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LACS Affiliate Faculty Maya Smith on the Cultural Importance of “Black Panther,” Afro-Futurism, and Black Joy

Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) Credit: Matt Kennedy/�Marvel Studios 2018

February 20, 2018

UW Assistant Professor in French & Italian Studies Maya Smith published a fantastic article for Nerdist titled “Why Black Panther is Destined for Commercial Success,” touching on the Marvel Comics pop culture phenomenon Black Panther. She also met with Marcie Sillman and writer/podcast host Carvell Wallace to discuss the importance of the film in relation to the concepts of afro-futurism and black joy. 

For Professor Smith’s full interpretation of Black Panther, please follow the links above!