Things We Saw Today: The Upcoming Issue of ‘Essence’ Celebrates Angela Bassett in Wakanda Style
Long live the queen.
Alongside magazines like Jet and Ebony, Essence is a powerhouse in serving its majority Black women readership. With Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releasing at the start of their November/December issue, there was a very high chance one of the many leading women would be featured on the cover. Not only did they pick the Angela Bassett (a.k.a. Queen Ramonda of Wakanda in the MCU), but they chose to feature her in a style representative of the medium her iconic character was brought to life from.
These stunning illustrations were created by the mixed media artist and co-creator of Dare Dollz, Darius Moreno. While the cover is richly textured and meticulously details Bassett’s hair and face, I’m obsessed with the interior images. These are the drawings of her (sometimes with her long-time husband and fellow actor, Courtney Vance) that look heavily inspired by retro comic books, but the colors are so bright they’re definitely some things that would not run through the regular print issues. The mixing of narrative and magazine editorial in Moreno’s illustrations for Essence reminds me of Mickalene Thomas’ print work.
The decision to not only go the comics route but to put in so many visual elements that span Bassett’s 40+ year working career was an excellent choice and another peek at what a Bassett as Storm could look like. The art pairs so well with the feature story, “Angela Bassett is a Vibe,” in the issue. If you’re like me and want to grab a physical copy, the print edition will be available on newsstands on Tuesday, November 8.
(via Simone Umba on TikTok, featured image: Unique Nicole/Getty)
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What did you see today, Mary Suevians?
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