Black Panther Gives A Student A Full Ride With A $250,000 Scholarship
By: Eboni Walker
On Wednesday, the Hollywood Reported hosted their 2018 Women in Entertainment gala which celebrated producers, creators, and executives within the Hollywood community.
During the event, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira made their way to the stage to announce their new Black Panther Scholarship, which they distributed at the gala.
The Scholarship provided one student within the Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program $250,000 full-ride to Loyola Marymount University.
“We know that if we want to live in a world that looks more like Wakanda, the first step is you invest in women and girls,” Gurira said.
Seventeen-year-old Kalis Coleman was selected to win the award. She said she plans on becoming a pediatric dermatologist and is so thankful for the award.
“I would like to thank my parents who birthed me, who made me who I am today,” Coleman said to the crowd after receiving the award. “I just want to stand and say this is for girls who live in Compton, and Inglewood. I just want to say that we can do it and it is possible.”
The scholarship was created and provided by Walt Disney Studios. Boseman thanked the company for the great opportunity.
The news about the scholarship comes on the same day the Black Panther movie made history again.
The film becomes the first superhero movie to be nominated for the best picture in the drama category for the Golden Globes. The movie was also nominated for two other Golden Globe awards. It was nominated for the best original song “All The Stars” with Kendrick Lamar featuring SZA and best original score for Ludwig Goransson’s work.
The news was announced on Thursday, the awards will be held in January.
According to the Huffington Post, after the great success of the movie, Marvel has worked overtime to push the movie.
The company reportedly hired Oscar strategist Cynthia Swartz to lead their awarding campaign. Marvel’s President Kevin Feige played a major role in the movie being eligible for awards.
“I would like to see the hard work and the effort and the vision and the belief of the talented filmmaker Ryan Coogler, who sat across the table from us a few years ago and said, ‘I have been wrestling with questions about my past and my heritage, and I think I really want to tell a story within this movie,'” Feige said. “And that he did it so unbelievably well and with so much impact … seeing that potentially being recognized is what excites me the most.”
The movie did better than any other Marvel film has ever done. Shortly after its release, it became the highest-grossing superhero film earning $1.3. Billion worldwide.
Fans are excited about the nominations.
The announcement about the nominations sent social media into a frenzy.
“I had to do a quick check, but I *think* Black Panther is the first comic book film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Golden Globes. If so, that’s a HUGE feat,” one commenter wrote.
“Well deserved and very consistent with the comics. So happy for this nomination. Keep up the great work.”
Non-fans tried to compare other Marvel movies to Black Panther and suggested that those should have been nominated instead of Black Panther.
But Wakanda fans immediately shut the negative comments down.
“Black Panther made more than Avengers because that movie was epic, groundbreaking and amazing. I went to see it five times. Not just because it was the first time seeing a mainly black cast in Africa, not slaves, but because it was positive images and amazing storytelling. It deserves to be nominated for the Golden Globes.”
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Source: The Root, Huffington Post