Former Black Panther Party leader Elaine Brown rates six Black Panther Party scenes in movies for realism. Brown joined the Black Panther Party in 1968 and was the acting chair of the party from 1974 to 1977 while Black Panther cofounder Huey Newton was in self-imposed exile in Cuba.
The Black Panther Party was an organization focused on creating a revolution for Black freedom, housing rights, the end of police violence against Black people, and other social causes. It was founded by Newton and Bobby Seale in 1966 in Oakland, California. Its ideology incorporated socialism, Marxism-Leninism, and Black nationalism. The party was active between 1966 and 1982 and had chapters across the United States.
Brown discusses the accuracy of the portrayal of the Black Panther Party in films such as “Judas and the Black Messiah” (2021), “Forrest Gump” (1994), and “The Butler” (2013). Brown has personal connections to Seale, Fred Hampton, and Jean Seberg, and she comments on their depictions in “Panther” (1995), “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (2020), and “Seberg” (2019).