Judas and The Black Messiah Review

Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of Fred Hampton (played by Daniel Kaluuya), the Deputy Chairman of the Illinois Chicago Black Panther Party and the “placed” comrade and informant William O’Neal (played by LaKeith Stanfield). To “other” races and officials, Hampton looked like a threat and terrorist but to black people, he was a man looking for social change. He, along with the Black Panther Party, believed in fighting back and holding the police accountable. Even though slavery had “ended” in 1865, Black people could not vote equally until 1965 and don’t get me started on black women.

Fred Hampton wanted unity and equally; he also wasn’t no dummy when it came to politics. During this time, the 1960’s, Dr. Martin Luther King has been assassinated and everyone knew the government had something to do with it. Fred was a threat to the police and even the government because he was fearless, direct but not a terrorist. The FBI hated him so much that they assassinated him, with the help of William O’Neal—a black man who was facing felony charges and wanted out.

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Informant, snitch, backstabber O’Neal was a car thief amongst other things. When he got caught stealing a car, the FBI—specifically Roy Mitchell offered him a deal. The deal was to get close to Fred Hampton, report back all his findings to Mitchell, in exchange for money and no prison time. O’Neal did just that and that included telling the were abouts of Hampton, drawing up floor plans of the Chicago Headquarters and even Hampton’s home. When O’Neal gave pushback to Mitchell, he was reminded that he is facing prison time and if he runs, he will be found.

O’Neal went as far as drugging Hampton the day he was assassinated because he knew that he was going to get killed and he wanted Hampton to not feel his death. On the night of December 4, 1969, the Cook County police raided Fred Hampton’s apartment, injuring several other members and shooting Hampton twice in the head. His fiancée Deborah Johnson was 9 months pregnant at the time with his son and was just feet away from his assassination.

O’Neal was interviewed in 1990 explaining why and how he became an informant and disloyal “member” to the Black Panther Party. The interview aired on April 13, 1989; he committed suicide by walking into traffic on January 15, 1990.

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Kaluuya and Stanfield played these roles well compared to the actual footage of Fred Hampton and William O’Neal. Both actors have a great range of acting jobs. LaKeith playing a romance role in The Photograph; or a free-spirit spacey friend in the FX show Atlanta, or a proper black guy in the sunken place in Get Out. Daniel playing a regular guy trying to escape white people in Get Out; or a Marvel character who serves as the King’s right hand man in Black Panther.

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Overall, the film was informative and a history lesson. If you don’t know the truth about Fred Hampton and had any misconceptions, I’m sure they are clear now. Witnesses, including Deborah Johnson can attest to his bravery and leadership. What are your thoughts on the film?

“The Photograph”: Generational Behavior

Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield starred in the romantic comedy The Photograph and it was a beautiful love story, but with a deeper meaning.

Mae, played by Issa Rae, lost her mother at the start of the movie. She didn’t know much about her mom’s life until she left her a letter explaining things. Mae’s mother Christina was invested in her work and less into love and emotion. She didn’t show much emotion around Mae and in her defense….it was because her mother didn’t show her much love.

When Christina, played by Chante Adams, was dating Mae’s father Issac, played by Y’lan Noel, her mother discouraged her from dating him because he was content where he was in life and wasn’t making much money. Her mother gave her the impression that she needed to be with someone who could take care of her…so she could move out the house. Christina’s mother told her she was getting too old to be living with her. That is what pushed her to move out the house, better yet the state and pursue her photography career in New York. Christina’s mother lacked emotion with her and felt that being taken care was more important than love.

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Once Christina had Mae, of course she’s going to teach her daughter what was mimicked to her, which is how to NOT properly love someone and somewhat be scared of commitment. Since Mae wasn’t shown much love as a kid, the feeling of commitment scared her. Mae said she broke up with a guy because he proposed to her. She is/was more content with living in the moment and not being married. She had a change of heart eventually once she got to know Michael, played by LaKeith Stanfield. He and Mae connected when was doing a story on a man who worked in the oil industry during the oil spill and he came across pictures shot by Mae’s mother and even a picture of her. The guy used to date Mae’s mother Christina. Michael was intrigued by Christina’s photos that he decided to find more of her images, and when he did, that’s how he met Mae.

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When Christina passed away, she left Mae a long letter and another to give to her father. Mae learned so much about her mother in a letter, than she learned about her her whole life. In the letter, she found out who her real father was and their love story. The man whom she thought was her father, wasn’t and the man who is her father was the man whom Michael did a story on, Isaac– hence, the reason why he had a picture of Christina in his home. Unfortunately, Isaac didn’t know that Mae was his daughter but they started to form a relationship towards the end of the movie. Christina had left her hometown in Louisiana to pursue a career in photography in New York. She left without telling Isaac and months later when she returned for her mother’s funeral, Issac had married someone else (HOW QUICK IS THAT!)

Where the generational behavior comes into play is the fact that Christina’s mother didn’t really seem affectionate with Mae and showed her tough love. Don’t get me wrong, tough love is fine but when it’s more tough love than affectionate love, that can have a long term affect on you and how you raise your children. Christina lacked some form of emotion when it came to her relationship with Mae, due to the way her mother was with her. Mae recalled a time when she was going away to school and her mom was too busy to take her to the airport. Mae’s step father told her that when he came home from dropping her off at the airport, Mae was crying in a corner because she was sad to see Mae go but she had a hard time showing emotion and was not good at goodbyes. Her mother was also a workaholic and expressed in her letter to Mae, “I wish I was as good at love than I am about working;” meaning, her mother was more into her work than she was with being present and transparent in her relationships with people such as Mae and even Isaac.

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Luckily Mae learned from her mother’s mishaps in relationships and decided to break the generational disconnect of loving someone and showing it with Michael. This movie is a prime example of “be who you want your children to be.” Tell them to learn from you mistakes and show them how. Leaving your child lost and left with question is not the way to go. Don’t hold back, show them love, be transparent with them.

What are your thoughts on the movie?

Comment below and let me know.

Oscars 2018 Fashion

I want to dedicate this post to the lovely Black Women who came and slayed the 2018 Oscars this year.

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Oh, the men looked fine too!!

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I loved these looks from the stars and SHOUT OUT TO Tiffany Haddish honoring her father by showing homage to her roots of Eirtrean gown on the red carpet…

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AND for wearing her dress for the white Alexander McQueen gown a third time at the Oscars lol. She had originally said she paid $4k for the dress so she’s going to keep wearing it lol.

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