With the massive box office success of Marvel Films’ Black Panther amongst other preceding trends before it, it is safe to say that the black movement trend is here to stay for the long run. Blacks after several years of suppressing their truest form of identity have somehow in the millennium, embraced it fiercely. When Beyoncé in her 2016 Lemonade album undauntedly leveraged black arts and culture in form of style, couture and poetry (these are what I selectively took cognizance of, amongst other things I’d rather omit) the movement, in my opinion, was still garnering popularity
I was sharing a thought with a colleague of mine and I told her this ‘For me, Black Panther is not just a movie but a defining moment for blacks across the globe. The norm was to have our local actors, media personalities, OAPs etc. fake their accents or in some cases learned by all possible means to speak like Europeans /Americans for reasons best known to them,( I am not judging!) but now there seem to be a paradigm shift of some sorts’.
With movies like half of a yellow sun, concussion etc. and now Black Panther; it is somewhat safe to say that black popular culture and its prominence is set to trend for the longest haul worldwide imminently. From our accent to our afros/dreads, to our couture (people trooped to see the movie in clad in African attire!) ideals etc.
The one thing that was outstandingly the most authentic part of Black Panther and that also kept my mind occupied were hairstyles done by of some its cast. The ‘dos seemed so vocal; they spoke volumes, suggesting Afrocentric elegance in hair styling. Here are some tips from ‘Wakandians’ on ways to carry our ‘fros’, dreadlocks, braids etc. with élan.
T’challa’s ‘fro and beard is a balanced combination of rough but smooth. This oxymoronic description of his hairstyle is reflected in his beard grooming too. The hair on his hair, chin, and jaw have rough like feel to it but the edges are well trimmed and coordinated. This gives his appearance a powerful but humane look of an ideal ruler.
Nakia’s miniature bun on afro red hair is genius and chic. Although partitioning of the buns is not so distinct, this gives an air of someone who is goal oriented and steal little time for her looks. Style inspiration from this hairdo is unlimited but what makes her stand out is the tinge of Auburn.
Okoye and Ayo’s bald says the balder the bolder, what’s more? Bald gives liberty to lovely jewelry and accessories
Killmonger’s dreadlocks give style inspiration with corn rolls and a tinge of Auburn too
Shuri’s braided braids crown shows how to wear braid as royals.
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