“Black Panther” is setting people’s hearts on fire right now. The much-anticipated film has caused folks to make this movie a priority to see when it hits theaters on February 16, so much so that we fans may have just shut out one of its stars from seeing the film on opening night – Lupita Nyong’o. Apparently, the 34-year-old could not score pre-sale tickets despite promoting it on social media right before trying to buy them herself. On Instagram, the starlet aired out her frustration in such a playful way, saying:
“So, it’s Jan 9 and yesterday, around 10:30, the Black Panther tickets went on sale. And I put it on my social media, I was so excited, ‘Get your tickets now’, and then it occurred to me, I should get tickets too, so that I can be there when the movie hits theaters, and I can experience it with everybody. 15 minutes later, I kid you not, 15 minutes later I was trying to purchase tickets, and they are sold out. Sold out! It told me that there was an error, and I tried again, still the same error. And every time I tried, fewer seats. Like, there were no seats, and I was unable to buy tickets to see ‘Black Panther’ on opening night. That’s insane. 15 minutes. Wow.”
@hollywoodreporter says @blackpanther is @marvelstudios best-selling movie in terms of presales after just 24 HOURS! Don’t I know it: even I tried!!!! #Throwback to a video I made last night.
A post shared by Lupita Nyong’o (@lupitanyongo) on Jan 10, 2018 at 9:03am PST
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fandango announced that “Black Panther” has sold more advance tickets in its first 24 hours than any other Marvel film. Fandango editor, Erik Davis explained that this movie has created quite a stir in fans stating, “‘Black Panther’” is riding an incredible wave of momentum right now. It’s one of the biggest and most anticipated movies to ever open in the month of February, and its trailers have electrified the internet. Tickets have been going fast ever since pre-sales started on Fandango late Monday.”
Yes, there is plenty of momentum for seeing “Black Panther,” but there is a compelling reason why – Black men and women get to see themselves as their own heroes, a premise that is very rare in Hollywood films. And this is why Frederick Joseph, a 28-year-old Marketing Consultant from Astoria, NY created a GoFundMe on Jan 5 to support children of Harlem’s Boys and Girls Club to see it. In an interview with AM New York, Joseph said, “Inclusion and representation for underrepresented groups is everything. Whether you are a young girl, LGBT, or a child of color — seeing yourself in these characters, seeing stories of people who look like you, fuels you to chase your dreams.”
The original GoFundMe goal was $10,000, but it has reached over $30,000 so far, thanks to not only regular good’ ol’ citizens but high-profile ones as well like Chelsea Clinton and Jemele Hill:
I’m happy to amplify AND donate https://t.co/UbOiRN55Vi
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 11, 2018
In an interview with CNN, Joseph expounds on why he believes children in Harlem would particularly benefit from seeing the film stating, “I knew I wanted to do something for the children, especially of Harlem, because it was a community primarily of color. I said to myself, how can I get as many children as possible to see this film and see themselves as a superhero or a king or queen?”
I assumed that Joseph definitely had something to do with advance tickets being sold out so fast for the opening night, but according to his GoFundMe, the children of the Boys and Girls Club will be seeing the flick between February 19 and 22. So Lupita, take note! You may just have to catch the film with them. And what better way to see it than with kids who are watching your queendom super-hero style?