Rapper Big Boi Rented Out A Theater To Make Sure Hospice Care Patients Could See Black Panther
In its second week, Black Panther has already made more than $400 million domestically and $700 million worldwide, guaranteeing that the Marvel film will be a billion-dollar blockbuster. The excitement of moviegoers, many who’ve already seen the film more than once, has contributed to these numbers, as have the efforts of celebrities who’ve bought out theaters to ensure that as many people as possible, particularly those who may not be able to afford to, can see it. That includes rapper T.I., actress Octavia Spencer, Issa Rae, Regina King and Tracee Ellis Ross (who teamed up to pay for a showing in Baldwin Hills), and T’Challa himself, actor Chadwick Boseman.
But a star whose efforts took things a step further is rapper Big Boi. The Outkast member treated individuals who were in hospice care to a free screening by renting out a theater this past Friday in Atlanta.
Through his company Celebrity Trailers, the 43-year-old teamed up with those behind Patients of Loving Arms Hospice to make sure those receiving care and their families could enjoy a night out despite their circumstances.
The rapper covered transportation, movie tickets and food for all those who attended. Patients of Loving Arms is near and dear to Big Boi’s heart because according to the Atlanta Fox affiliate, he and Celebrity Trailers co-owner Janice Ahmed have family members in hospice care.
“It touches his heart because his family are on hospice as well,” she said. “And he wanted to get his family out to go ahead and still enjoy life.”
She said they wanted to make sure the patients could see the Ryan Coogler-directed film because it has been “so big and groundbreaking” for the culture.
Big Boi celebrated the success of Friday night’s showing on social media:
And one of the patient’s who attended was grateful for the opportunity:
Anybody else feeling all of the feels right now?