It’s time to Break It Down!
It is said far too frequently of young talented individuals, they left us too soon. Boseman in his 43 years on this orb called earth delivered enough iconic performances (of icons), to last a lifetime, and he made it look easy, while doing so. Still, he left us too soon.
He took the silver screen by storm in noteworthy performances rekindling the life and times of men who didn’t need to be named, in order for it to be understood about whom one was speaking, including, Jackie Robinson in 42, (2013), and The Godfather of Soul, James Brown (2014), in Get on Up, and a jurist who’s first or last name was all that needed to be uttered to make clear the subject, (Thurgood) Marshall, in 2017. He delivered signature performances in all three films.
But the film and role for which Mr. Boseman, undoubtedly will be immortalized is, the Marvel Comic Universe’s Black Panther, in which he forever etched himself into the memories of millions of viewers and fans, as King T’Challa, of Wakanda. For the novel Marvel Universe fans, he will always stand out as simply, the Black Panther. He appeared in several episodes of the franchise, in addition to one in which he starred.
Boseman initially achieved new fame in 2016 with his performance as Black Panther in the MCU’s Captain America: Civil War. He subsequently played the character in an eponymous 2018 film, which earned him an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. He returned as Black Panther in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019) and was contracted to appear in at least one additional MCU film prior to his death.
He played other roles, to be sure, including early in his career when he performed in a string of guest appearances on television and was a series regular on the short-lived Lincoln Heights (2008–2009) and Persons Unknown (2010). He starred in the independent film The Kill Hole (2012). Boseman also had supporting roles in the films Draft Day (2014) and Gods of Egypt (2016).
In the past couple of years, he headlined the film 21 Bridges (2019) and had a supporting role in the film Da 5 Bloods (2020). His final film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, is scheduled to be released posthumously.
A native of Anderson, SC, Chadwick matriculated at HBCU, Howard University, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the year 2000. He returned to his venerable alma mater to deliver the Commencement Address in 2018.
Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, the same year he first portrayed Black Panther. He kept his condition private, continuing to pursue his acting career while receiving treatment for the illness. After a four-year battle, he died last Friday, August 28, 2020 from complications related to the cancer. Condolences to his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward. “Chadwick Boseman: Rest In Eternal Peace & Power Kind Sir!”
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