Xbox Teams With Marvel For Custom ‘Black Panther': Wakanda Forever'-Inspired Consoles & STEM Programs
Xbox announced a collaboration with Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever featuring various interactive experiences to celebrate the film’s upcoming release on Nov. 11. This partnership includes a limited-time giveaway of a new Black Panther-themed console kit that contains custom controller holders, Kimoyo beads, and sterling charms inspired by the film.
Also part of Xbox’s rollout for the sequel’s release is a dazzling drone presentation narrated by the film’s lead actor Letitia Wright, aiming to inspire the next generation to follow her character Shuri’s lead and embrace learning and leadership. Xbox will expand on this incentive by offering the opportunity to learn to code with a new Black Panther-themed MakeCode curriculum––in partnership with over 1,900 Black organizations, Microsoft’s Nonprofit Tech Acceleration programs will provide this engaging learning software to a wide array of students and fans.
In partnering with the film, Xbox seeks to celebrate both technological innovation and Black culture by encouraging a younger generation to foster a place for themselves in the gaming community and follow their passion for STEM. This initiative will also include a motivational video series starring Wright and an HBCU lecture by Professor Jacoby DuBose inspired by the film which will be live-streamed on Howard University’s website today (Nov. 7). This lecture, delivered from Howard University’s Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts, will introduce the goals of the Black Panther-inspired MakeCode software and include a panel of leading Black voices in the Gaming and STEM industries.
To further the mission of creating a more inclusive space of technological and gaming innovation, Xbox has launched Project Amplify to support, connect, and encourage young Black people interested in a career in these spaces. This video series features 14 Black Xbox employees with a range of positions offering their personal stories and career advice to the next generation of innovators.
To make Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s message available to as many people as possible, Microsoft will assist in hosting private screenings across the country starting Nov. 11. These screenings will integrate the opportunity to learn more about MakeCode and to win the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Xbox console kit to encourage young Black people to engage in the STEM and gaming community.
In providing these private screenings, Xbox aims to give young people in underrepresented communities the chance to see heroes who look like them. Through these initiatives, Xbox will spread the values of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to the next generation ready to break into the STEM and Gaming industries.