Thanks to the Black Panther Challenge, celebrities are coming out in droves to showcase their altruism and award underprivileged kids and lucky fans the opportunity to see the Marvel film. From Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg's CEO Anthony Tiffith to Vic Mensa and Tee Grizzley, the hip-hop community has been active in terms wanting to convey the black excellence behind the star-studded superhero flick.
Check out which stars helped out their respective communities and gave them the opportunity to see the record-breaking movie.
Grizzley showered his Detroit community with an abundance love when he took 300 students from several public schools for a private screening Black Panther. “I’m excited to share this opportunity with students from my city. I have to give back to the community that raised and made me. This is bigger than a movie; it’s about investing in our own,” Grizzley said in a press release. On Sunday, the kids walked the red carpet, received unlimited popcorn and drinks, and also received an album gift bag, courtesy Grizzley.
Kendrick Lamar & Top Dawg
After sculpting a masterful soundtrack for Black Panther: The Album, Lamar celebrated by bringing children from three housing projects in LA to go watch the movie on his dime. Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith purchased five showings Black Panther in three different locations, enabling kids from Nickerson Gardens, Jordan Downs and Imperial Courts Projects to screen the blockbuster film.
Known for being an active member the Chicago community, Mensa used his star power and wealth for the greater good when he rented out a bus and took kids from his hometown to see the Ryan Coogler-directed film. “Took a bus kids to see #blackpanther in Chicago today,” the rapper captioned the video. “Seeing people that look like us as superheroes is so inspiring, & it’s a message that needs to be seen & heard in our communities that have been constantly told they’re not valuable.”
Because his adoration for the Marvel superhero flick, Travis Scott made sure to let everyone back home in Texas get an opportunity to witness the movie's greatness. Last week, Scott rented out two theaters in Stafford, Texas, for kids to check out the movie. “I LOVED BLACK PANTHER SO MUCH RENTED TWO MOVIE THEATHRES FOR THE KIDS TO WATCH,” he wrote on Instagram.
Hayward High School students were in for a treat when alumna Kamayiah treated them to a private showing at Hayward Cinemark Theater on B Street in Hayward, California. “I took my old high school Hayward High to the movies to watch Panther with me last night my bad ass got kicked out Oakland unified school district and ended up in Hayward but that was a blessing in disguise it saved my life and allowed me to be able to do this later,” she wrote on Instagram.
Jas Waters, Lil Yachty and Offset
This Is Us writer Jas Waters organized a fully funded screening Black Panther in Hollywood with the help Atlanta rappers Lil Yachty and Offset. More than 500 foster and at-risk children were in attendance, and according to TMZ, Yachty and Offset bought out the rest the theaters too. “We just wanted to watch this movie with y’all,” Yachty said in a video captured by TMZ. “We wanted y’all to see it and have a good time.”
The Oakland upstart partnered up with entrepreneur, Michael Skolnik, to allow 300 kids from her hometown to go experience Black Panther over the weekend. “Wakanda forever…Oakland forever,” she wrote on Twitter regarding her special evening. “Thank you to all the beautiful young people my home town for joining me this weekend. You all, much like this movie, are absolutely brilliant #BlackPanther.” According to the multitalented star, she'll also be treating kids to Ava DuVernay's upcoming film, A Wrinkle in Time.
Right before Valentine's Day, T.I. sprinkled some joy into the hearts avid moviegoers when he announced that he'd be gifting 300 tickets to a Black Panther screening in Atlanta. “Me and @Walmart joined efforts to support the community with free tickets for customers to attend an Advance Screening @MarvelStudios @theblackpanther. We gave away 300 tickets to deserving families yesterday at the Cascade Walmart store. #BlackPanther.”