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Antoine Fuqua Is Creating A Film About Black Panther Leader Fred Hampton

Antoine Fuqua is working on a film about the life of Fred Hampton who led the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party was the national deputy chairman. Hampton was fatally shot by the Chicago Police and FBI while sleeping in his bed during a raid in 1969. The shooting was ruled as a justifiable homicide and the family won a civil lawsuit in 1982 for $1.85 million. Fuqua has wanted to make a film about Hampton for a long time and the script written by Chris Smith is based on Jeffrey Haas’ book The Assassination Of Fred Hampton: How The FBI And Chicago Police Murdered A Black Panther.

The film is part of a first-look deal Fuqua has with Sony Pictures and The Equalizer 2 is the first project. Denzel Washington will join him again in the action movie reboot that will be released September 14th, 2018.

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Media Questions Of The Week

Are former Black Panther members David Hilliard and Elaine Brown correct in their criticism of Stanley Nelson’s The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution, when they say the film is lacking accuracy in regards to them, Huey Newton and Kathleen Cleaver?

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Was Michael B. Jordan misunderstood in his interview with GQ magazine when said he wanted “roles that were written for white characters” and referred to women as “females?”

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Did Sam Smith “rip off” Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song” for his “Writing’s On The Wall” James Bond theme song?

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D’Angelo & Bobby Seale Talk Politics

D’Angelo and Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale met for the first time earlier this month in Oakland, California and their meeting was recorded by The New York Times. Their conversation is a timely one considering the fact that D’Angelo’s Black Messiah tackles politics as much as love. And it’s also a good time because the issue of police brutality was a major concern of The Black Panther’s and it’s become even more prevalent with Ferguson, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant III and so many other other instances. Together they discuss police in the community, the value of protesting and the social role of the artist. Read the whole interview here.

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The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of A Revolution (Trailer)

Veteran documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson is raising money for the theatrical release of his new film, The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of A Revolution. Nelson’s new film looks at the history of the organization and the conditions that brought about its formation in the ’60’s and how many of those issues are prevalent today. The Black Panther Party became known for their scrutiny of police brutality while using the open-carry laws to bear arms while doing so and their free breakfast programs for school age children. FBI Director J.Edgar Hoover described them as “the greatest threat to the internal security of the country” and created COINTELPRO to successfully dismantle them. Nelson’s film is the first feature length film about the Panthers and to support the Kickstarter campaign for it head over to the project page here.

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Media Questions Of The Week

1. Isn’t it cool the way Sade can release music whenever she feels like it and never lose the eagerness or devotion of her fans?

2. Don’t you miss Ol’Dirty Bastard and Rick James?

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3. What will come of Terrence Howard’s TV show centered around LAPD detective Robert Farwell who infiltrated the Black Panthers?

4. Why is James “Tappy” Wright a former roadie trying to sell a book about Jimi Hendrix that brings up the old conspiracy theory that Hendrix was killed by his manager the late Michael Jeffery? If Jeffery made a “confession” to Wright in 1971 why is talking about it now????

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