Before you make your way to theaters for the historic opening weekend of Disney/Marvel’s BLACK PANTHER, it is worth it to refamiliarize yourself with the voices, works and vision of some of the film’s leading characters.

If 2018 is truly on tap to be the Year of the Black Woman, then the way that BP stars Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o have been building to this moment in the spotlight is worthy of your consideration. Gurira, representing the African nation of Zimbabwe, used the celebrity she acquired through a recurring role in the hit AMC series “The Walking Dead” to present THE CONVERT, a play set in 1895 amid the colonial scramble for Southern Africa. The play follows Jekesai, a young girl who escapes village life and a forced marriage arrangement, ultimately discovering Christianity with the help of an African teacher. WURD Radio welcomed her personal reflections on the production and its statements about the resilience and strength of Black women before the production opened at Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater back in 2013.

Also in 2013, Kenyan Oscar Award-winning actress Nyong’o spoke to WURD Radio amid the considerable buzz for her performance in the film 12 YEARS A SLAVE. Her thoughts on building a career in Hollywood, being a role model and being Black are all the more poignant now, as audiences will bask in her character’s strength and altruism once again on the big screen.

We hope you will enjoy this “listen back” at our sister performers, as they use their talents to broaden minds and uplift spirits. Superheroes, certainly.

DANAI GURIRA – https://wurdradio.box.com/s/x0kfjezu7l1nxsmqhux7

LUPITA NYONG’O – https://wurdradio.box.com/s/ojojsbd9ui09wktyjmle