Trevor Noah reflected on Black Panther's impact all over the world

By Nigel Smith
February 24, 2019 09:39 PM
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Trevor Noah got personal in introducing Best Picture nominee Black Panther at the 2019 Oscars on Sunday.

Noah walked on the stage to present Best Picture nominee Black Panther, where he highlighted the movie’s appeal.

Black Panther may be an African hero, but his story and his appeal are universal,” Noah said. “I know this personally because of all the people who constantly come up to me and say ‘Wakanda Forever.’ ”

“Growing up as a young boy in Wakanda, I’d see King T’Challa flying over our village and he would remind me of a great isiXhosa phrase, which means ‘In times like these, we are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart,’ ” he said, before introducing clips from the movie.

The Daily Show host, 35, hails from Johannesburg in South Africa and in December brought his program to his hometown for the special “Self-Deportation Edition.”

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“Because of apartheid, black people had to live in certain areas and then white people had to live in other areas,” he said in the special. “But white people like how the black people cook, so they need to come to their houses, so there were roads that connected the areas.”

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Black Panther is the highest-grossing film of 2018 and made history as the first comic book film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

The 91st Academy Awards are broadcasting live from Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on ABC.