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There are no words that can adequately describe the heartache countless are feeling on hearing the news of actor Chadwick Boseman’s death. To say his talent was immeasurable, would be an understatement. He was a true treasure who brought life to each role he took on, masterfully, as if he had stepped into the souls of each of the iconic characters that he imprinted on our hearts.
He gifted us with portrayals of Jackie Robinson (42), James Brown (Get on Up), Thurgood Marshall (Marshall), and moved us immensely in Black Panther, and Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods – performances that will forever reverberate in our hearts in response to their timeless messages of power and persistence.
He was a seed that sprouted and blossomed quickly into an iconic performer perhaps because we would have him for only a short time. But in that span of time, he left everything on the table – as the greats do – and gave us timeless performances that stand as tributes to those whose legacies he paid homage to.
In Black Panther, he gave African Americans a new appreciation for their roots and cultural heritage, lifting the spirits of young and old to new heights, and left us in awe of the supreme royalty and kingship we possess as a people as he transported us into a land called Wakanda and implanted it in our hearts forever.
And to know that Boseman embodied a courage that allowed him to deposit every ounce of his gift into bringing these characters to life while fighting a private battle of his own, speaks not only to his devotion to his craft but his dedication to telling stories that mattered, and empowered.
He was the kind of actor who when he originally stepped on the acting scene, you found yourself asking, “Who is that?” and making a conscious mental note to watch for him in the future, knowing that you were witnessing immense talent unfolding before your eyes long before the accolades or awards would come. You saw that “it” factor, much like the “it” factor of a Denzel Washington when he first arrived on the scene, the man that Boseman would later reveal provided funding for him, and other students, at the request of his acting teacher, actress, Phylicia Rayshad, that enabled him to attend a prestigious acting program at Oxford University in England, unbeknownst to Washington.
So, like Boseman, who knew the importance of thanking those who invested in him, we send a special shout out to Denzel Washington for depositing an anonymous seed of support and encouragement that blessed us with an iconic actor who will live on in our hearts and spirits.
When a seed is planted and rises, what a gift, what a treasure.
Many in Entertainment, and beyond, shared their thoughts on the tragic loss of the iconic actor: