7 Celebrities Who Provided Kids Free Screenings of ‘Black Panther’
Back in January, Frederick Joseph started the Black Panther Challenge, a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for kids in Harlem to see Black Panther in the theaters. After raising over $40,000, Joseph encouraged other communities to do the same. Celebrities all over the country followed suit, renting out theaters and treating children to the powerful film about the iconic Marvel character—and the comic book world's first black superhero.
Black Panther has broken numerous box office records since its release on February 16, and it doesn't look like its losing any steam. With celebrities like Serena Williams, Kendrick Lamar and even King T'Challa himself, Chadwick Boseman, treating kids to free screenings of what may be the most inspiring film to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther has become so much more than a superhero movie.
Here's a look at all the celebrities who decided to pay it forward and take kids to free screenings of Black Panther.
On February 25, The Greatest Showman star teamed up with entrepreneur Michael Skolnik to take 300 kids from her hometown of Oakland, California to see the film.
"Wakanda forever...Oakland forever. Thank you to all the beautiful young people of my home town for joining me this weekend," the 21-year-old actress wrote on Twitter. "You all, much like this movie, are absolutely brilliant #BlackPanther."
On February 17, Kendrick Lamar and his record label TDE hosted screenings for kids living in Los Angeles housing projects
TDE CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith bought out five shows in three different theaters, allowing children from Nickerson Gardens, Jordan Downs and Imperial Courts Projects to view the film.
Lamar and TDE also curated and produced the movie's outstanding soundtrack, which spawned "All The Stars."
The star of Black Panther treated youth in his hometown of Anderson, South Carolina during opening weekend.
King T'Challa purchased 312 tickets at the local Amstar theater so kids could watch the movie. According to Tammy Hembree, senior manager at Amstar Stadium 14, 460 of the actor's family members and friends also attended screenings during the opening weekend.
During the film's second impressive weekend in theaters, on Twitter, Chadwick Boseman thanked Disney for its $1 million donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Serena Williams surprised members of San Francisco's Black Girls CODE with a screening of Black Panther on Thursday, February 15 — the day before its wide release.
As if the free viewing wasn't exciting enough, the tennis star gave the girls another treat by personally attending the event.
"I'm glad you guys could make it out," Williams says in a YouTube video. "Obviously this is a huge moment for us and for black people. We've never had a superhero movie so we're so excited and I feel like I've waited my whole life for this...I'm glad you guys came."
Travis Scott spent a few hours away from his newborn daughter, Stormi, to go see Black Panther, and it's safe to say the rapper is a fan.
The Texan rented two theaters in Stafford, Texas, so kids could enjoy the movie as much as he did. "I LOVED BLACK PANTHER SO MUCH [I] RENTED TWO MOVIE [THEATERS] FOR THE KIDS TO WATCH," he wrote on Twitter.
Octavia Spencer gave an underserved community in Mississippi a wonderful gift when she bought out a theater "to ensure that all our brown children can see themselves as a superhero."
The Oscar-winning actress ended up buying out the Cinemark Pearl on February 17, and included a small popcorn and drink for families as well.
Hey Jackson!!! As promised I have purchased screenings of Black Panther this weekend. If you know of families low on funds, please spread the word!Black Panther: Cinemark Pearl and XD 411 Riverwind Dr Pearl, MS 39208 2/17/18 Screen Times: 11am, 1pm, 2pm Small popcorn and small drink included for these screenings only. Also, Director Tate Taylor and Producer John Norris have purchased a screening in Natchez MS. Black Panther Natchez Regal IV 350 John R Junkin Dr Natxhez ms, 39120 2/17/18 12:30pm To get tickets in Natchez Contact Mayor Grennell’s office: 1-601-445-7555 All screenings are First come first served
Just before Valentine's Day, T.I. gave moviegoers a sweet gift by announcing an advanced screening of Black Panther in Atlanta.
The rapper teamed up with Walmart to give away 300 tickets to see the Marvel film. "Me and @Walmart joined efforts to support the community with free tickets for customers to attend an Advance Screening of @MarvelStudios @theblackpanther," he tweeted. "We gave away 300 tickets to deserving families yesterday at the Cascade Walmart store. #BlackPanther."