Over the weekend, movie fans around the world took a trip back in time to the 1960s. Through the lens of director Shaka King, Judas and the Black Messiah told the story of FBI informant William O’Neal and how his actions played a role in the assassination of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. Backed by a soundtrack with Jay-Z and Nas, the performances of LaKeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya received high praise.
While fans and critics praised Judas and the Black Messiah, the Hampton family was working on rewriting the script of their family’s fate. In need of significant support to save Fred Hampton’s childhood home, Fred Hampton Jr. put together a GoFundMe and a short video asking supporters to pitch in.
Nearly two years after posting the initial call to action, Fred Hampton Jr. and his family have met their goal of raising $350,000. More than 3,000 people pitched in and Jay-Z also offered the fee he received for the soundtrack as a donation. As of February 15, the GoFundMe had earned $350,866.
— Chairman Fred Hampton Jr (@ChairmanFredJr1) February 13, 2021