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12-Year-Old Launches Tech Initiative After Being Inspired by ‘Black Panther’

Black Panther continues to prove itself to be more than just another superhero flick, as the billion-dollar blockbuster inspired a 12-year-old boy from Minneapolis, Minnesota enter the world of tech.

DJ Comeaux has launched a tech initiative, Afro Bot Boyz, that encourages young people of color to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Fox 9 spoke with the pre-teen about the venture, who admitted one particular character from Black Panther inspired him the most.

“[I was inspired] not by Black Panther the superhero, but his sister Shuri,” he said. “She used to create all of the designs and technology so I kind of really like that … I wanted to boost the confidence of people that look like me, more likely to be interested in being in robotics.”

Check out Fox 9’s interview with the young king below.

Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.