If you’re sick and tired of hearing the overused screams of “YASSSSS QUEEN” then do yourself a favor and skip this post because the the purple carpet at the Black Panther premiere last night was shouting it from the mountain top! Every little phrase we’ve stolen from drag culture is appropriate here. I am gagged and my wig is snatched. Yes, they all did jump from there.
Wakanda is real, ya’ll and you can smell the cocoa butter in the air. It was a dashiki chic, Ankara apocalypse, Kente cloth-palooza for the eyes. And I think just about every black actor in Hollywood and beyond was there except Denzel. Hell, maybe Denzel was there but who would notice him when Angela Bassett shows up looking like if Tina Turner moved to Zanzibar instead of Switzerland and was worshiped as a God.
Here’s Janelle Monáe coming for The Crown. Scratch that, she’s coming for ALL the crowns. This is some next level post-colonial commentary and it’s gorgeous.
Now, here’s a real dilemma for me. In my next life I want to come back as Lupita Nyong’o. But she’s younger than me and I’m not sure if that would mean she’d have to die before me or if I’d have to time travel and soul/body swap with her before her conception. And I don’t just want to live in her body, I also want her poise and fashion sense. Now we’re getting into some creepy Get Out territory but look at her.
And Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino was there looking to start his own fried chicken franchise. I don’t know what army he served in to get his Colonel title but I bet it his nuggets are well seasoned and moist as hell.
Check out more from this year’s (decade’s?) most colorful and joyous red carpet to date in the gallery.