Omari Hardwick went under scrutiny after social media users accused him of giving a self-serving tribute while he honored his fellow star, Chadwick Boseman.
"Power" star Omari Hardwick's tribute to the late Hollywood icon, Chadwick Boseman was a video of his acceptance speech during the 2018 NAACP Awards.
While Omari shared his years-long encounter with Boseman in his lengthy caption, some critics found his narrative inappropriate for a tribute.
Omari Hardwick at the Keep a Child Alive's 13th annual Black Ball in 2016. | Photo: Getty Images
HARDWICK'S TRIBUTE TO BOSEMAN
The video showed that Hardwick had just received the NAACP accolade for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series as he took to the podium.
He began with special thanks to Boseman as he mentioned that the late star auditioned him years ago. He captioned the post:
"I didn't have enough time that fateful night to share what I whispered to you. So now I will…"
In the clip, Hardwick shared that he and Boseman, who played "Black Panther," whispered to each other before receiving his award. The "Power" star wrote that Boseman encouraged him to review his well-deserved accolade.
Hardwick, 46, made it known that he referred to Boseman as the superhero he knew he was from the moment they met. In the comments, many followers felt the TV star made the tribute about himself and his achievement.
He once made it known that he was ready to release some tracks.
In his reply to one fan, Hardwick fired back as he accused the follower of sharing a "cancerous message." However, he had some supporters who praised his write up and thanked him for sharing his personal encounter with Boseman.
A fan's comment of Omari Hardwick's tribute to Chadwick Boseman. | Photo: Instagram/Omarihardwickofficial
BOSEMAN'S DEATH SHOOK MANY
Boseman, who played several iconic roles in biopics, lost his life after a private four-year battle with colon cancer.
Former President Barack Obama recalled the time Boseman visited the White House to work with kids. He shared that he knew the actor was blessed.
More celebrities and fans honored Boseman with the catchphrase, "Wakanda Forever," which became famous through him.
UPDATES ON HARDWICK
The 46-year-old actor's portrayal of James Ghost St.Patrick in "Power" made him a fan favorite and also earned him accolades. These days, he is into his "Poetics" Podcast, where he reaches out to his admirers.
On the show, Hardwick invites rappers to recite their poems. So far, stars like Dave Cast, 50 Cent, and Fat Joe have been on the podcast. Fans love him for his movies. Now they will see him make music. He once made it known that he was ready to release some tracks.