The history of the Black Panthers has recently been put on film in terms of telling the story of the founder, Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the young age of 21.
This Black History Month, WorldWide Entertainment TV’s podcast series took a look at “One Night In Miami”. That episode discussed the meaning of seeing the top men who influenced the civil rights generation in Muhammad Ali, Sam Cooke, Jim Brown, and Malcolm X.
Last week, Judas and The Black Messiah, was released and it has been buzzing with the likes of rap icons Jay-Z and Nas partaking in the soundtrack. The actors are also being praised for their portrayal of key figures in the Black Panthers legacy.
Lakeith Stanfield was the show stealing actor who portrayed FBI informant William O’Neal in Judas and The Black Messiah. The role was emotionally stirring for viewers, but it also affected the actor who told Level that “In the scene where I had to poison him, a lot of it didn’t end up making it to the final cut, but we shot [me mixing it in] Kool-Aid, and I had to go through all those emotions,” he said. “With somebody like Daniel, who I just respect as a human and an artist, as Fred Hampton, it felt like I was actually poisoning Chairman Fred Hampton.”
How different would things be today in Chicago if Fred Hampton was able to fully implement his plans to enrich the impoverished neighborhoods? How does the street and government corruption affect any possibility?
If one remembers, the mother of Tupac Shakur was accused of bombing similar to the plot plan we saw in the movie “Judas and The Black Messiah”. How different would things be in hip hop through Shakur if that same plot plan didn’t trickle over to New York?
“Afeni would teach people how to lead themselves. She would not just help people, then leave,” shared Joseph, also the author of Tupac Shakur Legacy and Panther Baby. “She made sure you knew how to get out of your own circumstances and your march toward liberation, being able to transform personally and in the community.”
WWETV’s Ashley episode 5 podcast asks some pertinent questions concerning the long term effect of the FBI infiltration of the Black Panthers in “Unplugged”. Check out the teaser below.
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