Morehouse Students Land Sesame Street Gig After Going Viral


Ryan Velez

Most students would dream to have an extra credit assignment turn into a potential job opportunity. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports that a Morehouse College sophomore has managed to do just that, getting a deal with Sesame Street for him and his brother.

Julien Turner, a marketing major at the Atlanta HBCU, shared the news on his social media accounts this week.

“Thankful to announce that my brother and I have become two of the youngest filmmakers to ever be commissioned to produce a Sesame Street film. It will be featured in the 2018-2019 season,” he wrote. At the moment, there’s no details on the film, but the 19-year old, who began a production company called Dreadhead Films with his brother Justen six years ago, is a perfect match.

To turn back the clock, Turner’s viral fame started with an assignment from his biology professor that was wide open to interpretation. “She gave us a rubric. She said it can be over any topic we covered as long as it was a visual piece,” he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Inspired by Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3,” the 19-year-old from Ohio created a music video about cell mitosis called “XY Cell Life” for the “Biological Science For Non-Majors” course.

While the original lyrics are “Push me to the edge/ All my friends are dead,” he remixed them to “If my genes go left unread/ All my cells are dead.”

He posted his creation on his Twitter page that Thursday, and it quickly went viral. As of Friday evening, it had been retweeted more than 81,000 times and liked more than 174,000 times. In fact, this all took place before he even had a chance to submit it for a grade. Dreadhead Films, according to its website, has Turner as the writer and his brother working behind the camera, and has received praise from the Urban Media Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival.

“It’s funny though, because this happens to be the least reflective of what we do,” he laughed. All it took to earn him fame and a job was his campus library, dorm building, and the help from a friend and a football teammate. This just goes to show that creativity pays off, and that you never know when lightning will strike.