NEWS: JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH: THE INSPIRED ALBUM RELEASED TODAY
Six Course Music Group/RCA Records have released Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album out today. The album features a stellar line-up of artists including Nipsey Hussle, Jay-Z, Hit-Boy, G Herbo, Lil Durk, Black Thought, Polo G, Rakim, Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and more, joining previously announced H.E.R., Nas, SiR, A$AP Rocky, Dom Kennedy, and White Dave. “Where There’s People, There’s Power” is the underlining theme on this collection of powerful music destined to inform and inspire today’s generation.
Anticipation for the album heightened with last week’s release of the Golden Globe Awards, and now Critics Choice Awards nominated song and Oscar Original Song shortlist for “Fight For You,” by two-time Grammy Award winner H.E.R. The soulful track continues to receive praise from fans and critics alike, including The New York Times who states the song “strikes an appropriate balance between period-pic scene-setting and up-to-date cool, as lyrics like ‘all the smoke in the air, feel the hate when they stare’ draw unfortunate parallels between past and present.”
ABOUT “JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH”
Inspired by true events, “Judas and the Black Messiah” was directed by Shaka King, who co-wrote the screenplay with Will Berson. Berson & King also co-wrote the story, with Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas. Ryan Coogler and Charles D. King produced the film with Shaka King. The executive producers were Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler, Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Ravi Mehta, Jeff Skoll, Anikah McLaren, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth, Ted Gidlow, and Niija Kuykendall.
The film stars Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton in a performance recently nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and LaKeith Stanfield as William O’Neal, as well as Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders and Martin Sheen. The ensemble cast also includes Algee Smith, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Dominique Thorne, Amari Cheatom, Caleb Eberhardt and Lil Rel Howery. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with MACRO/Participant/BRON Creative, a MACRO Media/Proximity Production, a Film by Shaka King, “Judas and the Black Messiah.” The film will be released in the U.S. in theaters and on HBO Max on February 12, 2021, and available on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release. Internationally, it will be released in select theaters beginning February 12. It is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and has been rated R for violence and pervasive language. www.judasandtheblackmessiah.com.