Black Panther Star Visits FMU

An auditorium filled with broadcast and television students from Florida Memorial University learned interview techniques from Papa Keith, DJ at iHeart Radio. He’s a master at interviewing actors like Winston Duke, star of The Avengers.

Professor Motley's Class with Winston Duke

Professor Motley’s Class with Winston Duke

Amongst several other areas of study, Florida Memorial University (FMU) is proud its innovative Film and Television department. Professor Russel Motley coordinated an inventive event on FMUs campus, teaching students the basics of entertainment reporting. Several months ago Motley hosted a similar event for the blockbuster Black Panther with actress Letitia Wright, the actress who plays T’Challa’s scientist sister.

When Winston Duke’s entourage arrived on FMUs campus on April 18th, it included several promotional delegates, a make-up artist, and a Disney representative. Mr. Duke played M’Baku, who was born and raised in the Jabari Village within the fictional nation of Wakanda, in Black Panther. Winston Duke, the actor, who is about 6’ 3”, actually hails from TrinidadTobago.

Among the audience were members of the FMU Caribbean Club, who were thrilled to meet a movie star from their hometown. Winston attended Yale School of Drama with fellow Black Panther co-star, Lupita Nyong’o. They use to talk as students of working together one day on a Marvel movie. Mr. Duke expressed how grateful he was to reach so many audiences through the Marvel Series.

Winston Duke stars in his next movie, The Avengers. It’s a Marvel and Disney collaboration and tells the story where Iron Man, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet, the evil Thanos. FMU Professor Russel Motley goes the extra mile to coordinate state-of-the-art events for his students. “Events like the Q&A with Avenger’s star Winston Duke are teaching tools in my journalism class. My students are usually filming and interviewing people at these events, which gives them a more realistic experience of what it’s like working under pressure in the TV industry.”

The only HBCU in South Florida, Florida Memorial University, is quickly becoming more popular and Hollywood recognizes it. After Beyonce’s nod to HBCUs at Coachella, and the rise of Black Marvel movies, HBCUs have always had the ear of the athletic elite, are now also peaking the interest of the entertainment world.