Young Men Get Special Screening of 'Black Panther' in Mays Landing

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MAYS LANDING, N.J. -

Marvel fans flocked to the theaters this weekend to catch the new film Black Panther.

But a few lucky fans got a special viewing.

On Friday, February 16th, the South Jersey non-profit, Friday is Tie Day, held a viewing party of the movie for the young men they serve and their families.

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Friday is Tie Day works to empower and mentor young men, giving them the resources and support they need to succeed.

Officials with the organization say while Black Panther is just a movie, the title star character will still make a positive impact on the lives of these young men.

"Representation is huge especially when you talk about association," said Darrell Edmonds, CEO and founder of Friday is Tie Day.

"So what do these young men have to associate themselves with? What are the images that they see on television or in music? So we need to hold up these images that are positive. So if it takes even a Marvel superhero, we'll look at a Marvel superhero."

The special Black Panther viewing party gave the young men and their families the celebrity treatment complete with a red carpet, costume contest, prizes, and more.

The Friday is Tie Day organization also premiered the trailer for their new documentary, which is coming later this year, to give the young men a chance to see themselves on the big the screen.

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