The first black superhero movie, Black Panther, is setting several box office records this past weekend, after premiering across the world.
The cast has been making several appearances and among them was Lupita Nyongo who was in South Africa for a promo screening. She was joined by her father Kisumu governor Anyang Nyongo, who has written an opinion piece about the movie.
Lupita has revealed in an interview on the New York Times how she has never acted with such a large cast of black actors and actresses.
In the interview she is quoted as saying: “I had never been on a set with so many black people before and we were all so focused and I could feel a vibration in the air.”
She goes on to say, ’I’m even more excited about the celebration of pan-Africanism, because this movie is really about a contemporary Africa relating very intimately with a contemporary America via the characters of Black Panther and Killmonger. We’re talking about some really deep issues that we don’t often voice but we all feel.
“A moment when I really felt a vibration was when we were shooting [the waterfall scene]. There were hundreds of extras and we were all in these traditional clothes and there were all the tribal colors and drumming, and between takes, the drummers started riffing to [Snoop Dogg’s] “Drop It Like It’s Hot.” The whole crowd started to go [sings the melody] and we were all dancing as Ryan figured things out below.”
In that moment, I was like, “This is big.” I had never been on a set with so many black people before and we were all so focused and I could feel a vibration in the air. We all felt so privileged to have an opportunity to be a part of this moment in history.
This interview has not gone down well with Kenyan fans who have taken to twitter to express disappointment with her remarks.
Just read the comments below, and also leave your comments as well. Are KOT justified in attacking her for her remarks?
Rachel “hey auntie” Gichinga…Lupita grew up in a majority black country, acting with black casts and performing to black audiences. She did Queen of Katwe, shot in Uganda. There’s so much she could have said to enrich this conversation.
Troy Onyango..It’s actually possible that the statement is true. I mean, the production scale alone of Black Panther, I imagine, is bigger than all of Shuga combined. If you count everyone there, you could have more black people than she has, truly, ever worked with.
Desmond Bagaka…I think I understand her sentiments.When on set, the whites domineer you so much you feel like an outsider. Queen of Katwe was shot at home, she’s talking about her experiences out there
Noel Amoit…She is aiming to be or relate to African Americans now and she needs a moving back story. Kenyans and your Shugas, sorry it never happened
#MuthoniDrummerQueen…Yo! I have so many feelings. It makes no sense. Its terrible. It’s such a wasted opportunity.