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The People’s War – Episode 47: “Judas and the Black Messiah” COINTELPRO and African martyrs, part 1

honeyblu.jpgOn February 12, 2021, Judas and the Black Messiah, was released in theaters and on HBO. The film recounts the FBI COINTELPRO (counterintelligence program) responsible for the assassinations of Illinois Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton and member Mark Clark.

We talk with L.A.-based activist, hip-hop artist, writer and student Honey Blu about the film and the legacy of the counterintelligence programs’ war against the Black Power Movement of the 1960s.

Besides Judas and the Black Messiah, we also touch on Regina King’s motion picture One Night In Miami, 41st and Central and the HBO documentary film, Bastard of the Party.

This episode includes musical selections from former Panther leader Elaine Brown and from Honey Blu.

The People’s War radio show is produced by WBPU 96.3 FM “Black Power 96” in St. Petersburg, Florida. It is hosted by Dr. Matsemela Odom and Muambi Tangu, bringing an African Internationalist perspective to the important issues of our world.