Bassett recalled her first encounter with Boseman in a loving Instagram tribute posted Friday evening after news of his death was announced.
“It was meant to be for Chadwick and me to be connected, for us to be family. But what many don’t know is our story began long before his historic turn as Black Panther. During the premiere party for Black Panther, Chadwick reminded me of something. He whispered that when I received my honorary degree from Howard University, his alma mater, he was the student assigned to escort me that day. And here we were, years later as friends and colleagues, enjoying the most glorious night ever!” she wrote on Instagram.
“We’d spent weeks prepping, working, sitting next to each other every morning in makeup chairs,