Cause why the fuck not???
Nah, but for real though… Why not?? We’re still pretty much on lockdown, and most of the Midwest is frozen. Now is the perfect time to sit back, put the phone on the charger, and watch this two-hour masterpiece from our brother Shaka King.
There are two ways to watch Judas and the Black Messiah.
1.)Hit the movies 🙃. Of course, I’d only recommend that option to those who feel comfortable sitting in a movie theater.
2.) Watch it on HBO Max. This is what I did, and I’d highly recommend it for obvious reasons. Since HBO isn’t paying me shit, I’ll spare all the salesy bullshit and just link to their Q&A forum for those more interested in a 7-day free trial 😉 HBO Max Free Trial Q&A.
Quick Thoughts About the Film
I have to keep it 💯 I absolutely fucked with the movie. It’s by far one of my favorite biopics since Spike Lee’s Malcolm X starting the GOAT Denzel Washington playing our great ancestor Malcolm. Of course, with the movie only being two-hours long, it has its short comings of not being able to show all the dynamics of who Fred Hampton was a man, as well as outline all the ways in which the government of the United States of Amerikkka conspired to suppress Afrikan-Americans efforts to organize and gain political power and representation.
Instead of saying too much and spoil things for those who haven’t had the chance to watch it yet, check out this clip of brother Shaka King on Democracy Now describing what it was like on set filming this masterpiece with valuable insight from family members of our later great ancestor Fred Hampton.
For Those Who’ve Seen Judas and the Black Messiah
Those who saw the movie and are eager to further their understanding of Fred Hampton, the man, and the movement he was apart of, check out these documentaries.