Presidents Day weekend one of the biggest movies of the century debuted. Marvel’s Black Panther hit the screens and the world went crazy the movie has been sold out in several places the last few days. The Black McDonald’s Operators Association of Chicago joined with Creative Cypher to hold a viewing of the movie for 300 Chicago Public School students.
The group bought out two theaters in Studio Movie Grill. Students who received complimentary tickets were selected based upon their commitment to being both high-achieving scholars and model citizens in their communities. Directly after the film, students heard from a panel of African American entertainment professionals who talked about different career paths in film and related industries.
“As people of color who work in the entertainment industry, we’re excited that this film showcases a greater representation of the talent and diversity in Hollywood, said Troy Pryor, Founder of Creative Cypher and board member of the Chicago chapter of SAG-AFTRA. We’re extremely thankful to our community partners for supporting our vision of educating and empowering Black youth. We hope the students enjoy the movie and also learn more about the vast array of careers in the industry both in front of and behind the camera.”
Post-film panelists included:
- Tai Davis – Chicago-born Actress currently featured in “The Chi”
- Charles Andrew Gardner – Actor and President of SAG-AFTRA Chicago
- Craig Harris – Emmy Award-Winning Writer and Actor
- Jonathan Kirkland – Vocalist and Actor currently featured in “Hamilton”
- David Leonard – Location Manager/ Scout
- Natasha Parker – Location Manager/ Scout – Directors Guild of America
- Chris Walker – Comic Illustrator and former Colorist for Marvel Comics
- Mark Willis – Professional Stunt Performer currently featured in “Black Panther”
I think it was such a great thing that BMOA took the kids to see a Black Superhero film that had mostly African Americans featured. Kids need to be able to see they can be anything they want to and the African American race needs to see more positive portrayal of blacks on the big screen. Hats off to everyone that has taken their kids or someone else’s kids to see this amazing piece of history! The movie is currently on the road to hitting 1 billion dollars worldwide. Such an amazing thing to be a part of.
Did you go see Black Panther? Did you enjoy?