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    Chadwick Boseman's Wife Taylor Simone Ledward Perfectly Honored The Late Actor's Legacy

    "May we not let his conviction be in vain."

    The late, legendary actor Chadwick Boseman's final performance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom has garnered lots of awards buzz, and last night he was posthumously honored at the Gotham Awards with the Actor Tribute award.

    Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
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    Chadwick's wife Taylor Simone Ledward accepted the award on his behalf and gave a moving speech about his defining characteristics as a person and actor.

    Taylor Simone Ledward and Chadwick Boseman attend the "21 Bridges" New York Screening
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    "As an artist, an actor, and a person, Chad made a practice of telling the truth," she said. "He is the most honest person I've ever met."

    Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
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    "Because he didn't just stop at speaking the truth, he actively searched for it — in himself, in those around him and in the moment. The truth can be a very easy thing for the self to avoid, but if one does not live in truth, then it's impossible to live in line with a divine purpose for your life."

    Chadwick Boseman; back from left: Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Colman Domingo
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    "And so, it became how he lived his life, day in, day out. Imperfect, but determined."

    Chadwick Boseman in attendance for STXfilms Kicks Off CinemaCon's The State of the Industry: Past, Present and Future
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    Taylor also said that Chadwick's profession helped him "[develop] his understanding of what it meant to be the one, the none, and the all. He realized when one is able to recognize that their strength does not come from themself, they rarely mess up."

    Chadwick Boseman at arrivals for the 91st Academy Awards
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    "That's what he was doing when he was acting. Not merely telling a story or reading lines off a page, but modeling for us a path of true fulfillment."

    Chadwick Boseman at arrivals for Avengers: Infinity War
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    "May we not let his conviction be in vain. May our spirits be fertile soil for God's wisdom to fall upon."

    Chadwick Boseman at arrivals for 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals, Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica, CA March 3, 2018
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    After thanking God for "giving Chad these gifts, and instilling the strength to bear its weight," Taylor addressed her late husband herself: "Chad, thank you. I love you. I am so proud of you. Keep shining your light on us."

    Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther in Avengers: Infinity War
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    Taylor's speech was a moving tribute to an acting great whose power is still being absorbed through his rich body of work.

    Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther
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