Dayum: How King T’Challa on ‘SNL’s’ Black Jeopardy snapped us back to reality

King T’Challa made his first – and maybe last – appearance on “Saturday Night Live’s” Black Jeopardy. Saturday night’s categories were “Grown Ass”, “Aw Hell Naw”, “Fid’na”, “Girl, Bye”, “I Ain’t Got It,” and “White People.” As the Wakandan superhero/world leader competed, he confirmed that we are light years away from a police brutality and racism free Wakanda. All the hopefulness over the utopian and fictional “it” nation was crushed when he provided answers in the form of questions that were too damn optimistic. They even made host Darnell Hayes (Kenan Thompson) chuckle and respond saying, “Y’all must have no mean streets in Wakanda. That must be nice.”

Overall, SNL’s April 7 host, Chadwick Boseman, did a great job. He didn’t mince words about the fact that Black Panther has been in theaters now for two months and he’s just receiving an invitation. Fellow actor Sterling K. Brown has already done a SNL Black Panther sketch “and he dies during the first scene of the movie,” Boseman points out.

It’s not all bad in reality though. Black Panther is now the third most successful film in the U.S. It has sailed past Titanic and is full steam ahead and likely on its way to unseat Avatar as No. 1. On April 18, as part of the Saudi Arabian government’s deal with the world’s biggest cinema chain, AMC, Black Panther will be the first film seen in a Saudi cinema in 35 years. Residents will screen the Marvel film at a swanky new theater in Riyadh featuring 500 leather seats and marble bathrooms. AMC will open up to 40 cinemas in some 15 Saudi cities over the next five years.

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