Octavia Spencer buys out theater for community to see ‘Black Panther’ like a boss

Octavia Spencer announced that she would be buying out an entire theater in Mississippi so that Black residents could see themselves on the big screen.

“I will be in [Mississippi] when this movie opens,” Spencer wrote on Instagram. “I think I will buy out a theatre in an underserved community there to ensure that all our brown children can see themselves as a superhero. I will let you know where and when Mississippi. Stay tuned.”

This isn’t the first time Spencer has done this, either. A year ago she also bought out a theater in Los Angeles for her own film, Hidden Figures.

“My mom would not have been able to afford to take me and my siblings,” she explained on Instagram at the time. “If you know a family in need that would like to see our movie but can’t afford it have them come.”

With Black Panther set to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first Black-led superhero movie, this is definitely a big win for diversity. And with critics massively praising the movie as new and exciting, it’s a must-see.

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Octavia Spencer during 'The Lake House' Premiere - Arrivals at Cineramadome in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 27: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the Comedy Central Emmy Party held at the Falcon on August 27, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 24: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the premiere of Dimension Films' 'Halloween II' held at Grauman's Chinese Theater on August 24, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 09: Actress Octavia Spencer attends the premiere Of DreamWorks Pictures' 'The Help' held at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Samuel Goldwyn Theater on August 9, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Octavia Spencer attends the Emmy week kick off cocktail party at Cecconi's Restaurant on September 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 03: Actress Octavia Spencer attends 'Criadas y Senoras' (The Help) photocall at Hesperia Hotel on October 3, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Octavia Spencer attends the UK premiere of 'The Help' at The Curzon Mayfair on October 5, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 17: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at ELLE's 18th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute held at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Actress Octavia Spencer attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 3rd annual Governors Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 12, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 07: Actress Octavia Spencer attends Project Angel Food's 2011 Divine Design Gala at The Beverly Hilton hotel on December 7, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 07: Octavia Spencer attends the 2012 Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 7, 2012 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Octavia Spencer attends African-American Film Critic's Association awards at AAFCA Clubhouse on January 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Brian To/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 13: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at W Magazine And Dom Perignon Celebrate It's Best Performances Issue And The Golden Globe Awards at the Chateau Marmont on January 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the 12th Annual AFI Awards held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 13, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Octavia Spencer poses in the press room at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards broadcast on TNT/TBS at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage) 22005_007_JS_0402.JPG
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Best Supporting Actress winner Octavia Spencer poses in the press room at the Orange British Academy Film Awards 2012 at The Royal Opera House on February 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Octavia Spencer arrives at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards held at The Hollywood Palladium on February 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 05: Octavia Spencer attends the 8th annual GSLEN Respect Awards held at Beverly Hills Hotel on October 5, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 15: Octavia Spencer arrives at the 19th Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Actress Octavia Spencer attends the 'Fruitvale Station' Photocall during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the premiere of The Weinstein Company's 'Fruitvale Station' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
LOS ANGELES, CA- AUGUST 25: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Octavia Spencer arrives at the The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Governor Awards at Dolby Theatre on November 16, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 01: Actress Octavia Spencer arrives at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 1, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 20: Actress Octavia Spencer attends the Fox Summer TCA All-Star party held at the SOHO house on July 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 06: Actor Octavia Spencer arrives at the 'Black And White' Premiere during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival held at Roy Thomson Hall on September 6, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jeremychanphotography/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Actress Octavia Spencer attends the premiere of 'Black or White' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on January 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Octavia Spencer arrives at the AARP 14th Annual 'Movies For Grownups' Awards Gala held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Octavia Spencer arrives for AARP The Magazine's 14th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards Gala - Arrivals at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actress Octavia Spencer attends the 46th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 6, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Octavia Spencer arrives at the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Host Octavia Spencer attends the 12th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on November 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for UNICEF )
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#BlackPantherChallenge

The #BlackPantherChallenge, in which people step forward to help underserved communities and children afford to see the biggest, Blackest movie of the year, started with Frederick Joseph. It has spread through the country, with big names like Snoop Dogg and Viola Davis also stepping up to the plate.

Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny, also known as “Little Miss Flint,” also stepped up for the challenge.

–Little Miss Flint and her family want to help kids see ‘Black Panther’–

She and her cousins have set up a GoFundMe page to help marginalized children go to see the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first Black-led movie.

“This campaign is apart of the #BlackPantherChallenge, a challenge started by Frederick Joseph in New York City. This is important for every child especially those of color, to see themselves represented in a cinematic feature film. It is so important that marginalized children see a representation of themselves, especially in a city like Flint, Michigan,” the page reads.

Black Panther premieres on Feb. 16.

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