The unfortunate loss of Chadwick Boseman

Samuel Ogali, Courier Staff

The year 2020 has been a repeated kick in the groin, and right when you think the pain will subdue, it only surprises you and hurts far worse. For me, like many others, that shock was waking up Saturday morning to learn that Chadwick Boseman had died of colon cancer; just another layer of bad news that no one was prepared for. At 43 years old, Boseman was an embodiment of what an actor, most importantly a black actor, aspired to be.

Boseman was the true epitome of a character actor, in my opinion. He brought characters to life from Jackie Robinson in 42, to funk legend James Brown in Get On Up. Boseman was on his way to have a similar career trajectory as the likes of Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. It’s unfortunate that Boseman’s life ended the way it did, but just as surprising learning that he had been battling colon cancer for four years.

Black Panther is a movie that is cherished and praised for its excellent depiction of a black utopia that’s prosperous without colonization. The fact that Boseman was battling cancer during this entire process, in retrospect, makes it much more emotional to watch. I honestly couldn’t imagine holding such high expectations from people, while also secretly battling a terminal illness, but Boseman did not publicly complain once, further showing the kind of person that he was.

Regardless of what this does to Black Panther 2, Boseman’s legacy has already been left on this Earth for generations to come. He’ll always be T’challa; he’ll always be the first Black Panther. 

The year 2020 has been complete and utter nonsense. Bad news after bad news just makes paying attention to what’s going in the world seem hopeless. Kobe Bryant, COVID-19, racial tensions, police brutality, “Karens” an election and now this? If 2020 has taught me anything, it’s that the unexpected can easily happen within the blink of an eye.