Flint resident Mari Copeny, also known as Little Miss Flint, third from left, takes a sip of her soda as she watches a free screening of the film "Black Panther" with more than 150 Flint children after she raised $16,000 to provide free tickets in an entire theater on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Rave Cinemas Flint West 14 in Flint Township, Mich. Mari also gave away $2,000 in Black Panther toys and comic books at the screening. She said she is happy to see the film with her squad, pictured from left, Savannah Brown, Ayanna Johnson and Braylon Copeny. "Kids in Flint always see themselves portrayed in the media as victims. Black Panther gives Flint kids a chance to see themselves represented on the big screen as royalty and heroes," Copeny said. "Representation across all forms of media is important, especially in media that children consume," Copeny said. "You can be your own hero. You can be a superhero, but ultimately you're your own hero. 'Black Panther' teaches us that we can be whoever you want to be. And that especially goes for Flint kids."