The Black community lost its Black Panther, King T’challa when we lost actor Chadwick Boseman to his battle with cancer. However, in the brief time fans were introduced to him, whether it was a war soldier in Vietnam or the God Father of Soul, James Brown, it was no mystery that Chadwick’s performance captivated any viewer who watched him.
The star made his final film appearances in Da 5 Bloods and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and with the BET Award coming up, it’s heartbreaking to know the South Carolina-born thespian will not be with us on the biggest night in Black entertainment where he’s previously and rightfully earned several awards. Still, his legacy lives on, and ahead of this year’s ceremony, we’re looking at five of the greatest Chadwick Boseman performances ever.
Da 5 Bloods
Chadwick makes one of his final appearances in films as "Stormin'" Norman Earl Holloway in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods. The star earned a BET Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie and his last film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Get On Up
Chadwick is the Godfather of Soul James Brown in the 2014 biopic Get On Up. The actor starred alongside an ensemble cast, including Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom co-star Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Dan Aykroyd.
The award-winning portrays the first African American Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, in the 2017 biographical legal drama from Reginald Hudlin. The movie held its world premiere at Chadwick’s alma mater, Howard University, on September 20, 2017.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Chadwick’s portrayal of Levee Green in the George C. Wolfe-directed drama film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is bittersweet. The film marks the last onscreen performance given by the Golden Globe-winning actor, but it is perhaps the most powerful one in his brief yet inspiring acting career. He is the first black performer ever to be nominated posthumously for an Academy Award.
In the role that impacted a culture, Chadwick is forever our King, T’Challa. With the movie’s sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, set to release later this fall on November 11, 2022, we know it’ll be tough to return to the fictional land of Wakanda without our superhero.