reasons yet to surface he chose to do otherwise.”

    — Julian Borger (@julianborger) February 23, 2018

  14. Huh? Does Trump know it’s his people who are getting locked up? Rick Gates will plead guilty to a charge of Conspiracy against the United States today. Dude is an utter buffoon.

  15. Ametia says:
  16. rikyrah says:

    A “plea agreement” hearing has now been scheduled for 2pm ET in federal court in Washington.

    — Mike Levine (@MLevineReports) February 23, 2018

  17. rikyrah says:

    JUST IN: New criminal information filed against Rick Gates. It includes two counts, conspiracy and making a false statement. Still no hearing scheduled, but this is usually the harbinger of a plea

    — Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) February 23, 2018

  18. rikyrah says:

    In advance of the movie’s opening, Color Of Change and AMC Theatres announce the “Give A Child The Universe” initiative, powered by people and local communities, helping thousands of youth see #AWrinkleInTime for free, beginning March 9

    — Tambay Obenson (@TambayObenson) February 23, 2018

  19. rikyrah says:

    JUST IN: Special Counsel Mueller files criminal information against Rick Gates in sign he is to plead guilty

    — Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) February 23, 2018

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      NRA has gone too far, and people are fed up!

      The message I get from the leadership of the NRA is that the NRA loves/protects guns more than children.

  20. Ametia says:

    What kind of country have we become? Is this the 21st century?

  21. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Love this from the movie:×1024/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-/2018/02/19/927/n/1922283/f26173eb5a8b3e7bdde239.72195574_edit_img_cover_file_44598636_1519070913/i/Reactions-MBaku-Black-Panther-Movie.jpg

  22. rikyrah says:

    When I say, that these teens have NFTG:

    A survivor of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School criticized Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Twitter early Friday, suggesting he is “easy to buy” for accepting donations from the National Rifle Association (NRA).
    “We should change the names of AR-15s to ‘Marco Rubio’ because they are so easy to buy,” Stoneman Douglas sophomore Sarah Chadwick tweeted Friday.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Found this at BJ:

    Sanjeevs says:
    February 23, 2018 at 11:23 am
    Things look a lot different for Manafort now compared to 48 hours ago
    1 Gates flipped
    2 New charges which can probably lead to state level charges of tax evasion
    3 His wife owned at least one of the laundering companies
    4 Daughter and her husband probably lied to a bank that they lived in a property of his when it was rented out

    He is definitely going to jail. His whole family may be joining him.
    And Manafort knows what Trump knows about the Trump tower collusion meeting

    Manafort is a piece of work…but, according to the indictment, he’s now got his wife, daughter and son-in-law messed up. Whole family can now go to jail.

  24. Ametia says:


    Florida Republican governor calls for raising minimum age to buy firearms from 18 to 21, a break from National Rifle Association
    Gov. Rick Scott also called for a ban on “the purchase or sale of bump stocks.” Scott’s proposals come as state lawmakers plan to unveil their own plan later today in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

    The NRA has opposed changes to the age minimum.
    The governor, an ally of the NRA, has been mentioned as a possible Senate

    • Ametia says:

      Don’t fall for the okie dokie folks.

      Changing the age limit to buy guns, does not change the fact that folks can still buy this:



    In the words of Martha And The Vandellas 🎶🎤Nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide. Got nowhere to run to, baby….”🎶🎤

  26. Ametia says:
  27. rikyrah says:

    Federal court says Trump must enforce Obama-era methane rule

    — Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 23, 2018

  28. My tv is on 🔇 so I won’t have to listen to that fraud posing as a president. Thank you for the peace, Lord.

  29. Ametia says:

    Here’s your special prosecutor. Will he, can he get the job done?

    • vitaminlover says:

      It is extra serious and crunch time for chimp. Mr. Mueller is in his shirtsleeves. (Not trying to be funny but it is so serious)

  30. rikyrah says:

    Gates struggles with legal footing in face of Mueller onslaught

    Julia Ainsley, national security reporter for NBC News, talks with Rachel Maddow about the confused and confusing story of Donald Trump campaign aide Rick Gates’ legal defense team.

  31. rikyrah says:

    Two Trials for Manafort and Gate
    Maddow’s talk with Chuck Rosenberg about the new indictment.

  32. rikyrah says:

    Mueller adds new piece to plot with new Manafort Gates indictment

    Rachel Maddow reports on the details of a new 32-count indictment in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s cast against Donald Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.

  33. Ametia says:


  34. rikyrah says:

    Gates was there…with Manafort…at the campaign…during the transition…in the White House…..
    he’s got a lot of singing to do.

  35. rikyrah says:

    Rick Gates, Trump Campaign Aide, to Plead Guilty in Mueller Inquiry and Cooperate
    FEB. 23, 2018

    A former top adviser to Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign indicted by the special counsel was expected to plead guilty as soon as Friday afternoon, according to two people familiar with his plea agreement, a move that signals he is cooperating with the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

  36. rikyrah says:

    When we say White Privilege, we know it exists.
    It still hurt/irritates when you see it in action.
    I was watching the MSNBC host at 9pm EST opening segment from yesterday, where she is describing what Manafort and Gates did.
    Hearing her read it…the lies they told…the documents that they falsified for the AMOUNTS that they did….
    On the surface, it’s galling. They were falsifying documents for MILLIONS.
    and then, it popped in my mind…


    Manafort owed American Express $300,000 – and, they just wrote a bullshyt letter that it was a clerical mistake.

  37. This is some really SICK MINDED ISH. Now he’s attacking first responders? And he wants teachers to engage shooters? #AMERIKKKA y’all own this trash with money.

  38. Ametia says:


  39. Ametia says:

    This rotten, soulless, narcissistic POS

    Parkland Survivor: ‘I’ve Never Been So Unimpressed By A Person’ After Trump Call
    The president reached out to Samantha Fuentes while she was in the hospital recovering from shooting wounds.

    “He said he heard that I was a big fan of his, and then he said, ‘I’m a big fan of yours too.’ I’m pretty sure he made that up,” she told the Times. “Talking to the president, I’ve never been so unimpressed by a person in my life.”

  40. Just look at this. people. So ignorant. No decency whatsoever.

    Astounding ignorance. Ta-Nehisi Coates said..”all he had to be was rich & white”.

    First Lady Michelle: ‘There are very mediocre people out there who run stuff–There are people who are very mediocre out there who are in charge of things but nobody has told them that they can’t…’

  41. Ametia says:

    I want that green leather Lupita be sportin’ LOL

  42. Ametia says:

    Let thsee BLACK WOMEN TALK

  43. rikyrah says:

    An armed sheriff’s deputy won’t do it, but a kindergarten teacher who is already underpaid should be expected to be weapons experts, and be stocking an A-15 in their classrooms to help NRA client gun sales. What could go wrong.

    — Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) February 22, 2018

    Also for those of us sending our children to public school, I’m curious why the NRA’s Dana Loesch chose home schooling.

    — Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) February 22, 2018

    • Ametia says:

      Cowards, the lot of them, Breeding more ignorance, bigotry, stupidity ,close-mindedness, fear-mongering…

      Feel free to add to the list, folks.

  44. rikyrah says:

    Many hope Trump’s white nationalism is a passing GOP anomaly, but when @CPAC invites Marion Le Pen – a leader of Europe’s pro-Russia, anti-Semitic, nationalist movement – to speak after Pence, it’s a sign that Trumpism is the party’s new strategic direction, not a 24-hour flu.

    — Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) February 22, 2018

  45. Ametia says:
  46. Ametia says:

    At the Conservative Political Action Conference, more gun regulation is not the answer.
    Attendees of the annual CPAC conference offer a strong defense of the Second Amendment while also addressing mental health.

    February 22, 2018 | 2:13 PM EDT

  47. Ametia says:

    Lupita for the W.I.N.!!! Happy Friday 3 Chics Family & Friends

  48. rikyrah says:

    will someone tell me why a Canadian Goose coat costs $900?
    looks like a regular down winter coat to me.

  49. rikyrah says:


    Some small, very red township will arm teachers.

    A teacher will be involved in a shooting death of a student.

    The liability lawsuit will bankrupt the school district.

    I give it two years.

    — The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) February 22, 2018

  50. rikyrah says:

    On the same day that @VP Pence repeats line that US “will no longer certify the disastrous Iran nuclear deal,” the IAEA certifies for the 10th straight time that it is working as planned

    — Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) February 22, 2018

  51. rikyrah says:


    Ellen surprised Tiffany Haddish with a visit from Oprah

  52. vitaminlover says:

    Good morning rikyrah. Looking at these 2 ladies makes me want to get in even better shape. It’s NEVER to late. Gosh they are beautiful. I am so motivated.

  53. rikyrah says:


  54. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

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