Lewis Hamilton breaks out ‘Wakanda Forever’ celebration for Chadwick Boseman after pole win at F1’s Belgian GP
The sports and entertainment worlds were shocked by the sudden passing of “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman on Friday evening, as the 43-year-old succumbed to a four-year battle with colon cancer. Saturday, however, saw tributes pour out from mourners, like racing star Lewis Hamilton following his F1 pole position win at the Belgian Grand Prix.
“I want to dedicate this pole to Chadwick,” Hamilton, 35, wrote on Twitter following the qualifying win this weekend, attaching a photo of his head down and arms crossed, made famous in the Marvel Studios film “Black Panther,” 2018’s highest-grossing box office release.
“What he accomplished and the legacy he left is so incredible to me. He’s inspired a whole generation of young black men and women and provided them with a true superhero to look up to. Rest in power my friend.”
I want to dedicate this pole to Chadwick. What he accomplished and the legacy he left is so incredible to me. He’s inspired a whole generation of young black men and women and provided them with a true superhero to look up to. Rest in power my friend.#WakandaForever #blackpanther pic.twitter.com/M7EgGess9p
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) August 29, 2020
Boseman starred as the famous Marvel Comics character in four films over the course of the last four years while fighting cancer, unbeknownst to the world. Tributes from people from all walks of life came in over the last 24 hours, including Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang breaking out “Wakanda Forever” against Liverpool following a goal scored.
Never any doubt about the scorer.
Never any doubt about the celebration.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 29, 2020
Chadwick Boseman’s death on Friday left a hole in the hearts for millions, as the actor was a trailblazing figure on the big screen for African Americans seeking representation in entertainment. Boseman also portrayed soul legend James Brown along with baseball icon Jackie Robinson on screen.
F1’s Belgian GP is set to take place on Sunday, Aug. 30 at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Stavelot, Belgium.