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My Brother’s Keeper Rising Event Switches Focus To People Changing Lives

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Following star-studded appearances at Oakland’s Scottish Rite Center on Tuesday, the focus of former President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance national gathering shifted Wednesday toward those doing the hard work in their communities to provide brighter opportunities for boys and young men of color.

Wednesday morning’s session of MBK Rising! featured testimonials from those who have overcome incarceration, gun violence and other societal ills to launch and lead programs that are changing lives in urban communities.

The summit ended on a powerful note, with tough conversations about diversity, discrimination and toxic masculinity. Oakland native and two-time Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito performed at the event.

But the day’s big headliners were actor Michael B. Jordan and Oakland director Ryan Coogler of “Black Panther,” “Creed” and “Fruitvale Station” fame. They talked to the young men about their special collaboration, which led to the making of the three movies.

The pair also announced a special new program with the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.

“Basically, we’re gonna select certain young black men, people of color, and place them in major companies throughout the entertainment industry. So that’s something I’m really excited about doing,” announced Jordan.

“The best advice I could give is: listen to people who have your best interest at heart and pull from a diverse pool of people,” said Coogler.

Shaka Senghor, executive director of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition on Criminal Justice Reform, started Wednesday’s session by sharing his journey from serving 19 years in prison in Michigan for murder, including stints in solitary confinement, to a best-selling author, artist and activist who has met with Oprah Winfrey and President Obama.

After finally winning parole, Senghor said, he was told he would be back in jail in six months.

“I believe our journey of tragedy to triumph is important,” he said, “so that every young man of color in this room can understand no matter where you start at, if you make a commitment to lifting yourself up and lifting others as you climb, you can provide very different outcomes.

“Even though they told me I would be back in prison in six months, eight and a half years later, I’m here serving my people,” he said.

The three-day gathering began Monday with a day of community service and on Tuesday featured discussions with Obama, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Legend.

The event has brought together hundreds of youth and community leaders from around the nation to celebrate the growth of My Brother’s Keeper over the past five years in developing programs aimed at reducing gun violence, building mentoring relationships and improving life opportunities for vulnerable groups — and to build momentum for the future.

Obama launched the alliance in 2014 following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Former NFL receiver Victor Cruz, who won a Super Bowl championship with the New York Giants, spoke of the value of mentoring as he sat beside Eddie, a youth from the Boys and Girls Club in Paterson, New Jersey, where Cruz spent time as a child and now invests his time and money to support.

“I’m using my resources to get these kids out and see different things about the world and different ways to view the world and see outside the viewpoint from Paterson, New Jersey,” he said.

“I want to be present. It wasn’t just about lending my name and walking away and doing other things. I want to make sure, especially because it’s in my hometown, I’m there, present, giving back, using my resources to the best of my ability,” Cruz said.

Eddie credited Cruz’s mentorship with exposing him to new experiences, including the 2014 science fair at the White House.

“Every single time Victor visits us, everyone is excited,” Eddie said. “Every little kid will run up and hug him. That’s because they’re excited to see someone who has grown up where they grew up and got out of where they thought they couldn’t get out of. As kids, sometimes we think that since we grew up here, we can’t leave here.”

Another panel discussed innovative community programs to combat gun violence in Chicago and Richmond, California.

Sam Vaughn of Richmond’s Office of Neighborhood Safety talked about the success of the city’s peacemaker fellowship program in curbing shootings in what had traditionally been ranked as one of the nation’s most dangerous cities. The program offers mentoring and guidance services to those who have a history of or are at risk of gun violence.

Since the program began, Vaughn said, the city has seen a 73 percent decline in shootings resulting in injuries or death. Of the 106 fellows who have gone through the program, 96 percent are still alive, 80 percent have not been injured by a firearm and 75 percent have not been suspected in a firearm-related offense.

“We’ve gotten a lot of success by looking at these young men as assets and not liabilities,” Vaughn said. “We let them know that we see them, we acknowledge them, they’re valuable to us, they’re valuable to the community.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Richmond’s Assistant Police Chief Bisa French, who said that partnerships between law enforcement and community-driven programs are key to curbing gun violence.

“We don’t have the ability to keep locking everybody up,” French said. “We want to get people on the right path, we want people to see there’s a different path they can take.”

The afternoon session of the gathering Wednesday started at 3:30 p.m. and will wrap up on Wednesday evening. It will streamed at Obama.org.

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‘Black Panther’ Blows Away Box Office With $192 Million Weekend

NEW YORK (AP) — A wave of feverish anticipation, fawning critical acclaim and groundbreaking cultural meaning pushed “Black Panther” to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theaters, firmly establishing the superhero sensation as a box-office landmark.

The Marvel film from the Walt Disney Co. blew past expectations to become the fifth-highest-grossing debut ever, not adjusting for inflation, following only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” ”Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” ”Jurassic World” and “The Avengers.”

In estimates Sunday, Disney predicted a four-day holiday weekend of $218 million domestically and a global debut of $361 million.

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Though the film’s international footprint doesn’t include several of the largest markets — China, Russia and Japan — it still ranks among the top 15 global debuts ever. It’s also the highest-grossing February opening weekend.

“All hail the King of Wakanda!” Disney declared, referring to the movie’s mythical and highly advanced African nation.

Ryan Coogler’s film, which cost about $200 million to make, is the most expensive movie with a largely black ensemble and among the few to be centered on a black superhero. The strong opening suggests “Black Panther” will easily set a box-office record for films directed by a black filmmaker.

The previous best is Sidney Poitier’s 1980 comedy “Stir Crazy,” which took in $322 million domestically, when inflation is calculated.

“Black Panther” set pre-sale records and saw lines around theaters over the weekend, including some who came costumed for the event.

“This is the very definition of a blockbuster: People lining up around the block to see a great movie,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. “A movie like ‘Black Panther’ is a cultural event that nothing on the small screen can really match in that way.”

Chadwick Boseman stars as T’Challa/Black Panther in the first stand-alone film for the superhero created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966. The cast also features Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya and Letitia Wright.

The movie has been hugely acclaimed, with a 97 percent fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences agreed, giving it an A-plus CinemaScore. The film especially resonated among African-Americans, who made up 37 percent of moviegoers, according to comScore.

Dave Hollis, distribution chief for Disney, called the film’s success “a real source of pride” for Disney.

“Inclusion and representation matters,” Hollis said. “We know that great stories can come from anywhere, and our goal is to make films that reflect the wonderful diversity of our world and resonate with audiences everywhere — no matter who they are, no matter where they come from.”

Coming at one of the slower periods of the year, “Black Panther” benefited from little competition, and it can be expected to dominate the marketplace for weeks.

Last week’s top film, the erotic romance sequel “Fifty Shades Freed,” slid to third place, with $16.9 million in its second week for Universal. Sony’s children’s book adaptation “Peter Rabbit” held much stronger, taking the No. 2 spot with $17.3 million in its second week.

But moviegoers — and Hollywood — were focused on “Black Panther,” including how it would fare overseas. Though considered by most to be an outdated myth, some have claimed that foreign audiences have less appetite for films with largely black casts.

“Black Panther” vanquished those notions with $169 million in ticket sales. It was No. 1 in most international markets, though “Fifty Shades Freed” bested it in Germany.

Its release in China will come later. This weekend, the Chinese New Year holiday, local productions led by “Detective Chinatown 2” and “Monster Hunt 2” dominated Chinese theaters, with more than $140 million in ticket sales each.

“Black Panther” also performed especially well on large-format screens. Imax reported $30 million in ticket sales for the three-day weekend.

“There was a groundswell of wanting this movie to work, and then when it actually did as a film, itself, it just kicked it up a notch to a level no one could have ever predicted,” said Greg Foster, Imax Entertainment’s chief executive. “That makes me feel really good about the movie business.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday also are included. Final four-day domestic figures will be released Tuesday.

  1. “Black Panther,” $192 million ($169 million international).
  2. “Peter Rabbit,” $17.3 million.
  3. “Fifty Shades Freed,” $16.9 million ($47.7 million international).
  4. “Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle,” $7.9 million ($4.8 million international).
  5. “The 15:17 to Paris,” $7.7 million ($2.8 million international).
  6. “The Greatest Showman,” $5.1 million ($9.6 million international).
  7. “Early Man,” $3.2 million ($3.7 million international).
  8. “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” $2.5 million ($11 million international).
  9. “Winchester,” $2.2 million.
  10. “Samson,” $2 million.
    Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:
  11. “Black Panther,” $169 million.
  12. “Detective Chinatown 2,” $155 million.
  13. “Monster Hunt 2,” $141 million.
  14. “Operation Red Sea,” $70.3 million.
  15. “The Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women,” $52.3 million.
  16. “Fifty Shades Freed,” $47.7 million.
  17. “Boonie Bears: The Big Shrink,” $32.6 million.
  18. “The Shape of Water,” $12.3 million.
  19. “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” $11 million.
  20. “The Greatest Showman,” $9.6 million.

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer

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