“Everybody is the hero in their own story“ 🖤
Chadwick Boseman was a true artist, bringing to life T’Challa, a superhero and leader of Wakanda, in the film Black Panther – praised as a cultural milestone for having a primarily black cast.
The character is an inspiration for young black people in particular – as Black Panther was the first high-profile black Marvel superhero, and Wakanda, a powerful nation with the most advanced technology on Earth.
“When you’re doing a character, you want to know the full landscape. You want to know them spiritually mentally and physically.”
Boseman wanted to write and direct, and initially began studying acting to learn how to relate to actors. Boseman attended college at Howard University in Washington, D.C., graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing.
“I’m an artist. Artists don’t need permission to work. Regardless of whether I’m acting or not, I write. I write when I’m tired in fact, because I believe your most pure thoughts surface.”
After appearing regularly on television in one-off and recurring roles, his big-screen breakthrough as Jackie Robinson in the 2013 biopic “42” started a remarkable run of iconic Black characters — real ones like Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and James Brown, and imaginary ones like his best-known, Black Panther.
“As an African-American actor, a lot of our stories haven’t been told.“
RIP CHADWICK BOSEMAN
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all quotes by Chadwick Boseman