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KEEP STORMIN’, BLACK PANTHER

2020 has been a long, unforgettable year for all the wrong reasons; from the death of awe inspiring like Kobe Bryant amongst others, a global pandemic, the shooting of unarmed black men and women, Hurricanes and natural disasters, threats of war and man-made disasters and here we are, again, at this same place. Chadwick Boseman was a larger than life character. How many people have played 1 influential figure? Talk less of the four that he played in his short life, inspiring many people but most especially, people of color, and to narrow it even further Black people. From playing Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player in the major leagues, to his excellent portrayal of James Brown, as Thurgood Marshall, the first Black American Supreme Court Justice. But his most acknowledged of them all, the role of T’Challa in Black Panther.

Black people have struggled with representation in major Hollywood blockbusters and most especially as superheroes (with the exception of Wesley Snipes ‘Blade’). Carrying both the expectations of Black people all over the world and in Africa, Chadwick performed excellently, he gave us all not only a superhero that looked like us, but one that inspired us. 

But hearing the news of his death one of the characters he played as struck me more than most, Stormin Norman is Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods.

In the movie he played a fallen soldier in the Vietnam war whose philosophy and way of life played a major role in the way the members of his troop lived both during the war and after his death, and their journey to retrieve his buried corpse and treasure they left behind. But I draw a lot of parallels between this movie and his overall impact as a person; he played 4 Black American heroes, and through those stories, no matter your career as a black person, you could take something away. Are you a Sportsman? Watch 42. Are you a musician or in the creative industry? Watch Get On Up. Are you a white collar worker? Watch Marshall. With Black Panther, he’s given generations of black people a superhero of their skin color that they can look up to. 

In Da 5 Bloods, he inspired four people’s lives and in real life through four characters he portrayed, he is inspiring generations of black children and people. 

Rest In Power Chadwick Boseman, keep on Stormin.

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