The Black Panther movie has inspired a group of concerned people in Suriname to sponsor more than 1, 000 local students to see the blockbuster, news outlet Caribbean News Now has reported.
Caribbean people, from The Bahamas to Guyana, are among the actors in the highly acclaimed, superhero movie. Produced by Marvel Studios, the movie features actors who were born in Guyana – Letitia Wright and Shaunette Renee Wilson; Grenada – Sydelle Noel; The Bahamas – Jason Elwood Hanna; and Trinidad and Tobago – Winston Duke; and a Brazilian of Jamaican heritage – Nabiyah Be. They appear alongside stars such as Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Lupita Nyong’o.
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The movie, which broke box office records, swelled regional pride with several news outlets reporting over the past few days on the roles the Caribbean actors played. pic.twitter.com/M80Kt6OQDf
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On 21 March, Caribbean News Now quoted former ambassador of Suriname to the United Nations (UN), Henry MacDonald, as saying that “The movie is inspiring, especially that it celebrates high tech education. Children are interested in education.” The former ambassador said that the movie would be an inspiration to all young people in Suriname.
Sponsorship took off after a Facebook post that pointed out that it would be great if people could sponsor children in Suriname to watch Black Panther. Companies, organisations and individuals from the United States, Holland and Suriname contributed, the news outlet reported.