Written By Nikita Gabay & Malik Bradley of W&R
Gone too soon but an inspiration through his passion. I remember I drew this piece around the time Blank Panther came out in theaters back in 2018. It was one of the film photos with the main characters in a nine square collage. I drew it because the facial features in each character were so prominent and I wanted to capture the essence of their bone structures through shading. I would not have imagined, that this day would come so soon just two short years later as a moment to remember Chadwick Boseman. His recent passing, Friday, August 29th 2020, has left many sad and reflecting on his work. Chadwick Boseman was more than just the Black Panther, he played all of his roles convincingly. A few of our favorites were 42 (2013), Get on Up (2014), A Message From the King (2016), and 21 Bridges (2019). If you haven’t seen any of those films, it’s a great watch.
What was most admirable is which character roles he chose to play and which movies he chose to be in. He was a stand up guy, great role model for those of the African diaspora in that he always carried himself in a respectful manner. He has never once muttered the “N” word in any of his performances. We at Wisdom and Royalty want to take this moment to honor Chadwick Boseman’s legacy that he has left for us here on Earth. Sources state that in 2016, he found out that he was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. He has played in various lead roles and has been providing his insight on hope to encourage others to fulfill their passion since then.
Chadwick Boseman was the example that we needed more of in this generation and it is a shame his passing was so soon. What he did was help rewrite the narrative of the black man and how he was presented in the media. May his example be used as proof that we can be more than what we are often portrayed as.