Amazing amazing performance by Roger Guenveur Smith. Truly some of the best acting I have ever seen. In some parts of this performance it is almost like he is possessed by Huey Newton. He captures his very essence in this movie and should be seen by all historians and students of film and acting as well.
A Huey P. Newton Story
As always, the battle is over what stories will be told and who will tell them. How, for example, will the Black Panthers be remembered? Members of the Black Panther Party For Self Defense have been successful at turning first-person accounts into books. There was, of course, Hollywood's brief, superficial flirtation with the film Panther in 1995. Last month, former panther Kathleen Cleaver was sponsor, along with filmmaker St. Claire Bourne, of a Black Panther Film Festival in New York City. It is in this tradition of Panther narrative that I place A Huey P. Newton Story, a powerful if sometimes plodding film based on Roger Guenveur Smith's one-man stage play and directed by Spike Lee.