2018 marks the beginning of the new Black Panther Movement, also known as #BlackPantherChallenge. Earlier this month, New Yorker, Fredrick Joseph started a GoFundMe for the wonderful kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem to see Ryan Coogler’s new film, Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan. His goal was to raise $10,000 so his young mentees could finally “see themselves in a story”. After raising over $42,000 and appearing on Ellen, his efforts have turned into the new national challenge.
Second announcement of the day:
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) January 22, 2018
Community leaders around the nation and even celebrities have started over 100 campaigns to help kids see the film. Snoop Dogg (along with Jemele Hill and Viola Davis) has also joined the challenge and pledged to set up his own screening for Los Angeles Youths.
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
Releasing in theaters on February 16, 2018, Black Panther is already claiming it’s ranking as movie of the year with an immense and cultural impact.
Our friends at @CapCityBFF have accepted @FredTJoseph‘s @gofundme #blackpantherchallenge to send 200 youth in #Austin to see @theblackpanther. Let’s make this happen!#Donate: https://t.co/ys6BvuE1fO pic.twitter.com/udJqiJyDLp
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) January 22, 2018