Warriors' JaVale McGee takes dozens of Oakland kids to see 'Black Panther'

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Dozens of kids in Oakland had a special day watching a movie that's not up for an Oscar -- this year. And they did it with the help of a big man with a big heart. (KGO-TV)

Dozens of kids in Oakland had a special day watching a movie that's not up for an Oscar -- this year. And they did it with the help of a big man with a big heart.

Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee spent his Sunday at the movies with a lot of new friends.

"I just want to thank everyone for coming out. I'm glad I could be part of this," he said.

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McGee sponsored a trip for a big group of Oakland youngsters to see the top grossing film in the world right now.

"We're going to see Black Panther."

The Marvel movie portrays the heroic citizens of a rich, technologically advanced African nation, with a king who doubles as a superhero.

McGee says it puts out a positive message. "It just felt right, just because it's an all-black movie, and all-black director. I feel that's just empowering and touching for kids in the inner city to see," he said.

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Some of the older kids were equally excited at meeting the 7-footer known for his energy on the court and his thunderous alley-oop dunks.

"Pretty exciting 'cause like, he's somebody famous and I see him on TV, and to stand right next to him is kind of shocking," said one of the kids who went.

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"I've already seen the movie, but I'm going to go see it again with the kids, it's an amazing movie," McGee said.

"Black panther" was king of the box office for a third straight weekend. The film has now grossed $500 million domestically, the third fastest film to reach that amount.

RELATED: Why 'Black Panther' means so much to African-Americans

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