On Thursday February 15, 2018, Planetary Chase hosted a screening of Marvel’s Black Panther. This screening, benefiting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Houston organization, allowed participants in the program along with educators and members of the organization to view this record-breaking blockbuster film. The $192 million 3-day (Fri – Sun) opening in domestic markets cracks the top 5, making it more successful than every other superhero opening in 2017, including Justice League. Black Panther’s projected earnings over President’s Day weekend is $218 million dollars domestically.
Black Panther depicts the fictional country of Wakanda, a technological wonder, far more advanced than any other country with their technological achievements. Guided by Shuri, the sister of the titular character and a sixteen year-old genius, the audience is able to see a young woman of color who is intelligent, humorous and respected for her brilliance. A great role model for young people to see reflected on the big screen.
The culturally rich mecca of black excellence that is Wakanda, is an excellent stand-in for the many countries in the world that contain resources that can enlighten and inspire the youth of the world to pursue excellence for themselves. The film also manages to be radically pro-woman without being in the least bit anti-male and will therefore give young women and men even more reasons to believe in themselves and their own capacity for success after seeing on-screen greatness that looks like them.
By providing STEAM career mentoring (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Mathematics) Planetary Chase seeks to inspire youth to pursue technology as a possible career path. Today there are three hundred fourteen (314) active tech hubs in ninety-three (93) cities across Africa. As an organization, we are seeking to travel to these locations in the coming years.
We believe this will give our program participants the opportunity to explore centers of high-tech innovation and gain a greater understanding of the potential for careers in the tech industry.
The screening event was a grand success and we are very honored to have been the conduit that brought together the curiosity of young minds and the generosity of those who have been in their shoes. A sincere thanks goes out to the many individuals who donated to the organization and supported the efforts of Planetary Chase to present this grand vision or travel, science, technology, and creativity encapsulated in this exciting film.
Special thanks to Big Brothers Big Sisters and Bedrock City Comics who donated comic books and posters featuring Black Panther!
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Planetary Chase is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit focused on international youth travel and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) career mentoring. Our goal is to empower marginalized and underrepresented youth—including youth of color and youth with disabilities — through inclusive experiences that encourage them to strive for greater heights by becoming global citizens by opening global pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement.
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