New York, NY. November 11, 2022. Last night, Thursday, November 10, 2022, The Brooklyn Academy of Music hosted a screening of the highly anticipated sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Coming ahead of the film’s official release, the night was a celebration of community, heritage, and Wakandan pride. In attendance was “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” bandleader, Oscar, and Grammy Award-winning filmmaker and musician, QuestLove. The Roots frontman returned to BAM, where in 2012, he presented a two-night concert series. Also present at the night’s festivities was Comedian and “Saturday Night Live” writer Sam Jay, Ajani Russell, star of HBO’s “Betty,” and “Victorious” actor Avan Jogia.

The historic Harvey theater was filled with 400 members of the Brooklyn chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority dressed in an array of traditional African garb. Among them were Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke of the 9th District of New York, Shona Pinnock, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Louis Vuitton, and Assemblywoman Stefani Zinnerman of the Brooklyn 56th District. Before the movie, guests were treated to an electrifying drum and dance performance rooted in authentic Afro-Caribbean tribal tradition from the renowned Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 10: A general vieew of a drum and dance performance during The Brooklyn Silver Screen Premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, hosted by BAM at The Harvey Theater, Steinberg Screen on November 10, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music))

Observably affected by the movement and power of the presentation led by ten youths, attendees were ready to view the latest film in the Marvel cinematic universe. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever did not disappoint. As arguably the most culturally and socially relevant superhero franchise, the film continued the discourse surrounding identity, ancestry, and modernization.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever runs at BAM from November 11 to December 1, 2022. Tickets are available for purchase here.