The tragic passing of legendary Hollywood actor Chadwick Boseman was announced through his social media accounts on Friday night. It was revealed through these posts that Boseman had been battling colon cancer since 2016.
With one million words, I couldn’t aptly portray how truly incredible Chadwick Boseman was as an actor, nor the cultural significance of his roles that made him such an iconic figure in America. Boseman’s portrayal of Jackie Robinson and Black Panther will leave a lasting impact on many throughout the country who looked to him as a symbol of hope and a role model to aspire to live up to.
Boseman’s legacy will live on for generations. He’ll undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most important people in Hollywood to have graced us with his performances during the 21st century. To lose a person like that is to lose a piece of humanity.
It haunts me to think about exactly what we’re losing in Chadwick Boseman. It’s a loss that I worry the world wasn’t ready for. In fact, I think it’s safe to say given the state of social issues in the country, it’s one I know the world wasn’t ready for. I just hope that the impact he had can be celebrated and recognized to an extent that will encompass and honor the impact he would’ve had in the years to come.
I still remember going into the theater to see “42” with my dad. It’s a movie that was so important to me as a young boy learning about the world and the dark history of one of the sports I loved. He’ll be deeply missed by the many people he inspired, a list which absolutely includes myself. His work was profound and his loss is immeasurable. Thank you for everything, Chadwick. Rest In Peace. You’ve given the world more than you will ever know.
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