By Michael Abeyta

DENVER (CBS4)– People grabbed their tickets and filed in for a sneak preview of the new movie, Black Panther, Thursday night at the Alamo Draft House on West Colfax Avenue.

For those who showed up on Thursday, it was a special night.

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Such, a singer/song-writer and actress, who organized the event said, “It’s a time for us to celebrate.”

Such, is excited to see the movie.

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“I’m thrilled. I’m excited and I can’t wait,” she said.

Anubis Heru also came to see the movie with his son.

“This is something I’ve been waiting on since I was my son’s age and he’s 10,” said Heru.

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Like most of the attendees, Such and Heru are African American. They are also excited about the message a big budget super hero movie with a mostly Black cast and a Black director sends.

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“I know that representation matters,” said Such.

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Quincy Shannon, who also came to see the movie added, “Imagine if every time you turned on the television or every time you went to a movie the only role you saw yourself in were gangsters, athletes, or rappers.”

“But when we have movies like this one that can show a super hero, it really shows that you matter.”

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That’s the message Such hopes to send to her own son 7-year-old Sael.

“This could totally impact his life. What he decides to do. What he even thinks is possible,” said Such.

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For kids like Sael, it’s hope through visualization.

He says, “I feel amazing, because they just look like me.”

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A community has found hope in a movie.

Heru explains it like this, “We can be heroes as well, and our children can aspire to be heroes and be great.”

Michael Abeyta is a 4th generation Coloradan and a Multimedia Journalist for CBS4. His stories can be seen on CBS4 News at 5 & 6. He is on Twitter! Follow him @AbeytaCBS4.


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