Chadwick Boseman won the Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture award for his work in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the 2021 NAACP Image Awards, and his wife Taylor Simone Ledward Boseman, accepted the award on his behalf.
In her speech, Taylor said of her husband who died after a four-year battle with colon cancer: “As always, he would give all honor and glory to the most high God. He would thank his mom and dad, and he would give honor to the ancestors as we now honor him. Thank you NAACP Image Awards for always giving him his flowers. He was an uncommon artist and an even more uncommon person. But the manner in which we lost him is not uncommon at all. Not in our community.”
She also urged the Black community to have colon cancer screenings and spoke more about the disease. “Black people in this country are 20 percent more likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer and 40 percent more likely to die from it. The age for routine screening has recently been lowered to 45 so if you are 45 years of age or older, please get screened. Don’t put it off any longer, please get screened,” she explained.
“This disease is beatable if you catch it in its early stages so you don’t have any time to waste even if you have no family history and even if you think nothing is wrong,” she continued, “And if you are younger than 45, please be proactive about your health. Know the signs, know the science, listen to your body. If you need more information and for a full list of colon cancer symptoms you can visit. Please, you are so needed and you are so loved. Please take your health into your own hands. Thank you.”
Outstanding Actor In A Motion Picture goes to… Chadwick Boseman! Congratulations! We can honor his legacy by visiting https://t.co/gmZDyIUWxI to gain awareness. #NAACPImageAwards pic.twitter.com/xzEJnT3OHC
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