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The Bigger Picture: How The Black Panther Movement Echoes In Black Lives Matter

A Houston activist and a local film critic discuss the film Judas and the Black Messiah, the legacy of the Black Panthers, and reverberations in the current fight for civil rights within the Black Lives Matter movement.

Judas And The Black Messiah
Daniel Kaluuya as Illinois Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton in a scene from the film Judas and the Black Messiah.

The new film Judas and the Black Messiah, now in theaters and on HBO Max, tells the complicated story of Illinois Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton and William O'Neal, the FBI informant who infiltrated the group and was ultimately involved in Hampton's killing.

In the latest installment of our monthly film segment The Bigger Picture, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn explores the legacies of Hampton and the Black Panthers and reverberations in the current fight for civil rights within the Black Lives Matter movement.

Joining him in the conversation are BLM Houston organizer Brandon Mack and Houston Chronicle film critic Cary Darling.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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