Hampton University Grad Ruth E. Carter Shares The Inspiration Behind Black Panther’s Afrofuturist Costumes

Ruth E. Carter, the Academy Award-nominated designer is talking about how the ancient tribes of Africa inspired her designs of the superhero costumes. Carter is no stranger to recreating representations of blacks in films—she’s also the creative mastermind behind some of the most iconic black films in history—School Daze, Malcolm X, Amistad, Do the Right Thing, Roots (2016) and Selma, to name a few. Below she shares her design process and inspiration behind the film’s costumes.

Don’t forget to catch the Tell Them We Are Rising, Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities examines the impact Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have had on American history, culture, and national identity. Beginning with the earliest attempts at education to today’s campuses, the 90-minute film will air nationally on the acclaimed PBS series, Independent Lens on Monday, February 19, 2018. Also join the conversation meet us on Twitter at 9pm during the viewing of #HBCURISING

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