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Black Panther fever hits the VI; Movie receives five star reviews!

- as reopening of UP's Cineplex & premiere of Black Panther well supported
Black Panther fans at the premiere of the hit move at UP's Cineplex on Friday, March 9, 2018. Photo: VINO
The Firebird Dancers performed an Afro West African style piece inspired by the popular movie Black Panther at the reopening of UP's Cineplex on Friday, March 9, 2018. Photo: VINO
The Firebird Dancers performed an Afro West African style piece inspired by the popular movie Black Panther at the reopening of UP's Cineplex on Friday, March 9, 2018. Photo: VINO
A patron dressed in his African wear, along with the Firebird Dancers on the drums, at the premiere of Black Panther on March 9, 2018. Photo: VINO
A patron dressed in his African wear, along with the Firebird Dancers on the drums, at the premiere of Black Panther on March 9, 2018. Photo: VINO
Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull, Second District Representative (right), and his wife at the reopening of UP's Cineplex and premiere of Black Panther. Photo: VINO
Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull, Second District Representative (right), and his wife at the reopening of UP's Cineplex and premiere of Black Panther. Photo: VINO
Patrons in their African wear to support the Wakanda movement at the premiere of Black Panther. Photo: VINO
Patrons in their African wear to support the Wakanda movement at the premiere of Black Panther. Photo: VINO
More scenes from the premiere of Black Panther on Friday, March 9, 2018. Photo: VINO
More scenes from the premiere of Black Panther on Friday, March 9, 2018. Photo: VINO
More scenes from the premiere of Black Panther on Friday, March 9, 2018. Photo: VINO
More scenes from the premiere of Black Panther on Friday, March 9, 2018. Photo: VINO
Patrons in the reception area before the premiere of the hit movie, Black Panther. Photo: VINO
Patrons in the reception area before the premiere of the hit movie, Black Panther. Photo: VINO
More scenes from the premiere of Black Panther on Friday, March 9, 2018. Photo: VINO
More scenes from the premiere of Black Panther on Friday, March 9, 2018. Photo: VINO
Shanelle M. Williams commented that the movie Black Panther was 'awesome'. Photo: VINO
Shanelle M. Williams commented that the movie Black Panther was 'awesome'. Photo: VINO
Nadia J. Harris (far right), Marketing and Communications Manager for Flow, along with the Flow Girls, treated persons to a VIP experience during the premiere of Black Panther. Photo: VINO
Nadia J. Harris (far right), Marketing and Communications Manager for Flow, along with the Flow Girls, treated persons to a VIP experience during the premiere of Black Panther. Photo: VINO
Country Manager for Flow, Colin MacDonald (left) and Kevin R. Gordon, CEO of Digicel (right) came out to support the reopening of UP's Cineplex and the premiere of Black Panther. Photo: VINO
Country Manager for Flow, Colin MacDonald (left) and Kevin R. Gordon, CEO of Digicel (right) came out to support the reopening of UP's Cineplex and the premiere of Black Panther. Photo: VINO
Firebird Dancers during their Black Panther inspired dance. Photo: VINO
Firebird Dancers during their Black Panther inspired dance. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Scores of persons, some with African attire, and who were lucky to get advance tickets, came out to the premiere of the hit movie, Black Panther, last evening March 9, 2018 at UP's Cineplex in Road Town, Tortola.

The night also marked the reopening of the cineplex that was severely damaged following the hurricanes of September 2017.

The event kicked off with a cocktail reception to celebrate the reopening of the Cineplex and the premiere of Black Panther.

During the reception, the Firebird Dancers performed an Afro West African style piece which had the audience rocking to the beat of the drums.

Wakanda dance

Sarah Penney, Director of the Firebird Dancers, stated in an interview that the dancers went "crazy" when they heard they would be doing a piece inspired by the movie.

"We drew an inspiration from the film and it was a positive inspiration to take the girls into an Afro West African style. They were so excited to be doing Wakanda which brought out an energy that I did not expect," expressed Ms Penney.

Patrons were treated to a VIP experience as they were greeted by Flow Girls. Persons were able to have their pictures taken and then ushered to the reception area for finger foods and wine.

'Something to be proud of'

Before the movie was shown, Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull, Second District Representative, stated he was very "excited" to see the movie, while adding that it is "something to be proud of".

Hon Turnbull said, "I'm very excited to see and experience what all the people of the broader world have been talking about. This is an exciting time as a nation, as a people that we have something especially to be proud of."

"I'm ecstatic and I've been seeing the hype all over social media about the movie, the culture, the history behind of it and I am so looking forward to seeing Black Panther," said Damien R. Smith who came out to support the reopening and to see Black Panther.

Reaction to Black Panther

In an exclusive interview with the CEO of Digicel, Kevin R. Gordon, he expressed that he "love that the movie portrayed black persons as heroes".

He said, "Very good movie. What I loved about the movie was that it portrayed black persons as heroes as opposed to victims, drug lord, thieves, rapist. I loved the storyline and the plot. There was a good ending and it was not boring. There was enough action right through to keep you connected. It was like watching a thriller as well as an action movie all in one," Mr Gordon said, noting that he would watch it again.

Speaking with Shanelle M. Williams, a patron, she commented that the movie was "awesome" and she now has a "crush" on the character that played the prince of Wakanda.

"Oh my goodness, I'm not going to lie I have a crush on the prince. I loved the action. I loved the suspense," adding that she would book a flight to visit Wakanda because it is such a "beautiful place".

Meanwhile, Miss BVI 2017/18, Khephra D. Sylvester, told our newsroom that she is a Marvel fan and thought the movie was "awesome".

She expressed, "It was really awesome and I'm a Marvel fan. My favourite part had to be the modern day jokes that they incorporated. It was really funny."

The reopening of UP's Cineplex, along with the premiere of the movie Black Panther, was well supported.

According to reports reaching our newsroom, VIP and Balcony tickets have been sold out for the entire holiday weekend.

17 Responses to “Black Panther fever hits the VI; Movie receives five star reviews!”

  • NezRez (10/03/2018, 11:44) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tears of happiness on the reopening of the theater. Many wishes for future success to come. YAHOOOOOOOOO!
  • 123 (10/03/2018, 12:11) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    look at flow and degicel joining up to kill cct lol
  • BVIslander States (10/03/2018, 12:36) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    I told you guys it was a awesome movie.
  • fair and just (10/03/2018, 13:24) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    lt was a relaxing evening for my husband and l.
    We were extremely happy to have back a place to relax comfortably. After a long time l had some recreation time. That movie was off the chain. l grabbed my seat many time as the movie had some parts.
  • where are the naysayers (10/03/2018, 13:30) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    now. I bet someone gonna come with their negative critic any time.Look at the many people who enjoyed the movie and waiting patiently for many more to come.Thanks again Mr Leonard and stakeholders
  • ann (10/03/2018, 14:01) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    MORE HYPE THAT REALITY
  • good (10/03/2018, 18:10) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Elton I wish you all the best. Irma has given you another chance to get it right. Please be consistent and get some goos security from now. The loitering killed the place initially, dont let it happen again. Glad to see the cineplex back!
  • Me (10/03/2018, 19:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Paulina you look stunning.
  • VIlander (10/03/2018, 21:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The movie was great. A black nation that refused to be colonized or to have their culture tainted by outsiders but failed in identifying with the black struggle around the world. The black King who rose up to defend his people. The power of a united nation. A lot of lessons in this movie WAKANDA FOREVER
  • Truth (10/03/2018, 23:41) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well, so it takes a movie of African culture for people too see and acknowledge? Now all the African wears, wow, yet black people refused that their are Africans. Many are just in for a show, but we take our African culture serious and many people are just mocking it because of a movie. Afro West African dancers? Are these African descendants? i mean really serious?
  • Wendy (11/03/2018, 10:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Demand a forever Wakanda!
    You have permission to see this movie again and again...
  • Jimmy smith (11/03/2018, 20:48) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    When I see folks who should know better dressing up in Africa garbs to go to this movie , I suddenly realize that we have lost a whole generation of mindless, spineless people . I would like them to tell me where the hell I could find Wakanda, folks it just a movie adaptation of a comic book characters. Africa is vast continent with many unique and diverse cultures. To say this movie is about African people is a fraud,to glorify witchcraft, negromancy and black folks killing each other is to say the least. One last thing with all the money that Disney will make how much goes back to the black community’s
  • Mountain Dove (11/03/2018, 22:28) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    I agree 100 with jimmy smith! americans and this widespread evil agenda and hidden messages and symbols. Ayo dont get this hype for GOD and church....dress up in a robe, hold a bible and sing and dance in the name of the holy spirit. Not many will be willing then huh!? Wake up people......put GOD first!!!
  • African Queen (12/03/2018, 11:06) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    People of the BVI please do your research, there's no country in Africa by the name of Wakanda. The movie is fiction and portrays some cultural acts from some African countries yes.... On other note get to know the meaning of the African outfits you wear, most print has a meaning. Knowledge is power!
  • Ah set ah (12/03/2018, 11:17) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dem dress like Africans to see ah movie but dress like skets to go to church ah set an followers i dis dam place smh
  • Wonderful (12/03/2018, 15:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This movie has some a lot of people of Caribbean decent. Kudos to the makers of this movie.
  • ausar (13/03/2018, 12:45) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lets hope that the Afican goers to this movie have realized that the relaxed hair hairstyle that has permeated black culture for the last couple centuries or so, is dead

    Very few of those who consider themselves other than African is interested in paying movie fees to see women with relaxed hair

    Global world economics have now shown that it is now time for women of African descent to get their hair in "natural" order

    UP YE MIGHTY RACE!


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