photo courtesy of Marvel Studios
The buzz around upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Black Panther
has been spectacular—not just because it looks like an amazing movie, but also because it represents an overdue but full-throttle pivot in the white-dominated world of superhero movies.
The film, which opens February 16, has an African-American director (Ryan Coogler) and a strong African-American cast, with Chadwick Boseman playing the titular king of the Afrofurtuist nation of Wakanda.
It’s an exciting chance for a generation of young African Americans to see themselves heroically projected on the big screen—but what about those for whom a trip to the movies is a luxury they can’t afford? A Raleigh crowd-funding campaign, part of a nationwide #BlackPantherChallenge push, is trying to ensure that no one gets left out.
Inspired by a Harlem-based campaign by activist Frederick Joseph,
which has raised close to $50,000 and earned coverage everywhere from The Ellen DeGeneres Show
to Huffington Post
, Raleigh’s CJ Guion started a similar campaign,
which has raised more than $1,000 of a $1,500 goal in the last eight days.
According to the GoFundMe page, which is still collecting donations,
the money will go toward buying teens tickets for the movie, getting them something to eat, and paying for theater rental if enough funds come through for a private screening. Any overages will go to the 100 Black Men Triangle East
mentoring program, whose students will receive the tickets.