‘Black Panther’ has taken the movie world and the internet by storm.
The Marvel superhero movie blew up the box office on its opening weekend and has inspired the Twitter movement #BlackPantherChallenge aimed at raising money for children who may not have the means to see the movie known for its positive portrayals of African heroes.
Thanks to you, the #BlackPantherChallenge became the largest GoFundMe in history for an entertainment event.
Then you raised $300k, enough to buy tickets for over 23k children.
NOW…you’ve raised over $400k around the world, enough to send over 30k children to see the film! pic.twitter.com/4JVzBHTwtg
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) February 12, 2018
Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes got in on the movement Monday night and bought tickets for 150 Dallas area children from the Boys and Girls Club.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) February 20, 2018
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban also attended and took this picture of the theater packed with kids.
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) February 20, 2018
Note Cuban’s reference to the controversy of Fox News host Laura Ingraham telling LeBron James to shut up and dribble.
James spoke of the importance of the movie to the black community during NBA’s All-Star weekend.
“When I was growing up there were no superheroes like a Batman or a Superman or a Spiderman or Flash or Aquaman that were African-American,” James said. “I never thought that I could be those people.”