ABC’s ‘A Tribute for a King’ Culminates Many Honors for Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman was many things to many people, but upon the tragic news of his losing a four-year-long battle with colon cancer, we have been privileged to read how his friends defined his career.

To help with the honors, The Walt Disney Company (parent company of Marvel Studios and ABC Television) is broadcasting a special dedicated to the life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman called A Tribute to the King tonight on ABC. The “tribute” will be a commercial-free airing of Black Panther, which will be followed by a detailed review of his work.

And while you may only be focused on his work as T’Challa of Wakanda this evening, Chadwick Boseman was one accomplished actor whose star was still on the rise. The diversity of his stellar career from TV to movies will certainly be on display tonight. Specifically, the man is also the recent king of biopics.

  • Floyd Little, The Express
  • Jackie Robinson, 42
  • James Brown, Get On Up
  • Thurgood Marshall, Marshall
  • Levee, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Those were heroes of American folklore and culture, but he will always be etched in our brains as the incomparable King T’Challa of Wakanda–The Black Panther. Becoming the catalyst for millions of young people in urban America and around the world believing they can be more than what they see was an indelible mark on our lives that will never be erased.

Many of Hollywood’s heroic names believe the same. Please enjoy this memorial for Chadwick Boseman. And, don’t forget tonight on ABC, 8/7c.


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“It was meant to be for Chadwick and me to be connected, for us to be family. But what many don’t know is our story began long before his historic turn as Black Panther. During the premiere party for Black Panther, Chadwick reminded me of something. He whispered that when I received my honorary degree from Howard University, his alma mater, he was the student assigned to escort me that day. And here we were, years later as friends and colleagues, enjoying the most glorious night ever! We’d spent weeks prepping, working, sitting next to each other every morning in makeup chairs, preparing for the day together as mother and son. I am honored that we enjoyed that full circle experience. This young man’s dedication was awe-inspiring, his smile contagious, his talent unreal. So I pay tribute to a beautiful spirit, a consummate artist, a soulful brother…”thou aren’t not dead but flown afar…”. All you possessed, Chadwick, you freely gave. Rest now, sweet prince.” #WakandaForever

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I have to say this because it’s on my heart. We all must do and be better about how we discuss people aesthetically. I remember reading things people were saying about Chadwick’s dramatic weight loss without ever considering his circumstances. Now, my heart is breaking because a young and vital talent has ascended, and I pray he never felt the withering assault of public scrutiny. I pray that his family knows just how beloved he is. That he was always a perfect gentleman with strong convictions. Always gracious. Graceful. Many of us are inconsolable right now; but I’ve put my mother on the case. I’ve prayed and asked her to show him around heaven and to look in on us every once in a while!! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

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