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Pace University graduate Nabiyah Be feature film debut "Black Panther" featured in "Westchester Magazine"

02/21/2018

Pace University graduate Nabiyah Be feature film debut "Black Panther" featured in "Westchester Magazine"

Westchester Magazine: "Watch This Pace Alumna Kick Ass in Marvel's Epic 'Black Panther'

by Dave Zucker

The Westchester grad Nabiyah Be's feature film debut is also slated to be one of the biggest movies of the year.

Marvel’s Black Panther premiered over the weekend, bringing with it critical acclaim, massive box office revenue, and cementing itself as a cultural touchstone; its predominantly black cast features butt-kicking women (who actually pass the Bechdel test) and introduces Western audiences to an afrofuturistic utopia.

Pace University graduate Nabiyah Be had another reason to be excited: the film marked the Brazilian actress’ feature film debut.

“Before I came to Pace, I knew that I had the potential to create, but I didn’t know exactly how to create on my own,” said Be in a video interview for the Pace School of Performing Arts. “I’m born and raised in Salvador, which is the capital of Bahia in Brazil, and they say that people in Bahia are not just born, they debut. Pace enabled that for me.”

Be appears in the film alongside Hollywood superstars like Chadwick Boseman (King T’Challa/Black Panther himself), Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Basset, and Forest Whitaker. And when we say, “appears alongside,” we really mean alongside.

We’d tell you to catch Be in Black Panther in theaters, but with a $235 million opening weekend, you probably already have tickets, so we’ll just say "Enjoy!"

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Pace University's theater alumna Nabiyah Be superhero role in "Black Panther" featured in "Caribbean Life"

02/21/2018

Pace University's theater alumna Nabiyah Be superhero role in "Black Panther" featured in "Caribbean Life"

Caribbean Life: "Caribbean Superheroes among ‘Black Panther’ party"

by Vinette K. Pryce

From "Caribbean Life:"

By now everyone knows the film “Black Panther” is not a documentary about a 1960s, California, Black revolutionary political party / group that scared America straight wearing all-black outfits, toting weapons and fearlessly proclaiming “power to the people.”

In fact, the 1966 Marvel Comics creation is a 134-minutes feature and all the rage for being the highest grossing comic book character, which stars an all-Black cast and received critical acclaim throughout the world and shines a global spotlight on a continent the president of the United States considers a s***hole.

Making its world premiere prior to President’s Day holiday, the groundbreaking film set in the African nation of Wakanda features immigrants, Caribbean nationals and some of the fiercest and wisest women to dominate any dynasty or administration.

Among the women listed in starring roles are: Angela Bassett, Mexico-born, Kenyan Lupita Nyung’o, Guyana-born Letitia Wright and Brazil-born Jamaican Nabiyah Be.

Jamaicans on the island joined legions of anxious moviegoers throughout the world last Friday to catch first day screenings of the anticipated sci-fi / fantasy which in addition to its alluring advance promotion also features Be, the daughter of reggae legend Jimmy Cliff.

Cliff’s foray with acting includes starring roles in “The Harder They Come” and “Bongo Man” with featured roles alongside Robin Williams in the comedy “Club Paradise.”

Be’s reversed path to the spotlight found her singing and acting on the Brazilian stage. Born on the South American continent, like her father she is also a singer.

On his many tours to Brazil she accompanied him singing background vocals and also toured with him extensively.

After arriving here, she attended Pace University to study theater and eventually landed Off-Broadway roles.

This major movie debut placed Be alongside some of Hollywood’s hallmark actors — Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan, Sterling K. Brown, Nyung’o, Bassett and Chadwick Boseman.

Be’s character, Tilda Johnson is actually Nightshade.

Nightshade debuted in Steve Englehart and Alan Weiss’ Captain America #164 in 1973. In the comics, she is able to turn convicts into werewolves with a serum she created. Given her specialties in biology, chemistry and robotics among others, Nightshade was the third villain casted for the film following Killmonger and M’Baku (Winston Duke).

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