By: Daniel Fishman – A&E Editor
Chadwick Boseman was a role model who spread the message on issues in the black community and greed, reflecting on what that meant for the United States. Chadwick Boseman was a fierce warrior, who battled through a long battle of stage IV colon cancer for four years. Sadly, on August 28th, Chadwick Boseman passed away in his home due to his battle with cancer, with his family right by his side. Boseman will be remembered for his fierce determination to help his peers and his heart-warming presence.
Boseman started out in play and theatre, and prior attended Howard University. From 2002-2008, he was deeply involved in theatre, writing, producing, and acting in various plays. He was nominated for many small theatre awards which caught the attention of many directors. Boseman became the talk of all directors which led to him starting his TV career in well known shows including “Law and Order”, “CSI:NY”, and “ER”.
This was the start of a legendary career from a young Boseman. He knew it was time for a change in his life, in which he decided to move to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, NY. This is where his career really took off. Securing a role in the hit show, “Lincoln Heights”, Boseman finally caught the attention of movie production, a field he always wished to be in.
Unfortunately, besides two small roles in 2008 and 2012, Boseman’s movie career didn’t really take off. Not giving up, he continued to push out his name to directors like Brian Hedgeland and Ivan Reitman. Finally, his chance came with the main role of Jackie Robinson in the hit film, “42”. He related heavily to the character he portrayed. Boseman’s determination and fight can be greatly similar to Jackie Robinson. It was an excellent film and Boseman had the honor of working with other notable actors, including Harrison Ford and Nicole Beharie.
Senior Hayden Freedland says that Boseman has done a great job being such an inspiration. “I think Boseman did an excellent job embodying Jackie as a person. The interactions he has with the racists throughout the movie is what I think is an accurate depiction of not just what Jackie experienced, but all black people attempting to make a name for themselves,” said Freedland.
His positive reception for this great film led to directors and writers calling his name for the biggest box office movies during the 2010s. The very next year, Boseman starred in the excellent sports movie, “Draft Day”. In that same year, he continued a great run, displaying his history and message he enjoyed presenting to the black community. In “Get On Up”, he starred as James Brown, a legendary singer. In addition, he displayed his acting and directing abilities all in one, co-producing the film, “Marshall”. This film discussed the unfair advantages people had in court cases, focusing on the State of Connecticut v. Joseph Spell case.
Once 2018 hit, his career and name took off a record pace. Working with the well respected superhero empire, Marvel, Boseman displayed the main role of Black Panther in the 12th highest grossing film, “Black Panther”. Boseman previewed the early acting of Black Panther in the 2016 film, “Captain America: Civil War”. Known as T’Challa in the film, Boseman’s acting caught the eye of millions. A relatable character and affectionate role, Chadwick provided a way to watch a movie like no other.
Sophomore Rishi Shetty says that even though the movie was great, the impact was even more important. “I thought it was a great movie, but I think the best part of the movie was the impact it had on the black community, to look at a superhero movie and see someone who looked like them. It is great seeing diversity in Hollywood superhero films,” added Shetty.
Senior Adam Bentahar enjoyed how much of an inspiration Boseman was. “I thought he was an inspiring and influential figure who helped transcend black culture and power,” said Bentahar.
His activism in the black community, inspirational nature, and affectionate smile, ensure that Chadwick Boseman will never be forgotten.