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Community organizers rally Edmontonians to watch and discuss Black Panther

Osas Eweka-Smith launched a Facebook page to get people going together for a Thursday screening at City Centre Mall, the first of three community-organized events around the blockbuster film

Director Ryan Coogler attends the 'Black Panther' BFI preview screening held on Feb. 9 in London, England.

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Director Ryan Coogler attends the 'Black Panther' BFI preview screening held on Feb. 9 in London, England.

A community organizer is rallying Edmontonians to watch and discuss the blockbuster movie Black Panther.   

Osas Eweka-Smith, organizer of the Edmonton Natural Hair Show, launched a Facebook page to get people going together for a Thursday screening at City Centre Mall, the first of three community-organized events in the coming week.

Tarisai Rundofa has organized a Friday gathering at Scotiabank Theatre, which encourages “African, Carribean and Afro-Latinx Edmontonians” to attend, while youth group YEG – the Come Up is getting people to attend a Monday screening at South Edmonton Common.

Eweka-Smith said Black Panther is “a big turning point for Hollywood” from her perspective, for its almost all-black cast and strong female characters, but particularly for its positive depiction of Africa.

“For me, being a Nigerian, I just really appreciate the fact that it shines a positive light, in a meaningful way, on Africa and its people,” she said.

“That is exciting, it’s something positive to see compared to the way most Hollywood films are – if it’s not slavery it’s about gangs. This is different and it’s really positive.”

Earlier this month, a GoFundMe campaign organized by YEG – the Come Up reached its goal of sending 100 Black youth to the screening of the movie within 24 hours.

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