Chance the Rapper cares about black cinema. In February, he bought all of a Chicago theater’s tickets for Get Out and invited his fans via social media to come see the psychological horror flick for free.
And the Grammy-nominated rapper is at it again. This time for the Thurgood Marshall biopic, Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed baseball legend Jackie Robinson in 42 and “King of Soul” James Brown in Get on Up. The hard working 40-year-old actor is also the star of Marvel’s highly anticipated Black Panther, in theaters February 16, 2018.
On Marshall’s opening day, the Grammy-nominated rapper sent out a tweet Friday announcing that he had bought out all the Friday shows at two Chicago movie theaters — totaling 19 local showings.
“Go see Marshall today for free,” he wrote.
The Chicago native also surprised moviegoers at one of the theaters by hosting a panel discussion with the cast of the film, including Boseman and Sterling K. Brown. They flew out to Chicago specifically for the Q&A.
Although we don’t have a free ticket for you, Marshall only earned $3 million in its opening weekend, and we encourage everyone to see the biopic – especially young people.
In 1967, Marshall – the grandson of slaves — became the first African-American Supreme Court justice. The Baltimore native is best known for leading the NAACP legal team in Brown v. Board of Education that led to the 1954 landmark Supreme Court decision ending school segregation. The film, however, explores a time early in Marshall’s career as a civil rights lawyer when he defended a black man accused of raping a white woman.