TULSA, Okla. – A small office-style gig was held Thursday night at the Circle Cinema near Admiral and Lewis.
Steph Simon, a local musician, performed the music from his album “Born on Black Wall Street” with his band members ahead of the screening of the film.
“I contacted them randomly [Circle Cinema] and asked when they were showing the movie and if they were doing anything special for it,” Simon said.
Simon has been performing in Tulsa for over ten years and worked on the album Fire in Little Africa which traces the story of the Tulsa Race Massacre in 1921.
Simon said community is important to him and he knows people will support this event if they make it happen.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the sequel to Marvel’s hit Black Panther which was released in 2018. There has been a lot of preparation for this film, after actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black Panther, died in 2020 after a secret four-year battle against colon cancer.
“Man, I love the movie,” Simon said. “It’s just the black experience and that’s the music I make.”
Thursday’s screening at Circle Cinema was an advance screening, but the film hit theaters everywhere on Friday.
Simon said he felt it was right for him to reach out and help create this event for the community. In a Facebook post, he said, “Glad to be starring in such a big movie premiere like this in my hometown.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will air at Circle Cinema until November 17.
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