Not everyone was happy when Star Wars unveiled Boyega as one of its leading stars. Some even threatened to boycott the cultish mainstay’s return with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In the end, good did indeed triumph over foolery, with the latest battle topping the box office with a record-setting three-day worldwide cum of $517 million. Boyega, however, impressed most with his unwillingness to bow to such racism and bigotry, most notably responding to the ridiculousness in The New York Times with, “I am grounded in who I am, and I am a confident black man. A confident, Nigerian, black, chocolate man.”
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John Boyega has made it clear from day one that he doesn’t suffer fools gladly.
The British actor who gained a legion of new fans after brilliantly brushing off people who protested him playing a black Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now addressing those who question the validity of celebrating Black History Month.