By Ann Brown
The film the “Black Panther” was groundbreaking on many levels. Not only was it a breakthrough Black film, it made many fans of the film feel empowered. Among those that were inspired by the successful film were young Black girls interested in the tech world. And they were most inspired by the character Shuri, portrayed by actress Letitia Wright. Shuri is the likable teen gadget genius and engineering mastermind.
It was a role Wright, 24, relished. “[Shuri] shows that when you have people coming together to just take time to make characters well-rounded, well-thought-out, not one way, amazing things like that happen,” the Guyanese actress told HuffPost. “Having a character arc and journey is refreshing, so it’s good writing…Now there’s a breakthrough of [audiences] seeing people [they] relate to and that’s refreshing.”
Now Wright, who has appeared in several British TV series, is using the character’s popularity to encourage more young women to work in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM). Currently, women of color made up less than 10 percent of working scientists and engineers in the U.S. in 2015.
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