Since the news of actor Chadwick Boseman’s unexpected and deeply tragic passing at 42, fellow actors and others in the entertainment industry have spoken not only of his virtue on this earth but they’ve also lauded praise onto his wife for the way she took care of him in what were ultimately his last film projects.
The very last of those performances was Boseman’s role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. According to Buzz Feed, last night, at the 2021 Gotham Awards, which took place virtually, Boseman was recognized posthumously with the Actor Tribute award.
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Accepting the honor in his place was his wife Taylor Simone Ledward, who delivered a beautiful tribute of her own not only about Boseman’s work as an actor but his character as a human being.
Ledward said of her late husband, “As an artist, an actor, and a person, Chad made a practice of telling the truth. He is the most honest person I’ve ever met. Because he didn’t just stop at speaking the truth, he actively searched for it—in himself, in those around him and in the moment. The truth can be a very easy thing for the self to avoid, but if one does not live in truth, then it’s impossible to live in line with a divine purpose for your life. And so, it became how he lived his life, day in, day out. Imperfect, but determined.”
Ledward said it was this determination that allowed Boseman to participate fully in every moment, both on and off-screen.
Known for his roles as historic leaders in the Black community, including Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall, Ledward said Boseman was a “vessel to be poured into.”
She said what he was doing through his roles was “Not merely telling a story or reading lines off a page, but modeling for us a path of true fulfillment… May we not let his conviction be in vain. May our spirits be fertile soil for God’s wisdom to fall upon.”
She thanked God for his Boseman’s gifts and then spoke directly to her beloved.
“Chad, thank you. I love you. I am so proud of you. Keep shining your light on us.”
You can watch a clip from Ledward’s speech in the video below.
Chadwick Boseman’s wife, Taylor Simone Leward, accepts his Actor’s Tribute award for #MaRaineyFilm at the #GothamAwards: “Chad, thank you. I love you. I am so proud of you. Keep shining your light on us" ♥️ pic.twitter.com/kbcopHcEJz
— Dionne Grant (@DionneGrant) January 12, 2021
This article was originally posted on MadameNoire.com
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Social Media Remembers Chadwick Boseman By Sharing His Positive Words [WATCH]
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This is what you gave a generation. https://t.co/tux0YujSlT— montoya (@isabelittas) August 29, 2020
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“Everybody is the hero in their own story” - Chadwick Boseman pic.twitter.com/5ypw3IUHsJ— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) August 29, 2020
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Please remember that time when Chadwick Boseman gave away his MTV award for Black Panther to James Shaw Jr — who fought off MAGA gunman at a Waffle House in Nashville.— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) August 30, 2020
Two real life superheroes...pic.twitter.com/d2aCd9WDDq
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During his commencement speech at our beloved Howard, my friend Chadwick Boseman said, "press on with pride and press on with purpose.”— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 29, 2020
In his name, let’s keep fighting. pic.twitter.com/HU8Q6yQaJ4
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This is courage. This is humanity.— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) August 29, 2020
Please take 2-minutes and listen to Chadwick Boseman’s words here.
Break out the tissues.
Also, he was dealing with his own colon cancer at the time. And never said a word.
Rest, Sir.🌎💔 pic.twitter.com/PaFaPjChWY
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From his groundbreaking work in Black Panther to his portrayal of Thurgood Marshall, Chadwick Boseman helped paint a new picture of what’s possible. Keeping his family, friends, and fans in my prayers during this difficult time.pic.twitter.com/yfjfNYWjYD— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 29, 2020
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This is the first message Chadwick Boseman sent to my son in 2017. He had already been diagnosed with colon cancer, unknown to anyone. Amazing. 🙏🏾💜✊🏾😭 pic.twitter.com/2Tb4V2O8bN— Brian Hammond (@_Bro_Hamm_) August 29, 2020
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