Once upon a time in Black Entrepreneur History, there was a man named Chadwick Aaron Boseman.
Born on November 29, 1976 in Anderson, South Carolina to parents Leroy Boseman, a textile factory worker and entrepreneur with his own upholstery business, and mother Carolyn Boseman, a nurse, Chadwick was went on to become one of the most talented and history making African American actors of the 21st century.
Chadwick Boseman attended T.L. Hanna High School where his talent for the arts was shown in the first play he wrote titled Crossroads. Later, he went on to study at Howard University in Washington D.C. with a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Directing. He graduated in the year 2000, and then went to London to study during the summer at the British American Drama Academy.
Although Chadwick aspired to be a director and actually became a director and producer, he ended up doing much more acting when he moved from Brooklyn where he was an instructor at the Schomburg Juniors Scholars Program to Los Angeles, California in 2008.
From there, Chadwick Boseman’s career skyrocketed. In a short time, the selection of movies and characters he portrayed were phenomenal sci-fi and historically.
His most famous starring movie role which made history in the Marvel cinematic universe and in Hollywood along with worldwide was in the movie Black Panther where he played T’Challa who is Black Panther. The movie made history as the first all black superhero movie with such cultural significance around the globe.
Many toys of the character Black Panther and his own likeness were made and sold off the shelves, making history.
At the time of his death, the movie Yasuke, the story of the first black Samurai, was in pre-production. Boseman had the starring role as Yasuke. He was also the voice of Black Panther in the television series titled What If…? that was currently in production.
He’d just finished Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom where he played the character Levee. Viola Davis starred as Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues. This finalized his movie career portraying historical figures in African American culture and history.
The list of Chadwick Boseman starring movies were remarkable for his short career, and the list is below.
- The Kill Hole (2012)
- 42 (2013; starred as Jackie Robinson)
- Draft Day (2014)
- Get On Up (2014; starred as James Brown “The Godfather of Soul”
- Gods of Egypt (2016)
- Captain America:Civil War (2016)
- Message from the King (2016)
- Marshall (2016; starred as Thurgood Marshall)
- Black Panther (2018; starred as T’Challa/Black Panther)
- Avengers:Infinity War (2018)
- Avengers:Endgame (2019)
- 21 Bridges (2019)
- Da 5 Bloods (2020)
- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)
Boseman also had many other short film rolls and television rolls prior to his movie career.
Chadwick Boseman is the winner of the NAACP Award for Black Panther and a Screen Actors Guild Award for the same movie.
Politically, he was a supporter of the Democratic Party, showing his love for Kamala Harris who is now the history making African American female Democratic VP nominee with Joe Biden. From his twitter on August 11th, he wrote: “Yes @KamalaHarris! #WhenWeAllVote #Vote2020”
The 6 feet tall actor passed away in Los Angeles, California with his family and wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, by his side of stage 4 colon cancer on August 28, 2020. He was diagnosed in 2016 and it progressed to stage 4 in 2020. He was 43. He married Taylor months before his death in a secret ceremony.
At the news of his death, the state of South Carolina was ordered by Governor McMaster to fly the Statehouse flags at half-staff to honor the native of the state on August 30, 2020 from sunrise to sunset.
He never released the news of his health issues to the media and continued to make movies, entertaining the public with his awesome talent while fighting the bitter disease.
Many saw him losing weight, but attributed it to him preparing for another movie role. Questions began to arise when he was sent to the hospital in July of 2020, but still, there was no official answer as to what happened other than weight loss.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage 4. A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all an d brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with is wife and family by his side. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks you to continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.” – Chadwick Boseman Twitter
Chadwick Boseman was buried in South Carolina, the state of his birth, in the city of Belton at Welfare Baptist Church Cemetery on September 3, 2020.