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Black and Chicano Iowans celebrate representation in Marvel's 'Black Panther' sequel

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

The long-awaited sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits movie theaters this week continuing an exploration of different cultures and history and affecting Iowans of color.

Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe talks with two Black Iowans that were positively impacted by the 2018 Black Panther film and a Chicano Iowan and comic book enthusiast who's excited to see his Mesoamerican ancestry inspire the sequel's new underwater civilization of Talokan and its leader Namor.

Later, Iowa City's Mic Drop Poetry Festival will feature legendary Chicago poet and four-time National Slam Poetry champion Patricia Smith and an internationally touring poet, writer and performance artist Ebony Stewart. Nebbe speaks with both poets about how they entered the world of slam poetry and how the art form can transcend conversational barriers.

Learn more about the Mic Drop Poetry fest atiowacitypoetry.com.


  • Teresa Zilk, creator, producer and curator of Stories to Tell My Daughter
  • AS PHATE, Des Moines-based graffiti artist, emcee and educator
  • Frank Dunn-Young, Chicano Iowan and comic book lover
  • Patricia Smith, award-winning poet, professor at City University of New York
  • Ebony Stewart, poet, writer and performance artist
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Samantha McIntosh is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio. Prior to IPR, Samantha worked as a reporter for radio stations in southeast and west central Iowa under M&H Broadcasting, and before that she was a weekend music host for GO 96.3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dani Gehr is a producer for River to River and Talk of Iowa. Dani came to Iowa from her hometown in the northwest suburbs of Chicago to attend Iowa State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, international studies and French. Before coming to IPR, Dani covered local government in Story County for the Ames Tribune and Des Moines Register.