What is more nerdy than the Chess Club. Ah, but just that expression alone brings up the stereotypical images of young people in thick glasses in suburban schools getting excited and yelling “Check Mate!” Well Chess clubs are everywhere, and the trailer for Queen Of Katwe will have you check yourself if you didn’t imagine that children in an impoverished section of Uganda also embraced the game. The truth is, there are Black chess masters all over the world. You just don’t see them presented in a Disney film every day.
Lupita Nyong’o, Danny Oyelowo and new comer Madina Nalwanga look like they give a touching performance about Phiona Mutesi, Chess champion of Uganda and competitor on the world stage at the Chess Olympiad. I’m looking forward to seeing Black Excellence on screen in September 2016.