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A true fighter both on & off-screen

No one would have ever imagined a person who gave life to numerous extraordinary characters such as Floyd Little, Jackie Robinson, James Brown & King T’Challa would leave the world so soon. The man who played all these roles is none other than Chadwick Boseman who truly was a fighter both on & off the screen. Chadwick Aaron Boseman was born on  29th of November 1976 in South Carolina in the USA. Boseman graduated from TL Hanna High School in 1995 & later  attended college at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and went on to earn a degree in  Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing in 2000.He then decided to move to England to enroll in the British American Drama Academy..After he returned to the USA, he took additional course work in film studies, graduating from New York City’s Digital Film Academy.

In between 2002 & 2009, Boseman worked as a drama instructor in the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.He gained huge popularity as a playwright and stage actor in 2002, performing in multiple productions. He also went onto win an AUDELCO award in 2002 for his exceptional performance in Ron Milner‘s Urban Transitions.He has also directed a number of stage productions, as well as the short film Blood Over a Broken Pawn, which was honored at the 2008 Hollywood Black Film Festival. His best-known play, Deep Azure, was nominated for a 2006 Jeff Award for Best New Work. Boseman started to make a name for himself on TV by appearing in guest roles on crime dramas like Third Watch in the mid-2000s. He also appeared in his first feature film in 2008, The Express: The Ernie Davis Story, as Floyd Little. Boseman’s breakthrough role came in 2013 with the film 42, in which he portrayed the lead role of baseball legend Jackie Robinson. In 2014, Boseman starred in another sporting film, Draft Day.

In 2016, he starred as Thoth, a deity from Egyptian mythology, in Gods of Egypt. In 2016, Boseman began portraying the Marvel Comics character T’Challa; The King of Wakanda, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Captain America: Civil War marked his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe . Boseman returned as the Black Panther in 2018, in the Black Panther movie, which focused on the character and his home country of Wakanda. Boseman was often seen making his significant pose which depicts “Wakanda Forever” even during press interviews, following the release of these movies.

The “Black Panther Movie” opened with mostly positive reviews, becoming one of the highest-grossing films. The role also earned Boseman a spot in the world’s most influential people in 2018. It is seen as a landmark in being the first mega-budget movie to have a predominantly black cast. The film was also critically well-received and Boseman’s performance as King T’Challa was highly praised. He reprised the role in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers; Endgame, which were released in 2018 and 2019, respectively. In 2019, he starred in 21 Bridges, which was an American action thriller film. In what would be his final role, Boseman played trumpeter Levee Green in the on-screen adaptation of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The role won Boseman posthumous Golden Globe, Critics Choice and also an Oscar nomination. 

Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, which eventually progressed to stage IV before 2020. He chose to  never speak publicly about his cancer diagnosis. Despite undergoing several surgeries & Chemotherapy session, he continued to work and completed production for several films, including Marshall, Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey which goes on to show the passion & level of commitment he has towards the craft. After fighting cancer for almost 4 years, Boseman passed away on August 28, 2020, at his Los Angeles home. During his life span of 43 years, Chadwick Boseman had truly been such an inspiration for one & all and also been a true fighter till the very end. A man who tried to fulfil his life’s purpose to the best of his ability & who truly believed that “The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose”.  

Boseman once said, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything You gave me”. Boseman truly did live up to this quote of his & continues to inspire many even after his death. He will continue to be remembered as a person who didn’t give up even during the toughest times.

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