The unforgettable moment when Chadwick Boseman gave his MTV award to a real-life hero.

Chadwick Boseman won Best Hero at the MTV Movie and TV Awards for his performance in "Black Panther," but he gave it to somebody he thought was more deserving.

"Receiving an award for playing a superhero is amazing, but it's even greater to acknowledge the heroes that we have in real life," Boseman said before asking a man in the audience named James Shaw Jr. to stand up.

Shaw is the real-life hero who fought off a gunman inside an Antioch, Tennessee, Waffle House on April 22. Four people died during the shooting, but Shaw's quick thinking and unimaginable bravery saved the lives of others as he wrestled a rifle away from the gunman.


Boseman called Shaw up to the stage, telling him, "This is gonna live at your house," while handing him the Best Hero award he was just given. The crowd cheered, giving Shaw a standing ovation.

James Shaw Jr. is a reminder that you don't have to rule Wakanda to make a difference in this world.

Shaw didn't have super powers or some sort of specialized training before he took on the Waffle House shooter. He was just a 29-year-old father of a 4-year-old girl, an AT&T employee and electrician. He was an ordinary man who did something extraordinary. After that night, he became a hero.

"I remember I was like, 'Dang, I’m basically in a barrel. There is no place for me to go,'" Shaw told The Tennessean. "I distinctively remember thinking that he is going to have to work for this kill. I had a chance to stop him and thankfully I stopped him."

There's no way to know how any of us would react if we were to find ourselves in Shaw's position that April night, and hopefully we'll never have to. The capacity to be a hero, to change a life or change the world, exists in all of us. Ask yourself: "How am I going to unleash my inner hero, my inner James Shaw Jr. today?"

James Shaw, Jr. does the "Wakanda Forever" salute alongside Olivia Munn and Zazie Beetz during the MTV Movie and TV Awards. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MTV.

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Dozens of "White Lives Matter" rallies were scheduled to take place across America on Sunday. The events were scheduled in semi-private, encrypted chats on the Telegram app between Nazis, Proud Boys, and other right-wing extremists.

The organizers said the rallies would make "the whole world tremble."

However, the good news is that hardly any white supremacists showed up. In fact, the vast majority of people who did show up were counter-protesters.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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