How The Harder They Fall paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman


It’s been a little over a year since we lost Chadwick Boseman and to be honest I have yet to get over the loss. In recent months, Disney and Netflix have made contributions to Howard University, Chadwick’s alma mater, in his name and the tributes continue to roll in. The latest tribute is from the cast of Netflix’s The Harder They Fall. There is a scene in the movie when a train pulls up with the company name of C.A. Boseman. According to Netflix’s Black Lead Twitter account, the train was named after Boseman as a tribute.

The only thing that makes me sad about these stories is how Chadwick didn’t receive his flowers while alive. However, better late than never and I cannot be angry at that. I still can’t watch movies with Chadwick. I am sure there will be a day when I can just celebrate his work without the sadness. I am happy so many people and organizations are recognizing the imprint that Chadwick Boseman left in the arts world. I also like how people are finding many ways to celebrate Chadwick’s life. I personally love this nod to Chadwick and I am looking forward to watching The Harder They Fall this weekend. The movie is on my list of shows and films to watch this weekend while I rest and catch up on life. I am sure knowing the meaning of the name of the train will make the film bittersweet. Chadwick is not only immortal in his films but also with these sweet nods to his greatness as a human being.


Photos credit: David Lee for Netflix, Backgrid,, WENN and via Instagram

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  1. BlueSky says:

    I watched it last night and really liked it. A good ole Western with a black cast!! I saw the scene with the train and just smiled. I can’t watch any of his movies yet either. They constantly play Black Panther on cable but I can’t bring myself to watch it.

  2. Jillian says:

    THAT IS A QUILT?! Astonishing, so beautiful

    • iconoclast59 says:

      When I saw that quilt, I immediately left this post to Google the artist, Bisa Butler. Her work is magnificent — just breathtaking in the strength and beauty of the imagery. It killed me to learn that she had an exhibit right in my backyard (Art Institute of Chicago) and I MISSED it! Auuugggh!

    • BothSidesNow says:

      It’s exquisite!! Such a lovely tribute to such a beautiful man. She is extremely talented!! I love her use of materials as she captured his handsomeness with her choices. Magnificent!! I didn’t realize it was a quilt, at first.

  3. KL says:

    Aww I noticed that when I was watching the movie last night!

    There was kind of a lot happening in that scene… I’m pretty sure the conductor who came off the train yelling was a moderately-disguised Tom Hanks (I could 100% be wrong).

  4. JRenee says:

    I think he’s so deserving of the accolades. He was such a role model and so humble

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I think that Mr. Boseman should be remembered the way that he was; artist, talented, teacher, humble, compassionate, passionate, beautiful soul, empathetic and a true gentleman. I haven’t been able to watch his movies either, as every time I see his face, hear his voice, I am incredibly sad. He was such a giant amongst men. Mr. Boseman should be remembered for all that he gave us and may we cherish his gift that he left behind.

      I miss him so much, that I cannot believe how much his wife must feel. It’s hurts me in my gut, and for her it must be unbearable.

  5. K-Peace says:

    I still get an actual pain in my stomach, like someone punched me, when i see a photo of Chadwick or think of him. What a terrible loss.

  6. Tiffany says:

    I still have not watched Ma Rainey yet because I am not over the fact he is not longer with us.

    I remember when ABC played Black Panther commercial free and I cried the entire time.

    Then Robert Downey, Jr words after the film broke me. And I was just a mess.

    I don’t know why this one hurt so much, but it did. I remember seeing Chadwick episode of Lie To Me and thinking, yeah this guy is gonna be big.

  7. Mary Mae says:

    What a lovely tribute to start the day. But please excuse me as I go cry into my first coffee.

  8. Melly says:

    The artist who created the quilt is so talented. It’s great to see artists and the Hollywood system continue to honor Chadwick and his talent.

  9. Chantal says:

    I enjoyed the movie but missed the connection to Chadwick. It was the #1 movie on Netflix US yesterday and another Black western with Idris Elba. Yes and please!

  10. thecookingpan says:

    His commencement address to the graduating class at Howard Uni is one of my all time great go to’s for pure inspiration and wonder. He truly was (is) an incredible person imbued with greatness, integrity and honour. Press on with Pride; Press on with Purpose.

  11. Common sense says:

    I watched the harder they fall last night,it’s really good. I also didn’t make the connection. When I saw the words Boseman I thought of Delroy Lindo, who is also in the movie. In the good fight his character’s surname is Boseman.