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Toledoans Traveled to “Wakanda” for a Preview of Marvel’s Black Panther Movie


By Megan Davis

The Truth Contributor


Can’t you hear the drums, see the colorful headwraps, the bold patterns on cotton, Mudcloth and wax-print? During his series of Black History Month events, Imani Lateef’s Peep Game Comix hosted a viewing party on Thursday, February 15 in the Levis Commons theatre’s lounge. You would have thought the prince of Zamunda, Prince Akeem (played by Eddie Murphy) was going to come out any moment and say, “Yes, it is my birthday.”

In celebration of the Wakandan phenomenon, at least 50 guests entered the theatre, greeted with the Black Panther movie backdrop. Stopping to take photos and admire the vibrant attire each wore, the guests filled in the lounge to participate in games that celebrated black culture. From Urban Pictionary to Black Hollywood Trivia and Name that throwback tune, guests were chosen to “come on down” to answer trivia for chances to win a variety of prizes such as comic books, the Black Panther soundtrack, jewelry and tees.

The festive spirit was contagious as other moviegoers stopped in to play too. This free event was purposed to uplift the local African-American community with a positive gathering, while taking place in making history for supporting a big-screen superhero film that featured a mostly African-American actors with female actresses having strong roles as well.


This isn’t the first time Lateef has held a viewing party. He and his wife, Megan Yasu Davis, have held similar events for other major films featuring African-American actors including Selma, Best Man Holiday and Annie (starring Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis). Black Panther has grossed over $700 million in box offices around the world since its premiere two weeks ago, including one of the highest pre-sale records of all time.




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Revised: 08/16/18 14:12:10 -0700.



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