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Chadwick Boseman, Star of Black Panther, Dies at Age 43

Academy Award-winning actor, Chadwick Boseman, passed away on Friday, August 28, 2020, from cancer.

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” said a statement posted to his Twitter feed.

Boseman had battled colon cancer since 2016 and died at home with his family and wife by his side. He was 43.

Boseman made his mark as an actor playing historical figures such as Jackie Robinson in 4, James Brown in Get on Up, Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, in Marshall, and he will always be remembered as King T'Challa, in Black Panther.

“It was the honor of his life to bring King T’Challa to life in ‘Black Panther.'”

With all of his talents and accomplishments, I will remember Boseman as a Howard University who came back to his Alma Mater to give a commencement speech and visiting children at St. Jude's Hospital even though he himself was fighting cancer.

Boseman was a regular guy who loved people.

Here is a quick interview Boseman gave one of my reporters, Crystal Henderson, during the NBA All-Star Weekend in NYC.

VIDEO: Chadwick Boseman Speaks with What's The 411 Correspondent, Crystal Lynn, at NBA All-Star in New York City


Chadwick Boseman, you were one of the great ones, and you are gone way too soon, but thank you for leaving us a legacy that we can revisit over and over again.


Facebook, Jay-Z, Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Black Panther, March for Our Lives | Ep. 123

Facebook has come under fire from the business community and some politicians for allowing access to users’ information without informed consent

This episode of What’s The 411 consists of QUICK TAKES of topical news and discussions about British supermodel Naomi Campbell, Mary J. Blige, Amber Rose, 21 Savage, Alicia Keys, and Black Panther becoming the highest domestic-grossing superhero film of all time.

Journalist, Kizzy Cox, and comedian Onika McLean had fuller discussions about:

  • Facebook coming under fire from the business community and some politicians for allowing companies to gain access to its subscribers’ personal data without informing their subscribers about how their data will be used, not allowing subscribers to opt-out and confirming that the data was used properly.
  • Diddy and Jay-Z starting an uproar with the announcement of their collaboration to develop a “Buy Black App”.
  • The proliferation of “No Manspreading” advertisements on subways and buses in New York City and elsewhere. The new regulation has sparked a debate on social media.
  • The student-organized March for Our Lives march in Washington, DC, which featured younger than high school aged students Yolanda Renee King, the grand-daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and 11-year-old Naomi Wadler who had everyone talking in the days following the march.
  • Business moguls P-Diddy and Jay-Z teaming up to develop a "Buy Black" app

Photo of the Week:

Our Photo of the Week is a photo of a man taking “manspreading” to an exaggerated level.

Motivational Quote of the Week:

Our Quote of the Week comes from the award-winning actress, Angela Bassett:

“Old enough to know better. Young enough not to care. Experienced enough to do it right.”

Black Panther actor, Chadwick Boseman, says he’s incredibly blessed

Boseman, an actor who has played several iconic characters, is breaking down barriers and making Hollywood screen history

Are you going to see the movie, Black Panther?

What’s The 411Sports correspondent, Crystal Lynn, caught up with the Black Panther star, actor Chadwick Boseman, after the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game held at Madison Square Garden.

Boseman, one of the players representing the East, says he is incredibly blessed and lucky to have played iconic characters in movies.

Boseman said that he is enjoying every moment of his acting career and hopes that whatever he does is enlightening to people. The Get on Up actor wants to do something different with each role; that’s all you can do is to “enjoy it and be thankful for it.”

Boseman’s role as T’Challa in Black Panther is certainly different and the movie is inspiring and we are all thankful for it.

If you haven’t seen Black Panther, run, don’t walk, and don’t wait for it to come to your video streaming service, catch Black Panther in theaters now!

QUICK TAKES: Black Panther, Halle Berry, Gabby The Kid CEO, Kim & Kanye

VIDEO DISCUSSION: Ryan Coogler could not start directing Panther until he visited Africa; Halle Berry turns heads on the NAACP Image Awards red carpet; Ava DuVernay wins big

What's The 411 hosts Kizzy Cox and Onika McLean are talking about Halle Berry at the NAACP Image Awards; the name of Kim and Kanye West's new baby; kid CEO, Gabby Goodwin; Black Panther director Ryan Coogler; Ava DuVernay winning Entertainer of the Year at the NAACP Image AwardsJordan Peele's Academy Award nomination for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay; Daniel Kaluuya's Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and the upcoming Lifetime movie about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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Marvel Taps Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Black Panther Comic

Marvel tapped Ta-Nehisi Coates, award-winning National Correspondent for The Atlantic, to write the script for a new Black Panther comic book series.

The new Black Panther comic book story sees a superhuman terrorist group known as the People instigating a rebellion in Wakanda, the small African nation that Black Panther presides over as king.

Black-Panther-Cover-No-1 Expected-to-be-Published-in-2016 Art-by-Brian-StelfreezeBlack Panther No. 1 cover, the highly anticipated comic book is due out in 2016. Art by Brian Stelfreeze

"It's going to be a story that repositions Black Panther in the minds of readers," Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told The New York Times. "It really moves him forward."

Admittedly, I am not a comic book geek, so I had no idea that Black Panther is an important character in the history of comics. I have learned that Black Panther is the first black superhero to gain mainstream attention among American comic book aficionados.

Coates told the New York Times: "It was mostly through pop culture, through hip-hop, through Dungeons & Dragons and comic books that I acquired much of my vocabulary."

So, parents, if you have kids that love to read comics, don't sweat it, Ta-Nehisi Coates, who is also the author of Between the World and Me, is a great role model.

From pages of a comic book to the silver screen, Black Panther is set to make his big screen debut next year in Captain America: Civil War, which will feature Chadwick Boseman, as Black Panther. Since Black Panther's solo movie project launches in 2018, at least we know he doesn't die in Captain America.

Now let's dream for a moment. Could you imagine the power of Black Panther the movie with Ava DuVernay, the award-winning director of Selma at the helm combined with a Ta-Nehisi Coates script?

Okay, back to reality.

Black Panther, the comic book, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates is set to debut in the spring of 2016, with art by Brian Stelfreeze. With Ta-Nehisi Coates' story and the artist with a super-hero sounding name, I just might buy this comic book!

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