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Posted: November 30, 2017

Morehouse student who created viral extra credit video lands ‘Sesame Street’ deal

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Sesame Street Characters (L-R) Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Abby Cadabby attend HBO Premiere of Sesame Street's The Magical Wand Chase at the Metrograph on November 9, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for HBO)
Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for HBO
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Sesame Street Characters (L-R) Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Abby Cadabby attend HBO Premiere of Sesame Street's The Magical Wand Chase at the Metrograph on November 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for HBO)

By Najja Parker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA —


The Morehouse College sophomore, whose extra credit assignment went viral, will soon get to share his talents with younger kids, because he and his younger brother have just landed a deal with “Sesame Street”

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

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“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.

No word yet on the details of the project, but the 19-year-old, who began a production company called Dreadhead Films with his brother Justen six years ago, is well equipped to get the job done. 

When his biology professor asked students to submit an extra credit project, Turner produced a video that unexpectedly sent the internet into a frenzy.

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Inspired by Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3,” the Ohioan 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 to his Twitter page, quickly going viral and garnering national attention. Since its upload nearly a month ago, it’s been retweeted more than 180,000 times and liked more than 357,000 times. 

Now, he and his brother have the opportunity to make learning more fun for kiddies, too. 

Want to learn more? Follow their journey here.

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