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The World Loses King T’Challa

September 4, 2020
Chadwick Boseman
Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)

Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played Black Panther, died on August 28th, 2020, in Los Angeles. Even though the forty-three-year-old actor had struggled with colon cancer since 2016, he accomplished many things even as he went through treatment. The most notable of his acting roles was King T’Challa in the 2018 movie, Black Panther.

Whether or not you believe Black Panther is one of the finest superhero movies ever made, Chadwick Boseman was perhaps one of the best choices for the lead role. In character, Boseman adopted an African accent to show that you don’t need to be westernized to rule over a country in the African continent.

“This movie is about how you use power. What do you do when you get power?” said Boseman, when interviewed about his role. “The only difference between a hero and the villain is that the villain chooses to use that power in a way that is selfish and hurts other people.”

While Hollywood friends and worldwide fans, young and old, mourn the loss of a fine actor, we can share a few things about him that you might not know.

-Boseman’s first significant role wasn’t until he was thirty-five years old, when he starred in 42, a movie about racism in professional baseball.

-Boseman was born in South Carolina and was the youngest of three boys. His older brother, Kevin, was a dancer, and his confidence and hard work inspired Chadwick.

-Curious about other movies with the actor? Some of his notable accomplishments came after Black Panther. He played the role of a detective in the film 21 Bridges, and a yet-to-be released movie called Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom about an ambitious horn player in the 1920s.

-Prior to acting, Boseman directed, wrote, and produced Hollywood movies and short films. He worked as an acting teacher in New York while directing hip-hop themed plays.

-Finally, Boseman was a supporter of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and he worked on public messages during the 2020 wave of protests against racism in the United States.