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Chadwick Boseman Family Friends Fans Remember The Real Life Superhero - Chadwick Boseman Has Passed Away.

This is democracy now moviescoo.com the quarantine report i'm amy goodman chadwick boseman the world-renowned actor known best for his groundbreaking role in the 2018 blockbuster hit black panther died on friday at the age of 43 after a private four-year battle with colon cancer news of his passing shocked the public and sparked a wave of tributes to the man who played jackie robinson the first black athlete to play major league baseball thurgood marshall the first black justice on the u.s supreme court and of course superhero king t'challa all while being treated for cancer a statement shared on chadwick boseman's twitter said quote a true fighter chadwick persevered through it all and brought you many of the films you've come to love so much from marshall to to five bloods august wilson's myrini's black bottom and several more all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy it was the honor of his career to bring king t'challa to life in black panther twitter announced the post was the quote most like tweet ever a tribute fit for a king hashtag wakanda forever black panther is one of the highest grossing movies of all time earning more than 1.3 billion dollars around the world it's been called a defining moment for black america as the first superhero movie with a majority black cast and an african lead character this is a clip from the trailer of black panther tell me something what do you know it's a third world country textiles shepherds cool outfits all the front explorers have searched for it but it was in who's seen africa and made it out alive i can see you the world is changing soon there will only be part of the trailer for black panther starring chadwick boseman in 2018 bozeman returned to his alma mater the historically black college howard university to give the 2018 commencement address i stand here today knowing that my howard university education prepared me to play jackie robinson james brown thoroughgood marshall and t'challa but what do you do when the principles and standards that were instilled in you here at need to fight it bozeman spoke as he was fighting for his life very few people knew this at the time according to the american cancer society rates of colon cancer are higher among black people.


Who are 40 percent more likely to die from the disease due to later diagnosis and systemic racism for more we go to Boston Massachusetts where we're joined by the anti-racist scholar dr ibram x kendi who himself has battled colon cancer and on Friday celebrated two years of being cancer-free he tweeted Friday the anniversary of his operation for cancer quote I see august 28th as my second birthday Eva max key is founding director of the bu center for anti-racist research contributing writer at the Atlantic?


The author of many books including stamp from the beginning the definitive history of racist ideas in america how to be an anti-racist and most recently the children's book anti-racist baby dr kindy welcome back to democracy now on friday i was so thrilled to see your tweet i mean this was the 57th anniversary of uh of the march on washington which by the way that date was chosen uh because back in 1955 it was the day emmett till was killed but i was so thrilled to see you talking about this amazing moment um for yourself two years ago talk about what happened and then the end of that night learning the news about uh chadwick boseman yeah i mean august 28th is always going to be a second birthday for me two years ago i you know went under the knife literally all day long not knowing like many people who who have stage four colon cancer or other forms of cancer whether that surgery would begin the beginning of my survival or whether they would find something that they didn't expect i didn't know what was going to happen but fortunately the surgery was successful fortunately the surgeons did not actually see any more cancer fortunately the pathologists when they took out i should say when they studied what the surgeons took out they didn't see any cancer cells and so it was really the beginning of of my survival and and so i went to bed early as i normally do and and i woke up in the middle of the night to the news that that chadwick had passed and at first i thought it was a nightmare i mean you know like many people i was shocked and and then of course i came to see that that it was real and then i i saw that he died of colon cancer and and my first thought was was why him you know why not me um and and it was really i mean it was crushing it it was crushing because of how much.


He had given the world how much i adored him it was crushing because i know how beloved he was and still is and it and it's still his question even can you talk about the racial disparities in health care well known by many for so long in this country but particularly focused on now as a result of the pandemic the number of african-americans followed by latinx people the percentages so disproportionate to population in the united states who die of covid not to mention cancer in you right and how to be an anti-racist in the united states african-americans are 25 percent more likely to die of cancer than whites my father survived prostate cancer which kills twice as many black men as it does white men breast cancer disproportionately kills black women if you can talk further about this so yeah i've had stage four colon cancer my wife has had breast cancer my mother has had cancer my father has had cancer my grandfather died of cancer i have an uncle who died of cancer and and cancer like heart disease is there's all sorts of racial disparities and just as there are with with covet 19 deaths and we literally have and have had for quite some time people dying quietly um they're really an epidemic of death you know as a result of racial health disparities and then we have an epidemic of people blaming those people blaming those black people blaming those brown people for dying at higher rates you know as opposed to thinking about our system as opposed to thinking about what policies can we change as opposed to thinking about why is it that that that black people black men in particular die at higher rates from colon cancer because we're more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage what is happening in our society that is causing so much black death why is black death so normal how can people allow black people to continue to die of police violence die of cancer day in and day out year in and year out and not be outraged and that's why so many people are outraged and demonstrating on the streets and have been demonstrating for months and they'll be demonstrating for years until this country takes black life seriously.


I want to go before we talk about what's happening at kenosha the police shooting of jacob blake what's happening in portland what's happening throughout this country the issue of white supremacy and president trump i want to go to the significance of chadwick boseman in black panther and what black panther meant for so many not only in this country but around the world i don't even know if i can even as you know amy i don't even know if it can even be described in words what what black panther meant what teshala meant what many of those incredible characters meant what that what wakanda meant what wakanda still means to to black people and particularly those of us who are really striving to be anti-racist those of us who are knowledgeable about pre-uh colonial west african empires those of us who know that the reason why there's there's so much poverty for instance in in africa it's not because there's something wrong with with african people that that if not for colonialism if not for the slave trade there may be a wakanda and and i think that black people i think in the united states and and all over the world for them to see themselves in greatness and in excellence for them to see themselves affirmed you know i think was just incredible and i remember seeing black panther when i was going through chemotherapy i had been diagnosed weeks before the film came out and like other black people who who went to see the film and just as non-black people you know it gave me the ability to really step outside of myself step outside of my world and imagine what's possible and there's nothing more radical and critical to transforming the world than a radical imagination of thinking about what is possible and i think black panther gave that to so many people i wanted to go to another clip from black panther princess shuri is the little sister of king t'challa the king of wakanda she's also the chief technology officer responsible for creating much of wakanda's tech innovations in this scene she's driving a car remotely from wakanda that the black panther that black panther is riding in south korea as he's being chased remote driving system activated wait which side of the road is just right here let's go hey look at your suit you've been taking bullets charging it up with gymnastics you show off that's princess shuri and if you can talk also about the role of women in black panther she's the chief technology officer and also um the idea of not using um any writ any resources natural resources uh in in of course the great film director ryan coogler's film for war um like their vibranium the idea of what a country would look like if they did not pour their money into weapons so yeah i mean as a as a father as a girl dad i mean the portrayal of women in in black panther is almost certainly what i admire the most from the chief technology officer to even the the baddest person on the film who to me was the general um and and so who was my favorite character and certainly my wife's favorite character and but then also i i just want to again emphasize that that that this is possible.


We currently have a tech industry where women and particularly women of color are far and away underrepresented or imagine that it's not their place or imagine that they don't have the intellectual capacity and these are all sexist and racist lies and and women and particularly women of color you know can be the chief technology officer of the baddest place uh i should say the most technologically advanced sort of companies or places on earth that that's possible if we can create that type of sort of society so it is astounding that chadwick boseman did not only black panther and ryan coogler wrote about this um in his post this weekend saying he himself the director of black panther did not know about chad's personal battle with colon cancer he wrote a moving tribute to chadwick boseman after his passing in it he writes chad was an anomaly he was calm assured constantly studying but time it's with a heavy heart and a sense of deep gratitude to have ever been in his presence that i have to reckon with the fact that chad is an ancestor now and i know that he will watch over us until we meet again the words of ryan coogler now in the film black panther they actually speak jose the south african language and your middle name your middle name um professor ibram x candy is shosa is that right yes ilani yes and um and and i'm i'm actually i'm at the same time shocked um that that chadwick was able to still continue his craft um particularly because it's so physically demanding on the body but at the same time you know i'm not shocked and and i i know that when when i was diagnosed with with with colon cancer i was in the middle of writing how to be an anti-racist and all i can think of was i wanted to do this before i died i wanted to leave this legacy i wanted to leave this critically important book for people and so i was really thinking about ensuring that i finished this before i passed away and i wonder if that's what he was thinking too that that he wanted to give as much as he could to the world because he knew his time was short and it did not matter how uncomfortable it was it didn't matter.


How hard it was it didn't matter how painful it was to get out of bed um you know and you know he he was thinking about what he wanted to provide for the world and it really just shows me his level of courage it shows me his level of commitment and it really shows me how much he loved humanity that he gave so much to us during his last few years la lakers star lebron james paid tribute to chadwick boseman before the lakers playoff game against the portland trailblazers by taking a knee during the national anthem and crossing his arms across his chest to give the wakanda a forever salute this is lebron james speaking sunday about chadwick boseman we're already limited in the sense that you know given that type of that type of power that type of stage that he had and especially in that industry you don't see many black male and female actors being able to put on that stage and for him to be as transcendent as he was but then you add on the fact that you know growing up as a black kid you had superheroes that you looked up to but there weren't black you know you had batman superman uh you had spiderman and so on and so on and for uh ryan coogler and and for that cast and for him himself to be able to make black panther that even though we knew it was like a fictional uh story it actually felt real it actually felt like we finally had our black superhero and nobody can touch us so that's lebron james i also want to add of course if you could talk about wakanda being a country what a african country looks like that's not colonized and it's fascinating because that is possible and and certainly before colonization some of the greatest and most powerful and wealthiest and most technologically and intellectually advanced uh empires in the world were were in africa you know from from ghana mali and and songhai i remember over the weekend when i think it was forbes magazine um stated that jeff bezos was the richest man that ever lived and a lot of people corrected him and said oh actually mansa musa who is the king of mali was reportedly even wealthier than jeff bezos but indeed mansa musa gave away a lot of his wealth he actually traveled on this massive pilgrimage to to to to egypt and he gave away so much gold in egypt he literally destroyed the economy um and and but people don't know these stories right we're not talk about pre-colonial west africa we're not even taught about africa today.

You know i remember going to africa for the first time and people asking me the weirdest questions you know about africa and it just goes to show me how little we're taught about africa and how much we're taught about europe and either we're a multicultural nation with people who who come from africa and latin america and asia and europe and and we're going to to really teach our children and teach our adults about all these different places just as we're teaching them about native american history and and culture or we're going to focus on europe and i don't think we should focus on europe because that's a demonstration uh to me of racism i wanted to talk about um jackie robinson in the film 42 major league baseball celebrated jackie robinson day friday august 28th it was on that day in 1945 before the march on washington on august 28 1963 before emmett till was murdered august 28 1955 that the baseball executive branch ricky met with jackie robinson and signed him to a contract with the minor leagues two years later he would become the first black player in major league baseball where he wore jersey number 42. that's why amid the protest this week for Jacob blake the new York Mets in Miami marlins stood for 42 seconds on the field Thursday then left without playing the game leaving behind one black life matter t-shirt on home plate well Chadwick Boseman passed away on August 28th the day major league baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson the legend that Bozeman played in his breakout role in the 2013 film 42 this is a clip give me a uniform and give me a number on my back I'll give you the guts of them this is a white man's game I'm not going anywhere I'm right here boy I may take some getting used to maybe tomorrow we'll all wear 42. and everyone should watch Chadwick Boseman in 42 before.

We take on james brown and then we're going to talk about what's happening in this country of course it's all related the history is integral to what's happening now the role of major league athletes from um the wnba the women's basketball league to the nba to football players to what the baseball league mlb which is now down to 10 percent african-american still across the board recognizing that they have to speak up their significance this week and beyond professor kennedy well i mean to compare this to to chadwick i mean and even jackie robinson and even teshala for many people particularly many young people they they see professional athletes men and women as as superheroes as heroes as their heroes and and so to see those heroes to sue those see those superheroes just demonstrate against racism speak out against police brutality decide that no we're human too we're in pain too we're suffering too we're outraged too and we want justice too so we can't play tonight we can't play today um i i think was just galvanizing for for so many people and affirming for for so many people now i wanted to go to the 2014 film get on up in which chadwick boseman plays james brown known as the godfather of soul better be ready better than the white father every man how we done mr burns i'm afraid not mr brown that's how we done i think we got more funk in the trunk james brown abram kennedy well i mean i of course came to to know chadwick's work through through his portrayal of jackie robinson but i actually really loved uh his portrayal of james brown and i don't know whether it's because i'm a student of the black power movement or i don't know whether it's because james brown was such a fascinating complex sort of historical character uh or whether that james brown and particularly his song say it loud i'm black and i'm proud was in many ways as galvanizing for black people and as beloved by black people who love themselves you know as black panther um but but there was something about that film and and i just think it's critically important for people to not sort of make it seem as if uh chadwick only did black panther because he was incredible um in in several other films and more importantly he played these these incredible sort of characters and these complex characters and these black men in particular who triumphed you know over so much adversity during extremely difficult times and and so i can then see how he personally could could triumph um over his cancer to be able to play those those finer roles we're going to break and then come back to what's happening today of course uh chadwick boseman also played thurgood marshall the first african-american supreme court justice we're speaking with ever mex kendi the andrew w mellon professor in the humanities at boston university bu the founding director of the bu center for anti-racist research this is democracy now president trump promises to go to kenosha wisconsin tomorrow the governor the lieutenant governor are pleading with him not to come stay with us.

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