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Killmonger Explained: Who Is the Black Panther Villain? – IGN – IGN

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Black Panther is finally starring in his own superhero movie next year. But for hardcore fans of the character, half the fun with this new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is seeing T’Challa’s nemesis, Erik Killmonger, finally brought to life (and played by Michael B. Jordan).

But don’t worry if you’ve never heard of this Marvel villain before. We’re here to break down everything you need to know about the man who would rule Wakanda.

The Basics

Most superheroes worth their salt have at least one villain who serves as their dark, twisted mirror image, and Killmonger fills that role for Black Panther. This exiled Wakandan native is obsessed with overthrowing King T’Challa and ridding the country of all white imperialist influences. Basically, he’s loyal to Wakanda, but not its ruling family.

Killmonger is one of the few men who manages to rival T’Challa in both mental acuity and skill on the battlefield. That’s why Killmongerhas remained a very dangerous thorn in T’Challa’s side over the years, cheating death on more than one occasion.

Powers and Abilities

Killmonger is a brilliant strategist and scientist who received his PhD from MIT. He’s also a highly skilled martial artist, able to go toe-to-toe with Wakanda’s finest warriors, including Black Panther himself.

While Killmonger didn’t originally possess any superhuman powers, he eventually created a synthetic version of the “heart-shaped herb” that gives the Black Panthers their enhanced senses and reflexes. Much like Captain America’s Super-Soldier Serum, this herb also boosts Killmonger’s speed, strength and stamina to the absolute peak of human performance.

As if that weren’t enough, Killmonger often wears a specially designed, armored suit that can inject opponents with poison and even fire energy blasts. Plus, he has several trained leopards and a group of fanatical followers capable of using dark magic to resurrect their master.

Origin and Background

Killmonger was created by writer Don McGregor and artist Rich Buckler and made his debut in 1973’s Jungle Action #6. Early stories established Killmonger as a Wakandan native (originally namedN’Jadaka) whose father was forced to help Ulysses Klaw invade Wakanda and steal its valuable vibranium. After Klaw was defeated andN’Jadaka’s father was killed, he and his family were exiled to America.

Ever since moving to America and taking his new name, Killmonger has fostered a deep hatred of the Black Panther. And while T’Challa made overtures to Killmonger by repatriating him and giving him a new home in a Wakandan village, Killmonger has frequently attempted to overthrow his king and end the reign of the Black Panthers. He’s come closer than most, particularly during the course of Christopher Priest’s Black Panther series. One storyline saw the two foes resume their feud, only for Killmonger to defeat T’Challa in ritual combat and claim the Black Panther title for himself. Only the fact that Killmonger’s body couldn’t handle the effects of the heart-shaped herb spared Wakanda from its tyrannical new ruler.

Killmonger continues to be one of the greatest threats to Wakanda’s security. Most recently, he orchestrated a war between Wakanda and the neighboring nation of Niganda. Killmonger was killed during the climax of that conflict in 2008’s Black Panther Vol. 4 #38, but a man as smart as T’Challa must know it’s only a matter of time before his nemesis returns.

Beyond the Comics

Killmonger hasn’t had a prolific career outside of the comics, but it’s safe to assume that will quickly change once he makes his live-action debut in 2018’s Black Panther (played by Michael B. Jordan).

For now, Killmonger’s only non-comics appearance came in the 2016 video game LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, where he’s a playable character for those who purchase the Black Panther DLC pack.

How the character will fit into the Black Panther’s world of the MCU remains to be seen, but so far it looks as though he’s following similar beats as his comics counterpart as a powerful figure who seeks usurp T’Challa and take the throne for himself.

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Considering the current state of play – Amsterdam News

Last week we dealt with the news that once again an African-American man was killed by the actions of the police and will not receive any justice. Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minn., and the officer who shot him was acquitted of all charges. Although this outcome may seem surprising to many, the death of Black men by police officers has become normalized for Blacks such as myself.

This killing is just a recent example of sanctioned violence by the state, where African-American men do not have the legal ability to defend themselves against police officers with loaded firearms.

However, there was a time when African-Americans did have the right to carry loaded guns and protect themselves and their respective communities. Beginning in the late 1960s, these actions were seen among members of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in California, but received criticism by the government, causing the creation of the Mulford Act.

It is important to highlight the history of policies such as the Mulford Act to understand its impact on the epidemic of police brutality on African-American men.

The Black Panthers and the Mulford Act

The Black Panthers were the voices of persecuted African-Americans during the 1960s and 1970s in the Oakland, Calif., area. During this time, the injustices of Blacks influenced the teaching of state laws and community policing. These initiatives of the Black Panthers incited fear in the minds of the lawmakers in California.

The Blacks Panthers openly carried loaded guns to police their respective communities. Governor Ronald Reagan and the California Legislature were not pleased by these actions and created the Mulford Act.

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Gun control is a policy issue that tends to receive support from a liberal legislature. However, such was not the case when it came to the Mulford Act, which was backed by the NRA, written by California Republican Assemblyman Don Mulford, and signed into law by then California Governor Reagan.

This support is not surprising, because the events of the Watts Riots of 1966 and rise of the Black Panthers influenced the shift of the legislature to promote gun control for California citizens. These actions caused many to believe that the Mulford Act was created to stop Blacks from openly carrying loaded guns.

However, the Panthers were indeed following the law of California before the creation of the Mulford Act. The gun laws of California stated that you could carry a loaded gun out on the street so long it was registered, not concealed and not pointed in a threatening manner. Yet, the California Legislature perceived these actions of the Black Panthers as being intimidating, when they were seen carrying guns, and changed the law to maintain their safety and restrict their actions.

The Mulford Act and our current political climate

The negation of African-Americans within the Mulford Act demonstrates the ability of the state to decide who takes part in the decision-making process when it comes to the creation of laws. These actions are evident within the federal government today. Recently, the Department of Justice reported that it will not look into police accountability measures in communities plagued by police brutality, such as Baltimore and Baton Rouge. Yet, police accountability actions were called upon by members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Once again, it is not surprising that state-sanctioned violence is occurring today in the form of police brutality toward African-American men and others. This violence is indeed sanctioned by an arm of the state, the police department. In the current political climate in which we are living, it would not be a surprise if the federal government created a policy that is equivalent to the Mulford Act. Potentially, maybe the future bill will limit the power of movements such as Black Lives Matter. Let us not forget that the Mulford Act was signed into law by President Reagan, when he was governor in California. Like Reagan, President Trump called himself, the candidate of law and order.

Walter A. Jean-Jacques is a graduate student at University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice. He is an incoming law student at the University of Notre Dame Law School in Notre Dame. Contact him at walter.jeanjacques@gmail.com.

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Black Panther: Who Are The Dora Milaje? – Screen Rant

Wonder Woman broke new ground for comic book movies with itsoffering of a kick-ass unit of female warriors, the Amazons, and now Marvel is following suit with the highly anticipated Black Panther movie. The Dora Milaje are a highly-skilled and lethal collective of female bodyguards assigned to protect the Wakandan king TChalla (Chadwick Boseman). They were actually first introduced in Captain America: Civil War, via Ayo (Florence Karumba), the Dora Milaje assigned to protect Black Panther on his travels to Vienna, where Ayos attitude towards Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) showed viewers what to expect from these warriors of Wakanda and thatisthey are not women to be messed with. The upcoming Black Panther film will see Florence reprise her Ayo role and no doubt offer greater detail and backstory to the legendary all-female guard, with Lupita Nyongo and Danai Gurira playing key members, Nakia and Okoye.

So what do we know so far about Black Panthers lethal defenders? The Dora Milaje which means Adored Ones in English are made up of women from the various tribes of Wakanda to protect their ruler, and first appeared in the Marvel Comics 30 years after Black Panthers first outing. They are some of the most skilled non-mutants in the Marvel universe, trained in a combination of martial arts styles as well as some fighting techniques specific to the fictional African nation. Thanks to Wakandas vibranium, they also wield deadly technologically-advanced weaponry to aid them in their defence of the Black Panther, and, expertly wield spears, swords and nunchaku.In the first teaser trailer, we can see them in action and just how much of a formidable adversary they are to anyone trying to come for TChalla.

However, they are also considered wives-in-training for the Black Panther as they are the superior women of their respective tribes and would, therefore, strengthen the royal bloodline.This ancient tribal tradition served also to maintain peace within Wakanda, by allowing all the tribes the equal opportunity to see their most celebrated tribeswomen potentially become their countrys Queen. In the Marvel Comics, the Dora Milajetradition had actuallybeen dormantuntil TChalla reinstated them after his relationship to white American Monica Lynn came to an end. The Wakandan king brought in Nakia and Okoye as some of the first members of Dora Milaje but saw them more as daughters than potential romantic partners and these women served more as ceremonial wives-in-training.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has given no indication that this particular storyline appears in the Black Panther movie, but Nyongos character has been described as a love interest for Bosemans titular hero.In the comics, Nakia always dreamed of marrying TChalla, and becomes so jealous of the return of Monica in his life that she throws her love rival out of a plane, thus causing her expulsion from the Dora Milaje. Shunned by her native tribe, Nakia leaves Wakanda only to be captured and tortured by one of Black Panthers enemies, Achebe. She is found by Erik Killmonger another of the Wakandan kings foes who uses arcane methods to save her and make her more powerfulthan before. Nakia becomes one of Killmongers agents, boasting increasedstrength and perfect accuracy and given the alias Malice.

In Black Panther, Erik is played by Michael B. Jordan and positioned as the main villain, so RyanCoogler may well have incorporated this storyline but hopefully not the obsessive lover element. One thing Marvel has done *quite* well is to ensure thatstereotypicaldepictions of women from the comics arent really translated to the big screen. Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) from Iron Man is not in a love triangle with Tony Stark and Happy Hogan, whileJane Foster (Natalie Portman) from Thoris a actually an astrophysicist and not a nurse. It would seem pretty odd to have one of the strongest and deadliest female characters in Black Panther to have a school girl crush on TChalla.

One DoraMilaje romance thatwould be progressive to see in the MCU is thatbetween Ayo and Aneka (the units combat instructor), which was created by Ta-Nehisi Coates in his latest run of the Black Panther comics series. They become lovers after Ayo rescues Aneka from prison, where she had been sent by Queen Ramonda (played by Angela Bassett in thefilm) for breaking Wakandan tradition by killing thechieftain of a tribe whowas abusing its women.Their queer relationship is the first for an Africancouple in the Marvel Comics and combats the rather sexist notion that these strongpowerful women are ultimately subservient to a man.

There isnt an Aneka character in the Black Panther cast list on IMDb yet but that doesnt mean she wont be revealed in the film. And given that she and Ayo team up to form the Midnight Angels, a rebel group of ex-Dora Milaje warriors working to protect and liberate Wakanda, they may well be brought in for future films in the franchise. Another Dora Milaje member that could pop in future films is Queen Divine Justice, AKA Chant Giovanni Brown. She was a princess of the Jabari tribe but taken to the US and raised inChicago after her parents were killedduring a dispute with the reigning Black Panther. Queen was unaware of her Wakandan heritage until TChalla found her and brought her into the Dora Milaje, where she worked alongside Okoye.

These deadly female warriors will no doubt play a key role in Cooglers Black Panther as well as in future sequels too, and who knows, maybe Marvel will do a Dora Milaje spin-off movie too. Given thesuccess of Wonder Woman, theresclearly an appetite for female-led superhero films, and one that has black women as the leads woulddefinitelybe a bold step towards making thegenre far more diverse and representative.

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City Moves Forward With Plan To Sell West Oakland Plot To Former Black Panther – Hoodline

The city of Oakland is moving forward with a plan to sell a plot in West Oakland to a group headed by former Black Panther Elaine Brown to develop affordable housing and business opportunities for people who were formerly incarcerated.

Brown, who headed the Black Panther Party from 1974 to 1977, began developing the 0.71-acre plot as an urban farm almost two years ago through her nonprofit, Oakland and the World Enterprises. In last night’s session, the council voted 60 to clear the way for the city administrator to sell the property.

While she started with a farm, Brown always had other plans for the plot, saying at the time she intended to use the land as a business incubator for former convicts. Plans included building a small grocery store, a fitness center, caf and a tech support center.

But given the citys dire housing needs, city officials asked Brown to include affordable housing as part of the project.According to East Bay Express, the land is worth $1.4 million, but the city will sell it at a greatly reduced price.

Brown told the City Council on Tuesday night that she and her group had a “magnificent plan” for the space at Seventh and Campbell. She said the project would help push back gentrification by creating a project that was 100 percent affordable and also opened up economic opportunity for formerly incarcerated people.

She said she hopes it will be a “model for reducing recidivism, poverty and crime.”

Several speakers spoke in support of the plan, including Oscar Grants uncle, Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson, and environmental activist Margaret Gordon, who said shes lived near the lot since 1992.

The corner connects to the Black Panthers’ history; in 1967, Oakland Police Ofc. John Frey was shot and killed there while arresting Huey Newton, the party’s founder. Newton was imprisoned for the killing, but his conviction was later overturned on appeal.

Oakland has been trying to develop affordable housing on the site for years.

Between 2001 and 2003, Oakland Community Housing Inc. was working on purchasing the land using loans from the citys Redevelopment Agency. In 2007, Oakland Community Housing became insolvent, leaving the city to maintain its 14 rental properties.

When Gov. Jerry Brown dissolved the states redevelopment agencies, it further complicated efforts to build at the site.

Elaine Brown’s ambitious plan didn’t come without controversy; Councilmember Desley Brooks expressed doubts about Oakland & The World Enterprise’s financials and whether it could pull off the ambitious plan.

She eventually abstained from the vote; CouncilmemberAbel Guilln was not present.

Brown is suing Brooks and the city for an incident in 2015 in which she claims Brooks assaulted her at Everett and Jones restaurant in downtown Oakland. The suit was not discussed in last night’s session.

Separately, the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury also recently found that Brown had improperly received more than $800,000 in funds from county Supervisor Keith Carsons office.

Brown was employed in Carsons office and also receiving the funds for the nonprofit, constituting a conflict of interest, the Grand Jury found after investigating a citizen complaint. According to Brown, the allegations are “a blatant lie.”

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Square Enix’s Black Panther Figure is T’Challa Like You’ve Never Seen Him – CBR (blog)

Just in time for his solo film, Black Panther is getting his own action figure. As revealed on ToyArk, the figure was designed by Square Enix as part of their Marvel Universe Play Arts Variant line of figures. Unlike previous Play Arts Variant figures, the Black Panther figure will stand at an oversized 10.6 tall. It is set to include three additional sets of interchangeable hands, two daggers and a figure stand. As for the design, which you can see in the photos below, it appears that Square Enix took inspiration from both the comics and TChallas Marvel Cinematic Universe look.

From the impressive linework to the eye-catching details and wonderfully crafted helmet, its clear that the designers took bits and pieces from both the comic book characterand hislive-action adaption and wove them into a single design that manages to work.

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The Play Arts Variant Black Panther figure is expected to release this October and will run around $133. For fans of Black Panther, this latest figure comes at a time when the heros popularity is at an all-time high. After debuting in last years Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman is set to return as TChalla in Black Panthers first solo film in February. In addition to a recently releasedteaser trailer, the film is set to have a big presence at San Diego Comic-Con next month when Marvel Studios takes over Hall H for a presentation on their upcoming films in Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Opening February 16, 2018, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as TChalla, with Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyongo, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown and John Kani.

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The Alt-Right Has a New Hero and it’s Black Panther – International Policy Digest (press release) (blog)

Entertainment /26 Jun 2017

King TChalla, or Black Panther, is one of the few well-received black superhero characters cranked out by Marvel Comics, others including the likes of Luke Cage & Nick Fury (who underwent a dramatic racial shift from white to black). Ruth E. Carter, the African-American costume designer for the 2018 Black Panther film, even specified that her involvement and understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement has dramatically influenced her approach to the movie. What many conservatives will quickly realize upon a closer inspection of Wakandan culture is that the character of TChalla resembles the socio-political worldview of the alt-right.

Black Panther is not a character whose backstory, morals, or goals will cater to globalists, multiculturalists, or SJWs. Black Pidgeon Speaks, a cultural commentator whose YouTube channel boasts over 200k subscribers, points out several tenants of Black Panthers character that paints a portrait of TChalla as a hero of the alt-right. Firstly, Black Panther is anti-globalist. Black Panthers moral coda is steeped in a strong nationalistic conviction that constantly places the wellbeing of his peoples history, culture, and identity over any external attempts at opening up the culture and economy of Wakanda, the fictional African country in the Marvel universe. Wakanda is a hierarchal society thats intentionally racially homogeneous, and its immigration policy is essentially isolationist. Other cultural influences are not permitted within Wakandan borders, as Black Panther believes them to be harmful to the wellbeing of his people. The Wakandan King enforces these policies through a culturally entrenched military, the Hatut Zerzae (a former secret police force turned mercenary group) & the Dora Milaje (the Kings all-female Praetorian Guard). In this sense, TChalla expresses strikingly neo-Nazi tendencies.

This is in direct opposition to what the Black Lives Matter movement stands for: diversity, globalism, transgender affirmation & collective value. Instead of diversity, TChalla ensures that the border of Wakanda is impregnable & that its population remains nearly exclusively Wakandan.Instead of globalism, Wakanda is an isolationist country. The patriarchal monarchy of Wakanda thrives on the backs of traditional family units, with TChalla himself being a straight male with a positive relationship with his father, who had been married to a woman. Instead of collective values or socialism, the TChalla goes as far to destroy his countrys main export of vibranium, so that his people would become hard working individuals and not rely on external income. This is Fascism 101: state dominance of the economy.

Secondly, the Kingdom of Wakanda is not a constitutional republic, democracy, or any other form of governmental rule that emerged from the Enlightenment. TChalla is a militaristic absolute monarch & Wakanda is a nation that has historically thrived as a caesaropapist society; that is, the king rules both as the national religious leader and the commander-in-chief. In Wakanda, there is no separation of Church and State, and TChalla is the authoritarian ruler of every aspect of Wakandan society.

Thirdly, and perhaps the most characteristically anti-globalist aspect of Wakandan society, is the fact that although Wakanda possesses universal healthcare and a cure for cancer, its government refuses to assist other countries. Wakanda is chiefly concerned with the wellbeing of its own people, foreign plights and would-be immigrants be damned.

Based on these elementary observations, it is abundantly clear that Black Panther is indeed a hero of the alt-right. Personifying a political philosophy often associated with the Dark Enlightenment, Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda exemplifies a nationalist socialists utopia. King TChalla is basically a Fascist autocrat when it comes to ruling his country. Neo-Nazis everywhere are looking forward to seeing their favorite totalitarian, monarchist, nationalist, isolationist, chauvinist & racially homogeneous kingdom and superhero hit the big screen in 2018.

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Entertainment /26 Jun 2017

King TChalla, or Black Panther, is one of the few well-received black superhero characters cranked out by Marvel Comics, others including the likes of Luke Cage & Nick Fury (who underwent a dramatic racial shift from white to black). Ruth E. Carter, the African-American costume designer for the 2018 Black Panther film, even specified that her involvement and understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement has dramatically influenced her approach to the movie. What many conservatives will quickly realize upon a closer inspection of Wakandan culture is that the character of TChalla resembles the socio-political worldview of the alt-right.

Black Panther is not a character whose backstory, morals, or goals will cater to globalists, multiculturalists, or SJWs. Black Pidgeon Speaks, a cultural commentator whose YouTube channel boasts over 200k subscribers, points out several tenants of Black Panthers character that paints a portrait of TChalla as a hero of the alt-right. Firstly, Black Panther is anti-globalist. Black Panthers moral coda is steeped in a strong nationalistic conviction that constantly places the wellbeing of his peoples history, culture, and identity over any external attempts at opening up the culture and economy of Wakanda, the fictional African country in the Marvel universe. Wakanda is a hierarchal society thats intentionally racially homogeneous, and its immigration policy is essentially isolationist. Other cultural influences are not permitted within Wakandan borders, as Black Panther believes them to be harmful to the wellbeing of his people. The Wakandan King enforces these policies through a culturally entrenched military, the Hatut Zerzae (a former secret police force turned mercenary group) & the Dora Milaje (the Kings all-female Praetorian Guard). In this sense, TChalla expresses strikingly neo-Nazi tendencies.

This is in direct opposition to what the Black Lives Matter movement stands for: diversity, globalism, transgender affirmation & collective value. Instead of diversity, TChalla ensures that the border of Wakanda is impregnable & that its population remains nearly exclusively Wakandan.Instead of globalism, Wakanda is an isolationist country. The patriarchal monarchy of Wakanda thrives on the backs of traditional family units, with TChalla himself being a straight male with a positive relationship with his father, who had been married to a woman. Instead of collective values or socialism, the TChalla goes as far to destroy his countrys main export of vibranium, so that his people would become hard working individuals and not rely on external income. This is Fascism 101: state dominance of the economy.

Secondly, the Kingdom of Wakanda is not a constitutional republic, democracy, or any other form of governmental rule that emerged from the Enlightenment. TChalla is a militaristic absolute monarch & Wakanda is a nation that has historically thrived as a caesaropapist society; that is, the king rules both as the national religious leader and the commander-in-chief. In Wakanda, there is no separation of Church and State, and TChalla is the authoritarian ruler of every aspect of Wakandan society.

Thirdly, and perhaps the most characteristically anti-globalist aspect of Wakandan society, is the fact that although Wakanda possesses universal healthcare and a cure for cancer, its government refuses to assist other countries. Wakanda is chiefly concerned with the wellbeing of its own people, foreign plights and would-be immigrants be damned.

Based on these elementary observations, it is abundantly clear that Black Panther is indeed a hero of the alt-right. Personifying a political philosophy often associated with the Dark Enlightenment, Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda exemplifies a nationalist socialists utopia. King TChalla is basically a Fascist autocrat when it comes to ruling his country. Neo-Nazis everywhere are looking forward to seeing their favorite totalitarian, monarchist, nationalist, isolationist, chauvinist & racially homogeneous kingdom and superhero hit the big screen in 2018.

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8 Things To Know About Assata Shakur And The Calls For Her Return From Cuba – Essence.com

Fugitive. Revolutionary. Black icon. Hip-hops favorite rebel. Who is Assata Shakur?

Every few years, it’s not uncommon to see Assata Shakur’s name back in the news headlines.

Shakur is a revolutionary Black icon, whose legend has evolved into making her a patron saint of Black rebellion in the last half-century. The Queens, N.Y, native has been living in Cuba for over 30 years, after having escaped from the prison where she was serving a sentence for allegedly killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973.

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Most recently, President Trump announced that the US would impose new limits on US travelers to Cuba, adding that the US would consider lifting those and other restrictions only after certain changes were made including returning American fugitives like Shakur.

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The harboring of criminals and fugitives will end, Trump said to Cuba. You have no choice. It will end.

Cuba pushed back, refusing to hand her over, and adding another chapter to Shakurs revolutionary life. The island has long been a haven for African-Americans who’ve committed political crimes or domestic terrorism (In the 1960s, Black Panthers such as Eldridge Cleaver, Huey Newton and Raymond Johnson all spent time in Cuba).

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A mystic lore now surrounds Shakur, both in her four-decade evasion of law enforcement she was the first woman to ever make the FBIs most wanted terroristlist as well as her proximity to hip-hop royalty she is step-aunt and godmother to the late Tupac Shakur.

Here are eight things to know about her:

Whats In A Name

Shakur was born Joanne Deborah Chesimard, in Jamaica, Queens. She changed her name to Assata Shakur in 1971. “The name JoAnne began to irk my nerves,” she writes in her autobiography. “I had changed a lot and moved to a different beat. I didn’t feel like no JoAnne, or no Negro, or no amerikan. I felt like an African woman. My mind, heart, and soul had gone back to Africa but my name was still stranded in Europe somewhere.”

The Revolution

She joined the Black Panthers in the late 1960s while in her 20s, but eventually became disillusioned with the direction of the organization and left. She then became a member of the Black Liberation Army (BLA), another militant Black organization that believed in open resistance.

Her Alleged Crimes

On May 2, 1973, Shakur and two members of the BLA were pulled over by state troopers in New Jersey. State Trooper Werner Foerster and one BLA member were killed. While police maintain that Shakur is responsible in Foerster’s death, she has consistently denied the accusation.In 1977, Shakur was convicted on one murder charge and six assault charges and sentenced to life in prison. But thereis much evidence to suggest the trial was not fair; her lawyer called the trial “a legal lynching and a kangaroo court.”

She escaped in 1979 with the assistance of BLA members posing as visitors to the prison.

Fidel Steps In

Shakur was granted asylum by Fidel Castro in 1984.

FBIs Most Wanted

In May 2013, the 40th anniversary of her arrest, she became the first woman ever to be named onthe FBIs Most Wanted Terrorists list. There is a $2 million federal and state reward for her arrest.

Extradition

Over the years, politicians have called for her extradition from Cuba, including Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, and most recently President Trump.

She Is Innocent

Many prominent Black thinkers and leaders have also maintained her innocence. Angela Davis, for example, has said that Shakur is a little threat to the U.S. government:

“Assata is not a threat. She is innocent,”she has said. “People really don’t know the details and are not aware of the extent to which [Shakur] was targeted by the FBI and the COINTEL programme.”

Hip-Hop Loves Her

She is an icon within hip-hop lore, having been cited in songslikePublic Enemys Rebel Without A Pause to Commons A Song for Assata.”Being the godmother and step-aunt to Tupac Shakur also adds to her intrigue.

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A Black Panther dies on a Pahang Road – Clean Malaysia

A dead panther was found lying by the side of the road near Sungai Yu Forest Reserve in Merapoh, Pahang. The predator had likely been trying to the other side of the forest near a wildlife crossing when it was hit and killed by a passing vehicle. The black panthers carcass was found on the road shoulder, about eight kilometres away from the Sungai Yu Eco-Viaduct (special pathway for animal crossings), said Ahmad Azhar Mohammed, director of Pahang Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan).

The animals death in a road accident comes mere days after a young elephant was killed in a similar accident along the Gerik-Jeli Highway in Perak.

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Needless to say, its not as if we can lose any more black panthers, which are leopards with a genetic mutation that causes their coat to have a uniformly black coloration. Like all leopards, panthers are reclusive and solitary predators that mostly hunt at night and are rarely seen in the wild.

And like leopards everywhere,Indochinese leopards (Panthera pardus delacouri) are endangered throughout their range in Malaysia and elsewhere across the region. At best only around 2,500 of them are left in the entire region, although exact numbers are hard to come by because of the animals highly elusive nature. Most people assume that leopards are still common everywhere, whereas everybody probably knows by now that tigers and lions have become very rare in the wild, said Jan Kamler, who works with the conservationist group Panthera, which seeks to save big cats worldwide.

In fact, Southeast Asias leopards have long fallen on hard times. They have lost as much as 93% of their former habitat over the past decades. They have already gone extinct in neighboring Singapore and may well now be extinct in Laos and Vietnam, too. In particular, Kamler said, many areas have experienced epidemic levels of snaring, for wild meat and animal parts, which have devastated leopard populations in the region.

We also have to add road accidents as a potential source of deadly danger to the animals, as well as to other roaming and migratory wildlife. Last year a pregnant tiger was killed while crossing the road in Terengganu. Following news of the panthers death in Pahang, the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) has renewed its call on motorists around the country to drive slowly and carefully through protected areas where wildlife may be expected to cross. MYCAT urges all drivers to spare a thought about road safety and slow down; for the sake of you, your passengers and Malaysian wildlife, the conservationist group wrote.

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Killmonger Explained: Who Is the Black Panther Villain? – IGN – IGN

Share. Black Panther is finally starring in his own superhero movie next year. But for hardcore fans of the character, half the fun with this new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is seeing T’Challa’s nemesis, Erik Killmonger, finally brought to life (and played by Michael B. Jordan). But don’t worry if you’ve never heard of this Marvel villain before. We’re here to break down everything you need to know about the man who would rule Wakanda. The Basics Most superheroes worth their salt have at least one villain who serves as their dark, twisted mirror image, and Killmonger fills that role for Black Panther. This exiled Wakandan native is obsessed with overthrowing King T’Challa and ridding the country of all white imperialist influences. Basically, he’s loyal to Wakanda, but not its ruling family. Killmonger is one of the few men who manages to rival T’Challa in both mental acuity and skill on the battlefield. That’s why Killmongerhas remained a very dangerous thorn in T’Challa’s side over the years, cheating death on more than one occasion. Powers and Abilities Killmonger is a brilliant strategist and scientist who received his PhD from MIT. He’s also a highly skilled martial artist, able to go toe-to-toe with Wakanda’s finest warriors, including Black Panther himself. While Killmonger didn’t originally possess any superhuman powers, he eventually created a synthetic version of the “heart-shaped herb” that gives the Black Panthers their enhanced senses and reflexes. Much like Captain America’s Super-Soldier Serum, this herb also boosts Killmonger’s speed, strength and stamina to the absolute peak of human performance. As if that weren’t enough, Killmonger often wears a specially designed, armored suit that can inject opponents with poison and even fire energy blasts. Plus, he has several trained leopards and a group of fanatical followers capable of using dark magic to resurrect their master. Origin and Background Killmonger was created by writer Don McGregor and artist Rich Buckler and made his debut in 1973’s Jungle Action #6. Early stories established Killmonger as a Wakandan native (originally namedN’Jadaka) whose father was forced to help Ulysses Klaw invade Wakanda and steal its valuable vibranium. After Klaw was defeated andN’Jadaka’s father was killed, he and his family were exiled to America. Ever since moving to America and taking his new name, Killmonger has fostered a deep hatred of the Black Panther. And while T’Challa made overtures to Killmonger by repatriating him and giving him a new home in a Wakandan village, Killmonger has frequently attempted to overthrow his king and end the reign of the Black Panthers. He’s come closer than most, particularly during the course of Christopher Priest’s Black Panther series. One storyline saw the two foes resume their feud, only for Killmonger to defeat T’Challa in ritual combat and claim the Black Panther title for himself. Only the fact that Killmonger’s body couldn’t handle the effects of the heart-shaped herb spared Wakanda from its tyrannical new ruler. Killmonger continues to be one of the greatest threats to Wakanda’s security. Most recently, he orchestrated a war between Wakanda and the neighboring nation of Niganda. Killmonger was killed during the climax of that conflict in 2008’s Black Panther Vol. 4 #38, but a man as smart as T’Challa must know it’s only a matter of time before his nemesis returns. Beyond the Comics Killmonger hasn’t had a prolific career outside of the comics, but it’s safe to assume that will quickly change once he makes his live-action debut in 2018’s Black Panther (played by Michael B. Jordan). For now, Killmonger’s only non-comics appearance came in the 2016 video game LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, where he’s a playable character for those who purchase the Black Panther DLC pack. How the character will fit into the Black Panther’s world of the MCU remains to be seen, but so far it looks as though he’s following similar beats as his comics counterpart as a powerful figure who seeks usurp T’Challa and take the throne for himself. Jesse is a mild-mannered writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter, or Kicksplode on MyIGN.

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Considering the current state of play – Amsterdam News

Last week we dealt with the news that once again an African-American man was killed by the actions of the police and will not receive any justice. Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minn., and the officer who shot him was acquitted of all charges. Although this outcome may seem surprising to many, the death of Black men by police officers has become normalized for Blacks such as myself. This killing is just a recent example of sanctioned violence by the state, where African-American men do not have the legal ability to defend themselves against police officers with loaded firearms. However, there was a time when African-Americans did have the right to carry loaded guns and protect themselves and their respective communities. Beginning in the late 1960s, these actions were seen among members of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in California, but received criticism by the government, causing the creation of the Mulford Act. It is important to highlight the history of policies such as the Mulford Act to understand its impact on the epidemic of police brutality on African-American men. The Black Panthers and the Mulford Act The Black Panthers were the voices of persecuted African-Americans during the 1960s and 1970s in the Oakland, Calif., area. During this time, the injustices of Blacks influenced the teaching of state laws and community policing. These initiatives of the Black Panthers incited fear in the minds of the lawmakers in California. The Blacks Panthers openly carried loaded guns to police their respective communities. Governor Ronald Reagan and the California Legislature were not pleased by these actions and created the Mulford Act. When the NRA supported gun control Gun control is a policy issue that tends to receive support from a liberal legislature. However, such was not the case when it came to the Mulford Act, which was backed by the NRA, written by California Republican Assemblyman Don Mulford, and signed into law by then California Governor Reagan. This support is not surprising, because the events of the Watts Riots of 1966 and rise of the Black Panthers influenced the shift of the legislature to promote gun control for California citizens. These actions caused many to believe that the Mulford Act was created to stop Blacks from openly carrying loaded guns. However, the Panthers were indeed following the law of California before the creation of the Mulford Act. The gun laws of California stated that you could carry a loaded gun out on the street so long it was registered, not concealed and not pointed in a threatening manner. Yet, the California Legislature perceived these actions of the Black Panthers as being intimidating, when they were seen carrying guns, and changed the law to maintain their safety and restrict their actions. The Mulford Act and our current political climate The negation of African-Americans within the Mulford Act demonstrates the ability of the state to decide who takes part in the decision-making process when it comes to the creation of laws. These actions are evident within the federal government today. Recently, the Department of Justice reported that it will not look into police accountability measures in communities plagued by police brutality, such as Baltimore and Baton Rouge. Yet, police accountability actions were called upon by members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Once again, it is not surprising that state-sanctioned violence is occurring today in the form of police brutality toward African-American men and others. This violence is indeed sanctioned by an arm of the state, the police department. In the current political climate in which we are living, it would not be a surprise if the federal government created a policy that is equivalent to the Mulford Act. Potentially, maybe the future bill will limit the power of movements such as Black Lives Matter. Let us not forget that the Mulford Act was signed into law by President Reagan, when he was governor in California. Like Reagan, President Trump called himself, the candidate of law and order. Walter A. Jean-Jacques is a graduate student at University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice. He is an incoming law student at the University of Notre Dame Law School in Notre Dame. Contact him at walter.jeanjacques@gmail.com.

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Black Panther: Who Are The Dora Milaje? – Screen Rant

Wonder Woman broke new ground for comic book movies with itsoffering of a kick-ass unit of female warriors, the Amazons, and now Marvel is following suit with the highly anticipated Black Panther movie. The Dora Milaje are a highly-skilled and lethal collective of female bodyguards assigned to protect the Wakandan king TChalla (Chadwick Boseman). They were actually first introduced in Captain America: Civil War, via Ayo (Florence Karumba), the Dora Milaje assigned to protect Black Panther on his travels to Vienna, where Ayos attitude towards Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) showed viewers what to expect from these warriors of Wakanda and thatisthey are not women to be messed with. The upcoming Black Panther film will see Florence reprise her Ayo role and no doubt offer greater detail and backstory to the legendary all-female guard, with Lupita Nyongo and Danai Gurira playing key members, Nakia and Okoye. So what do we know so far about Black Panthers lethal defenders? The Dora Milaje which means Adored Ones in English are made up of women from the various tribes of Wakanda to protect their ruler, and first appeared in the Marvel Comics 30 years after Black Panthers first outing. They are some of the most skilled non-mutants in the Marvel universe, trained in a combination of martial arts styles as well as some fighting techniques specific to the fictional African nation. Thanks to Wakandas vibranium, they also wield deadly technologically-advanced weaponry to aid them in their defence of the Black Panther, and, expertly wield spears, swords and nunchaku.In the first teaser trailer, we can see them in action and just how much of a formidable adversary they are to anyone trying to come for TChalla. However, they are also considered wives-in-training for the Black Panther as they are the superior women of their respective tribes and would, therefore, strengthen the royal bloodline.This ancient tribal tradition served also to maintain peace within Wakanda, by allowing all the tribes the equal opportunity to see their most celebrated tribeswomen potentially become their countrys Queen. In the Marvel Comics, the Dora Milajetradition had actuallybeen dormantuntil TChalla reinstated them after his relationship to white American Monica Lynn came to an end. The Wakandan king brought in Nakia and Okoye as some of the first members of Dora Milaje but saw them more as daughters than potential romantic partners and these women served more as ceremonial wives-in-training. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has given no indication that this particular storyline appears in the Black Panther movie, but Nyongos character has been described as a love interest for Bosemans titular hero.In the comics, Nakia always dreamed of marrying TChalla, and becomes so jealous of the return of Monica in his life that she throws her love rival out of a plane, thus causing her expulsion from the Dora Milaje. Shunned by her native tribe, Nakia leaves Wakanda only to be captured and tortured by one of Black Panthers enemies, Achebe. She is found by Erik Killmonger another of the Wakandan kings foes who uses arcane methods to save her and make her more powerfulthan before. Nakia becomes one of Killmongers agents, boasting increasedstrength and perfect accuracy and given the alias Malice. In Black Panther, Erik is played by Michael B. Jordan and positioned as the main villain, so RyanCoogler may well have incorporated this storyline but hopefully not the obsessive lover element. One thing Marvel has done *quite* well is to ensure thatstereotypicaldepictions of women from the comics arent really translated to the big screen. Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) from Iron Man is not in a love triangle with Tony Stark and Happy Hogan, whileJane Foster (Natalie Portman) from Thoris a actually an astrophysicist and not a nurse. It would seem pretty odd to have one of the strongest and deadliest female characters in Black Panther to have a school girl crush on TChalla. One DoraMilaje romance thatwould be progressive to see in the MCU is thatbetween Ayo and Aneka (the units combat instructor), which was created by Ta-Nehisi Coates in his latest run of the Black Panther comics series. They become lovers after Ayo rescues Aneka from prison, where she had been sent by Queen Ramonda (played by Angela Bassett in thefilm) for breaking Wakandan tradition by killing thechieftain of a tribe whowas abusing its women.Their queer relationship is the first for an Africancouple in the Marvel Comics and combats the rather sexist notion that these strongpowerful women are ultimately subservient to a man. There isnt an Aneka character in the Black Panther cast list on IMDb yet but that doesnt mean she wont be revealed in the film. And given that she and Ayo team up to form the Midnight Angels, a rebel group of ex-Dora Milaje warriors working to protect and liberate Wakanda, they may well be brought in for future films in the franchise. Another Dora Milaje member that could pop in future films is Queen Divine Justice, AKA Chant Giovanni Brown. She was a princess of the Jabari tribe but taken to the US and raised inChicago after her parents were killedduring a dispute with the reigning Black Panther. Queen was unaware of her Wakandan heritage until TChalla found her and brought her into the Dora Milaje, where she worked alongside Okoye. These deadly female warriors will no doubt play a key role in Cooglers Black Panther as well as in future sequels too, and who knows, maybe Marvel will do a Dora Milaje spin-off movie too. Given thesuccess of Wonder Woman, theresclearly an appetite for female-led superhero films, and one that has black women as the leads woulddefinitelybe a bold step towards making thegenre far more diverse and representative.

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City Moves Forward With Plan To Sell West Oakland Plot To Former Black Panther – Hoodline

The city of Oakland is moving forward with a plan to sell a plot in West Oakland to a group headed by former Black Panther Elaine Brown to develop affordable housing and business opportunities for people who were formerly incarcerated. Brown, who headed the Black Panther Party from 1974 to 1977, began developing the 0.71-acre plot as an urban farm almost two years ago through her nonprofit, Oakland and the World Enterprises. In last night’s session, the council voted 60 to clear the way for the city administrator to sell the property. While she started with a farm, Brown always had other plans for the plot, saying at the time she intended to use the land as a business incubator for former convicts. Plans included building a small grocery store, a fitness center, caf and a tech support center. But given the citys dire housing needs, city officials asked Brown to include affordable housing as part of the project.According to East Bay Express, the land is worth $1.4 million, but the city will sell it at a greatly reduced price. Brown told the City Council on Tuesday night that she and her group had a “magnificent plan” for the space at Seventh and Campbell. She said the project would help push back gentrification by creating a project that was 100 percent affordable and also opened up economic opportunity for formerly incarcerated people. She said she hopes it will be a “model for reducing recidivism, poverty and crime.” Several speakers spoke in support of the plan, including Oscar Grants uncle, Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson, and environmental activist Margaret Gordon, who said shes lived near the lot since 1992. The corner connects to the Black Panthers’ history; in 1967, Oakland Police Ofc. John Frey was shot and killed there while arresting Huey Newton, the party’s founder. Newton was imprisoned for the killing, but his conviction was later overturned on appeal. Oakland has been trying to develop affordable housing on the site for years. Between 2001 and 2003, Oakland Community Housing Inc. was working on purchasing the land using loans from the citys Redevelopment Agency. In 2007, Oakland Community Housing became insolvent, leaving the city to maintain its 14 rental properties. When Gov. Jerry Brown dissolved the states redevelopment agencies, it further complicated efforts to build at the site. Elaine Brown’s ambitious plan didn’t come without controversy; Councilmember Desley Brooks expressed doubts about Oakland & The World Enterprise’s financials and whether it could pull off the ambitious plan. She eventually abstained from the vote; CouncilmemberAbel Guilln was not present. Brown is suing Brooks and the city for an incident in 2015 in which she claims Brooks assaulted her at Everett and Jones restaurant in downtown Oakland. The suit was not discussed in last night’s session. Separately, the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury also recently found that Brown had improperly received more than $800,000 in funds from county Supervisor Keith Carsons office. Brown was employed in Carsons office and also receiving the funds for the nonprofit, constituting a conflict of interest, the Grand Jury found after investigating a citizen complaint. According to Brown, the allegations are “a blatant lie.”

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Square Enix’s Black Panther Figure is T’Challa Like You’ve Never Seen Him – CBR (blog)

Just in time for his solo film, Black Panther is getting his own action figure. As revealed on ToyArk, the figure was designed by Square Enix as part of their Marvel Universe Play Arts Variant line of figures. Unlike previous Play Arts Variant figures, the Black Panther figure will stand at an oversized 10.6 tall. It is set to include three additional sets of interchangeable hands, two daggers and a figure stand. As for the design, which you can see in the photos below, it appears that Square Enix took inspiration from both the comics and TChallas Marvel Cinematic Universe look. From the impressive linework to the eye-catching details and wonderfully crafted helmet, its clear that the designers took bits and pieces from both the comic book characterand hislive-action adaption and wove them into a single design that manages to work. RELATED: Black Panther: Nabiyah Be Confirmed as Nightshade RELATED: Black Panther: Marvel Artist Shares Regal Early Concept Art. The Play Arts Variant Black Panther figure is expected to release this October and will run around $133. For fans of Black Panther, this latest figure comes at a time when the heros popularity is at an all-time high. After debuting in last years Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman is set to return as TChalla in Black Panthers first solo film in February. In addition to a recently releasedteaser trailer, the film is set to have a big presence at San Diego Comic-Con next month when Marvel Studios takes over Hall H for a presentation on their upcoming films in Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Opening February 16, 2018, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as TChalla, with Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyongo, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown and John Kani. ShareOn Facebook Pint It Email

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The Alt-Right Has a New Hero and it’s Black Panther – International Policy Digest (press release) (blog)

Entertainment /26 Jun 2017 King TChalla, or Black Panther, is one of the few well-received black superhero characters cranked out by Marvel Comics, others including the likes of Luke Cage & Nick Fury (who underwent a dramatic racial shift from white to black). Ruth E. Carter, the African-American costume designer for the 2018 Black Panther film, even specified that her involvement and understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement has dramatically influenced her approach to the movie. What many conservatives will quickly realize upon a closer inspection of Wakandan culture is that the character of TChalla resembles the socio-political worldview of the alt-right. Black Panther is not a character whose backstory, morals, or goals will cater to globalists, multiculturalists, or SJWs. Black Pidgeon Speaks, a cultural commentator whose YouTube channel boasts over 200k subscribers, points out several tenants of Black Panthers character that paints a portrait of TChalla as a hero of the alt-right. Firstly, Black Panther is anti-globalist. Black Panthers moral coda is steeped in a strong nationalistic conviction that constantly places the wellbeing of his peoples history, culture, and identity over any external attempts at opening up the culture and economy of Wakanda, the fictional African country in the Marvel universe. Wakanda is a hierarchal society thats intentionally racially homogeneous, and its immigration policy is essentially isolationist. Other cultural influences are not permitted within Wakandan borders, as Black Panther believes them to be harmful to the wellbeing of his people. The Wakandan King enforces these policies through a culturally entrenched military, the Hatut Zerzae (a former secret police force turned mercenary group) & the Dora Milaje (the Kings all-female Praetorian Guard). In this sense, TChalla expresses strikingly neo-Nazi tendencies. This is in direct opposition to what the Black Lives Matter movement stands for: diversity, globalism, transgender affirmation & collective value. Instead of diversity, TChalla ensures that the border of Wakanda is impregnable & that its population remains nearly exclusively Wakandan.Instead of globalism, Wakanda is an isolationist country. The patriarchal monarchy of Wakanda thrives on the backs of traditional family units, with TChalla himself being a straight male with a positive relationship with his father, who had been married to a woman. Instead of collective values or socialism, the TChalla goes as far to destroy his countrys main export of vibranium, so that his people would become hard working individuals and not rely on external income. This is Fascism 101: state dominance of the economy. Secondly, the Kingdom of Wakanda is not a constitutional republic, democracy, or any other form of governmental rule that emerged from the Enlightenment. TChalla is a militaristic absolute monarch & Wakanda is a nation that has historically thrived as a caesaropapist society; that is, the king rules both as the national religious leader and the commander-in-chief. In Wakanda, there is no separation of Church and State, and TChalla is the authoritarian ruler of every aspect of Wakandan society. Thirdly, and perhaps the most characteristically anti-globalist aspect of Wakandan society, is the fact that although Wakanda possesses universal healthcare and a cure for cancer, its government refuses to assist other countries. Wakanda is chiefly concerned with the wellbeing of its own people, foreign plights and would-be immigrants be damned. Based on these elementary observations, it is abundantly clear that Black Panther is indeed a hero of the alt-right. Personifying a political philosophy often associated with the Dark Enlightenment, Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda exemplifies a nationalist socialists utopia. King TChalla is basically a Fascist autocrat when it comes to ruling his country. Neo-Nazis everywhere are looking forward to seeing their favorite totalitarian, monarchist, nationalist, isolationist, chauvinist & racially homogeneous kingdom and superhero hit the big screen in 2018.

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The Alt-Right Have a New Hero and it’s Black Panther – International Policy Digest (press release) (blog)

Entertainment /26 Jun 2017 King TChalla, or Black Panther, is one of the few well-received black superhero characters cranked out by Marvel Comics, others including the likes of Luke Cage & Nick Fury (who underwent a dramatic racial shift from white to black). Ruth E. Carter, the African-American costume designer for the 2018 Black Panther film, even specified that her involvement and understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement has dramatically influenced her approach to the movie. What many conservatives will quickly realize upon a closer inspection of Wakandan culture is that the character of TChalla resembles the socio-political worldview of the alt-right. Black Panther is not a character whose backstory, morals, or goals will cater to globalists, multiculturalists, or SJWs. Black Pidgeon Speaks, a cultural commentator whose YouTube channel boasts over 200k subscribers, points out several tenants of Black Panthers character that paints a portrait of TChalla as a hero of the alt-right. Firstly, Black Panther is anti-globalist. Black Panthers moral coda is steeped in a strong nationalistic conviction that constantly places the wellbeing of his peoples history, culture, and identity over any external attempts at opening up the culture and economy of Wakanda, the fictional African country in the Marvel universe. Wakanda is a hierarchal society thats intentionally racially homogeneous, and its immigration policy is essentially isolationist. Other cultural influences are not permitted within Wakandan borders, as Black Panther believes them to be harmful to the wellbeing of his people. The Wakandan King enforces these policies through a culturally entrenched military, the Hatut Zerzae (a former secret police force turned mercenary group) & the Dora Milaje (the Kings all-female Praetorian Guard). In this sense, TChalla expresses strikingly neo-Nazi tendencies. This is in direct opposition to what the Black Lives Matter movement stands for: diversity, globalism, transgender affirmation & collective value. Instead of diversity, TChalla ensures that the border of Wakanda is impregnable & that its population remains nearly exclusively Wakandan.Instead of globalism, Wakanda is an isolationist country. The patriarchal monarchy of Wakanda thrives on the backs of traditional family units, with TChalla himself being a straight male with a positive relationship with his father, who had been married to a woman. Instead of collective values or socialism, the TChalla goes as far to destroy his countrys main export of vibranium, so that his people would become hard working individuals and not rely on external income. This is Fascism 101: state dominance of the economy. Secondly, the Kingdom of Wakanda is not a constitutional republic, democracy, or any other form of governmental rule that emerged from the Enlightenment. TChalla is a militaristic absolute monarch & Wakanda is a nation that has historically thrived as a caesaropapist society; that is, the king rules both as the national religious leader and the commander-in-chief. In Wakanda, there is no separation of Church and State, and TChalla is the authoritarian ruler of every aspect of Wakandan society. Thirdly, and perhaps the most characteristically anti-globalist aspect of Wakandan society, is the fact that although Wakanda possesses universal healthcare and a cure for cancer, its government refuses to assist other countries. Wakanda is chiefly concerned with the wellbeing of its own people, foreign plights and would-be immigrants be damned. Based on these elementary observations, it is abundantly clear that Black Panther is indeed a hero of the alt-right. Personifying a political philosophy often associated with the Dark Enlightenment, Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda exemplifies a nationalist socialists utopia. King TChalla is basically a Fascist autocrat when it comes to ruling his country. Neo-Nazis everywhere are looking forward to seeing their favorite totalitarian, monarchist, nationalist, isolationist, chauvinist & racially homogeneous kingdom and superhero hit the big screen in 2018.

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8 Things To Know About Assata Shakur And The Calls For Her Return From Cuba – Essence.com

Fugitive. Revolutionary. Black icon. Hip-hops favorite rebel. Who is Assata Shakur? Every few years, it’s not uncommon to see Assata Shakur’s name back in the news headlines. Shakur is a revolutionary Black icon, whose legend has evolved into making her a patron saint of Black rebellion in the last half-century. The Queens, N.Y, native has been living in Cuba for over 30 years, after having escaped from the prison where she was serving a sentence for allegedly killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973. RELATED: Cuba Says Returning Assata Shakur to U.S. Is ‘Off the Table’ Most recently, President Trump announced that the US would impose new limits on US travelers to Cuba, adding that the US would consider lifting those and other restrictions only after certain changes were made including returning American fugitives like Shakur. RELATED: Subscribe to ourdaily newsletterfor the latest in hair, beauty, style and celebrity news. The harboring of criminals and fugitives will end, Trump said to Cuba. You have no choice. It will end. Cuba pushed back, refusing to hand her over, and adding another chapter to Shakurs revolutionary life. The island has long been a haven for African-Americans who’ve committed political crimes or domestic terrorism (In the 1960s, Black Panthers such as Eldridge Cleaver, Huey Newton and Raymond Johnson all spent time in Cuba). RELATED: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Pens Op-Ed Demanding Extradition of Assata Shakur A mystic lore now surrounds Shakur, both in her four-decade evasion of law enforcement she was the first woman to ever make the FBIs most wanted terroristlist as well as her proximity to hip-hop royalty she is step-aunt and godmother to the late Tupac Shakur. Here are eight things to know about her: Whats In A Name Shakur was born Joanne Deborah Chesimard, in Jamaica, Queens. She changed her name to Assata Shakur in 1971. “The name JoAnne began to irk my nerves,” she writes in her autobiography. “I had changed a lot and moved to a different beat. I didn’t feel like no JoAnne, or no Negro, or no amerikan. I felt like an African woman. My mind, heart, and soul had gone back to Africa but my name was still stranded in Europe somewhere.” The Revolution She joined the Black Panthers in the late 1960s while in her 20s, but eventually became disillusioned with the direction of the organization and left. She then became a member of the Black Liberation Army (BLA), another militant Black organization that believed in open resistance. Her Alleged Crimes On May 2, 1973, Shakur and two members of the BLA were pulled over by state troopers in New Jersey. State Trooper Werner Foerster and one BLA member were killed. While police maintain that Shakur is responsible in Foerster’s death, she has consistently denied the accusation.In 1977, Shakur was convicted on one murder charge and six assault charges and sentenced to life in prison. But thereis much evidence to suggest the trial was not fair; her lawyer called the trial “a legal lynching and a kangaroo court.” She escaped in 1979 with the assistance of BLA members posing as visitors to the prison. Fidel Steps In Shakur was granted asylum by Fidel Castro in 1984. FBIs Most Wanted In May 2013, the 40th anniversary of her arrest, she became the first woman ever to be named onthe FBIs Most Wanted Terrorists list. There is a $2 million federal and state reward for her arrest. Extradition Over the years, politicians have called for her extradition from Cuba, including Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, and most recently President Trump. She Is Innocent Many prominent Black thinkers and leaders have also maintained her innocence. Angela Davis, for example, has said that Shakur is a little threat to the U.S. government: “Assata is not a threat. She is innocent,”she has said. “People really don’t know the details and are not aware of the extent to which [Shakur] was targeted by the FBI and the COINTEL programme.” Hip-Hop Loves Her She is an icon within hip-hop lore, having been cited in songslikePublic Enemys Rebel Without A Pause to Commons A Song for Assata.”Being the godmother and step-aunt to Tupac Shakur also adds to her intrigue.

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A Black Panther dies on a Pahang Road – Clean Malaysia

A dead panther was found lying by the side of the road near Sungai Yu Forest Reserve in Merapoh, Pahang. The predator had likely been trying to the other side of the forest near a wildlife crossing when it was hit and killed by a passing vehicle. The black panthers carcass was found on the road shoulder, about eight kilometres away from the Sungai Yu Eco-Viaduct (special pathway for animal crossings), said Ahmad Azhar Mohammed, director of Pahang Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan). The animals death in a road accident comes mere days after a young elephant was killed in a similar accident along the Gerik-Jeli Highway in Perak. A black panther stands by the side of a road in Malaysia. Photo Credit: Facebook Needless to say, its not as if we can lose any more black panthers, which are leopards with a genetic mutation that causes their coat to have a uniformly black coloration. Like all leopards, panthers are reclusive and solitary predators that mostly hunt at night and are rarely seen in the wild. And like leopards everywhere,Indochinese leopards (Panthera pardus delacouri) are endangered throughout their range in Malaysia and elsewhere across the region. At best only around 2,500 of them are left in the entire region, although exact numbers are hard to come by because of the animals highly elusive nature. Most people assume that leopards are still common everywhere, whereas everybody probably knows by now that tigers and lions have become very rare in the wild, said Jan Kamler, who works with the conservationist group Panthera, which seeks to save big cats worldwide. In fact, Southeast Asias leopards have long fallen on hard times. They have lost as much as 93% of their former habitat over the past decades. They have already gone extinct in neighboring Singapore and may well now be extinct in Laos and Vietnam, too. In particular, Kamler said, many areas have experienced epidemic levels of snaring, for wild meat and animal parts, which have devastated leopard populations in the region. We also have to add road accidents as a potential source of deadly danger to the animals, as well as to other roaming and migratory wildlife. Last year a pregnant tiger was killed while crossing the road in Terengganu. Following news of the panthers death in Pahang, the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) has renewed its call on motorists around the country to drive slowly and carefully through protected areas where wildlife may be expected to cross. MYCAT urges all drivers to spare a thought about road safety and slow down; for the sake of you, your passengers and Malaysian wildlife, the conservationist group wrote.

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June 24, 2017   Posted in: Black Panthers  Comments Closed


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