Did you know the Caribbean is well represented in the Marvel Studios’ superhero blockbuster hit Black Panther?
Letitia Wright and Shaunette Renee Wilson of Guyana, Nabiyah Be of Jamaica, Winston Duke and Sekani Solomon of Trinidad and Tobago, Jason Elwood Hanna of the Bahamas, and Sydelle Noel of Grenada gave a outstanding account of themselves.
Letitia Wright, 24, was born in Guyana but migrated to London with her family at seven years. She plays Shuri, the sister of T’Challa, the prince who becomes ruler of the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda and reigning Black Panther. This makes Wright a real but very different type of Disney Princess.
Executive producer, Nate Moore, labelled Letitia “the smartest person in the world; smarter than Tony Stark.” Shuri is the genius behind some of Wakanda’s most advanced technology and the creator of Black Panther’s suits and gadgets, made from the mythical, nearly indestructible metal known as vibranium.
Shuri is a tech-savvy teenage princess who is Peter Parker, Tony Stark, and Q from Bond all rolled into one. As an otherworldly Wakandan war wages around her, Shuri is recognizable as a teasing little sister there to keep her big brother both safe and in check.
Guyanese born, Shaunette Renee Wilson who plays a member of Dora Milaje, a Wakanda’s elite special forces unit migrated to the USA at two years.
Nabiyah Be is the daughter of reggae legend Jimmy Cliff (James Chambers) and plays Tilda Johnson also known as Nightshade in the film.
Elwood Hanna is one of the stunt-men working on the set. Winston Duke, 31, portrays the leader M’Baku and moved to the United States with his family at the age of nine.
Sydelle Noel has a role as one of the Dora Milaje warriors. Behind the scenes is Sekani Solomon, a motion designer, who worked on the main end titles of the blockbuster film. He moved to the US at the age of 20 to pursue his career in motion media design.
This is no April fool’s joke…..
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This feature runs every Thursday. It is compiled by daughter of the soil Anselma Aimable, a former agricultural officer and former correspondent for Caribbean Net News, who has a deep interest in local culture and history. Send ideas and tips to [email protected]