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Social Media was set ablaze with sobering news of the passing of The Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman’s premature death at 43 to colon cancer. The actors’ influence on Black culture as well as Hollywood was easily discernible as Twitter, Instagram, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and People Magazine raced to post praises of his work.
Oprah penned a particularly moving tribute to Boseman remarking,
“Chadwick was really out here shooting all of these huge action movies while fighting stage 4 colon cancer. Man. Strong isn’t even the word.”
Halle Berry, an admirer and Oscar winning actress tweeted,
“Here’s to an incredible man with immeasurable talent, who leaned into life regardless of his personal battles.”
Lastly, Barack Obama highlighted,
“Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson. You could tell right away that he was blessed. To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years.”
Jordan Peele summed up what so many of us are feeling as the news sets in, simply,
“This is a crushing blow.”
Mahershali Ali penned a poignant article yet kept his Instagram touching and succinct,
“Peace King… Thank you for your extraordinary work, your exemplary character and leadership. Love you Brother.”
Ava DuVernay award winning director and earth shaking activist noted,
“Black Hollywood is small. Like a small village. When you think about it, there’s really a handful of us working actors, writers, HODs, crew, directors in a massive industry. One absence devastates. Chad loomed large among us. We will miss him, never forget him, love him – always.”
Winfrey herself was a huge fan of the actors’ work in the Blockbuster hit, The Black Panther. She co-hosted, A night in Wakanda, for Oscar voters in the year the film was nominated for a bevy of awards. She spoke ebulliently that night and said in part,
“…Because everybody recognized that something bigger than a movie was happening up on that screen. We all knew — those of us who have come from the culture and the history — how lit it was. It just gave us life! It gave us life! But it was so affirming for everyone who saw it because you knew that it was bigger than this moment — it was a cultural happening — and just to be in the theater was to be a part of all of that.”
For his part, it seems Boseman knew the impact of a certain superhero. His representatives noted upon his passing,
It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
His team released a statement saying, “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”
Although he is gone, his work lives on and we will enjoy watching him in years to come. Rest easy, King. Tune in daily to Afterbuzz TV articles and after shows for the latest news and info.
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