H.E.R. has hit the big victory at the 93rd Academy Awards by winning Best Original Song for ‘Fight For You’ taken from Judas and the Black Messiah.
H.E.R. managed to beat tough opposition, edging out ‘Speak Now’ – One Night in Miami, ‘Hear My Voice’ – The Trial of the Chicago 7 and more.
“There’s not much that separates that time and that story from what’s going on right now with the Black Lives Matter movement in the Black community,” H.E.R. told Variety in a recent interview. “I wanted to create a universal message that represented what is still happening today and how that connects two generations. We’re passing the torch and continuing on Hampton’s work.”
“It’s remarkable that the story of Fred Hampton is not one discussed more openly in contemporary society, particularly in schools where the pertinence of such a story could have a real sociological impact,” Far Out writes in its review. “In Shaka King’s Judas and the Black Messiah, Hampton’s life unravels itself alongside a story of deception and police brutality, it’s an explosive watch and one which forms an interesting back-to-back with Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago Seven, despite their differences in tone and quality.”
“It is one of Shaka King’s most vital triumphs, refusing to make O’Neal the villain where he was merely another victim of injustice and a footnote in the continuing battle for civil rights across the world.”