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Judas and the Black Messiah: why it took so long for Hollywood to investigate the FBI – The Guardian

For decades, cinema has presented the bureau as the best of America. Now a new drama starring Daniel Kaluuya finally dispels that myth



New drama Judas and the Black Messiah harkens back to the late 60s, when the FBI labelled the Black Panthers as the greatest threat to internal security of the country. It sought to neutralise them by any means available: infiltration, surveillance and, ultimately, the assassination of Fred Hampton, the black messiah of the title, forcefully played by Daniel Kaluuya. In J Edgar Hoovers mind, the FBI was protecting our way of life; to many in the African-American community and beyond, the FBI was…

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