This is the week of Marvel's Black Panther movie debut based on the comic book series and my immediate focus has been on the fantastic look and feel of the futuristic African warrior inspired costumes provided by Oscar and Emmy winning costume designer Ruth Carter.
Even if her name sounds unfamiliar, I'll bet you have seen Ms. Carter's work in some of Hollywood's most iconic black films- especially if you have seen any Spike Lee movies including School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Clockers... How about the period pieces Malcolm X, Amistad, Selma or the vibrant more recent hip hopera Chiraq? At least three members of your family has seen and can recite verbatim AT LEAST five lines from The Five Heartbeats and Crooklyn, right? Carter has provided the costume for those films too. And who could forget the ghetto fabulous B.A.Ps which she outfitted a young Halle Berry in some of the most outrageous colorful pleather hoochified pieces that have ever graced a Hollywood screen lol. She's costumed remakes to Sparkle and Roots, and has also costumed television episodes of Seinfeld and Being Mary Jane.