T’Challa is good at a lot of things: diplomacy, hand-to-hand combat, being the King of Wakanda. One thing he isn’t good at, however, is “Black Jeopardy.” Chadwick Boseman reprised his “Black Panther” character on last night’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” trying — and largely failing — to correctly answer such clues as “This is the reason your cable bill is in your grandmama’s name” and “you send your smart-ass child here ’cause she thinks she grown.” Watch below.
T’Challa’s answer to the first question is endearing, but wrong: “What is, to honor her as the foundation of the family.” He’s corrected by host Darnell Hayes (Kenan Thompson). “Hmm, that’s really nice,” he says. “It’s wrong, but it’s really nice.”
Then there’s this clue in the “Aw Hell Naw” category: “The policeman says there’s been some robberies in your neighborhood and asks if you have ‘any information.’” Coming from the near-utopia of Wakanda, his answer makes sense in its own way. “What is, not only do I tell this man what I know, but I also assist him in tracking down the offender,” T’Challa says. “After all, our ministers of law enforcement are only here to protect us. Is this correct?”
It is not. “I mean, it should be,” Hayes says. “But I don’t think you’ve spent much time here in America.”
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Finally, there’s the question of what to say when your friend Karen offers to bring her potato salad to your cookout. “This woman, Karen, she is Caucasian, eh? She has her own recipe for potato salad?” T’Challa asks. “It is noble that she would volunteer to cook for everyone, and although I have never had potato salad, I sense that this white woman does not season her food. And if she does, it is only with a tiny bit of salt, and no paprika. And she will probably add something unnecessary, like raisins.”
Then he goes in for the kill: “Something tells me that I should say, ‘Aw hell naw, Karen, keep your bland-ass potato salad to yourself!”