"In my culture, death is not the end." l King T’Challa
Chadwick Boseman 1976-Aug 28, 2020 l quilt art by Bisa Butler
He represented some of the very best qualities that make us human beings; honor, dignity, strength, courage of character, talent and love. I hope to have captured just one tiny stitch of the greatness that was within him. Rest in power King.
Last day of Black History Month and I’m celebrating and honoring the amazing, very talented, the late Chadwick Bozeman. He was an American actor and playwright. After studying directing at Howard University, he became prominent in theater, winning a Drama League Directing Fellowship and an acting AUDELCO, and being nominated for a Jeff Award as a playwright for Deep Azure. Transitioning to the screen, he landed his first major role as a series regular on Persons Unknown in 2010, and his breakthrough performance came in 2013 as baseball player Jackie Robinson in the biographical film 42. He continued to portray historical figures, starring in Get on Up (2014) as singer James Brown and Marshall (2017) as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Boseman achieved international fame for playing superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) from 2016 to 2019. He appeared in four MCU films, including an eponymous 2018 film that earned him an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. As the first black actor to headline an MCU film, he was also named in the 2018 Time 100. In 2016, Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer. Boseman kept his condition private, continuing to act until his death from complications related to the illness in August 2020. He extensively supported cancer charities publicly and privately, as well as giving to organizations that support disadvantaged children. His final film, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, was released posthumously in 2020 to critical acclaim. At the 27th Screen Actors Guild Awards Boseman received four nominations, for his work in Ma Rainey as well as Da 5 Bloods, breaking the record for most nominations for an actor in a single night. RIP 🤴. #WakandaForever