August 7, 2020

Essence on the Powerful History Behind 'Judas and the Black Messiah'

"While the FBI labeled the party as terrorists and portrays them that way to O’Neal in the trailer, Black people knew that the Black Panther Party was a positive force in the community, organizing free breakfast programs and children’s events. In the sneak peek, when O’Neal witnesses the party’s generosity that inspires him to try to convince the authorities that they are mistaken. The information on the free legal services, medical clinics and research into sickle cell anemia O’Neal obtained did nothing to convince the FBI to dismantle their attempts to put a stop to the party.

The trailer features a battered O’Neal being held captive by authorities and being forced to decide between his own fate and that of his people as blood gushes from his forehead."