Actor Dominique Fishback Examines Black Love In ‘Judas And The Black Messiah’

Written by on February 12, 2021

With out query, “Judas and the Black Messiah” is one in every of this 12 months’s most extremely anticipated movies.

The mission, co-written and directed by Shaka King, is a star-studded story of betrayal ― right here, the killing of Black Panther Get together Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) as informed by Invoice O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield), the police informant who did him in.

Hampton’s killing by Chicago police is a narrative acquainted to many, however in “Judas,” depictions of Hampton’s environment throughout that interval ― aswirl with associates, household and foes ― add shade to an iconic determine we frequently expertise by black-and-white photographs and video. That’s why we have been so hyped to welcome this week’s visitor, Dominique Fishback. In “Judas,” Dominique stars as Deborah Johnson (who now goes by the identify Akua Njeri), Fred Hampton’s fiancee, political companion and the mom of Fred Hampton Jr. In her scenes, Fishback makes clear that Johnson was not a role-player in anybody’s story ― she was an activist in her personal proper whose teachings guided Hampton and the Black Panther Get together spiritually.

“Judas” debuts Friday on HBO Max and in choose theaters, so we have been keen to speak with Fishback about what she felt getting ready for the function, what sort of teaching she obtained from Njeri, and the type of love she wished to convey between her and Hampton.

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