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12 Facts About Chadwick Boseman

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Fans worldwide are still mourning the passing of Chadwick Boseman after a four-year battle with colon cancer. The 43-year-old actor, known for his performance as King T’Challa in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” died in his Los Angeles home, surrounded by his wife and family on August 28.

A statement released through his Twitter account says the actor was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer back in 2016. It was the same year he first appeared as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. Besides his role as a Marvel superhero, Boseman also charmed fans with his stellar portrayals of Black icons such as Thurgood Marshall (Marshall), James Brown (Get On Up), and Jackie Robinson (42).

As tributes continue to pour in, here are 12 interesting things to know about the late actor.

1. African background

In an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2018, Boseman said that his African lineage influenced him to provide a more human portrayal of Black Panther. The actor revealed that DNA testing indicated that his ancestors came from the Krio people from Sierra Leone, Yoruba from Nigeria, as well as Limba from Sierra Leone.

2. Soldiering on throughout his battle

Chadwick Boseman never publicized his battle against colon cancer. In fact, fans didn’t know that he was undergoing surgery and chemotherapy while working on several projects over the last few years. 

His cancer treatment coincided with several film projects, including “The Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Avengers: Endgame.” Aside from grueling shooting days, reports say the actor had to learn several martial art techniques for his fight scenes. These include Angolan capoeira, Zulu stick fighting, Dambe boxing, karate, jiu-jitsu, and kung-fu.

3. Constant inspiration

Perhaps Boseman got his work ethic from his father, Leroy. His father worked for an agricultural conglomerate and had a side hustle as an upholsterer. 

In an interview, Boseman expressed how his father’s hard work continued to inspire him through adulthood. 

“I saw him work a lot of third shifts, a lot of night shifts. Whenever I work a particularly hard week, I think of him,” Boseman said.

4. Audition for a different role

Most fans know that Boseman didn’t have to audition for Black Panther, as he was the top pick to portray the role. However, not everyone may be aware that he previously auditioned for another Marvel role – Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Drax the Destroyer. 

The audition obviously didn’t work out, with Dave Bautista bagging the role. But everything fell into place, with Boseman bookmarked for the iconic role he’s now most known for.

6. Coping with grief

Boseman played basketball in high-school. After one of his teammates was shot and killed, he switched gears and transitioned to being a storyteller. He turned to pen and paper to commemorate his friend’s death and wrote and staged a play called Crossroads. The production sparked his passion for a career in arts. 

7. Fired

Boseman revealed that he was fired from ABC soap opera “All My Children” in 2003 because he questioned his role’s racial stereotypes. The actor talked about the incident during his commencement speech at Howard University in 2018.

 “Once I saw the role I was playing, I found myself conflicted… this role seemed to be wrapped up in assumptions about us as black folk,” Boseman said during his speech. “I was let go from that job the next day. The questions I asked caught the producers off guard. It perhaps paved the way for a less stereotypical portrayal for the black actor that stepped into the role after me.”  

8. Denzel Washington scholar

Phylicia Rashad was one of Boseman’s mentors at Howard University back when he was a student. Boseman and some other students got into the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer program during that time. However, they decided not to push through due to lack of funds. Rashad asked help from a friend who agreed to pay the tuition. That friend was Denzel Washington.

9. Diagnosis hint?

Some speculate that Chadwick Boseman may have previously hinted at the illness he’s battling with. In a 2017 interview, Huffington Post’s Matthew Jacobs asked him about bulking up and slimming down only to bulk up again. It was because he did “Marshall” between two Black Panther movies. 

“Oh, you don’t even know [laughs]. You have no idea. One day I’ll live to tell the story,” Boseman said then. 

10. Inspired cancer patients

The actor visited cancer patients in  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee in 2018 while privately battling the big C himself.

During a SiriusXM interview, Boseman got emotional when he talked about two terminally ill boys. They were in constant contact while filming Black Panther. The boys held on because they wanted to see “Black Panther.” The interview holds a whole new different meaning after the announcement of his illness and passing.

11. Posthumous Film

Fans will get to watch Boseman in a post-humous drama film titled, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” where he starred with Viola Davis. Based on the play of the same name by August Wilson. George C. Wolfe directed the film. The movie, filmed last year, is set for release in November.

12. Jackie Robinson Day

Chadwick Boseman died on the same day Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day. The annual commemoration fell on August 28 after months of postponement due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Boseman played the role of Robinson in a 2013 film, “42.”

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  1. wss.mari

    February 3, 2021 at 11:16 am

    rest i peace buddy wakanda forever

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The Official Rules to Binge-Watching with Your Significant Other

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It’s happened to all of us. You started binge-watching a show with your significant other, and then somebody does the unthinkable: They watch an episode without you. Or the last episode you watched ended on a crazy cliffhanger, and you can’t wait to see what happens next, but your partner is dragging their feet to watch again. This is unacceptable.

But it’s not their fault. It’s not like there are official rules to binging TV with your partner. We’ve all just been navigating this crazy, crazy world on our own. Well, I’ve changed all that. After time and thoughtful consideration, I have prepared a list of rules to clear up any discrepancies and settle all disputes. So read below and share with your partner. I present to you, once and for all, the Official Rules to Binge-Watching with Your Significant Other.

1.    The Pilot Episode Principal

You and your significant other cannot officially commit to binge-watching a show until after you have both assessed the first episode. Maybe you and your significant other set out to watch that epic fantasy show with all the violence and nudity that ended a few years ago. Or maybe you want to catch up on the superhero show so you can watch the finale at the end of the week in real-time. Either way, you need a taste of the show before you join in on this adventure.

Watch the first episode together and talk about it before committing.

What did you think?

How did you both feel about it? Did the show grab you? Do you both like the genre? Was it too confusing? Did you like the humor? These are the questions to ask each other before watching the next episode. You might not be completely sold on the show. One might like it more than the other, and that’s fine. More on that later. Just get a gauge for your partner’s interest. Maybe she laughed harder than you did. Maybe he’s more into than you.

2.    Thou Shalt Not Cheat

Here it is in writing: No watching the show without your significant other. This cannot be stated enough. Watching the show by yourself is a HIGH CRIME. This is akin to infidelity. Once the trust is broken, it is difficult to regain.

The Sleeping Amendment

It’s 3 am, and you’re 6 episodes into your binge. Your favorite character walks in on his best friend in bed with his wife. Before the best friend can say anything, your character reaches in the dresser, pulls out a revolver, and shoots them both dead! Your jaw drops. You can’t believe it. You look at your girlfriend to see her reaction… and she’s snoring. Credits roll, and Netflix asks:

That question is for both of you. Translation: your binge-watching is over for the night. You cannot continue to the next episode while your significant other is sleeping. You may, however, finish any episode that you started together. It doesn’t matter if they fell asleep with ten minutes left or if they fell asleep during the opening credits. So, it is written.

3.    It’s Called Binge-Watching. Not Snacking.

You’ve both agreed to binge? Great, now get on with it. But remember, they call it binge-watching for a reason. The term binging refers to indulging in an activity to excess. Binge drinking does not mean a glass of wine with dinner. No one binge eats a salad. Similarly, you don’t binge-watch a show one episode at a time.

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon: they all conveniently have an automatic ‘Play Next’ feature. It’s there for a reason. You might not get to watch a whole season in a sitting. Maybe one evening, you only have time for a single episode. And that’s okay. But burning through the show as quickly as possible is the goal.

4.    The Mercy Rule

If you have committed to binge-watching a show with your significant other, but over time you realize that you’re just not feeling it as much as they are, cut it loose. I know you value the quality time with your partner as much as the show itself, but sometimes it’s okay to let it go. Tapping out of a binge is the respectable and dignified course of action. In doing so, you give your significant other permission to go on without you and watch the show in their spare time.

In doing so, three provisions come forward:

  1. You, henceforth known as the Quitter, may request a recap of what you missed should you decide to jump back in.
  2. The Quitter may watch the show on their own time should they wish to catch up, but their significant other is NOT REQUIRED to rewatch with them.
  3. The Quitter is not expected to watch the show during quality time. They gave up on the show; it is no longer their cross to bear.

5.    The Statute of Limitations

Sometimes life gets in the way of what’s really important. Maybe you picked up an extra shift, or you need to help your sister and her boyfriend move because he’s a scrawny loser who doesn’t have any friends to help. These things happen. But binging with your partner should take some priority. If your partner is consistently waiting for you to make time to watch your show together, resentment builds. Agree on a maximum acceptable time between viewings. This is different for every couple. Whether it’s two days or a week, set a cap for time off. If the said time has elapsed, either party is free to ignore the Cheater Rule.

6.    After Binge-Watching, Never Fall Behind Again

If you and your partner binge-watch to catch up on a show that is on air, you have not graduated to the status of a ‘regular viewer.’ This is an elite status that is not as common as it was 20 years ago. Some people prefer to wait for a show to end before they binge the whole thing from start to finish. But for those who enjoy a regular viewer status get to talk about the show with other viewers in real-time. You can talk about the latest episode at work, and you no longer have to run from spoilers. That’s why it is important to stay caught up on the show.

Should you and your partner miss the show when it airs (or when you agree to watch it), you have until the airing of the next episode to watch the show together. If you still haven’t watched the last episode before the day of the new episode, both parties can catch up on their own. If you couldn’t spare an hour all week, that’s on you.

By Reading This You Have Officially Agreed to These Rules for Binge-Watching

There you have it. No longer will you be able to hide behind your ignorance. These rules have been made clear. Now that you and your partner have read these rules, the slate is officially wiped clean. Any grudges or punishments for past injustices are no longer valid. But from now onward, both parties are expected to binge by the rules.

Be sure to check back with us for our upcoming article on Amendments, Exceptions, and Acceptable Punishments.

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Elon Musk Hosting SNL, Yay or Nay?

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The second richest man in America is set to host Saturday Night Live this coming May 8. Wait, what? No offense against Elon Musk but is the longest-running late-night comedy show all in it for the Musk support or ratings? 

Some SNL cast members were dumbfounded when the TV producers chose Elon Musk to host the May 8 show. The Tesla and SpaceX owner tweeted on his account, “Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is.”

Bowen Yang, an SNL cast member, posted his Instagram story referring to Musk’s Tweet and captioned it, “What the f—- does this even mean?”

Will this be the kind of joke we’ll hear from the business tycoon this coming May 8? I certainly hope not! 

Musk and His Insensitive Comments

Getting a bump in ratings and views is certainly every show’s goal. With SNL’s ratings spiraling downwards since last spring, it undeniably needs something that will create a stir. But is Elon Musk the kind of stir the show needs? It probably depends on whether or not you agree with some of his COVID-19 slurs. 

Elon Musk has received a bad rap about his insensitive comments on the COVID-19 pandemic. He compared the national stay-at-home mandates to “de facto house arrest,” as seen on his Tweet last April 29, 2020. He also said he doesn’t support the vaccine, and there’s no way he’s getting one because the “coronavirus panic is dumb.”

Does he even realize the number of deaths caused by the pandemic — 570,000 to be more approximate. And does he even realize that SNL’s long-time music producer Hal Willner was also a COVID-19 casualty and died in April last year? If I were to host SNL in the coming week, I’d take all that back! 

And a year after, voila, Elon Musk did. His tweet from April 8, 2021, said, “To be clear, I do support vaccines in general & covid vaccines specifically. The science is unequivocal. 

In very rare cases, there is an allergic reaction, but this is easily addressed with an EpiPen.”

SNL Cast and Fans Speak Up

Musk’s Tweet is perfect timing to be wholeheartedly welcomed by SNL cast members if you ask me. But some cast members are still criticizing this decision. One cast member Andrew Dismukes posted an Instagram story with the caption, “ONLY CEO I WANT TO DO A SKETCH WITH IS Cher-E Oteri.”

Another cast member Nora Dunn also vehemently refused to be on the show with the controversial CEO. And apparently, some Twitter users think so too.

Josh Gondelman tweeted, “Elon Musk hosting SNL is huge for guys still making “that’s what she said” jokes who think they’d be great at hosting SNL.

Eve 6, everyone’s favorite alt-rock band of the 90s also tweeted, “elon musk is incapable of being funny which in and of itself is funny but im sure snl will figure out a way to make it not funny”

And user Keith Edwards said, “Elon Musk hosting SNL is the most reckless casting decision they’ve made since Donald Trump.”

SNL aims to go for relevance and ratings this quarter. So they need to create a buzz and get people talking and posting on social media. But will Musk and his 45 million followers be the hero that saves the show? I guess there’s only one way to find out! 

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The Biggest Winners at the Oscars

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Even a global pandemic can’t dim the glitz and glamor of the entertainment industry, as proven in the 93rd annual Academy Awards on April 25. If you’ve missed the Oscars telecast, here’s the lowdown on the best highlights of the night.

First off, let’s take a look at the Oscars winners this year.

Best Supporting Actor

Daniel Kaluuya won Best Supporting Actor for his acting in Judas and the Black Messiah. His co-star in the same film, Lakeith Stanfield, also got a nod for this award, along with Sacha Baron Cohen, Leslie Odom, Jr., and Paul Raci.

Best Supporting Actress

Minari’s Yuh-Jung Youn took home the Best Supporting Actress award. She bested other actresses who got a nod for the award, namely Maria Bakalova, Glenn Close, Olivia Colman, and Amanda Seyfried.

Best Picture

Nomadland snagged Best Picture this year. It won over The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Mank, Minari, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal, and The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Best Director 

Perhaps one of the most trending wins this year is Chloé Zhao, who took home Best Director for her work in Nomadland. Zhao is the first woman of color to win the award and the second woman to get the Oscars Best Director trophy. 

It was also the first time that two women got a nod for best director – Emerald Fennell also got a nod for her work on Promising Young Woman. Also nominated were Thomas Vinterberg, David Fincher, and Lee Isaac Chung. 

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Though she didn’t win Best Director, Emerald Fennell nabbed the Best Writing award for an original screenplay for her work on Promising Young Woman. 

Best Actress

This year’s Oscars Best Actress is Frances McDormand for her impeccable performance in Nomadland. Viola Davis, Andra Day, Vanessa Kirby, and Carey Mulligan also got a nod for the award.

Best Actor

Anthony Hopkins took home the Best Actor trophy for his role in The Father, much to the dismay of Chadwick Boseman fans. The late actor got a nod for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom but wasn’t given a posthumous award (more on this below). 

Oscar Upsets

Without a doubt, the biggest Oscars upset was Anthony Hopkins winning over the late Chadwick Boseman for the best actor. Though Hopkins gave a stunning portrayal in The Father, Boseman won posthumous best actor awards at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice, and Screen Actors Guild. 

In fact, many Boseman fans took to social media with their angry reactions over the turnout. After all, the Oscars producers switched the order of the awards this year to end with the best acting awards instead of the best picture. And many assumed that this move was a way to close the show with an award slash tribute for Boseman. Despite the upset, the Academy honored Boseman during the in memoriam segment. 

On the other hand, Hopkins did not attend the ceremony to accept the award, and the show abruptly ended after calling his name. The incident triggered a fire of tweets comparing the show to botched show finales, such as Game Of Thrones.

A Win for Streaming Services

With streaming services being the reigning channel amid movie house closures, Netflix shone in the Academy Awards. In fact, the company got a whopping 36 nods this year. Two of the best picture nominees, The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Mank, are under the streaming giant.

Despite not earning a best picture Oscar statue, Netflix snagged seven awards. These included two trophies for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Best Documentary Feature for My Octopus Teacher. In the same vein, the company also got the live-action short film award for Two Distant Strangers and the Best-Animated Short-Film for If Anything Happens I Love You.

This success takes us back to when Netflix first got the Best Picture nod in 2019 for Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma. Back then, film observers thought insiders might have snubbed the film intentionally. Why? Probably due to anxiety that the streaming service is holding influence in Hollywood. However, this year’s nods and wins show that that anxiety may have vanished into thin air.

Aside from Netflix, streaming companies Amazon studios and Disney Plus got two wins each.

Oscars Amid the Pandemic

Holding the awards night amid a global pandemic brought restrictions due to health protocols. For instance, attendees had to rotate in and out of Union Station to limit the number of guests present. 

Despite the Union Station being the main venue, the producers spread the show across various locations due to travel restrictions. Program segments were also done in the Dolby Theatre and the Highland Center in Hollywood.

Face Masks On

Everyone at the venue needed to sport face masks. But just as with the rule in movie sets, people could only take off masks when they’re on camera. And when they’re not rolling, it was mask back on for all. 

On-stage banter between presenters and even winners was very much a part of the Oscars before. But those moments were lacking this year for obvious reasons. 

Glenn Close’s “Da Butt” Moves

The most viral moment of the night was probably Glenn Close’s “Da Butt” jiggle. The actress showed her bootylicious moves as she danced to Experience Unlimited’s song

But that aside, the show mainly focused on giving out the awards. The program also showed only a few sketches and pre-recorded the performances of best song nominees. It was a pretty tame show and understandably so, given the health situation. 

Red Carpet Head-Turners

Despite pandemic restrictions, stars gave fans a sense of awards night normalcy. How? Simple – they hit the red carpet with their usual pizzazz. 

Best Actress nominee Carey Mulligan stole the show with a gold ball gown.

On the other hand, Viola Davis, nominated for Best Actress for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” radiated in a white frock.

Best Supporting Actress nominee Maria Bakalova also dazzled in a luxe white gown.

While Best Supporting Actress nominee Amanda Seyfried looked amazing in a red number reminiscent of Old Hollywood style.

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