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‘Black Panther’ Inspired Wakandacon Comes to Chicago This Summer

Black Panther-inspired convention called Wakandacon will be held in Chicago this summer to celebrate “Afro-futurism, tech, and entertainment,” event organizers announced on Thursday.

The three-day event was organized by siblings David, Ali, and Matt Barthwell,

“The moment we saw Wakanda in film, we wanted a space to gather and talk about everything African-Americans are passionate about. Afro-Futurism is about imagining a future for Black people all around the world, said Ali Barthwell, co-founder of Wakandacon in the press release. “Wakandacon is a space for Black people to look past the present and into our future.”

Ever since its February release, Black Panther has broken box office records for Disney and has been a cultural phenomenon.

Wakandacon will be held from Aug. 3-5 at the Hilton Downtown Chicago and will feature “panels, lectures, workshops, and live entertainment.”

“Our people have been hungry for something like this for a very long time, and I hope that Wakandacon only adds to the fire,” says David Barthwell.

Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.