Black Power understanding and the Oscars may not seem like a traditional combination, but this past Sunday, the grassroots December 12th Movement (D12) celebrated the win and nominations for “Judas and the Black Messiah,” directed and produced by Brooklyn’s own Shaka King.
The gala celebration took place at Sista’s Place in the heart of Bed Stuy, Brooklyn.
With a red carpet, tent, big screen, golden tables, hor d’oeuvres, a salmon dinner, sparkling wine, and invited guests, Viola Plummer and D12 members hosted a celebratory evening. Joining in the fun was wonderful actress Alysia Joy Powers, who also starred in the movie. After Daniel Kaluuya’s win, Powell called Fred Hampton Jr., sharing her phone with D12 member Omowale Clay to congratulate the activist son of the revolutionary icon.
The movie is about the betrayal of Illinois Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton, played by Oscar-winning Kaluuya.
After being set up by FBI informant William O’Neal, played by Oscar nominee Lakeith Stanfield, in 1969, in an early morning raid, the Illinois leader was shot and killed in his bed by a Cook County tactical unit, the Chicago Police Department and the FBI.