Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★½

I’m so glad the Fred Hampton story is out now for a larger audience. Daniel Kaluuya... wow. He absolutely bodied the role. Lakeith Stanfield wears the guilt on his face heavy. As for writer/director Shaka King: what incredible work to bring such an important story to the mainstream. I do have to mention the baffling choice in the title card to claim that Will O’Neil killed himself after the night the PBS documentary aired in February 1990, when in fact he actually killed himself a couple weeks prior.

Edit: Fuckkkkkkk. I was wrong. The PBS doc was a multi-episode series that premiered its 2nd season on MLK day 1990. Will O’Neil’s episode aired a few weeks later, but he did kill himself on the day the first episode aired on MLK day 1990. The title card does state this correctly, but I read it as him committing suicide the day of his episode airing.

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