Smithsonian African American Film Festival Will Display Black Panther Costume for First Time

[photo source: Collection of The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Company. Photographer: Matt Kennedy for Marvel]

The Black Panther’s hero costume worn by Chadwick Boseman will go on display for the first time during the inaugural Smithsonian African American Film Festival’s “Night at the Museum” celebration Thursday October 25, 2018.

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has acquired several objects from the film Black Panther, including the costume worn by actor Chadwick Boseman, 24 high-resolution production photographs, and a shooting script signed by co-writer and director Ryan Coogler.

The objects were acquired when the museum’s Earl W. & Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts hosted a public screening of the film in February 2018.

Tickets to the festival and “Night at the Museum” can be purchased at

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics (discussion and book signing)

The power women in this image were at The King Center on Tuesday October 9. The four engaged in a discussion with retired news-anchor and radio personality, Monica Pearson, about their career and book entitled, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics”

A quote from Sean Combs: When I launched the ‘Vote or Die’ campaign, I knew I needed to have the Colored Girls’ advice and knowledge…”

I am currently working my way through the pages of my signed copy. So far, one of the more intriguing stories is that of a young Donna Brazile’s role in helping Coretta Scott King establish the King Holiday in 1983. Guess who questioned why Mrs. King would recruit a young, inexperienced professional to be involved with such an important cause? According to Brazile, Eleanor Holmes Norton did. But in the end Brazile and Norton grew to respect each other. Brazile even helped with Norton’s campaign efforts.

(Field Notes) Geronimo Knows: Louis Armstrong Park

#fieldnotes and photographs from @geronimoknows

Louis ”Satchmo” Armstrong is New Orleans’ most famous son. The legendary trumpeter was born 117 years ago in a section of the city once known as The Battlefield. Thick skin and heart were a prerequisite to survive there, but the challenges of Armstrong’s youth greatly added to the vibrancy of his music

Pictured is the gate to Louis Armstrong Park which sits on N. Rampart Street. A grand sight to see during the day or night. You’ll always find residents and tourists stopping to take photos in front of the archway.

(Augusta, Georgia) James Brown Plaza

James Brown Statue at James Brown Plaza. Located in Augusta, Georgia. Dedicated to the “Godfather of Soul” on May 6, 2005.

“Singer, songwriter, music legend…James Brown has called Augusta ‘home’ since moving [there] when he was 5 years old”

(Atlanta) Madam C.J. Walker Museum

Madame C.J. Walker Beauty Shoppe Museum/WERD Studio – 54 Hilliard Street Atlanta Georgia

Established in 2000, this site was once home to a Madame CJ Walker beauty shoppe and the first Black owned radio station. Today, the space functions as a museum and a beauty shop

404-518-2887 and for more information and to book your tour, today.

Field Notes: Geronimo Collins in New Orleans (coming soon)

A friend of The Merging Lanes Project, Geronimo Knows, is down in New Orleans. He’ll be sending us a few notes on the black historic sites he’s visited while there.

His field notes will be posted here and on