Because…I do.

But not just ANY hello kitty tees. But not just ANY hello kitty tee. These kind:

hello kitty

I have an impressive…collection of tees. [:::whistles and looks away:::]

Apparently I can never resist them. And I’ve pretty much been on a shopping moratorium because WHERE I’M GON’ PUT ALL THESE TEES?!

So, when I got the email for this shirt, I ignored it because I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE SHOPPING and I AM KICKING MYSELF BECAUSE GOOD LAWD*

hello panther

Hello! Sometimes you get gimmes because I get lazy, but also it’s something EYE think is interesting and because I write the facts, you get what I give you.

RELATEDLY. I’m pretty capable of finding a #BHFOTD anywhere, so let’s do this:

LET’S TALK ABOUT BLACK PANTHER Y’ALL.

It was VERY. VERY. Good. That’s really all I’m gon’ say because it JUST came out and I’m not spoilin’ this movie for anybody.

 

BUT. There are things that I can talk about that won’t ruin this at all:

(Black Panther firsts lightning round)

  • First Marvel Studios production to feature a primarily African-American cast.
  • First MCU film to be converted to ScreenX, a 270-degree wraparound format, that played in over 101 locations in eight countries.
  • First Disney film with a “cross-nation release in Africa” (OMG y’all. Have you seen people cosplaying the SHIT outta this movie at the moving picture shows? HEART. EYES.)
  • First 24 hours of ticket presales were the largest ever for a Marvel film. Two weeks ahead of its release, Fandango announced that the film outsold all previous superhero films at the same point in the sales cycle, breaking the record previously held by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. AMC also revealed that the film was out-selling all previous Marvel films, with strong sales in both urban areas and suburban locations [because I guess black folks will support movies that show black folks being represented BECAUSE REPRESENTATION MATTERS.]

 

AND SPEAKING OF REPRESENTATION – In early January 2018, New York resident Frederick Joseph created a GoFundMe campaign in hopes to raise money to help children of color at the Boys & Girls Club in Harlem see Black Panther. oseph called the release of Black Panther a “rare opportunity for young students (primarily of color) to see a black major cinematic and comic book character come to life. This representation is truly fundamental for young people, especially those who are often underserved, unprivileged, and marginalized both nationally and globally.” The campaign exceeded its goal, and given the popularity of its intent, Joseph asked others to create their own campaigns in their own communities to take more children to see the film, which he named the “Black Panther Challenge” Over 400 additional campaigns were started around the world, with many celebrities offering their support and contributions to the campaigns, such as actress Octavia Spencer who intended to buy out a theater in Mississippi for underserved members of the community. Obi Umunna, a Jacksonville, Florida-based attorney born to Nigerian immigrants, participated in the challenge saying, “I just want for kids in my community to have the same opportunity and to see this movie… I think this is an awesome opportunity for them to see themselves represented in a very positive light… compared to some of the negative images that you see on a daily basis”. The campaign became the largest GoFundMe in history for an entertainment event and raised over $400,000.

ANYWAYS. Go see it. And FFS, STAY UNTIL THE VERY DAMN END. IT’S A GOTDAMN MARVEL MOVIE, STAY FOR THE BONUS CLIPS AT THE END.

*do not worry, I’ll be righting this wrong IMMEDIATELY, RIGHT AWAY (on payday)

 

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