#BlackHistoryReimagined, Day 1

In this series, I re-imagine the lives of Black folks gone too soon.

#BlackHistoryReimagined, Day 1

#BlackHistoryReimagined Day One: Chadwick Boseman, born on Nov. 29, 1977, in Anderson, South Carolina, is best known for his work as an actor in the major motion pictures 42, Get On Up, Marshall, and Black Panther. Having studied directing at Howard University, a mentee of Phylicia Rashad, Boseman also achieved prominence for his work in theatre before embarking on his movie career.

Although highly lauded for his ability to transform into Black historical figures as he’d done for three of his films, he achieved international acclaim as T’Challa in Marvel’s incredibly well-received Black Panther film that brought in $1,346,913,161 at the worldwide box office. Boseman immediately became known as a physical example of the phrase, representation matters. And he flaunted that every chance he could, speaking encouraging words unto HBCU students, especially at his alma mater, and children and adults of walks of life.

In 2016, at age 39, Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer. Suffering the pain of his cancer in silence, he continued his speaking engagements and filmed several movies. On August 28, 2020, Boseman use his calling as a superstar to achieve incredible advocacy for men like him. He was able to successfully convince a string of medical insurance companies to not only begin encouraging all men under 50 years old to get colon cancer screenings but for the healthcare agencies to also pay for them in full as they do other annual wellness exams. He survived his cancer treatment and was present at the premiere of his critically acclaimed film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Boseman extensively supports cancer charities and intends to continue his healthcare advocacy work to encourage health insurance companies to allow for all life-saving screenings to be done at no cost annually for anyone, no matter their age.

[#BlackHistoryReimagined is a series of posts that re-imagines the lives of black folks gone too soon, by writing a story that does not end in their deaths. Throughout this month, I implore you to go on this imaginary journey with me and think of what could have been. The stories are based on the people’s real lives; the ending has been altered to allow them to live out whatever they were actually working on or could have done had they been given more time on earth.]

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Leslie D. Rose

Leslie D. Rose

Welcome to a small piece of my world. I’m a writer, photographer, and PR consultant. My stories are real, and the names are too.

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