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Bassett told Vanity Fair that she and her husband, American Crime Story actor Courtney B. Vance, like to keep their children away from film sets and major Hollywood events. Black Panther was the big exception because she felt that the film would have a very positive impact on how their son and daughter see themselves.
"We try to keep them doing their own thing, out and away from it all. But [Black Panther] was one that we felt it was imperative that they experienced and witnessed. It’s an iconic film. It’s such positive images," Bassett told Vanity Fair. "They can see themselves in a light as warriors, as heroes, as kings, as queens, and potential panthers. All things positive. I really wanted them to experience something that in the way they carry themselves, how they walk through the day, with their heads held high and their chests poked out, feeling good about who they are."
For children who don't often see people who look like them onscreen, Black Panther can remind them that they deserve to be seen and celebrated. In Bassett's case, she no doubt won "cool mom" points for allowing her kids to hang out at her place of work this time around.