The first Wakanda Ball will be an evening of East African culture, elegance, and empowerment.

Jasmine Smith, of Juneteenth Anchorage, and Travis Love, an actor, joined us on the couch to discuss the event, and what we can expect.

"Black Panther, the movie, just meant a lot to our community and we knew that we had Juneteenth coming up", said Jasmine on why the event was named Wakanda Ball, "It's a great way to show empowerment for the African-American community and African community and to invite allies and supporters to celebrate with us". Wakanda Ball will also feature Travis love, an actor from Black Panther and The Walking Dead.

"I'll mainly be sharing my journey in to acting, which is a bit of an unorthodox one", said Love, "and I actually got in to acting in about 2008, was when the economy went down and I actually got laid off from my teaching job, and so I said, 'you know what? I think I'm going to give it a shot.'"

Wakanda Ball is Saturday, April 14, starting at 7 p.m. at The Center in Anchorage

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