NORTH STATE JOURNAL: SALISBURY NATIVE SEEKS TO DISRUPT THE COMIC BOOK INDUSTRY WITH AFRICAN-AMERICAN HEROINE

Rayven Choi isn’t just a fearless orphan who finds herself caught amidst international conflict, she’s also one of the first African American heroines in comic book history. Yet, the woman who brought Choi to life is somewhat of a heroine herself.

Born in Salisbury, Shequeta L. Smith grew up with a strong desire to tell stories. She recalls her first chance was a play she wrote freshman year of high school about her family. In 2000, she took a trip to South Korea she described as “life changing.” Seeking to articulate the friendly culture while infusing her own narrative, Smith wrote “Rayven Choi” as a screenplay three years later, but it wouldn’t see the light of creation for another ten years or so.

Smith graduated from NC State in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in business management. While North Carolina was home, she knew staying in her home state would only take her so far. Like most young people with silver screen dreams, her sights were set on something greater. “Before I left I knew that’s what I wanted…they said I needed to move to L.A. if I want to pursue screenwriting.”

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