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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Seven Videos Of Black Violin (African American Hip Hop/R&B/Classical Music Group)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post provides information about Black Violin and showcases seven YouTube videos of this music group.

Selected comments from two of these videos' discussion threads are also included in this post.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to the Kev Marcus (Kevin Sylvester) and Wil B (Wilner Baptiste), members of Black Violin, and thanks to all those who are quoted in this post. Thanks also to all others who are featured in these videos.

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INFORMATION ABOUT BLACK VIOLIN (DUO)
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Violin
"Black Violin is an American hip hop duo from Florida comprising two classically-trained string instrumentalists, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste, who go by the stage names Kev Marcus and Wil B, respectively.

Kev Marcus plays the violin and Wil B. plays the viola. The two met in high school, went to different colleges, then later reconvened to create the musical group Black Violin. They play a variety of music (relying heavily upon classical music), but are often categorized as hip hop because of the changes to the rhythm and beats. This mingling of hip hop and classical sensibilities is what is generally thought to give them their distinctive style.[1]

The duo current performs with DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes.[2]

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Origin Florida, United States
Genres Jazz, Hip hop, Funk, Classical, Modern classical, Fusion
Years active 2004 – present

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Black Violin clinched the Showtime at the Apollo 2005 Legend title, of which Sylvester said:

"After we won the Apollo, which is the hardest audience on the planet, we knew there was something there...The hard thing was to package it so that people would give us a chance, because we were doing something that nobody had ever seen. Every time we step on stage, we had to prove it over and over."[6]

Black Violin's popularity has risen with their performance accompanying Alicia Keys at the 2004 Billboard Awards, and by performing on the same bill with some of the industry's biggest artists, such as Wu-Tang Clan, and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park.[2] The two men are also avid producers and writers, having worked with Kanye West, Tom Petty, Lupe Fiasco, Aerosmith, among others.[7] Most recently, they made a star appearance on "Angelina Ballerina," on the Public Broadcasting (PBS) network."[8]

Furthering their notoriety, Black Violin were invited to play at the Kids Inaugural Concert, one of the inaugural balls for United States President Barack Obama, in 2013."...

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SHOWCASE VIDEOS
Example #1:Black Violin ( 2nd Performance Apollo Amatuer Night 2005)


Rmasai, Published on Jan 17, 2009

Black Violin wowing the audience with their funking unique hip-hop version of some popular hits. Great Performance.
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Here are some comments from this video's discussion thread (This comments are presented in chronological order with the oldest dated comments given first, except for replies. Numbers are added for referencing purposes only)

1. Angel Kitten, 2009
"these guys are CRAZY WICKED! keep up the GREAT work love the sound"

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2. Rmasai, 2010
"The group name "Black Violin" is derived from the influence of a famous jazz violinist, Stuff Smith; six months before Smith's death, he recorded a solo album entitled Black Violin. The duo decided to name their group after the music of the most inspiring violinist they had ever heard."

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3. hkfan1980, 2010
"i know they appeared for a 3rd time but did they eventually win for good? :D"

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4. Rmasai, 2010
"Yes, they were crown the champion for that season."

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5. Jason Winn, 2010
"The order of the songs is as follows:

1. They Reminisce Over You by Pete Rock and CL Smooth
2. Juicy by Biggie Smalls
3. [cant remember]
4. Yeah by Usher"
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The title of song #1 is also given as "T.R.O.Y."

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6. joewhales91, 2010
"the third song was michael jackson "rock with you" "

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Example #2:
Black Violin ( 3rd Performance - Apollo Amatuer Night 2005 )



Rmasai, Published on Jan 17, 2009
Black Violin electrifying the audience on Showtime on the Apollo Amatuer Night. Great Performance.
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Black Violin performed the same songs that are listed above. Presumably, they also performed these same songs in their first Showtime At The Apollo show. There's no YouTube video for that performance.
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Here are some comments from this video's discussion thread (This comments are presented in chronological order with the oldest dated comments given first, except for replies. Numbers are added for referencing purposes only)

1. claritycentral, 2009
"TALENT TALENT TALENT... oh and did I forget to say TALENT....my bad."
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"my bad" = African American Vernacular English term meaning "excuse me" ("I apologize")

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2. John JohnnyArt Pavlou, 2009
"These guys totally rock! That's all. Having said that, and having been so programmed by my racist culture, I, a white man, still have to accept their talent and accomplisment through some kind of filter. You have to fight your own ingrained racism. Music, thankfully, is color-blind. Enjoy it!"

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3. Rmasai, 2010
"No this is not a violin competition, this is Showtime at the Apollo Amateur Night. There are all kinds of acts performing, mostly singing, dancing, and musicians performing against each other."
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This is obviously a response to a question, but that question is no longer found on that discussion thread.

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4. SniperkingSogeking04, 2010
"O__O Normally I dislike Hip-Hop but this is amazing! I'm impressed to see how they cleverly integrated Hip-hop with Classical like Nuttin But Stringz! 5/5 from me!!"
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Here's information about "Nuttin but stringz" from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuttin%27_But_Stringz
"Nuttin' But Stringz, also known as N.B.S., consisted of the duo Tourie and Damien Escobar who both play violin.[2] The musicians from Jamaica, Queens played a blend of classical music, hip-hop, jazz, and R&B.[3][2]"
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Here's more inforamtion about "Nuttin But Strings" from https://www.namm.org/news/articles/nuttin-stringz
Then, in 2004, the Escobars competed in “Amateur Night” at the Apollo Theater. They made it to the final round and
became an overnight media sensation, appearing on the CBS Morning News, the Today Show and Jay Leno. In 2006, they released the GRAMMY-nominated album, Struggle from the Subway to the Charts, but Damien says it wasn’t until their ascent on NBC’s America’s Got Talent —where the duo came in third—that people really “got them.”....
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Damien Escobar from that duo now performs solo

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5. a, 2010
"They aint better than "Nuttin but stringz""

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6. Hipp's Daughter, 2018
"AWESOME PERFORMANCE ⭐⭐⭐⭐"

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Example #3: Black Violin - "A Flat" (Music Video) (2012)



Black Violin, Published on Oct 17, 2012

Black Violin's new single "A Flat" off of their highly anticipated Sophomore album "Classically Trained" produced by Infamous. Video was directed by @WileyAbbas shot in Brooklyn NYC. @BlackViolin

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Example #4: Black Violin performs "End of the World" w/ The Imperial Symphony Orchestra (2014)



Black Violin, Published on Feb 18, 2015

Black Violin performs End of the World LIVE with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra in Lakeland, FL (October, 2014). KevMarcus (@kevmarcus), violin; Wil Baptiste @wilbaptiste, viola; Nat Stokes @nathanimal_reallife, drums; DJTK, turntables. Filmed and Edited by: efrenzcinema.com

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Example #5: Stay With Me - Black Violin (Sam Smith Cover) 2014



Black Violin, Published on Jul 15, 2014

Directed by: Imani Shakur
Filmed at: Peermusic Los Angeles
Performed by: Black Violin
Vocals: Wil Baptiste
Violin: Kev Marcus
Written by: Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes

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Example #6: Black Violin - Stereotypes



BlackViolinVEVO, Published on Aug 31, 2015

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Example #7: T&L 2016: Black Violin



NBPTS, Published on Apr 1, 2016

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Reactions To The 2018 Black Panther Movie From Africans And From People From The African Diaspora

Edited by Azizi Powell

Latest Revision: February 21, 2018 9:27 AM

This is Part III of a three part pancocojams series on the 2018 Black Panther movie.

Part III of this series provides selected comments from a YouTube discussion thread about reactions to the 2018 Black Panther movie from Africans and from people from the African diaspora.

The Addendum to this post includes all of the comments as of February 20, 2018 for a somewhat off-topic exchange in that discussion thread. That exchange started with question "What is the difference between Africans and black Americans.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/01/possible-origins-meanings-of-names-from.html for Part I of this series. Part I presents information about the 2018 American movie Black Panther and suggest possible es origins and meanings for the names of various characters from that Marvel comic book series and that movie.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/02/various-african-cultural-elements-that.html for Part II of this series. Part II showcases the official trailer for the 2018 Black PantherAmerican movie video and quotes excerpts from five online articles that highlight various African cultural elements that are found in that movie.

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The content of this post is presented for historical and socio-cultural purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are associated with the 2018 Black Panther movie. Thanks also to all others who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publisher of this video on YouTube.

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SHOWCASE VIDEO: Africans Reacting to Marvels Black Panther Movie - NO SPOILERS



2nacheki, Published on Feb 17, 2018

Welcome to 2nacheki's Africa Trending News where we bring to you the latest Africa News trending through social media

Africans from all around the continent react to watching Black Panther. Enjoy the sights and Sounds From Africa

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Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

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SELECTED COMMENTS FROM THIS VIDEO'S DISCUSSION THREAD
These selected comments are from the discussion thread for the video entitled "Africans Reacting to Marvels Black Panther Movie - NO SPOILERS". These quotes are given without any editorial comments from me, except to indicate where profanity was given with asterisks in this compilation but not in the original comment.

The comments in this compilation were compiled from the 969 comments in discussion thread on February 20, 2019 (around 6:10 PM).

I recognize that other people might select another YouTube video (or several other YouTube videos) and their discussion thread/s. And I understand that other people might select different comments than the ones that I selected from the discussion thread for the video that is embedded in this post.

Some of these comments in this compilation are from people who identified themselves as Africans or who identified themselves as African Americans. Some other comments are from people who identified themselves as from the Caribbean, and some comments are from people who gave no national, continental identification, but can be assumed to be Black because of the content of their comments.

A considerable number of comments in that Africans Reacting to Marvels Black Panther Movie - NO SPOILERS" discussion thread were from White people operating as "trolls". These people posted comments that were stereotypical, racist, sarcastic, and/or belittling. Included among these comments were references to Black people as baboons, comments encouraging Black people to go back to Africa, and comments that referred to Black languages as "ooga booga". I've included a few of these trolling comments for historical and socio-cultural purposes.

These selected comments are given in relative chronological order with the earliest published comments given first, except for responses. Numbers have been assigned to these comments for referencing purposes only.

This is just one of many YouTube videos about reactions to the Black Panther movie. Another YouTube video about Africans reactions to the 2018 Black Panther movie is "Lyupito Nyong'o's Kenyan hometown hosts early premier of Black Panther" published by CGTN America, on Feb 14, 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g76yrI0z1us.


1. Elder Sun, February 17, 2018
"I AM SO PUMPED TO SEE THIS MOVIE. THE WORLD IS READY. IT IS TIME. " WAKANDA FOREVER " πŸ‘ ... πŸ˜¬πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ"

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2. Charles Baylor, February 17, 2018
"Africa Forever

Wakanda Forever"

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3. Jahiem Roberts, February 17, 2018
"Just love how everyone is so well attired! Beautiful..."

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4. Terry Power, February 17, 2018
"What a sight to behold! #BlackPantherDiaspora"

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5. AquadiLuisa, February 19, 2018
"Jahiem Roberts Actually, people IN Africa, dress their culture everyday. Those in the city mix traditional & modern all the time. It's only outside of Africa, people wear their tradition less often. To us it's not fashion, it's our culture. Peace & Blessings"

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6. sonic hedgehog, February 18, 2018
"yet wakanda doesn't exist."

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7. memyself4ever1, February 18, 2018
"Neither does Gotham City or Krypton you cowardly troll."

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8. Michael Omare, February 17, 2018
"watching this movie tomorrow"

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9. TheBrotherFromAnotherPlanet !, February 18, 2018
"Michael Omare Me too...πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž✊"

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10. The King of Zamunda, February 18, 2018
"Michael Omare You are going to love it."

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11. Cashflow is Contagious!, February 18, 2018
"Well done, 2nacheki and thank you for sharing how the family is receiving the movie in the Motherland!!! Very inspiring to hear, see and feel the good vibes from everyone in your clip."

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12. Hebrew Sistah, February 19, 2018
"3:06 yes we are depicted in a positive light!"

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13. SuperiorWare, February 18, 2018
"Glad they loved the movie. Shouts Out To Africa. Us American Black People LOVE YOU!"

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14. Peace 1, February 18, 2018
"SuperiorWare
we love you too! ❤❤family reunion!"

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15. Kbaf4, February 18, 2018
"I will start celebrating when we start telling our own stories on the big screen. This isn't a critical or impactful moment as a lot of people are trying to make it out to be. Feels kinda pathetic that a white guy wrote this story and another white guy illustrated him and black people are celebrating it as if this is a monumental moment. It's as if we still have no power over our lives and destiny, you can only celebrate when white people decides to give you the spotlight. It's starting to seem to me too many of us just want to sit back, complain about racial and systematic injustices, and wait for white people to do something about it, hoping they change their ways. Because they don't believe in themselves. Because they've surrendered to white power/superiority. This movie means pretty much nothing for black people and Africa. And I bet a large percentage of this movies sales is going to be from black people. And all the money is also not going to the black community. Only impact this movie might have is focusing attention on why Africa, with all it's different, plentiful, and unique resources doesn't look like Wakanda. And maybe from those questions there will be more calls for a push for change. Lets tell our own stories on the big screens. We got a lot of them (epic and real ones). And lets make Africa great again."

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16. Linzie Rogers, February 18, 2018
"Excellent point. I posted earlier about being too quick to admire symbolism. You have made some salient inclusions."

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17. Sooper 17, February 19, 2018
"Very well said my friend! It's our thinking that needs to change and then we as a people must follow. We must learn to see the good in all things whether they come from our hands or from the hands of the oppressors. The world is watching and its time for us to make an example of ourselves and showcase the true nature of our people, our cause and our mighty potential. Being Ghanaian I can proudly say that this movie has fueled the dialogue needed within our communities to invoke change. The sleeping giant is about to rise from her slumber!"

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18. cmapp Yasharala, February 19, 2018
"a white person created the character but i believe a black man created the story. correct me if i'm wrong."

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19. lwgoinghome, February 19, 2018
"Stan Lee created the character in 1966 but the writer of this movie and the director are black. This version is also based on the comic book version written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and the other black screenwriter."

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20. Kervin Puckett, February 19, 2018
"First off, the movie and character pull mainly from Christopher Priest’s run who is credited as truly defining and creating Black Panther as we know him. True, white men had their hands on him first and who cares? He was not popular until a black man wrote and drew him, and it has been written and drawn by black men ever since. Get your hate straight dumb dumb."

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21. GhanaianFoundingFather'sDaughter, February 18, 2018
"Some say it's just a fantasy movie so we must get over it. But we've seen them draw inspiration from movies that portrayed their peoples for decades, while we the POAD(People of African descent) support their box office turnout and growth without complaining while supporting them.
So my question is this...why would a people whose very identity and global relevance have for centuries been fueled and sustained on the negation and denigration of the African continent and anything connected or extracted from it, dictate to us #POAD, about how we should feel and behave where the movie Black Panther is concerned?
#WeNeverFreeeeeze #WakandaForever"

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22. Shotta Zulu, February 19, 2018
"GhanaianFoundingFather'sDaughter truth"

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23. arkenfel, February 19, 2018
"Because they want it to stay a fantasy, they don't like afrofuturism. They want Africans to live in mud huts, and for them never to progress to a high technological level."

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24. Rick Wyatt Trading, February 19, 2018
"Thank you for the producers of this video. It was refreshing to see my African brothers and sisters have the same reaction we have here in America of this iconic movie. On a side note, its nice to see the economics in several parts of Africa as developed, unlike the stereotype many people see here as well. I have always been proud to be black but it increased 100 fold after this movie."

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25. Peace 1, February 19, 2018
"Rick Wyatt Trading
you are always welcome in Africa ❤❤"

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26. james Kenzo, February 19, 2018
"Rick Wyatt Trading
Thank You brother Love From Africa"

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27. Man O War, February 18, 2018
"Thank you Africa for helping to break the white hollywood stereotype that black cinema "does not travel". As far as I'm concerned, Black American and African reaction to this film is all that matters to me.

It now proves to me that now BLACK producers and filmhouses can use their own writing, people, and production to draw our people internationally without using white money."

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28. Saro M, February 18, 2018
"Man O War ironically it was white Americans who gave life to this comic series"

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29. ANGELENE R, February 18, 2018
"Welcome's House Yes white man did BACK IN 1966"

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30. Vision L, February 18, 2018
"Stan Lee & Jack Kirby created the character."
But Director Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, both black America's wrote this story.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Panther_(film)

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31. Burning Blue Saiyan Spirit Vegeta, Feb 18, 2018
"IT still is the WHITE mans movie let alone they created the character!"

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32. stylez p, February 18, 2018
"Saro M does correct,but at least we have a black crew working in this movie, but Disney owns Marvel now so in terms of distribution and copyrights they gonna make a huge money , we need more black independent produces"

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33. Away Etienne, February 18, 2018
"I believe we here, the Melinated folks here on the American continent and African continent need to have a Wakanda globally melinated people are everywhere, must not forget why the villain killmonger went against his people originally, he felt like the wakandans turned there back on the rest of the melenated folks that looked like him, truth is we are all Melanated Aboriginals wordwide and need to uplift each other to bring the planet back, the earth is suffering now we need to bring her back starting with building everywhere our own ways, methods and styles without interferences"

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34. Bernice Johnson-Johnson, February 18, 2018
"The world fears this kind of love , support and unity."

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35. Hisbeautiful Truth February 18, 2018
"Bernice Johnson-Johnson -- Yes it does. Its reflected in the comments ."

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36. Sam Manghane, February 18, 2018
"This is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. It was one thing for African Americans to be stoked about this movie, but to see beautiful Africans embracing this movie for the very same reason we are here in America...amazing. We all realize how important representation is."

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37. KuttyJoe, February 18, 2018
"That was great to see. I was wondering how my brothers and sisters on mainland felt about the movie and I'm encouraged by their responses. My 2 cents is that this reminds us of our commection. We in the diaspora are still sons and daughters of Africa. By force the connection was broken, but I feel like this movie can inspire us to remember that we are one, and that we can begin to behave that way."

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38. Rocky Mountain Rob, February 18, 2018
"I really liked this video. It made me happy. Great job, it was wonderful to see African people beaming about this. Yes, to see people portrayed in such a light is refreshing. I just get tired of hollywood typical black stereotypical portrayals of Blacks as Gangsta's or Slaves (i know there's more, Tyler Perry comes to mind...he's putting out good movies...but), as if there's only two points of interest and little else. Black Panther really hits it out of the park. I LOVE the fashion, not just in the movie, but the people seeing the movie. Good stuff."

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39. Mojo Tech,February 18, 2018
"Seems like these Africans are still disconnected and don't understand the message. Damn shame! Killmonger delivered the most important message from blacks who were removed from the continent to Africans. It is what it is I guess."

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40. Peace 1, February 18, 2018
"Mojo Tech
Im african and i got the message. He really represented the african american point of view. I just wanted to say that African Americans are always a part of africa and ALWAYS loved and welcome. You are wakandan like Michael πŸ˜‰πŸ˜we as africans have to learn as well.. but we are getting there fast. We love you. Always!"

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41. makimoments, February 20, 2018
"Nah im African and killmongers message resonated strongly! You couldn't hate him!"

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42. B J, February 19, 2018
"The opinion of African people and the African Diaspora in general is all I care about. The movie was fantastic! All of these white people who seem to be so upset that there is a film that is not over represented by Europeans/whites can go to hell. The complaints are unbelievable. Africa for the Africans!"

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43. Helmut Weikert February 19, 2018
"B J Africa for Africans huh? How about Europe for Europeans ( whites ). Go ahead, call me a racist you f&&king* hypocrite"
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*This word was fully spelled out in that comment.

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44. RealismOfLife, February 19, 2018
"No you're not racist, just don't go around the world , taking and mistreating other people like you're ancestors have been doing for over 1000 years and you're good. When we start to prosper like we did with Tulsa Oaklahoma where yall bombed a black thriving economic city in america just keep away from that mindset and you're good , just stay your colonizing ass in Europe AND YOU'RE GOOD!!!!!But you guys can't do that , why because you have a supremacist mindset that hate black it's in your nature. The U.S have focus on the blacks for soo long that your silly asses forgot about the Chinese NOW THEY'RE ABOUT TO TAKE OVER because your dollar is falling sir, you time is almost up sir . It's funny"

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45. Christopher Neal, February 19, 2018
"Helmut Weikert but what's so funny is that some white people in the u.s. r quick tell blacks to go back to Africa but get upset when we say go back to Europe"

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46. mega jay, February 19, 2018
"B J if white people dont want to see it as well they'd never be a Panther II as the box office wouldn't be large enough. I'm white, my wife is African and we both loved it - White people invented the characters, financed & distributed the film globally. enough of the racial bulls&&t*. It's time to try to get past the mistakes of our ancestors and take a lesson from the movie. And one day see past skin colour as Martin Luther King said"
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This word is fully spelled out in this comment.

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47. SuperiorWare, February 19, 2018
"FACTS FACTS FACTS BRO. I could care less is anyone besides africans didn't like it. Africans loved it so thats all that matters. White people wanted us in shackles and with no clothes on again. We tired of slave movies. Its annoying."

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48. SuperiorWare, February 18, 2018
"Ya'll had all ya'll movies. We didn't say nothing. Once the black man has a movie where he winning. THE HATE BECOMES REAL! IT ONLY MATTERS IF AFRICANS LIKE IT!"

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49. Sr Ho, February 18, 2018
"A beautiful cast of Black actors set amidst a storyline of Black against Black violence.... celebrate the beauty and intelligence of Black people everywhere, but be cautious of the subliminal messages."

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50. Goddess Goddess, February 18, 2018
"This entire experience is like a long overdue family reunion!!! Our Ancestors are proud... In my Killmonger voice:
Hey πŸ‘‹πŸΎ Auntie !!!!"

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51. darmedusa February 18, 2018
"Ok... A stamp of approval from the MOTHERLAND! Now I will go see it! Lol

WE are beautiful!"

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52. Josh D, February 18, 2018
"darmedusa I’ll chip in for a one way ticket for ya to go back to your mother land"

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53. Shelinda Harris, February 18, 2018
"Josh D As soon as you chip in to take your ass back to Europe then we will leave TOGETHER. This is not your country. The caves of Europe awaitsπŸ˜‚"

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54. darmedusa, February 18, 2018
"Shelinda Harris (SMH) It's a shame that there's people out there who have nothing else better to do than being the pathetic, simps they are and troll people's comments just to have something racist and/or stupid to say! What miserable people.

I don't respond or go back and forth with stupidity. Doing so unnecessarily feeds their tiny brains and waste my time. But thanks for the back up Sis!

Smack 'em down, girl!! πŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸ˜‹"

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55. Peace 1, February 18 2018
"darmedusa you are always loved and welcomed in Africa ❤"

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56. MamaMysteriouspgh, February 18, 2018
"I just came back from watching BLACK PANTHER I Loved it!!!! I couldn't sleep last night in anticipation, I still have chills from the awesomeness of it all.... I told my son that I'm thinking about shaving my head and represent, for the sistaz of strength and power. #Wakanda4Life"

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57. MamaMysteriouspgh, February 18, 2018
"the theater I was in this afternoon was sold out and only a handful of the people were black.... wypipo were everywhere, waiting to watch the movie too."

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58. cmapp Yasharala, February 18, 2018
"wypipo, lol"

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59. Hisbeautiful Truth, February 18, 2018
"MamaMysteriouspgh -- I noticed that too, here in Virginia. Surrounded by them. And some were so stiff and uptight πŸ˜†πŸ˜†"

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60. Peace 1, February 18, 2018
"MamaMysteriouspgh
loved it too, sooo beautiful 😍😍😍😍😍"

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61. Denise Harris, February 18, 2018
"Hisbeautiful Truth I'm sure all that melanin scared them to death! Lol"

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62. Peace 1, February 18, 2018
"Denise Harris πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚i hope so"

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63. Allen Kir Carter, February 19, 2018
"FINALLY❗️❗️❗️
A SuperHero Movie That Doesn’t originate In a european nationπŸ‘πŸΏπŸ‘πŸΏπŸ‘πŸΏ❗️❗️❗️"

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64. Sheri Townsend, February 19, 2018
"I too am tired of the endless civil rights/ slave/ hood/ poverty stricken narratives that constantly depict us as victims. I only hope Black Panther inspires Black artists, directors and producers, around the world, to ALSO create future pictures of such quality. There's OBVIOUSLY a demand for it."

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65. Stefanie the co dependent no more, February 19, 2018
"African American bitterness is real and will never be killed until things Change in america. kilmonger was also trying to fight for his ppl too."

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66. Peace 1, February 19, 2018
"Stefanie the co dependent no more
I am african and i definitely see how he portayed the african american point of view.
African americans will always be welcomed and loved in Africa.❤❤
We will reunite. Coons have been ruling back then and are still today. But we as a people love our lost family. Always."

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67. Stefanie the co dependent no more, February 19, 2018
"Peace 1 Thank you. That means alot"

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68. BOA54, February 19, 2018
"Yazz!!!!!!!!! Black Panther!! All the way!!! Nigeria !!!!! πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ the cinemas are packed!! A movie that we can totally relate to"

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69. nate smith, February 19, 2018
"This is great. im African American but looking at the reactions makes me feel that I'm not that far removed from African people.we really seem more alike than diffrent.even though after we came to america our history was stripped from us."

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70. Peace February 19, 2018
"nate smith
absolutely we are still family. And you are ALWAYS loved and welcomed in Africa ❤❤
(dont forget to show your lower lipπŸ˜πŸ‘†)"

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71. nate smith, February 19, 2018
"Peace 1 thanks well meet up in wakanda."

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72. Lavette Miller, February 19, 2018
"Love it. I'm just so excited about the feeling of pride that this movie gave to black people everywhere. The clothing and all"

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73. sami sadler February 19, 2018
"Lavette Miller _ We see the movie. Now let's make it real!!!"

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74. RASHTG, February 19, 2018
"Lavette Miller But but but.... what do you want to make a racial thing out of it thou?
Also Africans relate more as the clothing’s aren’t just clothing. They have meaning and some values and some are passed down from 1 generation to the next. Most black Americans have zero clue. They only like it because it’s made by black people and in Africa.

How many of you guys ever heard of Benin? πŸ˜‚"

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75. moval moval
"Rashy stop speaking for everyone like you know exactly what is in their brain. Take a damn seat and stay seated"

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76. Tracelle Moore, February 19, 2018
"This is huge for the Diaspora I want us to put our gifts together and create these works of art and support each other financially so we can become a global superpower"

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77. Peace 1. February 19, 2018
"Tracelle Moore yesss"

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78. Lilli L'amour, February 19, 2018
"It goes to show Africans and Africans in the diaspora when working together, we make beautiful things happen. We have the same desire of respect and self worth. It’s nice to see how this film has brought us together."

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79. james Kenzo, February 19, 2018
"Lilli L'amour
Well said Yeah we Africans must work together you see How We made it when we Work together? We should stop discriminate each other My Sister"

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80. Nick Leche, February 19, 2018
"ITS AMAZING TO SEE HOW THE MOVIE SPECTATORS DRESSED JUST TO SEE AN ALL BLACK MARVEL HERO ACT IN A HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER FILM,ITS AN HONOR TO SEE HOW THE DIRECTOR AND ALL THOSE WHO HELPED TO MAKE THIS MOVIE A HIT,HAS PUT IN THEOR ALL TO MAKE THIS MOVIE SO GREAT,FOR ONCE AFRICANS WERE SEEN FOR SOMETHING GREAT AND NOT ALWAYS SEEN IN THE WAY THE WORLD VIEW US,THANK YOU AND NUFF PROPS TO THE FULL CAST,COMING FROM TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO"

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81. WorldBeat7, February 19, 2018
"this film was epic, awesome in every way! right oN! Wakanda Forever!!

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82. Mike GS, February 19, 2018
"BP IS GREAT IM SO HYPED TO SEE IT. but i wanna see real african heros in the cinima shaka zulu, emperor menelik, queen nizinga, queen Candace,...."

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83. gsr4079, February 19, 2018
"Displaced African living in America here... thanks for sharing this. Too often we don't see videos of our brothers and sisters in the homeland. I like to see how we look and talk and carry ourselves at home. Also looking forward to seeing Black Panther. thanks for filming and sharing this."

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84. Josh D, February 19, 2018
"gsr4079 I’ll chip in for a one way ticket to send you back to the baboons that traded you to the white man"

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85. gsr4079, February 19, 2018
"@Josh - thanks. I'll chip in a few bucks to help you get back to your cave in the caucus mountains so you can live in peace with your neanderthal brethren. that way you can live in your own s&&t* and walk on all fours without anyone judging you for it."
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This word was fully spelled out in this comment

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86. Nepthu, February 19, 2018
"I hate it when black people say no heroes look like them. Have they never watched Blade, Spawn or Storm from X-Men? There's also been Zack, the black Power Ranger and numerous other black heroes."

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87. Chayah Yisrael, February 19, 2018
"Nepthu Why does it bother you? I as a black person belive blacks go too far in certain things but being excited for a movie is somehow a crime? Oh and ps, go ahead and name me a black super hero movie with a majority black cast. I'll wait."

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88. Peace 1, February 19, 2018
"gsr4079
African Americans are ALWAYS loved and welcomed in Africa, because you are a part of us ❤❤❤"

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89. Kervin Puckett, February 19, 2018
"Nepthu those were mostly just black faces on white movies speaking what white writers think they should say and feel. This is the first true Black superhero movie of this scale, where we speak, sound, feel the way we do in reality."

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90. ItsOnly MeMsKim, February 19, 2018
"Nepthu ,Always a r@cist somewhere lurking to post on blk ppl success! IT'S A FICTIONAL MOVIE,DUMB@SS!"
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This is the way this comment was written in that discussion thread.

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91. Warren London, February 19, 2018
"The Unity we are witnessing from this movie is simply BEAUTIFUL! 😍❤🌍✨"

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92. Water Fountain, Fbruary 19, 2018
"Killmonger is one of my faves in this film. His actions were justified, coming from a blk person's perspective of the African diaspora. Love seeing the dark skin women, strong and feminine at the same time. Blk panther was cool too. Love the costume designs, and the fact that they put real life African nations into the looks."

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93. Lady de Narbonna. February 19, 2018
"I was waiting to hear what African people thought of it. I know some are not saying everything that they truly think here because they don't want to ruin the moment for others. But I'm glad overall they enjoyed it. I have certain reservations about it, but I'm now interested to see it."

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94. ttombow, February 19, 2018
"I like how one of the movie goers is talking about diversity ect.. while wakanda the fictional perfect utopia had none, no one is allowed in, it has borders, no refugees allowed , it's an ethnostate lol. It was an ok movie but I prefer balde"

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95. J Bezzie, February 19, 2018
"It's sad that the Africans in this video are so eager to be acknowledged by the mainstream that they are mostly ignoring what's wrong with this movie. The one guy was pretty accurate and concise. He said "it's like they are massaging the African ego"
If you, as a black person can totally ignore some of the brainwashing going on in this movie, It's actually pretty good, (as far as Disney movies go)..."

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96. Peace 1, February 19, 2018
"J Bezzie
african ego needs to massaged MUCH more often.
Whites and asians get it daily πŸ˜‚
This is just the beginning."

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96. J Bezzie, February 19, 2018
"Peace 1
Nobody's ego needs to be massaged if they are self aware.
It at least takes a little bit more than a child to figure this out.
Africans have Africans to build confidence in who they are. The whole movement for African independence is to be independent. Financially, mentally, and (spiritually)!
Feeding egos only leads to egoism. Just look at white society for reference."

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97. Peace 1, February 19, 2018
"J Bezzie yes african egos need to be deeply massaged. They lack basic confidence. Thats why this is celebrated. And this will inspire black youth to be amazing future artists. Every child deserves a relatable superheroe. πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ❤"

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98. dmcarden, February 19, 2018
"The sister at 3:04 from Nigeria, she stated it perfectly! The brothers following her were also on point. It really was nice to see the diversity WITHIN africa as well as the diaspora, and to see us in great roles vs. yet another slave movie (nothing against portraying our truth and obstacles we've faced but enough!). I'm almost 56 years old and to see Africa portrayed beautifully, in fact, what it could have been without colonization (and what it still can be) is ..something I never thought I would have seen in my lifetime (plus I've been reading Black Panther comic book for about 30 years)."

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99. Peace 1, February 19, 2018
"dmcarden wow its truly a blessing, and we will rise even more ❤❤"

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100. Robert Walker, February 19, 2018
"Black panther party Eldridge cleaver Bobby seal fbi infiltration real history I cant get excited about pure fantasy I’m just not hard wired for entertainment. The black youth need to be told the truth."

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101. Shai Reindolph, February 19, 2018
"Black Panther just corrected the mistakes of the movie "gods of Egypt". Cant wait to see Part 2 of this with a taste of the Ashanti kingdom sprinkled on it. Nice one."

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102. LICKMYNYNE, February 19, 2018
"Why did use a south African language if wakanda is where Uganda and Tanzania is in real life? Shouldn't they had used Swahili?"

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103. Dee Naijaboi, February 19, 2018
"I want to say a massive thank you to my blood who put this together. More grease to your elbow".

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ADDENDUM: COMMENTS ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN "AFRICANS AND BLACK AMERICANS"
The discussion thread for the YouTube video "Africans Reacting to Marvels Black Panther Movie - NO SPOILERS" contains a somewhat off topic exchange of comments in response to the question "What is the difference between African Americans and Black Americans?". Some commenters (including me) attempted to answer the question as it was written. But the person who posed that question clarified that he (or she) meant "What is the difference between Africans and Black Americans?"

It appears that the question that the original commenter was asking was "Are Black Americans (and other people in the Africans Diaspora) Africans? The answer that most people gave to this question (even though it wasn't asked that way) was "Yes".

However, I didn't read that question that way and instead attempted (in a much too convoluted way) to answer the question "What is the difference between African Americans and Black Americans"? And other commenters also interpreted that question that way.

Here are all the comments in that discussion (as of Feb. 20, 2018 around 6:00 PM) These comments were numbered for referencing purposes only and includes one note about an edited version of one of the comments that I posted in this discussion.

February 18, 2018
1. 2Confuzin 4U
"Quick question: What is the difference between African American and Black American?"

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2. one love
"2Confuzin 4U lol and African then.."

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3. Madwalka
"You mean africans and black Americans?"

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4. Saro M
"Raimot Oni born in different continents"

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5. Truth- B-Told
"Raimot Oni

America puts people into boxes it’s always been that way. Black Americans have had lots of titles through the centuries in America. For some reason back in the late 80’s or early 90’s the powers that be decided we should be referred to as African Americans.

It actually makes no sense. Africa is a continent with 54 countries. When I meet people from Africa I always like to know exactly where in Africa. Because slaves were stolen and sold from various counties, ethnic groups and tribes, its impossible for us to pin point an exact country. Most black Americans of the Diaspora know we are of African descent but we don’t identify with any of those countries. We only share skin color and some ancient history. Culturally we are different."

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6. jarrod black
"I am "African" American because my ancestors were bought from various countries in Africa (only God knows for sure which ones) and brought to the United States for slavery. We cannot possibly claim any particular African country so...silly as it may seem...we satisfy that longing for "connecting to our roots" by simply claiming the entire continent of Africa. Black Americans are the other groups of blacks who reside here, but whose ancestors did not come here in chains. Basically a typical black American should be able to tell you exactly where their roots are...whether they are Jamaican...Nigerian....Etc. A black american can be from anywhere, but should know their roots; An African American can only use an educated guess. Truth be told African Americans should identify simply as "Americans" since we've been here so long...but our country makes American to mean by default that you are White. African-American is used stateside because obviously we are not white and obviously we do not know which countries our ancestors come from....so....African-American is what we called ourselves...and Black American is what is used by the white media to differentiate betwixt the two groups."

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7. Welcome's House
"2Confuzin 4U do u mean african and african american ��"

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8. Welcome's House
"Truth- B-Told lol some ancient, it doesn t matter if u don t know which country your ancestors came from, if u want to know more about us u can visit, make friends; go there do some charity work; learn a language, cook our food, wear our clothes marry our men or women.... these days everything is possible to build a bridge and break the barriers if u guys want to know about our culture. We share more than just a skin colour, trust me, i don t know if u r a believer in christ Yahweh is our father and creator. Lets unite not divide peace and love"

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9. 2Confuzin 4U
"Welcome's House yes that is what I meant thanks��"

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10. TrancEndingMedia
"Black americans are still afrikans buddy"

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11. Welcome's House
"jarrod black get u back home in my country we call african american black american loll it s when i moved to europe i found out that u r called african american. I think it s good that u r called african american it gives u some sense of belonging, knowing where your ancestors came from."

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February 19, 2018

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12. S Ozb
"God does know and you can know too. African Ancestry will tell u exactly what tribe your ancestors are. You are African. No one can take your heritage from you."

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13. The King of Zamunda
"Raimot Oni It is the same thing."

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14. Raimot Oni
"Its gotten a bit more confusing and complicated. From some explanations above, blacks that do not know their ancestral lands are African American. Kinda tricky though cause there are whites who identify as African American. Blacks and Whites who are citizens of an African country and the US identify as African American. See Charlize Theron for example. She is white but is African American. She is from Africa but is now an American citizen."

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15. adlerzwei
"TrancEndingMedia Most black Americans are African genetically, but not culturally."

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16. Harambee Gardens
"Truth- B-Told
I couldn't disagree more. Before intruders & invaders corrupted our way of life, Africa had none of today's physiological borders. Yes, 'physiological', because we, the people, and the land had a unified geographical and spiritual relationship according to the milieu of the entire continent. We had overlapping ideals, expressed in beautiful variety in relationship to each other and the land, throughout.

The similarities in culture of divination, ancestral praise, the quintessential African drum (in all of Africa), headwraps & flowing robes, use of gold (on our bodies, in our art and in rituals), use of body edifying, etc.

The false narrative of division is what weakened us. We maintained nation-state identifying variances for maintaining spiritual balance in the land. For example, wearing white in one nation-state expressing 'reflecting', and wearing black in another, expressing 'absorption'.

There was always homogeny in the thread of 'Tradition' that made all Africans one, while still maintaining variance & regional identity."

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17. Azizi Powell
"Americans" actually could mean people from Canada in North America, and people from South America etc., but usually "American" means a person from the United States.

The way I define "African American" is that it's a sub-set of "Black American". I'm African American and Black American. The definition of "African American" that I use is a person who is from the United States who has some Black (African) descent.

I believe that the term "Black American" as it is used in the United States is a person of some Black African descent who was born to parents who aren't Americans (i.e. from the USA). For example, a person from Jamaica or from other Caribbean nations, or a Black Canadian, or a Black Briton, or a Black person from Europe, or a Black person from Asia, or a Black person from South America who lives in the USA -- All of these people are "Black Americans", but not (necessarily) "African Americans" - unless they live in the United States and choose to consider themselves African American.

Given these definitions, the referent "Black American" is larger than the referent "African American". Also, contrary to what some people elsewhere have written, all African Americans don't have to be the descendants of a Black person who was enslaved in the USA or enslaved elsewhere.

Also, for the purpose of this discussion, I'm not considering the population of Africans who aren't Black but could also be considered "African Americans" if they live in the USA. While that is true, this isn't the general meaning of "African Americans" for Black people in the USA (remember, this includes African Americans) or for non-Black people in the USA.

In summary, as a point of reference, use the terms "African American", "Black American", "Black", and Person Of Color to refer to myself (Person of Color being a referent that includes all of the world's population except White people. I prefer that referent to "White" and "non-White").

I admit that these definitions are in flux and are confusing.

One love!"

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18. Azizi Powell
"To clarify, all African Americans don't have to be the descendants of a Black person who was enslaved in the USA or enslaved elsewhere because not all African Africans were enslaved and all people of African descent from the Caribbean islands (who later came to the United States) weren't enslaved. Most were but not all."

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19. JADA LUV
"Azizi Powell lala land is real you know good and we are AFRICAN AMERICAN"

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20. Azizi Powell
"Jada Luv, perhaps I should note that as a 70 year old woman I recall when we were called "Negro" and "Colored people" and "Afro-American". I agree that what we call ourselves is important.

I'm NOT saying that by referring to myself or referring to some other people as "Black American" it means that I'm down playing my (or their) Black African ancestry..

I stand by my position that any person of Black (African) descent from the United States is a Black American. If [any] Black person [living in] the United States chooses, he or she can also refer to themselves as an African American. But I think that usually, the term "African American" is only used for people with one or both birth parents who were born in the United States."
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21. Wave's World
"2Confuzin 4U smh am an African born I. the Caribbean. we are Africans globally"

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22. Azizi Powell
"Wave's world. Yes. I absolutely agree that all people of African descent are African globally regardless of where we live. However, that doesn't mean that we share all of the same histories and cultures.

However, with regard to Black people living in the United States, if we "look Black" we are likely to experience institutional racism if not personal racism regardless of whether we call ourselves African Americans, or Black American, or Jamaican, or Bajan, or Black Brazilian, or Black Briton, or Nigerian, or South African etc.

That is my larger point. Again, I celebrate Black people's African cultural heritages and the unity that we should have but far too often don't have on that continent and elsewhere, like in the United States."

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23. hopelovelle
" "African Americans" are not African at all they are Hebrew Israelites. The powers-that-be want them to become African so that the world will think that they are nothing, but they are really everything and they are under the curse of the almighty GOD for disobeying his laws and they were thrown out of Jerusalem in 70 AD but they were only going to be under captivity for 400 years and that 400 years is up in 2019 they are leaving and they will get there might back and all of their inheritance including the land of Israel. Africans and what you like to call Black Americans or blacks or Negros or colors ,they have absolutely no relation to Africans."

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24. hopelovelle
"African culture is not negro culture they are mixing the two up to create confusion"

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25. Valentina Worldwide
"2confuzin4u around here confusing people"

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26. GMSkillah Qam
"Nigerian and South African are not the same, so why expect differently with African Americans?"

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27. Fair-Is-Foul& Foul-is-Fair
"Raimot Oni Africans receive reparations from black Americans enslavement that continues to today. While others will continue to allow others to name them like animals I will not. I have no feelings or kinship to Africa nothing personal. The klan that control the world works through confusion."

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This concludes this three part pancocojams series on the 2018 Black Panther movie.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Various African Cultural Elements That Are Found In The 2018 Fictional Black Panther Movie (with Black Panther trailer video)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a three part pancocojams series on the 2018 Black Panther American movie.

This post showcases the official trailer for the 2018 Black PantherAmerican movie video and quotes excerpts from five online articles that highlight various African cultural elements that are found in that movie.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/01/possible-origins-meanings-of-names-from.html for Part I of this series. Part I presents information about the 2018 American movie Black Panther and suggest possible es origins and meanings for the names of various characters from that Marvel comic book series and that movie.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/02/reactions-to-2018-black-panther-movie.html for Part III of this series provides selected comments from a YouTube discussion thread about reactions to the 2018 Black Panther movie from Africans and from people from the African diaspora.

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The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who have created, developed, written, and drawn the comic book series Black Panther character. Thanks also to all those who are associated with the 2018 Black Panther movie. Thanks also to all others who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publisher of this video on YouTube.

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SHOWCASE VIDEO: Marvel Studios' Black Panther - Official Trailer



Marvel Entertainment, Published on Oct 16, 2017

Long live the king. Watch the new trailer for Marvel Studios #BlackPanther. In theaters February 16! ► Subscribe to Marvel: http://bit.ly/WeO3YJ

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EXCERPTS FROM AN QUARTZ AFRICA ARTICLE THAT HIGHLIGHT AFRICAN CULTURAL ELEMENTS IN THE 2018 "BLACK PANTHER" MOVIE
EXCERPT #1
From https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-black-panther-reimagined-african-style_us_5a7730e0e4b01ce33eb3e6d5 By Zeba Blay; 02/16/2018 04:38 pm ET Updated, 2/17/2018
From Zamunda To Wakanda: How ‘Black Panther’ Reimagined African Style
“Black Panther” is very much a mix of regional, ethnic and cultural customs. And that’s part of what makes it so brilliant.
..."aesthetically, “Black Panther” is very much a hodgepodge, a juxtaposition, a mix of regional, ethnic and cultural customs. And that’s part of what makes it so brilliant.

Costume designer Ruth E. Carter, in collaboration with production designer Hannah Beachler, created a “Wakandan Bible” early on in production, a tome that set the standard for “Black Panther” and the inhabitants of its world ― from the Dora Milaje, King T’Challa’s personal body guard, to the Jabari, a clan that lives in the mountains of Wakanda.

[Before the shoot], I had already been gathering information about the Maasai tribe, and I fell in love with the Dogon,” Carter told HuffPost. “The real Dogon tribe lived in the mountainous area in Africa and they were one of the first astronomers and they studied the stars and they performed a ritual every year where they created these amazing masks that shot up to the heavens. They were carved out of wood and they would adorn their bodies with these raffia skirts and brilliant colors. They were the inspiration for the Jabari tribe.”

Elsewhere in the film, Carter incorporated the traditional painted robes of the Ndebele people of South Africa in the blankets (which are actually shields) worn by Wakanda’s border tribe.

There’s one scene in the movie, in which King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), finds himself on the ancestral plane speaking with his dead father. T’Challa wears a tunic with an elaborately embroidered collar, reminiscent of those worn by Yoruba men in Nigeria. When his father appears to him, he is wrapped in traditional cloth in the style that many Ghanaian men do ― indeed the fabric itself is covered in Ghanaian Adinkra symbols for “strength.”

There are many aesthetic moments like this in “Black Panther,” many instances of cultural anachronisms that, somehow, work on another level. There is a flurry of various forms of traditional African attire, from vastly differing parts of the continent. It is, in some ways, nonsensical. In other, more important ways, it makes all the sense in the world. Wakanda is not real in the physical sense, but it is a spiritual ideal, a world representing what the diaspora is and could be if given the chance.

For Carter, the blending of cultures in the film isn’t necessarily about disregarding the significance of the clothes on display.

“Looking at it with modern eyes, it’s OK to pay homage to culture and tradition, but we weren’t trying to make a documentary,” she says. “We wanted to honor it in this futuristic way and a lot of the details of the indigenous African tribes easily translate into a futuristic model.”...

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EXCERPT #2
From https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/16/africa/black-panther-behind-the-scenes-marvel/index.html
(CNN) Wakanda is a lushly futuristic, equatorial enclave. A journey into Wakanda: How we made Black Panther
By Chris Giles, CNN; Updated 11:52 AM ET, Fri February 16, 2018
..."The production of Marvel's "Black Panther" (US release February 16) is a remarkable feat. It's a thrilling and refreshing spectacle on the big screen, capturing traditional African influences in a hypermodern context.

[...]

It is a huge technical and creative undertaking for those working behind the scenes. The production, costume, jewelry and other designers and stylists are creating a whole new world -- one where nature and technology are intertwined.

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'Black Panther' fast facts 00:28
The film also bears with it an important responsibility on the designers and director that the images and representations of an African nation -- in a continent often lazily portrayed in the West -- are inspired by African groups.

A large part of the research process was traveling to Africa.
The team traveled up the coast of South Africa in KwaZulu-Natal, into the countryside and via urban districts.

Production designer Hannah Beachler. "When I came back we reworked everything. There was a lot achieved because of my experience of being able to able to touch and feel and be there and see. I had a better perspective," Beachler says.
"It's a lot about taking the ideas that people have about what it is to live in Africa and what it is to be African and retelling that story, reclaiming it I guess, and having this clarification," Beachler said.

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This story is also seen in what Wakandans wear, a mesh of traditional and hi-tech Afropunk influences.

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Roadmapping African influences
Ruth E. Carter [Black Panther movie’s costume designer]
"There were at least 10 different tribes that we gathered costume inspiration from, because Wakanda is a fictitious land in the Northern Central part of Africa, and it's imagined as a place that was never colonized.
"We could create something that honored African history, African-American history and also would be a new-found culture that would be unique to Wakanda," Carter said.

Carter instructed a team of over 100 buyers. This was no small undertaking, especially for Carter's first shot at a Marvel movie.

She visited Africa and drew influence from ancient tribes to establish the Wakandan people's unique characteristics.
"They wear things more avant-garde. Their hair is natural. They're sometimes barefoot. I would say the Afrofuturistic model is the one characteristic that goes throughout the Wakandan community," Carter says.
Carter was particularly inspired by the Dogon people of West Africa.
"They were a big inspiration for me because they were like astronomers and they lived in this mountainous area of Africa," Carter said.

Other tribes of sartorial inspiration were the Turkana people in East Africa, Hemba people in Congo, Suri tribe in Ethiopia and Tuareg people in western and northern Africa, among others.

However, Carter emboldened these costume designers with edgy, high-tech touches.

Carter said it was important to show this royal African family in a futuristic model."...

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EXCERPT #3
From https://qz.com/1003692/marvels-black-panther-and-wakanda-raises-questions-about-african-cultural-appropriation/ "Black Panther has some impressive superpowers—solving cultural appropriation isn’t one of them"
written by Lynsey Chutel; June 12, 2017
....“It’s a third world country: textiles, shepherds, cool outfits,” is how Martin Freeman’s character Everett K. Ross describes Wakanda. In the film, it’s the image Wakanda has put forth in order to protect itself and in real life, it’s what most audiences may think of when thinking about Africa in film and television—the “Coming to America” trope still firmly in place.

Behind a mighty waterfall that resembles Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya as it is known locally), is an Eldorado of technology and innovation known as Wakanda.

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The film was mostly shot in a studio in Atlanta, Georgia, the falls are actually shots of Iguazu Falls in Argentina and the skyscrapers are all CGI. And in Africa we generally refer to our panthers as leopards. Still, it’s an indulgent fantasy of what Africa could be, but also what may have been without colonial interference. It’s a reminder that the film is not a meditation on culture, but rather a comic book fantasy that is perhaps inspired by Afrofuturism.

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The city T’Challa returns to has walls painted in the geometric patterns that resemble those of Ndebele culture in South Africa. Lupita Nyong’o is seen in what looks like a wax print dress as she stalks through one scene. In another, T’Challa’s mother, played by a white-haired Angela Basset, is wrapped in a Seanamarena blanket, a large part of Lesotho’s cultural heritage. The scene causing the most debate so far is that of a tribal elder in a tailored suit, with a large lip disc.

What’s significant about this aesthetic is not the question it raises about the roots of lip plates and body stretching in African culture, but rather the blending of the modern and traditional. It’s something that happens every day on the streets of Africa’s cities, with sneakers and suits in bold, bright wax prints, beaded jewelry adorning everyday wear, and even the Seanamarena blanket cut into this season’s bomber jacket trend. These trends are borrowed between different cultures as social media breaks down borders and encourages collaboration.

There are questions on whether African Americans should be borrowing from continental culture…
What’s more, this raises questions on appropriation among Africans, whether acknowledging the specific origins of the design should be enough, or whether, for example, Ghana should be acknowledged in every graphic that resembles Kente.

These are not questions the Black Panther film is going to answer, and it isn’t supposed to—that’s what the debate around appropriation misses. In a similar way to young, connected Africans, the film borrows here and there from a blended African culture. One can only hope that the film will acknowledge the origins of these elements and avoid appropriation."...
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EXCERPT #4
[Pancocojams Editor's Note: Notice that the title for the Black Panther movie was changed from the title that was used in this article.]

From https://www.cinemablend.com/new/What-Language-Black-Panther-Actually-Speaking-Captain-America-Civil-War-129187.html by Gregory Wakeman, 2016 [the date stamp says "1 year ago" but the comments in the discussion thread say "2 years"]
"Captain America: Civil War isn’t just reuniting us with most of the Avengers. It’s also introducing us to two new superheroes. While we’ve revelled in the web-slinging exploits of a certain Peter Parker for quite a few films now, Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa/Black Panther is making his big-screen debut in the blockbuster. This means that movie audiences are now devouring every bit of information they can about Black Panther, which now includes the fact that his native language in Civil War and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Xhosa.

While Chadwick Boseman’s superhero actually spends most of Captain America: Civil War speaking English to the other English-speakers, there are one or two scenes that sees T’Challa talking to his father T’Chaka, played by John Kani, in a native Wakanda language. Co-director Joe Russo has now confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that they chose Xhosa for his language, admitting that John Kani actually taught Chadwick Boseman how to speak it.
The language we used for Wakandan is called Xhosa. John Kani, the actor who plays T’Challa’s father in the movie, speaks the language and taught it to Chadwick. It’s spoken by 7.6 million people in South Africa

The decision for Black Panther to speak Xhosa was quite a big one not just for Captain America: Civil War, but for the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, too. That’s because we’re almost certainly going to see T’Challa and his alter ego frequently uttering the language in his own solo film. It would just be weird if he didn't.

Xhosa is known as "the clicking language," as in order to properly pronounce its x’s, you have to put your tongue to the roof of your mouth and then make a clicking noise, which closely resembles the sound of a horse trotting. One of the official languages of South Africa, it is spoken by around 18% of the country’s population, while Nelson Mandela spoke it fluently."...
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Here are two examples of those comments from that discussion thread:
Stan Philip Samuel [2 years ago] 2016?
They picked the wrong language unfortunately. Xhosa is only spoken in South Africa. Wakanda has been geographically placed in Equatorial Africa near Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia (as seen in Iron Man 2). Maybe Swahili would have been a more appropriate selection. Leaving South African and African audiences confused at the lack of appreciation of our language spread. I guess they took the easy route and used it because John Kani knew the language, still does not make it right though. Oh well, it's a fictional world right?

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"MH Eingoluq, [2 years ago] 2016?
"It really just felt odd to me as a choice. I mean, John Kani is South African and speaks Xhosa, but as far as I know Chadwick Boseman doesn't and he's going to be starring in an entire film set* in Wakanda. So it's not obvious to me why they couldn't just pick a language from that general area.

*I mean, I haven't seen it or anything and plenty of Black Panther stories, including some of the best ones, are set outside Wakanda. But if the casting is 90% black people, which is awesome, it seems awfully likely that that's where it's going to be set."
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However, here's a celebratory comment from a South African in a February 18, 2018 discussion thread from a YouTube video on this subject:
From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVHwiH0eXjU Black Panther' puts spotlight on Xhosa, a real African language spoken by Nelson Mandela by news usa, Published on Feb 16, 2018
Alice Gauteng, February 18, 2018
"As a South African I was proud hearing Xhosa spoken in the movie. And tbey also wear Badotho blankets.
Coolest thing ever!
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Click http://abcnews.go.com/International/black-panther-puts-spotlight-xhosa-real-african-language/story?id=53142351 "Black Panther' puts spotlight on Xhosa, a real African language spoken by Nelson Mandela"
By JAMES LONGMANANGUS HINES; Feb 16, 2018, 12:10 PM ET for an article about the inclusion of Xhosa in Black Panther.

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Excerpt #5
From http://www.africanews.com/2018/02/17/black-panther-wins-the-hearts-of-africans Black Panther wins the hearts of African cinema fans; Daniel Mumbere 17/02 - 13:10
"Africans can’t get enough of the first Marvel superhero movie with a predominantly black cast.

Black Panther has received rave reviews from critics and cinema goers who have flocked to its’s premieres in Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa among others.

Some of the cast actually flew down to South Africa for the premiere, with Kenyan born actress Lupita Nyong’o, tweeting that ‘the excitement is spellbinding’.

'The people who made the film were very specific about the references they used in relationship to Africa. They are pulling from the best fashion and art.'

Wakanda
Black panther is set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda. It tells the story of the new king, T‘Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), who is challenged by rival factions.

The fictional African country is depicted as a verdant land with stunning waterfalls where spacecraft designed like tribal masks soar over a modern metropolis.

Directed by black director Ryan Coogler and featuring actors including Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong‘o and Forest Whittaker, the film has received widespread critical acclaim after years of criticism about the under-representation of black people in Hollywood.

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Ugandans claim Wakanda
Ugandans who have two actors with roots in the East African country featured in Black Panther, Daniel Kaluuya and Florence Kasumba, have been showing why Wakanda is actually Uganda.

Chazzy Chaz
@SEEMUGASHA
When u watch Black Panther...look out for location on globe..Its not a coincidence Wakanda rhymes with Uganda and our guy is called O"Wakabi" and u see Murchison falls and rift valleys and impenetrable forests and mountains of the moon! Come vacation in Wakanda/Uganda. https://twitter.com/WOODY_THEGREAT/status/964407617077485569 …

3:12 AM - Feb 16, 2018

Asiimwe Jolly
@asiimwejolly1
The young one of a Uganda is a Wakanda....after all Wakanda is a fictional East African nation bordering Uganda, might as well be our baby. πŸ˜„πŸ˜‹ #BlackPanther #WakandaCameToSlay

5:06 AM - Feb 17, 2018


Janelle Villadiego
@jdcv_17
"As it turns out, the filmmakers, prod. designers, & costumers of Marvel’s #BlackPanther imagined Wakanda as an amalgamation of real African nations, economies, & cultures, including Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, & the Congo."πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦πŸ‡¨πŸ‡©πŸ‘https://www.inverse.com/article/40961-black-panther-wakanda-real-life-inspirations-africa …

6:50 AM - Feb 14, 2018"...

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Two Pancocojams African Language Quizzes (with links to information about these languages)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post presents two African language quizzes. The words that are featured in these quizzes are from the following traditional African languages (given in alphabetical order) Akan, Chichewa (Chewa, Nyanja), Igbo, Kinyarwanda, KiSwahili (Swahili), Lingala, Wolof, Yoruba, and Zulu.

This post also includes statements about the country/countries where these languages originate and links to online information about these languages.

The content of this post is presented for to increase information in the United States and in other non-African nations about traditional African languages.

Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.
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Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/02/five-name-quizzes-from-my-no-longer.html "Five Name Quizzes From My No Longer Active "Alafia Names" Website" for another pancocojams post on Black culture quizzes.
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PANCOCOJAMS AFRICAN LANGUAGES QUIZZES

Instructions: Select the best answer that completes these statements.

The answer code is given below.

Pancocojams African Quiz #001 Words from traditional African languages
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1. "Ase (ashe)" is a Yoruba word that means
a) aches and pains
b) ashes
c) Africa
d) spiritual force that flows through everything/power

2. "Harambe" is a Swahili language word that means
a)harems
b) All pull together
c) hello
d) celebrate

3. “Waaw” is a Wolof word that means
a) wait
b) yes
c) where
d) when

4. "Kente" is an Akan language word that refers to
a) the name Kenneth
b) a man's religious hat or cap
c) type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips
d) ancient African writing

5. In the Igbo language, “chi” means
a) birth
b) teeth
c) long life
d) a guardian angel

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Pancocojams African Quiz #002 Words from traditional African languages

1. "Indaba" is a Zulu word that means
a) beauty
b) Come in
c) a gathering (meeting), business/matter
d) home

2. "Sankofa" is an Akan word that means
a) Come and sing with me
b) it’s never to late to go back and claim it
c) Eat healthy food.
d) Love is the most important thing in life

3. “Ndimakukonda” is a Chichewa word that means
a) I love you
b) What is your name?
c) This is my country
d) Help me please.

4. “Imana” is a Kinyarwanda word that means
a) I’m not
b). God
c) a girl's name that means "faith"
d) food

5. "Tokomonana" is a Lingala word that means
a) You’re welcome
b) tomorrow
c) grandother
d) good bye

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ANSWER CODE FOR #001
1. d
2. b.
3. b.
4. c
5. d

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ANSWER CODE FOR #002
1. c
2. b
3. a
4. b
5. d

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INFORMATION LINKS FOR #001
{Pancocojams Editor: Unless otherwise noted, the pronunciations that are given are how I believe these words are pronounced. Corrections are appreciated.

1.From https://www.omniglot.com/writing/yoruba.htm
"Yoruba (Èdè YorùbÑ)
Yoruba is a member of the Volta-Niger branch of the Niger-Congo family of languages. It is spoken by about 28 million people in southwest Nigeria, Benin, Togo, the UK, Brazil and the USA. It is one of the four official languages of Nigeria, along with English, Hausa and Igbo."...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ase_(Yoruba) for information about the Yoruba word "ase". "Ase" is often written as "ashe" in the United States and is pronounced "ah-SHAY". Among afrocentric Black people in the United States, ashe is an exclamation that has a similar meaning as "Amen!" For example, the words "ashe ashe" are part of the lyrics for the African American originated "African" song "Funga Alafia". CLick http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2011/11/real-history-of-funga-alafia-fanga-song.html for a pancocojams post entitled "The Funga Alafia (Fanga) Song - Part 1"

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2.From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swahili_language
"Swahili, also known as Kiswahili (translation: coast language[7]), is a Bantu language and the first language of the Swahili people. It is a lingua franca of the African Great Lakes region and other parts of eastern and south-eastern Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).[8] Comorian, spoken in the Comoros Islands is sometimes considered to be a dialect of Swahili, though other authorities consider it a distinct language.[9]"..

Click https://www.thefreedictionary.com/Harambe for information about the Swahili word "harambe".

Also, click https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harambee for more information. Note that the correct Swahili spelling for this word is "harambe".[pronunciation hah-RAHM-bay]

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3. From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolof_language
"Wolof is a language of Senegal, the Gambia and Mauritania, and the native language of the Wolof people. Like the neighbouring languages Serer and Fula, it belongs to the Senegambian branch of the Niger–Congo language family. Unlike most other languages of the Niger-Congo family, Wolof is not a tonal language."...

Also, click https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_words_of_Niger-Congo_origin for a list of English words that originated in Niger-Congo languages or other African languages.

Here's information about the Wolof word "waaw" from https://jangawolof.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/basic-phrases/
"Yes. [English]
Waaw. / Oui. [Wolof/French]
[pronounciation] wow / wee"
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Note: I added the words in brackets to this quote.

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4.
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akan_language
"Akan is a Central Tano language that is the principal native language of the Akan people of Ghana, spoken over much of the southern half of that country, by about 58% of the population, and among 30% of the population of Ivory Coast....

Three dialects have been developed as literary standards with distinct orthographies: Asante, Akuapem (together called Twi), and Fante, which, despite being mutually intelligible, were inaccessible in written form to speakers of the other standards....

The language came to the Caribbean and South America, notably in Suriname spoken by the Ndyuka and in Jamaica by the Jamaican Maroons known as Coromantee, with enslaved people from the region. The descendants of escaped slaves in the interior of Suriname and the Maroons in Jamaica still use a form of this language, including Akan names: children are named after the day of the week on which they are born, e.g. Akwasi/Kwasi (for a boy) or Akosua (girl) born on a Sunday. In Jamaica and Suriname the Anansi spider stories are well known."...

Also, click https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kente_cloth for information about "Kente". Here's a brief excerpt from that website:
""Kente, known as nwentom in Akan, is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips and is native to the Akan ethnic group of South Ghana. Kente is made in Akan lands such as Ashanti Kingdom, (Bonwire, Adanwomase, Sakora Wonoo, Ntonso in the Kwabre areas of the Ashanti Region) It is also worn by many other groups who have been influenced by Akans. Kente comes from the word kenten, which means basket in Akan dialect Asante. Akans refer to kente as nwentoma, meaning woven cloth. It is an Akan royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings. Over time, the use of kente became more widespread. However, its importance has remained and it is held in high esteem with Akans. The Ewe people especially those from Agortime-Kpetoe of Ghana also claim that, Kente which they also refer to as Agbamevor has always been their traditional cloth."...

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5. From http://aboutworldlanguages.com/igbo
Igbo (Asα»₯sα»₯ Igbo), or Ibo , one of the largest languages of West Africa, is spoken by 18 million people in Nigeria. It belongs to the Benue-Congo group of the Niger-Congo language family. The language is thought to have originated around the 9th century AD in the area near the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers, and then spread over a wide area of southeastern Nigeria.

Status
Igbo is one of the official languages of Nigeria. It is spoken in the Southern Delta states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo, as well as in the northeast of the Delta state and in the southeast of the Rivers state. In the states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo, Igbo is the main language of trade and commerce. It is used in mass media communication such as radio and television in the southern Delta region.

Although Igbo is taught at all levels in eastern Nigerian schools, English remains the principal literary language of the country while remains a spoken and colloquial language. Reading and writing in Igbo is not very widespread. In many urban areas, Igbo is often replaced by Nigerian Pidgin English. Igbo speakers are typically bilingual in English."...
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Click http://www.nairaland.com/1501884/what-does-igbo-notion-personal "What Does The Igbo Notion Of "Your Personal CHI" Represent? - Culture - Nairaland" for a Nigerian discussion thread about the Igbo philosophical concept "chi".
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Note: I believe that the Igbo word "chi" is pronounced the same as or very similar to the English word "she".

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INFORMATION LINKS FOR #002
{Pancocojams Editor: Unless otherwise noted, the pronunciations that are given are how I believe these words are pronounced. Corrections are appreciated.

1. From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zulu_language
"Zulu (Zulu: isiZulu) is the language of the Zulu people, with about 10 million speakers, the vast majority (over 95%) of whom live in South Africa. Zulu is the most widely spoken home language in South Africa (24% of the population), and it is understood by over 50% of its population.[5] It became one of South Africa's 11 official languages in 1994.

According to Ethnologue,[6][not in citation given (See discussion.)] it is the second most widely spoken of the Bantu languages, after Shona. Like many other Bantu languages, it is written with the Latin alphabet.

In South African English, the language is often referred to by using its native form, isiZulu."...
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Click http://1000mostcommonwords.com/1000-most-common-zulu-words/ [#234] for the definition for the Zulu word "indaba".
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Here's information about the Zulu word "indaba":
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indaba
"An indaba (pronounced in-dah-bah[missing stress][1]) is an important conference held by the izinDuna (principal men) of the Zulu or Xhosa peoples of South Africa.[2] (Such meetings are also practiced by the Swazi, who refer to them using the close cognate indzaba.) Indabas may include only the izinDuna of a particular community, or they may be held with representatives of other communities.[2]

The term comes from a Zulu language word meaning "business" or "matter".[3]

Current usage
The term has found widespread use throughout Southern Africa and often simply means gathering or meeting. It is also used in the Scouting movement. The World Scout Indaba was a gathering of Scout leaders."...
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I think "indaba" is pronounced in-DAH-bah.

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2. "Sankofa" [san-KOH-fah] is an Akan word. Read #4 in the Information links section for #001 for information about the Akan language.

Here's information about Sankofa from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sankofa
"Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates to "Go back and get it" (san - to return; ko - to go; fa - to fetch, to seek and take) and also refers to the Asante Adinkra symbol represented either with a stylized heart shape or by a bird with its head turned backwards carrying a precious egg in its mouth. Sankofa is often associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi," which translates as: "It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten."[1]

In addition to being used on adinkra cloth in Ghana, the Sankofa heart is a common design on gates in the United States, particularly New York City. In Brooklyn, the Sankofa heart is commonly upside down on gates to Brownstone residential buildings.

The sankofa bird appears frequently in traditional Akan art, and has also been adopted as an important symbol in an African-American and African Diaspora context to represent the need to reflect on the past to build a successful future. It is one of the most widely dispersed adinkra symbols, appearing in modern jewelry, tattoos, and clothing."...

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3. Here's information about the Chichewa language:
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chewa_language
"Chewa, also known as Nyanja, is a language of the Bantu language family. The noun class prefix chi- is used for languages,[4] so the language is usually called Chichewa and Chinyanja (spelled Cinyanja in Zambia, and Cinianja in Mozambique). In Malawi, the name was officially changed from Chinyanja to Chichewa in 1968 at the insistence of President Hastings Kamuzu Banda (himself of the Chewa tribe), and this is still the name most commonly used in Malawi today.[5] In Zambia, Chewa is spoken by other people like the Ngoni and the Kunda, so a more neutral name, Chinyanja '(language) of the lake' (referring to Lake Malawi), is used instead of Chichewa."...
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Click https://www.tripsavvy.com/say-i-love-you-in-africa-1454071 for the meaning of the Chichewa word “Ndimakukonda”.
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I don't know how "Ndimakukonda" is pronounced.

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4. Here's information about the Kinyarwanda langauge:
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinyarwanda
"Kinyarwanda is one of the four official languages of Rwanda (along with English, French and Kiswahili) and is spoken by almost all of the native population. That contrasts with most modern African states, whose borders were drawn by colonial powers and do not correspond to ethnic boundaries or precolonial kingdoms.[5]....
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Also, click http://gordanondera.wikispaces.com/Kinyarwanda+phrases for a list of Kinyarwanda words including the word "Imana".
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I believe that "Imana" is pronounced E-MAN-ah.

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5. Here's information about the Lingala:
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingala
"Lingala (Ngala) is a Bantu language spoken throughout the northwestern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a large part of the Republic of the Congo, as well as to some degree in Angola and the Central African Republic. It has over 10 million speakers."...
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Click http://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/lingala/ for a list of Lingala words including
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I'm not sure how "tokomonana" is pronounced, but if you use the most common way that words are pronounced in English (with the stress on the next to the last syllable), that Lingala word be pronounced "toh-koh-moh-NAH-nah".

Note that the Lingala word "tokomonana" is very similar to the Swahili word "tutaonana" which also means "goodbye".
http://swahili_english.enacademic.com/15049/tutaonana

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