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Beyond ticket sales: 'Black Panther' wields cultural punch

Cherie Pinchem delivered some somber news to her Boston Latin High School African American studies class this week. The $8 tickets for their Friday group outing to see Marvel’s latest superhero film, “Black Panther,” on opening day would cost another $10 each.

Sighs and quiet protests echoed around the crowded classroom. Some students held up both arms in disbelief. But then Ms. Pinchem delivered the good news: This class is going for free.

Several students gasped. Then the applause broke out. “I’ve anticipated this movie for over a year,” says senior Aaliyah Alexander through

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