Judas and the Black Messiah REVIEW


'Judas and the Black Messiah’ is a historical drama of events surrounding the Black Panther Party (BPP). Unlike most historical dramas, the events of our Black History and the civil rights era need no theatrical dramatization. The FBI used lies, harassment, torture, and murder to stop the revolutionaries of the BPP, but as Chairman Fred Hampton once said “You can jail a revolutionary, but you can’t jail a revolution.” The fact is everyday black peoples depended on the BPP to protect our neighborhoods, reduce gang violence, feed our families, and provide free medical and social services that directly benefited the main weapon of the BPP, THE PEOPLE. This film grants viewers the opportunity to experience the movement through the eyes of the late great Chairman Fred Hampton; the FBI; the known white male perspective; and through the eyes of an FBI spy. There is a parallel felt throughout the film to the biblical character Judas who went on to betray Christ before the crucifixion. Overall the film was very informative with actual testimonials from “Eyes On the Prize II” inserted into the film. The acting was phenomenal and Daniel Kaluuya killed the unique dialect of the Chairman. Although we live in a world that tries to distort the legacy and meaning of the Black Panther Party; this movie has reminded me of who we are. We Are Powerful. We Are Resilient. We Are a force when United. We Are Black History.