Just 48 hours since the passing of Chadwick Boseman, the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards dedicated their entire show to the legacy of the the 43-year-old actor.
Hosted by Keke Palmer, the actress started the VMA’s by honoring the legacy of Chadwick Boseman. “Before we get to the music tonight, we need take the time to talk about the devastating loss of Chadwick Boseman, an actor whose talent and passion was a true inspiration to all the fans he touched and everyone he encountered,” said Palmer.
MTV honoring Boseman would go on to play a clip from 2018 where Boseman won Best Super Hero for his lead role in Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ movie. During his acceptance speech, Boseman used his time on stage to honor an amazing act from a real-life hero in James Shaw Jr.
Back in April of 2018, Shaw disarmed a gunman with an AR-15 style rifle during the Nashville Waffle House shooting in Antioch Tennessee. This heroic act by the electrical technician saved many lives on that day.
Not only did Chadwick Boseman bring Shaw on stage but he would also give Shaw his VMA award. “So, this is gonna live in your house,” Chadwick said as he handed Shaw the award.
Inspirational moments such as these quite possibly might not have ever happened. According to journalist Gab of Makaveli Media, Marvel Studios once told him that America was not ready for a Black Super Hero. Two years prior to Marvel Studios signing Boseman for the role as the Black Panther, Gab was a strong advocate pushing Marvel Studios to create a Black Panther movie, and had suggested Chadwick was the perfect fit for the role. (View: Chadwick Boseman From One Hero To The Next?)
The Black Panther movie would go on to gross over $1.3 billion worldwide and broke numerous box office records. “To finally let Black people see themselves as the lead hero in these big budget multi hundred million dollar movie films. Instead of being the sidekick or being the secondary figure,” Journalist Gab explains in his latest video on YouTube. “That’s important in terms of representation and diversity for minors.”