How ‘Wakanda Forever’ Honored Chadwick Boseman With Oscar Winner Ruth E. Carter’s White Costumes!

The color white in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” was “extremely precise and meaningful” for the costume design, according to Ruth E. Carter. White not only links “us to tradition in Africa,” according to Carter, but it also pays homage to “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman.

“When T’Challa wakes up and sees his father in the Ancestral Plane, he’s wearing white,” Carter told Variety on Thursday night at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year Gala. “White is a color that is worn in many African funerals either vivid red or white and we selected white because it connects us to Chadwick, to T’Challa.”

After a four-year fight with colon cancer, Boseman died in August 2020. While the topic of who will be the next Black Panther remains unanswered, Carter did reveal some insights regarding altering the hero’s outfit.

“There was a really serious examination of how do we make this person a superhero without changing them so much that it’s not believable as them,” Carter remarked, not revealing who is wearing the costume. “This one includes silver and gold components, whereas our hero Chadwick Boseman’s suit was all silver, so it already made the wearer look a lot more dazzling.”

Carter attended the Boys & Girls Clubs’ 75th National Youth of the Year Gala at The Beverly Hilton, where one of six honorees, a teen finalist, won the national championship this year.

Carter told Variety, “I took my first sewing class ever at the Boys & Girls Club.” “I recall the lesson because I attempted to cut out a design without pinning it to the material.” That was the first thing I learned: “You must pin it down.”

Kane Brown, a country music musician, got this year’s Champion of Youth Award at the presentation. “I’ve heard some of the kids’ tales tonight, and I just wanted you to know, I grew up just like all of you,” Brown said in his acceptance speech.

“I suffered through child abuse, and racism but it makes you harder and stronger in every career and desire that you want to pursue.” Look at me now, I used to live in a car.”

When asked if the experiences of the awardees inspired him to write a song, Brown told Variety, “Usually, I get asked questions like that and I’d probably reply, ‘I don’t know.'” But just [hearing] the stories and everything about how intelligent they are tonight could certainly inspire a song.”

Asha Haddox-Rossiter, the 2022 Southeast Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs, was chosen as this year’s National Youth of the Year. Miguel, Ruben Studdard, Mark Sanchez, Titus O’Neil, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, and Courtney B. Vance attended the banquet.

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