Cheryl is a licensed/ordained minister and the founder of two outreach ministries. She has an AA in Psychology and a BA in biblical studies
The world is mourning the shocking death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman who passed away on Friday, August 28, 2020. The 43-year-old actor had been dealing with colon cancer since 2016 but did not make his condition public knowledge. His star no longer shines but Boseman left a lasting legacy of his talent on stage as well as the large and small screen. He was also a role model for young people of color who saw him as a superhero who looked just like them. He also displayed great faith and shared how it got him through the tough times. Boseman was born in Anderson South Carolina on November 29, 1976. His parents are Leroy and Carolyn Boseman and it is being stated that he died at home surrounded by his family, including 'his wife" Taylor Simone Ledward. Some news agencies, however, are reporting that the two were only dating and had never officially married. Celebrities from around the world are mourning the death of Chadwick and expressing how stunned they are on social media. Another issue that is coming to light is the amazing faith of this young man.
Black Panther influence
Most people will remember Chadwick Boseman for his role in the blockbuster movie Black Panther, but people of faith will be strengthened by his off-screen testimony. CBC News reports that the actor was a very private personality and fiercely guarded in interviews as well as his public appearances. Boseman made it crystal clear that he understood the significance of his celebrity as well as the impact his work had on the broader culture. Black Panther broke numerous records and won for the best ensemble during the 2019 Screen Actors Guild
During this event, after Black Panther won, Chadwick Boseman stepped on stage and took the microphone. He first quoted Nina Simone: "To be young, gifted and black," then explained why when he added the following according to Premiere Christian News.
"We know what it's like to be told there isn't a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on. ... We know what's like to be beneath and not above. And that is what we went to work with every day," said Boseman. "We knew that we could create a world that exemplified a world we wanted to see. We knew that we had something to give." The "we" being actors of color who experience racism and are discouraged on a level that others do not have to deal with. This is when the actor's strong faith kicked in.
A man of faith
Chadwick Boseman was not shy about saying that in addition to his talent, he was also a man of faith. After his death was announced, his pastor was quoted as saying that the actor grew up Christian, sang in a youth choir in his church, and maintained his faith as an adult. Boswick has spoken publicly about praying for and receiving the Black Panther role and giving thanks to His Creator for the opportunity. He has stated that his faith got him through tough times when he was not chosen for roles. He also told 2018 Howard University graduates that he turned down a role in a soap opera because the character had a black father who was a heroin addict. The actor said after he questioned the stereotypical role, he did not get the job. He began his 34-minute graduation address with "First, giving honor to the Creator". As he continued talking he shared details of his rocky road to success and how he had no choice but to have faith in God during those difficult times. In a different CBC News article, Boseman was quoted as saying the following: "The best way to put it is: How often do you see a movie about a Black hero who has a love story — with a Black woman, or any woman for that matter … he has a spirituality. He has an intellect. It's weird to say it, but it doesn't happen that often". Thank you Chad Boseman for showing the world that perseverance along with faith in the Creator pays off. He also quoted I Corinthians 3:6: "As the Scripture says, I planted the seed, and Apollos watered it. But God kept growing-God kept it growing," This scripture in context is about leading people to the Lord but Boseman saw it as a reflection on his life and how he believed his success continued in spite of the obstacles he encountered.
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© 2020 Cheryl E Preston
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on August 30, 2020:
Thank you, Peggy. I thought I would share from a spiritual perspective.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 30, 2020:
The world has lost a good man who led an exemplary life while here. Your tribute does him justice.
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on August 30, 2020:
Thank you for reading Lorna. Yes very sad.
Lorna Lamon on August 30, 2020:
Such a sad loss to the world and yet he achieved so much in a short time. He is a wonderful example of courage, faith and hope, and this is a fitting tribute Cheryl. Thank you for sharing.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 30, 2020:
Thanks, Cheryl for leading a tribute to this Christian young man who lived a life of purpose. We mourn his loss. May his legacy of excellent work, faithfulness and courage in the face of cultural obstacles encourage others to follow in his steps!
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 30, 2020:
His death is a tragic loss, and it was a shock to most people. Colon cancer is a tough diagnosis and he kept it private. I would think his faith helped him through this difficut time, Cheryl.
Sp Greaney from Ireland on August 30, 2020:
I think the world was shocked to hear of his passing. He was a great individual who achieved a lot in his short life.