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Unleash the “Black Panther”

Thursday, February 15, 2018

This past Tuesday, the Cinema Society with Ravage Wines & Synchrony hosted a screening of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther at the Museum of Modern Art. This film is a historic cultural moment, as it’s the first superhero film in the Marvel Universe with a predominantly black cast.


The story follows T’Challa/Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, who is best known for his portrayals of other iconic African-Americans such as Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get on Up. T’Challa returns to the kingdom of Wakanda, an African nation known for technological advancements, to take his place as king when chaos ensues. T’Challa must strengthen his allies to join forces to save his people and prevent a world war. The film premieres on February 16, but many A-listers joined the cast and director Ryan Coogler to celebrate this monumental film earlier on the week. An after-party was held at The Skylark.


The buzz around Black Panther has made it one of the most anticipated films of the year, with a soundtrack by Grammy-nominated artists including Kendrick Lamar. 


Cast members include familiar names such as Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whittaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Sterling K. Brown, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis.


Other attendees included Denzel Washington, Chris Rock, Gayle King, Michael Strahan, Whoopi Goldberg, Gerard Butler, Iman, Trevor Noah, Robin Roberts, Clive Davis, Reverend Al Sharpton, Leslie Jones, Kenan Thompson, Michael Che, Zosia Mamet, Jeffrey Wright, Adam Duritz,  Padma Lakshmi, Tyra Banks, Joan Smalls, Corey Stoll, Fisher Stevens, Gina Gershon, David Muir , Don Lemon and Omari Hardwick.


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