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Kirk Franklin flips Kendrick Lamar & SZA's "All the Stars" in honor of Chadwick Boseman

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The death of actor Chadwick Boseman has shocked many across the globe, with millions of his celebrity friends and fans searching for the right words to honor him. Gospel legend Kirk Franklin decided to do so with music.

On Sunday, the multi-Grammy-winning musician gathered with his band to offer a healing remix of Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars,” from the Black Panther soundtrack

“You know when I’m happy … when I’m sad … the only way to express myself is through music,” Franklin says in a video shared on his Instagram. “And we’re all sad right now.”

This version flips the song’s original chorus, singing, “It’s getting harder for me to breathe right now ’cause all our stars are fallen, catch me ’cause I’m falling, God help me, I’m calling you.”

The song concludes with Franklin doing the now-iconic crossed-arms “Wakanda Forever” salute from the film while wearing a shirt that reads “Everybody vs. Injustice.”

“All the Stars” is featured on the Grammy-winning Black Panther soundtrack and was nominated for four Grammys in 2019, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The song was also nominated for Best Original Song at the 2019 Academy Awards.

Boseman passed away Friday at the age of 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer.

By Rachel George
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