Tampa man raises money for kids to see new ‘Black Panther’ movie

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Dozens of children in Tampa will be able to watch “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” for free thanks to the efforts of a local community activist.

Patrick Rhodes, also known as “Patrick the Giver”, is on a mission to uplift the community through acts of kindness.

During the pandemic, he created a campaign to provide lunch for essential workers. He also collected school supplies and books from colored authors to donate to elementary schools in Tampa.

“I’ve always had a passion to give back and show kindness whenever I could,” Rhodes said.

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Now he’s created the “#BlackPantherChallenge” to raise money for children in Tampa to attend a private screening of the film and grab refreshments.

“I’m a big fan of Marvel and ‘Black Panther’. So with the release of the second movie, you know, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to raise funds, you know, to show the portrayal of our children. And that’s what means a lot to me,” Rhodes said.

For many children, the film was the first time they saw someone who looked like them in this role.

“It’s very important for them to watch the TV screen for them and watch the movie screen and see someone who looks like them. Powerful, strong, doing good, building community,” Jalem Robinson , Brothers United Building Brothers Alliance (BUBBA) Inc. founder, said.

BUBBA is one of two groups selected for the private screenings. Jalem Robinson founded the organization 10 years ago. Since then they have worked to mentor and help hundreds of young boys and men. He said the impact of the challenge will have far-reaching positive impacts.

“So he doesn’t even know how much of an impact he’s had on families and communities. So, you know, we really appreciate that. You know, it’s hard being a small nonprofit , not having the funding to do things for your band,” Robinson said.

According to Rhodes, the inspiration will go beyond the screen. He was able to book two private screenings and also cover refreshments.

“I hope they leave wanting to make a difference,” Rhodes said.

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