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Over R1 Million Raised To Help South African Kids Watch ‘Black Panther’

A conversation between John Kani, Connie Chiume and Anele Mdoda started it all.

On Thursday, R1,039,800 (approximately $86,000) was raised to take over 8,000 South African kids to go see Black Panther in cinemas. This was as a result of a campaign by the radio station 947's breakfast team.


South African actor and actress John Kani and Connie Chiume, who are part of the movie's cast, had an interview with Anele Mdoda on the station. Chiume cited a similar campaign in the States, and Mdoda revealed the station had a relation with Ster Kinekor, so they would make it happen for underprivileged kids to see the movie.

The two actors emphasized on the importance of black kids watching a movie with a superhero who looks like them.

Kani said:

"You look at the movie, and get a comic book hero. Imagine what that does to you as black child somewhere in Africa. It's not Superman, Batman or Spiderman. For the first time, he removes the mask, and you think, 'he looks like me.'"

The station made a callout to its listeners to donate money through a crowdfunding campaign to make this possible. Yesterday, the station tweeted that R1,039,800 had been raised to take over 8,000 kids to see the movie.

Each child will receive a movie ticket, popcorn, a cold drink and doughnuts at the screenings nationwide.

Music

The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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