Like ‘Black Panther,’ a black improv group in Anchorage pushes empowerment

In an empty theater downtown, Darryl Akins’ black improv troupe prepared Monday night for a performance at the upcoming Wakanda Ball.

“We’ve got a 10-minute set, and we’ve got to do something that relates to the theme,” he said. “Now, don’t tell me you haven’t seen ‘Black Panther.'”

Jana Lage raised her hand. In this group, her white skin put her in the minority.

“Well at least you don’t have to worry about having your black card revoked,” Akins teased her.

Lage promised to see the movie before the ball.

“Black Panther” is a comic-book action film, but also much more, with its multi-layered themes of black pride and the fantasy of a hidden black kingdom called Wakanda that possesses super-advanced technology. It’s about a world where black people are on top.


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