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Remembering Chadwick Boseman

“You have to cherish things in a different way when you know the clock is ticking, you are under pressure.”~Chadwick Boseman

On August 28th, the shocking news of American actor Chadwick Boseman’s death was announced. 

His family released this statement:

At the young age of 43, he lost his four year battle with Colon Cancer. During those four years, he secretly endured surgeries and chemotherapy whilst filming numerous films.

His brilliant role as King T’Challa of Wakanda in Black Panther brought him worldwide recognition, but his acting career starting long before the Marvel Universe.

Black Panther Poster

Boseman attended Howard University, and graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Directing. With the help of mentor Phylicia Rayshad and Denziel Washington, he was able to attend the Oxford Mid-Summer of the British American Drama Academy in London.

If you view Chadwick’s impressive IMDb profile, you can see he portrayed a wide range of iconic characters. From portraying the legendary Jackie Robinson in “42” to the talented James Brown in “Get On Up.”  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1569276/

Not only was Chadwick a talented actor, but more importantly, he was devoted Christian who authentically lived out his Christian life. 

In 2018, Boseman gave an inspiring commencement speech at his alma mater (Howard University). He began his 34 minute message by “first, giving honour to the Creator”. In the middle of the speech, he shared the story of his rocky road to success and how he had to have faith in God during the difficult time.”

Chadwick Bosemen at Howard University 2018

In his speech, he stated, “Sometimes you need to feel the pain and sting of defeat to activate the real passion and purpose that God predestined inside of you.” 

“God says in Jeremiah, I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future graduating class. Hear me well on this day. When you hit this day when you have reached the hilltop and you are deciding on next jobs, next steps, careers, further education, you would rather find purpose than a job or career.

“Purpose crosses disciplines. Purpose is an essential element of you. It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history. Your very existence is wrapped up in the things you are here to fulfil.

“Whatever you choose for career path, remember the struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose. When I dare to challenge the system that would relegate us to victims and stereotypes with no clear historical backgrounds, no hopes, talents, when I questioned that method of portrayal, a different path opened up for me.”

In my opinion, when you’re at peace with God, and you know you’re ill, your perceptive/lens about life changes. Your priorities change, and you attempt to live every moment to the fullest. 

Chadwick Boseman was an extraordinary man, husband, actor, and he used his sphere of influence for good.

His faith, grace, strength, talent, and resilience is a lasting legacy for the generations to come.

Well done, good and faithful servant.”~ Matthew 25:23

“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.”

7 comments on “Remembering Chadwick Boseman

  1. Oh Leticia, I wrote about him,too, yesterday as soon as I found out. I didn’t know he was such a fervent Christian and I am sure his faith helped him during the fight as well as during death. His mentor was Denzel Washington, he is also a man of great faith. I love the quotes that you used, truly inspiring and I agree with every piece of information in this post. He left after an intense life, he gave it all, and we are grateful.

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    1. His death was a complete shock.

      I don’t think anyone really knew (besides his family and close friends) about his cancer. I am completely in awe of his work ethic while battling his cancer.

      I completely agree with you, I believe he drew strength from His heavenly Father, from prayer, and his loved ones. His Christian witness and legacy is an encouragement for the rest of us to continue to press forward even when life gets extremely difficult.

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  2. Chadwick’s death was extremely shocking and devastating to all Marvel fans. Battling cancer while giving us absolute great performances is genuinely commendable.
    May he Rest in peace.

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    1. Indeed. Chadwick’s death was a complete shock to the entire world.

      I’ve seen the Jackie Robinson movie “42” and “Black Panther”, but I also want to see the film “Marshall”. In “Marshall”, he plays the role of Thurgood Marshall.
      He was a brilliant actor who embodied talent, grace, and strength.

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      1. It’s more inspiring to me that he gave such incredible performances while battling cancer.. there were so many stunts in black panther; imagine doing this with an ailment!
        He is a true artist!! ♥️
        There’s a viral video of Chadwick’s speech at Howard university where he talks about having purpose in life.
        I believe his purpose was to bring a Black superhero to the masses and inspire the next generation to follow his footsteps ♥️♥️♥️

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  3. Chadwick was such an amazing actor. I”l never forget the first time I saw him on 42 bringing Jackie Robinson’s story to life. It was the reason why I learned more about and started following baseball. Just to think how he passed on the same day they celebrated Jackie Robinson’s Day this year.

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    1. Hi Renato,
      I was also amazed by Chadwick’s performance in “42”. Even though I consider myself to be an avid baseball fan, I was surprised by how much I actually didn’t know about Jackie Robinson.

      The roles that Chadwick chose were intentional, and they always highlighted the struggle within the African American community. I now have a long list of films that are on my bucket list to watch!

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