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3. Celebrating Fred Hampton & Judas and The Black Messiah Review

3. Celebrating Fred Hampton & Judas and The Black Messiah Review

Update: 2021-05-09
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Fred Hampton was a revolutionary Marxist-Lenist. Does Judas & The Black Messiah honor his memory and political ideology in a respectful and productive way? Of course not. In this episode I discuss and praise what Fred Hampton was really about, fighting for his local, national and Global black community. And not just Black people, but, as he says, “the international proletariat”. Let’s dive into why Hampton was so amazing and posed a serious threat to American social order. Later sections of this episode discuss how Judas & The Black Messiah is, dramatically, a great film, but fails at truly celebrating Hampton -- or in other words it fails to inspire its spectators to become revolutionaries themselves. 




Films Mentioned: 


Belly (dir. Hype Williams, 1998) 


Black Panther (dir. Ryan Coogler, 2018) 


Judas & The Black Messiah (dir. Shaka King, 2021) 


The Butler (dir. Lee Daniels, 2013) 


Plays Mentioned: 


Once On This Island (playwright Lynn Ahrens) 




Podcasts & Episodes Mentioned: Low Society | #082 Twerking on Satan 


https://open.spotify.com/episode/3oI33sMEGwI4JMPwpIBcm0?si=32876c8567e34b97 


https://soundcloud.com/low-society/082-twerking-on-satan 




Primary Sources: 


Digital Copies of Black Panther Party Newspaper


https://www.marxists.org/history/usa/pubs/black-panther/index.htm 


Fred Hampton Intro Clip


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJBNoLJSLS8 


Fred Hampton’s “It’s A Class Struggle Goddammit” 


https://www.lfks.net/en/content/fred-hampton-its-class-struggle-goddammit-november-1969 


People’s Trial For Fred Hampton pulled from July 1969 issue of BLACK PANTHER: http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/White%20Materials/Preparation/Prep%20020.pdf 




Other Sources: 


Noname declined joining Judas & The Black Messiah OST 


https://www.okayplayer.com/culture/noname-judas-black-messiah-soundtrack.html 


David McCloud Medium Article: My problem with Judas and The Black Messiah 


https://captpigment.medium.com/my-problem-with-my-problem-with-judas-and-the-black-messiah-b7b49318095 


My Letterboxd review of Judas 


https://letterboxd.com/fourt_mind/film/judas-and-the-black-messiah/

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3. Celebrating Fred Hampton & Judas and The Black Messiah Review

3. Celebrating Fred Hampton & Judas and The Black Messiah Review

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