Actor Chadwick Boseman was honored posthumously at the 2021 NAACP Image Awards, which took place yesterday, Saturday, March 27. Chadwick died seven months ago today from colon cancer.
Writes De Elizabeth:
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, one of several posthumous accolades awarded to him in recent months. As noted by People, Chadwick’s wife Taylor Simone Ledward Boseman accepted the award for him in a livestreamed video, and in addition to thanking all of the loved ones whom she knows Chadwick would mention, she took a moment to draw attention to the prevalence of colon cancer, which the actor was diagnosed with prior to his death.
Noting that colon cancer is not uncommon, she added, “Black people in this country are 20 percent more likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer and 40 percent more likely to die from it. The age for routine screening has recently been lowered to 45 so if you are 45 years of age or older, please get screened. Don't put it off any longer, please get screened.”
She went on to note that people younger than 45 can also be victims of the disease (Chadwick was 43 when he passed away last year), and she urged everyone watching to know the symptoms and warnings of colon cancer, which can include blood in one’s stool, abdominal pain or cramping, fatigue, and unintended weight loss. “Please be proactive about your health,” she said. “Know the signs, know the science, listen to your body.”
Related Off-site Links:
Chadwick Boseman Receives Posthumous NAACP Image Award – De Elizabeth (Teen Vogue, March 28, 2021).
Chadwick Boseman Receives His First-Ever Oscar Nomination for Final Movie Role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom – Nigel Smith (People, March 15, 2021).
Scar Stories: The Toll of Colon Cancer – Ibram X. Kendi (GQ, April 22, 2021).
Chadwick Boseman: A Film Icon Who Changed Hollywood – Hanna Flint (BBC News, December 23, 2020).
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• Remembering Chadwick Boseman
• Honoring An Icon
• Chadwick Boseman’s Timeless Message to Young Voters: “You Can Turn Our Nation Around”
• Chadwick Boseman’s Final Film Role: “A Reed Instrument for Every Painful Emotion”
• Celebrating a Special Day
• Boseman on Wilson
• Chadwick Boseman and That “Heavenly Light”
• In This Time of Grief
• A Bittersweet Accolade
• The Important Cultural Moment That Is Black Panther
• Celebrating Black Panther – Then and Now
• “Avengers Assemble!”
• Jason Johnson on Stan Lee’s Revolutionary Legacy
• Another First for Black Panther
• “Something Special,” Indeed!
• Queer Black Panther