In honor of Black History Month, Black Films Matter recently held a private screening of Judas and the Black Messiah, with a Black Panther Party themed event in Jacksonville. The screening was held at Cinemark Tinsleton on Southside Blvd. Based on true events, FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) who infiltrated the Illinois Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). Hampton was an activist and came to prominence in Chicago as chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP), and deputy chairman of the national BPP. Hampton was killed in 1969 in Chicago, when police raided his apartment. O’Neal, a career criminal, after many arrests, agreed to infiltrate the Panthers as a counterintelligence operation.
After the screening, the sold out crowd headed over to the The Art Show inside XO Lounge to dialogue and discuss the films drama and the historic legacy of the Black Panther Party. Black Films Matter, founder Trey Ford and Gorillaz Ink are the organizers of this fourth installment of Jacksonville’s Black Films Matter series. Their next event is a themed drive-in for “Coming 2 America” on Saturday, March 6th. Shown depicted the Black Panther party members l-r is: Ashley Smith, Trey Ford and Glentoria Coleman.