Sunday night was one helluva of a night for the cast of Black Panther; all the major one bragged the SAG Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture. To accept the honor, Chadwick Boseman delivered a startling speech that is surely making its mark in history. In his speech, Boseman also spoke of the Nina Simone song "To Be Young, Gifted & Black." Backstage in the press room, a member of the press inquired if he could elaborate on what he meant by it.
"That's one of my favorite songs. It's one of my favorite sayings in poetry. It speaks to the fact that you have the same dreams as other people, you have equal if not more talent at times, but you don't have the same opportunities," Boseman said. "You don't have the same doors opened to you, the same nepotism, the same money or resources that can be put towards your dreams. And you a lot of times don't have family members that have ever achieved the things that you want to do."
"When you aspire to do something that is outside of something the world would see you doing — 'To Be Young, Gifted & Black' is all of that," Boseman continued. "It's to have everything, but then not quite be able to grasp it. And to be able to persevere through that." The room puffed up with applause after he gave his answer.
Boseman revealed the incredible subtleties in the film that many of us have missed.
"I would say, I don't think people truly understand the amount of detail, the amount of mastery that went into the hair and makeup, wardrobe, set design. I think there's a disconnect, maybe because it's a superhero movie, maybe because it's a black movie, but I don't think that people understand that it's the equivalent of someone doing a period piece. It, in fact, is more difficult, because the tapestry it was being pulled from is all weaved together. The way that was actually used by the other designers . . . all of those different parts of our film, it's all weaved in a tapestry that I don't think has ever been done by another movie. You can be in the '30s. You can be in the 1800s. You can be in the 1900s. But to create an entire world from the most beautiful things from the continent and put all that together across all those lines of production and have people believe that this is one country, I don't think people have grasped the difficulty of that, and how that informs our performances, how it informs how we walk and talk and breathe in that space."
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