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Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley, known for his track "First Day Out," is joining other artists and leaders on the #BlackPantherChallenge and will host a screening for students on Sunday. 

Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley joins other artists in the #BlackPantherChallenge to host a showing of the movie for students on Sunday.

Tee Grizzley,23, said he fondly remembers his days as a student at Lessenger Middle School, on Joy Road and Trinity Street in Detroit, and his rough experiences growing up in the city, he said in a press release on Saturday.

The rapper said he wanted to give back to the community that raised him and decided to host a screening of Marvel's "Black Panther" for 300 students at Detroit Public Schools. 

Students from the Horatio Williams Foundation and Detroit public schools, including Tee Grizzley’s alma maters Frank Cody High School and Lessenger Middle School will be shuttled to a private screening. The screening will take place at a local theater on Sunday, following Grizzley's show with Jeezy at the Fillmore on Saturday. 

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Guests will walk the red carpet, receive unlimited popcorn, a gift bag full of Tee Grizzley's "Colors" swag and meet the rapper, according to the release.

“I’m excited to share this opportunity with students from my city. I have to give back to the community that raised and made me. This is bigger than a movie; it’s about investing in our own," he said in the release. 

The movie, which was released last week, broke box office records and began the viral social media #BlackPantherChallenge, which calls on black leaders to buy out movie theaters for kids who might not otherwise be able to see the film.

The challenge started after New York resident Frederick Joseph raised over $40,000 on GoFundMe to take Harlem children to see the movie. He called on others to start a GoFundMe in their community and to date, over 500 GoFundMes have raised over $725,000, helping thousands of kids see the movie in February. 

Tee Grizzley joins many actors, artists and leaders including Lupita Nyong’o, Octavia Spencer, Serena Williams, Chelsea Clinton, T.I., Viola Davis and Jemele Hill in the challenge.

Tee Grizzley debut with "First Day Out" and recently released "Colors." He was nominated for two BET Awards in October including Best New Hip-Hop Artist and Best Mixtape for his project, "My Moment."