No Questions Asked Monarch Magazine Gives Back To The Community

Hey Cuties,

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

Monarch Magazine is an innovative source of empowerment where culture, taste, and values are expressed.  They are about empowerment from the inside out with exciting features delivered within a vibrant and intelligent mix of business and lifestyle.

We gave the kids a full paparazzi moment the minute they arrived and they were camera ready.

US Dream Academy Kids = Guy Lambert

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.

Photo Credit: BK Prototype

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.

Post Viewing Q&A Session

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!

L to R: Will Walters, Diane Wallace Booker, & Guy Lambert

Will Walters: Founder of Monarch Magazine Diane Wallace Booker: Executive Director, US Dream Academy. Guy Lambert: News Director- Joe Clair Morning Show WPGC 95.5 FOX 5 Correspondent Co-Host The Hughley Truth Podcast* Host. Emcee. Writer

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.

Photo Credit: BK Prototype Mi & Faye Hyslop, Monarch Magazine Media Relations

Shoutout to my cousin Faye, she was doing her media relations thing for Monarch Magazine.

Lifestyle Media Correspondent MimiCuteLips recaps Monarch Magazine's Black Panther screening for the kids of the US Dream Academy. Hosted by WPGC 95.5 Guy Lambert. #MonarchMagazine

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Article written by:

Mimi Green is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a mother of two and a girlfriend to one. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Kita

    This is so good. I love how the kids were able to feel empowered. I am so proud of this movie.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Me too, because I pour into mine I forget that not all kids get that at home. That is why it takes a village, to get them all the way together. This movie is a reminder to some and a new life lesson to others.

  2. Bianca Dottin

    This is amazing! I love that they gave back to the community in this way. I think this movie will definitely change lives.

  3. Lia World Traveler

    What a great way to ge in family time to see an amazing film in support of great organizations and publications. Love it!

  4. Leslie

    That is so cool that these kids were treated to such a monumental movie. I went today with my daughter and saw some Big Brother groups, Girl Scout Troops and other leaders taking it upon themselves to treat those who do not have chances to go.

  5. Antoinette Cain

    It warms my heart to see that so many service projects involving children have surrounded Black Panther. This movie is definitely one that leaves you feeling empowered.

  6. robin rue

    How AMAZING! I love it when people do good and the way they empowered these kids is something that is really commendable. I love this.

  7. Amber Myers

    I love this! I’m glad this magazine held something like this for the kids. I love all the different outfits people had on.

  8. candy

    Haven’t ever heard of Monarch magazine, don’t think I have ever seen it even on the shelves in stores. Great movie but it is a movie for entertainment. Believe people read to much into movies.

  9. valmg @ Mom Knows It All

    I’m not familiar with Monarch Magazine but don’t have to be to appreciate any business trying to make a difference in the community. I believe it’s important to be involved with the community and am involved with a couple of nonprofits.

  10. Eva

    Awwww! This is great! Looks like the kids had a whole lot of fun…

  11. Fi Ni Neachtain

    I really like Will’s motive behind sharing his story with the kids. It’s so important for everyone to know that anything is possible if they try. Everybody looks as if they had a great time!

  12. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    Wow, what a great way for Monarch Magazine to give back. I am sure that those kids has such a memorable experience.

  13. Alison Rost

    It sounds like an awesome event and I love how it’s all about making sure the kids enjoy and learn from the movie. Black Panther has done so much than to just keep us entertained. So inspiring and empowering!

  14. Ola

    It’s great to create a positive diversion for kids. I ‘d love to know more about Monarch’s programs.

  15. Sara Welch

    Working with these kids must have been so much fun. They are so full of energy and I am sure they wouldn’t stop talking about the movie!

  16. Tomi C

    That’s so awesome of the magazine’s founder to take a group of kids to see Black Panther and invite them to discuss their thoughts on the movie and applying it to everyday life. I have a son who’s a devout Marvel fan and his perception of the movie was totally different than that of my other kids. He, being familiar with the comic book series, was totally a stickler for the movie depiction of the comic book storyline.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Two of my best girlfriends are Marvel fans. They know all things superhero and I just don’t. I really wanted to hear their perspective because it was different.

  17. Penny

    I am really liking the catalyst this movie is for so many communities! I’ve heard it is doing awesome world-wide now too! Yeah!

  18. Karen Morse

    What a fun way to treat the kids to a movie! I think it’s awesome what Monarch does for children and how they empower them. That’s important as a child grows up. Black Panther is such a good movie! Love everything about it.

  19. Francesca Murray

    The US Dream Academy sounds like such an awesome organization, and so needed. Kudos to Monarch Magazine for doing this! I love your daughter’s outfit! So adorable!

  20. Maureen @Scoops of Joy

    What an amazing experience for you and your family too! The program sounds amazing. Bravo! I haven’t see the movie but has heard so many great reviews. Will definitely head to the theater soon.

  21. Sabrina Clark

    What a great event! I love that people are coming together to host screenings giving people the opportunity to see the film! The movie was amazing, and touched on so many important topics, so I am glad people are getting out to see it! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Farida

    We try to participate in the community’s advocacies and projects. We’re also grateful that the community we live in brings out the best in us and protects us from the possible dangers.

    • MimiCuteLips

      That is so important Farida, my mom raised me that way. It is important for me to share those same experiences with kids.

  23. Angelic Sinova

    How awesome of Monarch Magazine to give back to the community like that! I LOVED Black Panther so much. I’ve seen it twice already. We NEED more films like Black Panther. Such an amazing film.

  24. Heather

    I can’t wait to see this movie. I’ve heard so many great things about it already!

  25. Heather

    I love what the US Dream Academy is doing. It really can become a cycle. I almost became a statistic and thankfully through the right mentoring, I didn’t.

  26. Ricci

    I love a magazine that’s a great read and gives back! Monarch Magazine sounds great!!

  27. Carol Cassara

    Such a beautiful thing to do for the kids. I think this is such a lovely treat for them and the movie is perfect for the occasion as well. There’s so much that these kids can learn from it, they won’t just be entertained!

  28. Sandy N Vyjay

    Great initiative by the Monarch magazine for the community. The kids also seem to have enjoyed the event. Can see the smiles all around.

  29. Arnitris Strong

    What a beautiful event! It looks like you all had a wonderful time- your pictures are gorgeous!

  30. K. Elizabeth

    This is amazing! I’m loving all these posts about how Black Panther has empowered our community especially seeing how much kids are loving this representation and have a chance to see us in roles that for years we were traditionally portrayed in.

  31. Tammy

    Great idea for all kids to enjoy. This looked like a cool event to go to with the whole family.

  32. Karen Akpan

    What an amazing event and so glad you were able to capture it all. Black Panther is an amazing movie as I’ve already watched it twice with my 5yr old :). Love that the kids enjoyed it too.

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