Panthfrica, an African American empowerment group, sponsored four sold-out showings of Marvel's new film "Black Panther" between Thursday and Friday. Each showing was attended by members of the African American community in Buffalo dressed in traditional African regalia.
"This is the opportunity right? We just encourage it. Dress up a little bit put on your native garb" Panthrica co-founder Edreys Wajed said.
"Black Panther" features an almost entirely black cast in predominant roles. For many of those in attendance of the film at the Walden Galleria on Friday night, this is something they have never seen before.
"It was always 'I’m the black Superman, I’m the black Batman, it always proceeded with black. This film allows children to not have to say that" Wajed said.
The premiere was just the beginning of the night for Panthfrica as an Afro-futuristic Ball followed the film.