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L.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: Video of a current news event is presented for discussion to encourage student participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the video. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.
News Video for: 02/19/2018

Hollywood costume designer brings "Black Panter" nation Wakanda to life

Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth Carter and a team of designers, including Atlanta-based tailor Carl Ulysses, created the costumes for Wakandans, citizens of the fictional nation in Marvel’s “Black Panther.” Carter’s designs are representative of traditional African clothing, including pieces inspired by Zulu tribes, Nigerian traditions, and Maasai jewelry. Because of the film’s extensive budget, Ulysses was able to use any materials necessary to bring to life the costumes he envisioned for the characters.

Class discussion: What was the production budget for “Black Panther?” How does the large budget influence the way “Black Panther” was able to become a notable film in its representation of African cultures? Look up the traditional clothing of some of the African tribes that inspired the film’s costumes, like the Zulu and Maasai. Can you identify the inspiration for any specific costume pieces in “Black Panther?” How do the casting choices reflect the mission of “Black Panther” as a representative film? Check out some of Ruth Carter’s other work on films like “Selma” and “Malcom X.” What similarities can you identify about her design choices in each of these films? What stands out to you?

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