Mar 1, 2021
Adilifu Nama is Professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He is the author of several books including Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes. His newest book is I Wonder U: How Prince Went beyond Race and Back.
Nama reviews and analyzes the new film “Judas and the Black Messiah” in the context of black cultural politics, history, and our understanding of the life and legacy of Fred Hampton, the civil rights movement, and the Black Freedom Struggle.
Nama also reflects on the obligation of the black cultural critic and why he believes that “Judas and the Black Messiah” is a magnificent and ambitious film, which hopefully will inspire other filmmakers to offer their own (re)telling of the events of the civil rights movement.
In their own version of the great TV show Siskel & Ebert “At The Movies”, Chauncey’s feelings towards “Judas and the Black Messiah” are much less enthusiastic and generous than Adilifu Nama’s.
And on this movie-themed episode of this week’s podcast, Chauncey also shares his thoughts on the new films “Land”, “The Marksman”, “My Zoe”, and “Nomadland”.
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