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This year, we’re celebrating an extended Black History Month by highlighting a variety of rising artists who are creating history before our very eyes. Chadwick Boseman is creating his own legacy by highlighting the monumental achievements of other indispensable African-American leaders on the silver screen, and Hollywood is all the better for it.

After a breakout performance as Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42, Boseman earned deserved acclaim for portraying James Brown in Get On Up the following year. The 39-year-old actor impressively sank into each role, telling the stories of Robinson and Brown in ways that were easily digestible (and thoroughly entertaining) for a new generation.

And Boseman is only getting started: he’ll play Thurgood Marshall in the upcoming Marshall, and has joined the Marvel universe as Black Panther, in a blockbuster currently slated for 2018. Make no mistake: as chameleonic as he can be, Boseman is an individual superstar.