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Aba Arthur, a graduate of the College of Colorado Boulder, plays a Naval engineer in the new film ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Without end.’ Arthur appeared at a special screening of the movie celebrating her look on Nov. 19 at the Denver Pavilions Regal Cinema. She spoke with Denver Gazette Senior Arts Journalist John Moore before the screening.




That, in a term, is what it implies to actor Aba Arthur to be a new aspect of the “Black Panther” universe.

“For me, that begins, of program, with getting an African,” Arthur said final Saturday afternoon at a specific screening of “Wakanda Forever” held in her honor at the Regal UA Denver Pavilions cinema.

“This film will be so critical since of its massive and cultural effect — not just in the United States but globally,” explained Arthur, a College of Colorado Boulder grad who performs a Naval engineer in the “Black Panther” sequel. In its to start with 10 days ending Sunday, the Marvel movie produced a lot more than $546 million in around the world box office. The story focuses on the women of all ages who struggle to shield their homeland as they mourn the death of their king, which lets the movie to also honor the legacy of the late actor Chadwick Boseman.

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“To be aspect of this movie is a aspiration. It’s an honor. I come to feel so, so, so lucky to be picked out to be section of the cast,” said Arthur. She’s just one of 127 credited actors in Ryan Coogler’s blockbuster, but she’s only one particular of a few dozen who have their very own line — and the Pavilions group burst into applause when Arthur experienced hers.

Arthur’s identify appears in the credits alongside stars like Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Lupita Nyong’o — who designed a notably lasting perception on Arthur’s heart.

Aba Arthur Black Panther 11-19-22 (csg web copy)

Aba Arthur, third from left, is pictured with friends at the Nov. 19, 2022, screening of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” at the Denver Pavilions.

“Most of the individuals that were on established ended up element of the very first movie, so I did not really know what was going on a large amount of the time,” she claimed with a snicker. “When it arrived time to do the real ‘Wakanda Forever’ (salute), I didn’t know how to do it. But Lupita Nyong’o pulled me aside and taught me how.”

Arthur described her time in Boulder, in which she earned levels in acting and political science and co-produced a dance troupe known as BAM! (Bust A Move) as “an remarkable four years. I acquired so much.” She specifically termed out Cecilia J. Pang, who has been an Associate Professor in the CU Division of Theatre and Dance since 2003.

“Cecilia was the initially human being who seriously pushed me outside of my comfort and ease zone,” Arthur said. “She assisted me to learn my skills, and she actually stretched me.”

Arthur, who now lives in Atlanta, played Miss Gold in Jennifer Hudson’s 2021 Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect.” Up coming, she will look as Abena in Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming musical adaption of “The Color Purple,” and in Netflix’s approaching drama “Bad Monkey,” starring Vince Vaughn.

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“Oh my gosh, my lifetime is really thrilling,” Arthur said. “Thankfully I have booked a couple of points, so next yr will be a fast paced year.”

John Moore is the Denver Gazette’s senior arts journalist. E mail him at

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