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Chadwick Boseman was a Howard University graduate. He graduated top of his class and became a household name. Winning over 20 awards and nominations. He was not only known for his acting and other film abilities but for his kind heart and wisdom.
He was a selfless person, he kept his cancer a secret, not only for privacy reasons but to help protect the hearts of young Black people who looked up to him. He did many speeches and gave hope to future generations.
The world is mourning the loss of the man who was an actor, activist, and hero. Boseman’s close friends and coworkers remember the inspirational times they had with him.
Ryan Coogler director of the best-selling film “Black Panther,” recalls the story of when he knew accents were going to be an important part of the making of the film:
“Chad and John began conversing in a language I had never heard before, it sounded familiar, full of the same clicks and smacks that young Black children would make in the states. But, it had a musicality to it that felt ancient, powerful, and African.”
In previous years Black Americans and African culture have not been brought to light in the film industry. Boseman’s fight to show black culture began a new era of heroes. He fought Marvel to ensure that Africa was presented correctly including the use of accents.
Before Boseman pushed the envelope, African accents in films were deemed to be improper and “too much.” Because of his efforts, this stigma is now being tamed and other movements are rising.
Written By Trinity Simmons-Brooks
The Washington Post: Why Chadwick Boseman’s fight for African accents in ‘Black Panther’ was so important
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