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From street kid to Pulitzer: why Kendrick Lamar deserves the prize

The clarity, complexity and honesty of his lyrics alone merit the highest award for the hip-hop star and ‘greatest rapper alive’

The first Pulitzer prize for music went, in 1943, to William Schuman’s Secular Cantata No 2. It took 54 years before the judges recognised music beyond the European classical tradition, making Wynton Marsalis’s Blood on the Fields the first jazz winner. There have only been two jazz winners since then (Ornette Coleman in 2007 and Henry Threadgill in 2016) and, until this year, nothing from the world of popular song. The prize has long been criticised as stuffy and irrelevant, with even 2003 winner John Adams saying it has “lost much of the prestige it still carries in other fields like literature and journalism”.

By granting this year’s award to Kendrick Lamar’s album Damn, the Pulitzer board has gone from 0 to 60mph in a spectacular way.

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Black Panther becomes highest-grossing superhero movie in US

Box office results show that the film has earned a record-breaking total of $630.9m so far, taking it to No 5 on the all-time US list

Black Panther has overtaken The Avengers to become the highest-grossing superhero film at the US box office, taking a total of $630.9m (£443.5m) on its sixth weekend of release. The Avengers – also a Marvel production – finished on $623.4m in its home market in 2012.

The record-breaking result, in which Black Panther added an estimated $16.6m to its previous week’s total of $614.3m, came as it was dethroned from its five-week run as the box office No 1, having been overtaken by monster movie Pacific Rim: Uprising, which managed $28m on its debut.

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Black Panther is a wake-up call for video games

The success of Marvel’s new film, set in an autonomous black universe, proves a demand for diversity that video games need

Like Hollywood, the games industry is facing a moment of self-reflection. For too long it has told the same stories, centring on the same white, male heroes. Game creators are finally examining the lack of diversity in their stories, but so far, representation of black people has been timid and predictable. With the number of women in the UK industry at just 14% and BAME representation at 4%, the narrative gatekeepers in games are primarily white men. If they are to find a broader range of stories, they need to rethink their representations of black people.

Afrofuturism explores the idea of a black future, offering a rich source of inspiration for games. Black Panther, the story of an African superhero and the king of the fictional Wakanda, the most technologically advanced nation on the planet, is bringing Afrofuturism to the masses. In a cultural landmark moment, it is the first solo film for a black Marvel superhero. It is currently breaking box-office records, proving the demand for diverse stories.

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Black Panther film fuels calls for release of jailed political activists

Film serves as ‘opportunity to remind people of the real heroes of the Black Panthers’, says former party leader

When he was released from prison in 2014, Sekou Odinga felt like he was falling from the sky into a foreign land. After 33 years behind bars, the former Black Panther party leader was released into a United States he didn’t recognize – with strange technology and grandchildren he had never hugged.

Though he celebrated with family and supporters, Odinga, 73, also remained mindful of the many other civil rights activists who weren’t so lucky: “You always feel like you don’t want to leave nobody behind.”

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Black Panther is great. But let’s not treat it as an act of resistance | Khanya Khondlo Mtshali

The film represents an important moment in pop culture history, and I’m happy I got to witness it. But the hype raises political expectations too high

In the weeks leading up to the Marvel film Black Panther, much has been made about the film’s revolutionary themes in the context of our current political moment. In a cover story for Time, the writer Jamil Smith suggested that for a culture that faces growing threats from white ethnocentric movements, “the very existence of Black Panther feels like resistance”.

On the BBC’s website, the film critic Nicholas Barber argued that the presence of an African king as a main character in the film “would make Black Panther as revolutionary as the organization with which it shares its name”. For i-D, Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff insisted that the movie alone “will change a few young black children’s lives”.

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Black Panther – the most radical superhero film yet? Discuss with spoilers

Ryan Coogler’s critically acclaimed comic-book movie torpedoes stereotypes and is a rollicking good ride. Are you on Team Wakanda?

This article contains spoilers

It may no longer boast that impressive 100% Rotten Tomatoes score (though 97% isn’t too bad), but Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther remains on course to be the year’s most critically acclaimed comic-book movie. It is certainly the most radical, for which other superhero flick has dared to imagine a future where the achievements of African scientists dwarf those of their western counterparts, or the denizens of troubled American ghettos turn their eyes to the land of their ancestors for foreign aid?

Related: ‘This is the movie I wish I’d had to look up to’: Joe Robert Cole on co-writing Black Panther

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Black Panther soundtrack review – Kendrick Lamar's Superfly moment

The rapper’s knotty nihilism shines through as he curates an all-star album featuring the Weeknd and James Blake

Film soundtracks are often critically acclaimed, they’re occasionally big sellers, they sometimes even insinuate themselves into popular culture in the same way that a zeitgeisty studio album might. But they rarely attract the kind of advanced publicity afforded the soundtrack to Black Panther. For some time now, the web has been awash with news stories anticipating its release. The most recent of these revealed that Kendrick Lamar had got the job of curator. On reading said scoop, it became apparent that the revelation was: he had a meeting about it.

That kind of thing tells you something about the hysterical pitch at which the internet conducts itself, but also tells you something about Kendrick Lamar, an artist in the midst of a creative streak so hot that being seen as his equal is the kind of thing other rappers brag about. “Not even Kendrick can humble me,” boasts Schoolboy Q at one point on the Black Panther soundtrack. Lamar is so revered that even his more ephemeral releases are greeted with elation: if the guy’s so good that he can put out a collection of untitled demos and outtakes that’s better than many artists’ main albums, why shouldn’t people get excited about a film soundtrack created under his aegis?

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‘Young black people can be heroes too’: the campaign to send kids to see Black Panther

From Harlem to Peckham, the Black Panther Challenge has blossomed into a worldwide celebration of race, identity and empowerment

It seems like only yesterday that Marvel released the official trailer for what can now be described as the franchise’s most anticipated film to date, Black Panther. Fans have been waiting for the moment when they’ll finally experience the nation of Wakanda and now it is almost here: in less than a week, everyone will be able to watch the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Black Panther is proving to be more than just a hashtag trend: it is a film of considerable cultural significance for black communities around the world. So high in fact, that it inspired Frederick Joseph, a marketing consultant and activist from New York to set up a GoFundMe campaign called “Help Children See Black Panther”.

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From Black Panther to Black Lightning: black superheroes are go!

African-American comic book characters are finally stepping up from sidekicks

After five decades as sidekicks, secondary characters and niche titles, the black superhero’s time has finally come.

Next month Marvel releases its eagerly awaited Black Panther movie, centred on a young African king who doubles as a clawed, catsuit-clad crimefighter. Last week CW and Netflix unveiled Black Lightning, an African-American educator with electrical superpowers. Add in Netflix’s Luke Cage and that’s three African-American-led superhero titles in 18 months – a situation previously unimaginable.

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