On Sunday the family and I ventured out to the AMC at Mazza Galleria to spend the afternoon/evening with Monarch Magazine. Founder Will Walters hosted a screening of the box office smash hit Marvel’s Black Panther for the youth of the US DC Academy.
Black Panther has raked in $491 million over the opening weekend. #WakandaForever
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We gave the kids a full paparazzi moment the minute they arrived and they were camera ready.
U.S. Dream Academy helps our nation’s children reach for their dreams. Through academic, social, and values enrichment, they empower those children most at risk of incarceration to believe in themselves and to succeed. “We are transforming children into dreamers who envision and realize their potential.” The Dream Academy is committed to stopping this vicious cycle. Through an innovative after-school and mentoring program, currently operating in 7 cities nationwide.
I don’t always get to mix work with the family, but when I can, I do. This was one of those times. They weren’t going let me see Black Panther again until they saw it. I’m glad we shared the moment together.
Before going into the theater Monarch Magazine provided the kids with cups for their complimentary beverage. Oh, and they got a bag of popcorn.
Look at those smiles, now they can munch while they watch the movie without previews.
All black everything has certainly been the Black Panther uniform we’ve seen a lot. The Manchild wasn’t going to dress up so that was enough for me. LittleCuteLips rocks her head wrap and her CoCo’Pie Clothing shirt that reads “There is power in these puffs.”
I had to get a picture of these moviegoers, they were ready.
M. Reese Everson (left) rocking a Gold Coming to America inspired look. Yes!!! Yall know that scene. Why did she do that? Duh, because Zamunda and Wakanda are neighboring nations.
This couple rocked their cultural African attire and I loved it. They were the perfect pair.
After viewing the movie Guy did a question and answer session with the kids. It was nice to hear their takeaways, they were spot on. They got the jewels that were weaved into the storyline. They discussed how they could apply those actions in their everyday life and their communities. That is exactly why it was so important for Will to share this movie with them. Mission accomplished!
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Will shared his story with the kids. He wanted them to understand why it was so important for him to do this for them. He wanted them to be empowered by Blank Panthers He wanted them to know anything is possible. Take your challenges and rise above them. Sew into your community and allow it to make a better way. He grew up with strong women in his life just like we see in the movie. His mother was his first example, and he invited her to share in this moment with us because she paved the way for him.
He went to a Catholic school and there were only 3 kids that looked like him. One of them was his own brother, so he really understood the importance of representation. They enjoyed reading comic books growing up but would take a little from each person to make the perfect superhero. The kids today don’t have to do that because they have T’Challa/Black Panther.
It is important to be active and engaged in your community, and Monarch Magazine is an example of that.
Shoutout to my cousin Faye, she was doing her media relations thing for Monarch Magazine.