Unsung American hero gets day in the sun

Judas And The Black Messiah wraps its timely tale of racial injustice in a crime thriller

Daniel Kaluuya (centre) plays black activist Fred Hampton in Judas And The Black Messiah.
Daniel Kaluuya (centre) plays black activist Fred Hampton in Judas And The Black Messiah.PHOTO: WARNER BROS

The film Judas And The Black Messiah has amassed glowing reviews for its portrayal of Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), a charismatic activist seen by many as an unsung hero in African-American history.

It dramatises Hampton's shocking betrayal at the hands of a black federal informant, William O'Neal (Lakeith Stanfield), who in the 1960s infiltrated the political group Hampton led.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2021, with the headline 'Unsung American hero gets day in the sun'. Subscribe