When I think of the name Chadwick Boseman, I paint beautiful pictures of historic black milestones in my mind. Black Panther is the biggest of the bunch I can think about, there are so many other beautiful roles he played in his 17 years of acting. From playing James Brown a black music legend to the role of Jackie Robinson the first black man to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era, he also stared as Thurgood Marshall, the first United States of America’s black Supreme Court judge. He has played a significant role in portraying the deep and significant impression black lives made on world history.
Chadwick Aaron Boseman was born on the 29th of November, 1976 in Anderson, South Carolina. Boseman was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, to Carolyn and Leroy Boseman, His mother was a nurse and his father worked at a textile factory, According to Boseman, DNA testing indicated that his ancestors were Krio people from Sierra Leone, Yoruba people from Nigeria and Limba people from Sierra Leone.
In his junior year, he wrote his first play, Crossroads, and staged it at his high school after a classmate was shot and killed. Boseman attended college at Howard University in Washington, D.C., graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing. One of his teachers was Phylicia Rashad, who became a mentor. She helped raise funds, notably from her friend and prominent actor Denzel Washington, so that Boseman and some classmates could attend the Oxford Mid-Summer Program of the British American Drama Academy in London, to which they had been accepted.
Boseman wanted to write and direct and initially began studying acting to learn how to relate to actors. After he returned to the U.S., he graduated from New York City’s Digital Film Academy.
He lived in Brooklyn at the start of his career. Boseman worked as the drama instructor in the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program, housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York. In 2008, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
Chadwick Boseman had a career that span for 17 years, starting with a television role in 2003, in an episode of Third Watch. That same year, Boseman portrayed Reggie Montgomery in the daytime soap opera All My Children but stated that he was fired after voicing concerns to producers about racist stereotypes in the script. He only got better and better as time elapsed staring in so many movies over the years including law and order, CSI: NY, Lincoln heights, persons unknown, Detroit 1-8-7, the glades, Gods of Egypt, get on up, 42, the kill hole, Marshall, 21 bridges, draft day, Black Panther and a lot more.
His role as King T’Challa in the black panther movie made so many international waves that it is by far the biggest and most important role he has played in his career. Black Panther gave the world the first full black superhero movie. The franchise was so huge it caused Saudi Arabia to lift a 35-year-old ban on cinemas. The movie made him a hero in the eyes and hearts of many many people on earth mostly black people, which saw Manchester United football star Jesse Lingard do the signature “Wakanda forever” move as he celebrated his goal against Chelsea in the 2017/2018 EPL season to acknowledge the movie. He married singer Taylor Simone Ledward, the couple had no kids.
Chadwick Boseman was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016, he being a fighter, did everything in his power to give the cancer a 4 year fight and did a number of movies while he was dealing with the cancer.
On August 28, 2020 Boseman passed away. He died in his house with his family around him. Chadwick Aaron Boseman is a made the world would never forget. His life was short but well lived. Wakanda Forever.
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