Join Us as We Celebrate Black Panther

Poster of Black Panther
  • Join us as we celebrate Black Excellence with a viewing of Black Panther & a panel conversation about Afrofuturism with Seattle playwright Donte Felder & cosplay artist Emilee Shield.

    Black Panther is a revolutionary story about the futuristic nation of Wakanda, Prince T'Challa and the power of telling one's own story. There is much to unpack in this narrative of technology, Blackness and identity, as well as the film's impact on the world. As we kick off a month of spotlighting the richness Blackness brings to our communities and the Black Lives Matter at Schools week, join our celebration of Wakanda Forever!

     

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    This event will be held on Monday, February 1st, 6:00 P.M. Participants will receive a Zoom link to a panel webinar and an access code to a complimentary viewing of Black Panther.

     

    *This event is sponsored in part by the Shoreline Foundation and the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council

    About Donte Felder, Executive Director & Founder of Southend Stories:

    Donte Felder began subbing for Seattle Public Schools twenty years ago in 1998 and became a full time teacher at Orca K-8 the following year. He has taught 2nd - 8th grades instructing children in history, language arts, social studies and theater. Eighteen years ago, he founded the Orca Drama Club which has been going strong since. Felder has been absolutely instrumental in creating extracurricular writing, theater, and film programs and has acted as a community leader and organizer, bringing together students with local nonprofit organizations in order to provide them access to opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable.

    In 2005, Mr. Felder was awarded Washington Education Association's Humanitarian Award for his play the First Day, a science fiction allegory about Brown versus the Board of Education that explored race relations. His play Katrina: I Too Am Worthy was subsequently produced at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. Felder has used his own success as a playwright, screenwriter, director, and producer to mentor youth in both stage and screen, partnering with the Film School, Intiman Theatre, the Northwest Film Forum, and others, even going so far as to found the Columbia City Youth Theater Group to allow for Orca alum to continue being involved in local theater after they move on. Mr. Felder sits on the board of directors of the Hugo House, ArtsCorp, The advisory board of the Seattle Rep, and the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Foundation. On top of organizing a social justice film festival and the social justice conference, he also leads restorative justice workshops for the Seattle Art Museum and Creative Advantage.

    Photo of Donte Felder looking out of a window.

    About Emilee Shield:

     

    Emilee, also known as Our Shield Maiden, is a Pacific Northwest competitive cosplayer who loves genderbending and cosplaying for under $100. She believes that cosplay really should be for everyone, and that inclusivity makes the cosplay community a brighter place. Emilee's work as an activist and advocate within the cosplay world touches on reclaiming narratives, civic engagement and youth involvement in movements. Her cosplay of Angelica from the Tony-winning musical Hamilton was retweeted by Hamilton the Musical's social media accounts, and her creativity for materials inspires younger generations worldwide. Emilee has been featured in Insider Magazine, Good Housekeeping Magazine, and Netflix.

    Photo of Emilee posing as Angelica from Hamilton, in a pink dress, sitting reading in a library        Photo of Emilee posed as a French student from Harry Potter, dressed in periwinkle blue with aa hat and broom