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Michelle Obama Praises ‘Black Panther’: ‘Young People will Finally See Superheroes That Look Like Them’

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Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama participates in the unveiling of her official portrait during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. The portraits were commissioned by the Gallery, for Kehinde Wiley to create President Obama's portrait, and Amy Sherald that of Michelle Obama.
Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama participates in the unveiling of her official portrait during a ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC.

*Michelle Obama is among the legions of fans who have seen “Black Panther” during its opening weekend, and she is pleased.

“Congrats to the entire #blackpanther team! Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen,” the former FLOTUS tweeted Monday. “I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories.”

Ryan Coogler’s film has shattered box-office records and earned just as high praise, including from Oprah Winfrey, who called it “phenomenal” and “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins who tweeted: “BLACK PANTHER is PEAK double consciousness. It’s a Marvel movie, sure. And a blockbuster, absolutely, covers those bases and covers them well. But a film that features that vegetarian bit? Or Kilmonger’s last line? Ryan’s made two movies at once. And he crushed them both.”

As previously reported, the film is en route a projected $235 million-plus for the four-day holiday weekend.

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