Words from: Sentwali Holder
Shaka King’s Judas and the Black Messiah it is celebrated as one of the most powerful films of the year, both critically and commercially. The reviews have been almost unanimous with Rotten Tomatoes rating the electrifying drama with an elite certified fresh rating of 96% on their tomato meter. The historical portrayal of Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton, whistleblower William O’Neal, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover is lauded as one of the best biopic in the growing social justice genre. As history is regularly reexamined for the purpose of acknowledging mistakes and influencing progressive change, Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen is taking steps to turn the tide on Hoover’s controversial position in American history.
Representative Cohen screened the film and then was motivated to introduce a bill to remove J. Edgar Hoover’s name from the FBI building in Washington, DC, according to Term. By context, this legislative measure seeks not only to remove the name of a man who played a decisive role in structuring the FBI, but is undoubtedly responsible for the covert actions that targeted the civil rights movement and its leaders. In the film, Hoover was portrayed by iconic actor Martin Sheen, and he is depicted coordinating the nefarious surveillance of Black Panther and civil rights leaders, and even going as far as expressing that he wanted to see Hampton “neutralized.”
From a statement by Cohen, “The film is a clear description of [Hoover’s] efforts to hinder the civil rights movement. “Cohen also said that Hoover” does not deserve the honor and recognition of having the headquarters of the country’s law enforcement agency named in his name. The civil rights we enjoy today They are in spite of J. Edgar Hoover, not thanks to him. “
Judas and the Black Messiah It is running for five Oscars, including Best Picture, as it plays in select theaters and will be on HBO Max for a few more days.