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Costume Designer From “Black Panther” Speaking At SUNY Cortland

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Hollywood costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in the groundbreaking superhero movie “Black Panther,” will be at SUNY Cortland tomorrow (February 1) night.

Carter will be speaking with students, faculty and anyone else in attendance about her extensive career, which now spans more than three decades.

She was the first Black nominee for an Academy Award in costume design for her work on “Malcolm X” in 1993 and was again nominated for “Amistad” in 1998.

She was nominated a third time earlier this month for her work on “Black Panther,” which included approximately 1,500 costumes that borrowed historic elements from a number of African peoples.

Carter has designed costumes for 40 films, beginning with Spike Lee’s “School Daze” in 1988. She has collaborated with Lee on 10 films and has also worked on films such as “The Butler” and “Selma.”

Tomorrow’s talk will take place at 7 p.m. at the Old Main Brown Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

SUNY Cortland will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a series of historical and cultural lectures, readings and musical performances.

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