Apr 29, 2021
If you watched Sunday evening's 2021 Oscars and learned of
British actor, Daniel Kaluya's,
stunning and accolade-winning performance and have not gone on to
And The Black Messiah', maybe you should ask yourself why?
If you have, you will have learned that it is an American
biographical drama about the betrayal of Fred Hampton (played by
Daniel Kaluuya), chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black
Panther Party in late-1960s Chicago, at the hands of William O'Neal
(played by Lakeith Stanfield), an FBI informant.
Watching it may have left you trying to find out more context
and so in this podcast we revisit our #KGNU interview with Mary
Mary Luana Williams, author of 'Lost
', is Jane
s adopted daughter. She speaks here for KGNU
Cragg. Williams grew up with the Black
movement in Oakland, CA. In her early teens, she was
raped by a pseudo 'theatrical agent' and subsequently adopted by
Fonda taking her out of Oakland and the Panther community.
She now works extensively with
foundations for 'Lost
in Morocco, the Sudan and Tanzania, which she says is in
many ways working the same principles she learned from her mother.
This conversation does not focus at all on 'celebrity issues', but
instead on politics, race and gender and also on her adopted
mother's, Ms. Fonda's, gamut of political passions. Ms. Williams
has also been making strenuous attempts to re-connect her life
through time spent with her extended birth family most of whom have
remained in Oakland.