With the premature death of actor Chadwick Boseman at the age of 43 last week, the internet and social media were awash with emotional tributes to an actor who, in a remarkably short space of time, carved himself a deserved place within the pantheon of screen actors, in particular with regard to the representation of black heroes on screen.   

From godfather of soul James Brown to barrier-breaking baseball legend Jackie Robinson and, of course, the Marvel Universe hero T’Challa — the Black Panther and king of Wakanda — Boseman brought his particular mix of dignity and empathy to his iconic characters.

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