Student Matthew Tornquist interviews Michael B. Jordan. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is in the background

Students in the College’s New Media Technology and Communications programs got a first-hand, close up look at “Hollywood” glamour during the special Newark premiere of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Black Panther” on February 13 at the CityPlex 12 Theater.


The students had the unique opportunity to interview one of the stars of the blockbuster film, actor Michael B. Jordan, who grew up in Newark. He plays Erik Killmonger in the film. Jordan, who also portrayed Johnny Storm in “Fantastic Four,” was home schooled in Newark and played basketball for Arts High School.


“Yes, the students were definitely excited being a part of this program,” especially meeting the actor, said Professor Jennifer Wager, Coordinator of the College’s Communications, New Media Technology and Digital Media & Electronic Publishing programs. She facilitated the shoot and will be going with some of the students to see the film this week.


Students Matthew Tornquist, Maria Ferreira da Silva, and Franky Zuniga were on the Essex interview team.


The students also had the chance to talk with and interview Newark Mayor Ras Baraka at the premiere.


The Essex students are part of the New Media Technology program’s collaboration with the Newark International Film Festival which provides internships to students interested in film and media.


The movie is going into wide release February 16. It is already garnering rave reviews and has a record advance ticket sale.




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