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Forever in Our Hearts: 7 Colleagues Remember Chadwick Boseman

“Immeasurable grief”. Our hearts are reeling from the hurt of this loss. The weight of his absence is palpable. Just 7 days ago, on Friday, August 28, 2020, Chadwick Aaron Boseman took flight out of this world. The vast majority of us did not know he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, through “countless surgeries and chemotherapy” he exhibited incredible strength and fortitude that was other-worldly. Through that time he freely gave us such works as Marshall, a look into the life of a young Thurgood Marshall; 21 Bridges, an action thriller in which he starred and produced; Da 5 Bloods; August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and the historic role that ignited a movement, that of King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther which firmly placed his already well-respected career into stratospheric heights. 

Chadwick, we love you and hope you felt that outpouring during your earthly sojourn. We miss you deeply and we thank you for your selflessness and strength in leaving a layered legacy for us, our children, and generations to come. Rest well young king. 

We ponder words of remembrance of 7 women who experienced an infinite artistic connection with Chadwick. 

Angela Bassett – Ramonda, Queen Mother of Wakanda in Black Panther
(photo via Disney/Marvel Studios, 2017)

“…Our story began long before his historic turn as Black Panther. During the premiere party for Black Panther, Chadwick reminded me…when I received my honorary doctorate degree from Howard University, his alma mater, he was the student assigned to escort me that day. And here we were years later as friends, and colleagues, enjoying the most glorious night ever!… This young man’s dedication was awe-inspiring, his smile contagious, his talent unreal…I pay tribute to a beautiful spirit, a consummate artist, a soulful brother…All you possessed Chadwick, you freely gave. Rest now, sweet prince.” #WakandaForever

-Angela Bassett
Nicole Beharie – Rachel Isum Robinson in 42
(photo via Warner Bros. Picture/Legendary Pictures Productions LLC, 2013)

LIGHT BEARER. GRIOT. VESSEL. A GIFT. A GIANT. Master. He gave us so much. Embodying a hero from each generation…Chad wanted us to see our brilliance…our potential. He brought such beauty here, blessing us while he battled, never letting on to his struggle…Sharing only light and inspiration…humility, charisma, and SKILL. …He was showing us…through heroes and being one himself, how to Dig fearlessly into purpose. Despite the hardship or pain. Start now.”

-Nicole Beharie
Tika Sumpter – Yvonne Fair in Get On Up
(photo via EBONY, 2014)

“Two angels. Heartbroken. Always remembered. No matter what.” #chadwickboseman

-Tika Sumpter, Reflections on Nelsan Ellis as Bobby Byrd in Get On Up and Chadwick Boseman
LeTitia Wright – Shuri in Black Panther
(photo via Disney/Marvel Studios, 2017)

“Words can’t describe how I feel, how we all feel, that losing you was forced upon us, to accept this as a new reality.

I wish I got to say goodbye…

God told me that you were my brother and that I am to love you as such, and I always did, and I always will.  

But now, my heart is broken.  Searching for [an] old message of exchange, cards filled with your handwriting, and memories of you holding my hand as if it was for eternity.

I thought this would be forever, this hurts.

I’m trusting God to heal all wounds.

It is also written that all things are made new, there is light in the darkness.

Streams of living water flow, giving new life.

And all that’s left now is for us to allow all the seeds that you have planted on the earth to grow, to blossom, to become even more beautiful.

You’re forever in my heart.”

-LETITIA WRIGHT, EXCERPT FROM HER ORIGINAL SPOKEN-WORD POEM
Jill Scott – Deidre “Dee-Dee” Jenkins in Get On Up
(photo via D Stevens/ Universal Pictures, 2014)

“Ever so thoughtful. Ever so profoundly kind, motivated, and clear. You touched my heart and the hearts of millions. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. Rest well, friend…Rest well Nelsan. You two ARE MISSED!!!!!” #sincerelygood #sincerelydopehumanbeings #sincerelyKINGS

-Jill Scott
Danai Gurira – Okoye in Black Panther
(photo via Disney/Marvel Studios, 2017)

“How do you honor a king?… Struggling for words. Nothing feels adequate…Such a pure-hearted, profoundly generous, regal, fun guy. My entire job as Okoye was to respect and protect a king. Honor his leadership. Chadwick made that job profoundly easy. He was the epitome of kindness, elegance, diligence, and grace… A true class act. And so perfectly equipped to take on the responsibility of leading the franchise that changed everything for Black representation. 

He made everyone feel loved, heard, and seen…He had a heroic spirit, and marched forward to the beat of his own drum.

He was zen and sweet and funny (with the very best laugh), attentive, and truly, truly good. The children he inspired, my heart aches for them, to lose their hero just as they finally found him. I am so thankful to have…spent time in his light and leadership and to call him forever a friend.”

-Danai Gurira
Lupita Nyong’o – Nakia in Black Panther
(photo via Disney/Marvel Studios, 2017)

“I admire your quiet, confident, regal nature. You brought the wealth of all your knowledge, wisdom, and physicality to T’Challa. You led us into the land of Wakanda without ego, without pretense, without fear. 

We reap the benefits now squarely because of your courage, your fierce dedication, intense passion, and your grueling workout regimen… We celebrate BREAKING BOX OFFICE RECORDS…for many reasons, but chief among them is because we had you as our king…”

At publishing time there was understandably not a current comment from Lupita, since Chadwick’s passing. We discovered a befitting tribute she posted on February 19, 2018

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