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Trendy At The Black Panther Premiere

“Black Panther,” the story of T’Challa, a young African prince who takes on the mantle of King and Super Hero premiered in Los Angeles last night. The film’s stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis were joined by writer/director Ryan Coogler and producer Kevin Feige for a walk down a purple carpet.  

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 29: (L-R) Actors Don Cheadle and John Kani, rapper Snoop Dogg, and actor Atandwa Kani at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) 

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 29: Writer/director Ryan Coogler (L) and actor Daniel Kaluuya at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) 

They were joined by special guests Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monáe, Donald Glover, Issa Rae, Lena Waithe, Jamie Foxx, Usher, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Yara Shahidi, David Oyelowo, Elizabeth Banks and George Lucas.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 29: Actor Jamie Foxx (L) and actor/comedian Martin Lawrence at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) 

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 29: (L-R) Actors Sterling K. Brown, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Andy Serkis, and Forest Whitaker; writer/director Ryan Coogler; Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige; producers Louis D’Esposito and Victoria Alonso, and executive producer Nate Moore at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

The imagery of a regal African King and his Super Hero alter ego has resonated with fans over the years and the event was one of the hottest tickets in town. A highly anticipated film about a Super Hero from a country in the middle of Africa that has been shrouded in secrecy for centuries, the invitations had a simple request for those attending: “Royal attire requested” and several obliged, resulting in traditional African clothing worn by the film’s cast members and many others.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 29: Actor Janeshia Adams-Ginyard at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) 

“Black Panther” releases in theaters February 16.

 Samantha Ofole-Prince is a journalist and movie critic who covers industry-specific news that includes television and film. She can be reached at sofole@gmail.comPhotos by Jesse Grant & Alberto E. Rodriguez

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