One thing we all must know by now is that death does not discriminate. When it’s your time, it’s your time. We have said goodbye to many people this year– to so many legends that have made an everlasting impact on us. Kobe Bryant. Bill Withers. John Lewis. Naya Rivera. Earl Cameron. The list goes on, and yet another legend has been added to the list. Today, we’re remembering Chadwick Boseman, who passed away last night after battling colon cancer for the past four years. He was 43.
A superhero, a fighter, and an inspiration to many, Boseman will never be forgotten, as he left his many marks on the world. When we heard the news of his passing, the world once again stopped.
“As an African-American actor, a lot of our stories haven’t been told.”
Chadwick Boseman, The Hollywood Reporter
Our Jackie Robinson.
42 was one of the many ways we fell in love with him. His portrayal of Jackie Robinson is 100% one for the books. From that point forward, Chadwick Boseman made it clear to us that his storytelling would only take the film industry by storm; he knew that his work was no where near done.
According to the MLB, “His transcendent performance in 42 will stand the test of time and serve as a powerful vehicle to tell Jackie’s story to audiences for generations to come.”
Our James Brown.
About one year later, he surprised us with his role as James Brown in the 2014 movie Get On Up.
Known as soul brother #1, and the godfather of soul, Brown’s character and life was perfectly emulated by Boseman. From his looks (especially his hair), to his speech, and to the dance moves, there is no denying that he nailed that role.
Our Thurgood Marshall
Another important, leading role he had was in Marshall (2017), as he portrayed the lawyer, the civil rights activist, and the first black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Yet another biopic that is not only historically important, but is beautifully done. Mainly known for his role in the court case Brown v. Board of Education, he also played a significant role in the trial of Joseph Spell, which is what most of the movie is about.
Last, but certainly not least, Chadwick Boseman was our King T’Challa. His role in Black Panther was not only life-changing for his career, but it was also life-changing for fans of him and Marvel.
It felt like yesterday when my family and I were rushing to see Black Panther in theaters. We dressed in all black and listened to the soundtrack for a year straight. We knew from the moment we saw the trailer that Black Panther would have a long-lasting effect on not only Marvel, but the black community.
Black Panther strengthened and uplifted the black community in so many ways. It reminded them that they’re all kings and queen. Reminding them to be proud of who they are. Reminding them that they matter. This especially applies to the children, as they will always and forever look up to King T’Challa. Because of Boseman, young, black men will always be reminded of how strong and beautiful they truly are.
Passing over $1 billion in the global box office after 26 days since its release, the cast of Black Panther have left their mark on the world, and this will be a movie that will be around for decades.
Thank you, Chadwick Boseman.
We think that it is important to acknowledge Chadwick Boseman not only as our King of Wakanda but as an amazing storyteller. He is an inspiration to all students and alumni from Howard, to children now yearning to be the Black Panther, to aspiring actors/actresses, and so many more. He will never be forgotten, as his death caused an endless amount of heartache.
“In my culture, death is not the end; it’s more of a stepping off point. You reach out with both hands and Bast and Sekhmet, they lead you into a green veld where you can run forever.“
Chadwick Boseman, Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Rest in Power.
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