That picture shattered me.
The WaPo has a piece up on the impact of Bosemen on Black kids, and made me go all sentimental Irishman. We get so few real heroes in this world, we make up fictional ones to fill the void. Black kids see so little positive representations of themselves in our mostly white entertainment complex so that losing any hero —let alone a superhero— is a punch to the gut.
This is a profound moment in our pop culture. They say that everyone remembers where they were when they learned that President Kennedy died; for this generation of Black children, Boseman’s death is going to be a similar cultural and generational touchstone.
Variety has a very nice conventional bit up on the T’Challa actor, who made a career out of playing real-life heroes, too – in a trio of biopics, he played Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall.
Boseman will be missed. He already is.
UPDATE 1 – more tributes like the one above are starting to show up: