Residents gathered in Chadwick Boseman's hometown of Anderson, South Carolina to mourn and celebrate him with speeches and a "Black Panther" screening. James Brown's daughter called the actor “the epitome of black excellence.”https://t.co/Az09i5UVnE
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) September 4, 2020
Now that we’ve got some time and space to process it all properly…
BREAKING: Chadwick Boseman — star of 'Black Panther' — has passed away from colon cancer at age 43. His family confirmed the news on Twitter Friday night, saying “he died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.” Here was his moving SAG award acceptance speech from 2019 pic.twitter.com/P4rrUIK0HP
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 29, 2020
Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson. You could tell right away that he was blessed. To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years. https://t.co/KazXV1e7l7
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 29, 2020
Jackie Robinson. Thurgood Marshall. James Brown. T'Challa. Chadwick Boseman played men who advanced a people’s progress, a trail he helped blaze himself. @jakecoyleAP writes that Boseman played icons, and died one, too.https://t.co/mI1VksSify
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) August 29, 2020
Chadwick Boseman 'was a real-life black superhero' https://t.co/6dIefVp7tU
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) September 1, 2020
Thank you for being our hero ?? pic.twitter.com/azHTidUQkq
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) August 29, 2020
All along, the superhero was him. pic.twitter.com/VvOdcbFUP4
— Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) August 29, 2020
Chadwick Boseman: Tributes pour in for Black Panther actor https://t.co/Um4hz5KayS
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 29, 2020
Parents of young "Black Panther" fans struggle with telling children of actor’s death https://t.co/ROlWqNj6wU
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 30, 2020
The true power of @ChadwickBoseman was bigger than anything we saw on screen. From the Black Panther to Jackie Robinson, he inspired generations and showed them they can be anything they want — even super heroes. Jill and I are praying for his loved ones at this difficult time.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 29, 2020
— John Eligon (@jeligon) August 29, 2020
Colon cancer has taken too many young Black men too soon. I’m heartbroken for Chadwick Boseman’s family and friends, and for everyone who saw themselves in his roles. He was a hero on screen and off. Sending comfort to everyone grieving.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 29, 2020
Most liked Tweet ever.
— Twitter (@Twitter) August 29, 2020
Mark Ruffalo, Jordan Peele and Denzel Washington are among many expressing shock, grief and gratitude in the wake of the loss of Chadwick Boseman, who died at age 43. https://t.co/MxmZmIMv42
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 29, 2020
— The Tonight Show (@FallonTonight) March 1, 2018
Denzel Washington once quietly helped pay for Howard University students to attend a prestigious theater program at Oxford when they couldn't afford to go. Chadwick Boseman was one of those students. Last year, Boseman told the story and spoke about legacy https://t.co/ANlZUYgRzd
— Laura Hudson (@laura_hudson) August 29, 2020
Chadwick Boseman getting emotional about trading letters with kids with terminal cancer who passed before they got to see Black Panther…knowing he was himself battling cancer when he said this. Jesus. pic.twitter.com/o6l6hUjanU
— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) August 29, 2020
One of my first presentations in grad school was in sociolinguistics where I showed the very precisely-crafted accent that Chadwick Boseman made for Black Panther. Every phoneme and allophone was a deliberate choice to make a Wakandan accent sound free of Western influence.
— Tentin Quarantino (@agraybee) August 29, 2020
Karen Attiah, at the Washington Post:
… In choosing to fight for African accents, Boseman was fighting against the legacies of colonialism. The fictional kingdom of Wakanda is supposed to be a powerful African nation, one that is self-sufficient — a representation of what could have been if African nations had not been colonized and plundered for their resources by outside powers. Marvel would have undermined one of the central motifs of “Black Panther” if it had gotten its way and forced its actors to adopt British accents, to mimic the tongue of one of Africa’s most powerful colonizers.
Boseman worked with a dialect coach for his role, to take on a Xhosa accent to match the heritage of Kani, who played his father, T’Chaka, in the films. Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o spoke in her native Kenyan accent. The other accents were “all over the place” as Kenyan journalist Larry Madowo said at the time. “They wanted to base the accents on Xhosa from South Africa, but some of it sounded Nigerian, others sounded more Ugandan. It was very confusing, and I understand perfecting an accent is difficult, but oh, my goodness, it was so messy!”
As a first-generation American with roots in Ghana, I recognize what Boseman did to champion a fantasy rendering of Africanness on a big screen may have been messy to our ears. But it was important for global Black culture. Back in 2009, when I lived in Accra, Ghana, as a media researcher, I remember attending radio journalism classes where the instructors lectured aspiring radio presenters in the class to approximate the accent of Queen’s English. (The instructors tried to correct my American accent, too). The message they were sending was clear: To be seen as authoritative, respectable, worthy of being listened to, you needed to speak in the same accent as the very people who helped to subjugate Ghanaians.
“Black Panther” is proof that isn’t true. And today, more and more Black creators of African heritage are finding their way onto the big and small screen, and bringing African accents and languages with them…
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) September 1, 2020
The proverb says that no man is a hero to his valet, but Boseman was a hero even to his bodyguard (who may have introduced Boseman to the idea of playing Black Panther).
Imagine what it would be like to be remembered. https://t.co/sB4QqsAFog
— Marcher Lord Fred (@LesserFrederick) August 29, 2020
this is going to be the most Y-chromosomal thing i have ever said in my life, but soldiering through the best years of your career while terminally ill and not revealing it to the public until you're gone is a Viking-caliber way to die
— donald john president (@Theophite) August 29, 2020