Honoring the Influence & Artistry of Chadwick Boseman
Powerful, Tearful Tributes from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Ryan Coogler
In a year of heartbreak, Chadwick Boseman’s death snuck up on the world in a biting way. In the same year of change, we celebrate a brilliant, empowering influence for generations to come, and a hope for even the darkest moments of our present.
“That’s what makes Chadwick Boseman so important to the black community. He was and is a celluloid monument as powerful as the Lincoln Memorial, a visual manifestation of the qualities African Americans strive for, so that his name itself conjures the image of a black man with integrity and courage. Someone devoted to truth and an unwillingness to compromise his principles.”
“He was a special person. We would often speak about heritage and what it means to be African. When preparing for the film, he would ponder every decision, every choice, not just for how it would reflect on himself, but how those choices could reverberate.”
Ryan Coogler and the late Chadwick Boseman attend the European Premiere of ‘Black Panther’ at Eventim Apollo on February 8, 2018, in London, Englang. Jeff Spicer/FilmMagic Hollywood Reporter