Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

outstanding (and dare I say academy award winning) performance by daniel kaluuya that just makes you want more of him on screen and then kinda makes the movie fall a bit flat when he’s not but still a great piece of story-telling and I think it is incredible it even made it to the screen. Certainly this relationship feels a bit cinematic so I can see why it was what the studio decided to focus on but still I think the way Shaba King tells the story of those around Fred Hampton is what really sticks out to me, learning more about the Black Panther Party and all the young lives lost at the hands of those in power is so fucking heartbreaking and to think of Trayvon Martin or George Floyd or Breonna Taylor or Brandon Bernard and the new ways those in power learn to oppress and kill is infuriating. And how history is ignored and rewritten. The headquarters of the FBI is named after J Edgar Hoover still. 

For those reasons and more, it means something to have this on screens and to share this story

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