Harrison Barnes once again proved he is a down to earth guy Monday night when the Dallas Mavericks’ forward paid for 150 kids to watch Hollywood’s hottest chic movie, “Black Panther,” at the Studio Movie Grill in Dallas. With NBA All-Star Weekend in the rearview mirror, but the Dallas Mavericks not scheduled to play again until Friday, Barnes and his wife, Brittany.
They also helped plan an evening out for 150 kids in the Greater Dallas community by purchasing movie tickets to the film for each of them. What the children didn’t know, is that Barnes was planning to attend the event, too.
The superhero film is the first of the Marvel Comics series that features a predominantly African-American cast and an African-American director and has been steadily smashing box office records. Meanwhile, Barnes wanted to make sure he did his part in helping some disadvantaged kids be able to watch a movie that has created so much buzz around the world.
“I was excited to see the movie myself,” Barnes said. “But I think the opportunity to have these kids see a movie like this – a movie about a superhero from Africa – to just celebrate all different levels of blackness I think is really unique.
“To have the opportunity to be able to do this, I was going to go see it anyway. So why not invite 100 kids, get a theater and we can all watch it together.”
It’s the second time since the 2017-18 basketball season started that Barnes has invited a group of kids to see a socially conscious movie. Late last year the six-year veteran paid for over 150 kids to see the screening of the movie, Marshall, which depicted the life of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.