He’s black. His suit is black. His family is black. His country is black. “Black Panther” is blackity-black-black-black. And it’s about damn time.
To say people are excited for this film would be an understatement. It’s outpacing every other superhero movie ever in early ticket sales and showings don’t begin until February 15. It has the potential to be a cinematic game changer.
Other films have featured black superheroes, but “Black Panther” — with a blockbuster budget, black director, and a predominantly black cast — is in a league of its own.
So when an entire movie about a black superhero/African prince comes along, it’s life-changing stuff for a child. No wonder some didn’t even believe it was possible.
Need more proof?
These students from the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, just found out the whole school is going to see Black Panther. Their reaction can only be described as sheer joy.
A grassroots fundraising effort has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars to buy tickets for kids in need.
Marketing pro and philanthropist Frederick Joseph kicked off the initiative, raising more than $40,000 to take kids from Harlem to see “Black Panther.” After his successful campaign, Joseph encouraged others to start their own fundraisers to help send even more children to the theater. People around the world stepped up to Joseph’s #BlackPantherChallenge. So far, more than $260,000 has been raised from over 250 campaigns. This money will make it possible for thousands of kids to see the film for free.
“Many of us yearned for the chance to be Batman or Superman, but only if he was black,” Jospeh wrote in the Huffington Post. “Black Panther” gives our children the chance to dream those dreams.”
help me raise money to get these kids to see @TheBlackPanther ! its important they see the hero on screen ✊🏿 gonna set up my own screening for the LA kids ! @FredTJoseph got it goin . me n Ryan Coogler gonna keep it goin! #BlackPantherChallenge https://t.co/wHzEsnu9xe pic.twitter.com/KMEQKGfY2t
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) January 13, 2018
Representation and visibility matter.
Seeing someone who looks like you on the big screen is a privilege many take for granted. But it’s not lost on generations of black and brown kids who have waited patiently for the opportunity.
And, hopefully, given the early success of the film, they’ll never have to wait again.