"It's representation and for me sitting in that theater before the movie started was like the most beautiful thing ever because you had so many people of color, so many black people in the theater just amped and excited and just like, 'Ugh, just please let this be good. Please,'" she said.
Rae attended the world premiere last month, and described it as a "beautiful" and "powerful" experience.
"And just even that feeling beforehand of rooting for something was so powerful and so fun," she added. "And for it to just deliver on all levels and to be such a beautiful, fun and just dope film just felt great, and I knew that night that it was just going to spawn so much other creativity and so much other works for you know, black people can see themselves in new lights."
While "Black Panther" is the biggest movie to date centered around a black superhero, it's certainly not the first black superhero movie Hollywood has churned out. Before Chadwick Boseman took on the role, Wesley Snipes portrayed Blade, Robert Townsend wrote, directed and starred in "The Meteor Man," and Marvel's Luke Cage has his own Netflix show. Rae isn't worried about the public forgetting about those who paved the way for "Black Panther," and praised the movie for being rooted in African ancestry.
"I don't have any concerns. I think a simple Google search will show you that that's incorrect, but I just think that this is -- just even the records that it's setting -- it just feels more present," she said. "This feels very black. It feels very rooted in African ancestry, it feels different in a way from a Blade and even a Luke Cage, which is also excellent. It's just rooted in something, in a pride that we haven't been able to see in a Marvel film before."