The Black Panther star passes away after a long battle with colon cancer
To say that I am devastated is an understatement. Chadwick Boseman, the man who brought the inspiring hero Black Panther to life, has passed due to a four-year battle with colon cancer. Even as he filmed Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and even his most recent movie, Da 5 Bloods, he never told anyone of his personal struggles. He only continued to hone his craft to bring light to our lives.
As an African-American, it’s not often when I get to see a character who looks like me in such a prominent and dignified role but he gave that to us. Black Panther wasn’t nominated for Best Picture because it was the best superhero movie ever made. It was nominated for Best Picture because it impacted the world and at the helm of this cultural phenomenon of a film was Chadwick Boseman. His goodness permeated our very souls, his unwavering strength and determination to do what’s right became a beacon of excellence for children to see. Writing this now, I see that King T’Challa and Boseman were practically one and the same. And maybe that’s why his strength that he portrayed onscreen felt so believable. Because in truth, he was that powerful. To film such an arduous film while at the same time battling Stage III colon cancer is a feat unimaginable but he did it anyway.
I am utterly moved by this man and what he has done on the big screen. The roles he has played have all been dignified and memorable. He made a way for himself by not stooping low but standing tall as he portrayed not only a fictional king in a world of superheroes but real-life African American heroes that have managed to change my world for the better. I’m going to miss Chadwick Boseman’s smile and his speeches. I’m going to miss his brilliance as an actor and his kindness that permeated through the very screen. But most importantly of all, I’m going to miss knowing that a man as dignified and graceful as he was lived in this world to bring joy to us all.
R.I.Peace and in Power, Chadwick Boseman, our HERO, our KING.
May you, as he said in Captain America: Civil War when speaking of the Wakandan afterlife, “run forever.”
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