As you are most likely all aware, because as is always the case that sad news travels the fastest, the world lost what Spike Lee described as a “Trooper” while working with him on Da 5 Bloods on 28th August aged just 43. Boseman had been battling colon cancer since his diagnosis in 2016 but had never gone public with it. Even people like Spike Lee who worked with him during this time did not know.
He filmed some of his greatest moments between surgeries and chemotherapy sessions, proving to have been the hero everyone knew he was always destined to play. His most well known and well loved role was as King T’Challa in Black Panther (a truly game changing movie in the history of super hero movies as well as not just black cinema but cinema in general).
His work in cinema has been absolutely inspiring for black communities who have often said that, especially for children it had a huge impact to see such a powerful black actor on the screen. I don’t think there is anyone who could have played the part better as he always (in his roles and personal life – as proven by his silence about his illness) maintained an incredible sense of humility for his work and impact on the world.
This impact and ability to bring people together has continued after his untimely death as the last tweet on his Twitter profile has been confirmed by Twitter as having been the most liked tweet of all time… A true testament to the number of people touched by this incredible ambassador in cinema. AT the time of writing this it had been liked 6.7 million times:
The tweet reads that it was the honor of his career to have played King T’Challa, but I think there are few people who can disagree that the honor is all ours… the honor to have been able to see him bring that role to life.
Rest in peace Chadwick Boseman, Wakanda for ever!