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A Huey P. Newton Story


"A Huey P. Newton Story" is an American film adaptation directed by Spike Lee. The movie was created, written and performed, as a solo performance, by Roger Guenveur Smith at The Joseph Papp Public Theater. In this performance, Smith creates a representation of the activist Huey P. Newton’s life and time as a person, a citizen and an activist. During the performance, images are shown up-stage from activist movement era. The simple arrangement of Smith sitting in a chair stage-center makes the audience focus on the dialogue of the performer. Smith captures the attention of the audience throughout the film by putting into play his solo performance skills. Smith's idea for the performance originated in 1989 and took root as a stage play in 1996. Smith's performance attempt to show a shy individual that Huey P. Newton believed himself to be. He did not consider himself a charismatic person, although he had made many contributions to his community. Smith shows Newton as a conservative individual who is disgusted by having microphones and cameras close to him.


"A Huey P. Newton Story" is a play written by Robert Guenveur Smith.


  1. A Huey P. Newton Story is a 1997 theater production of the play written and performed by Robert Guenveur Smith.
  2. A Huey P. Newton Story is a 1996 theater production of a play by Robert Guenveur Smith.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Television Film Directors (2009)

by Jerry Roberts

A Huey P. Newton Story was a one-man show written and performed by Roger Guenveur Smith as the title 1960s radical. This production directed for PBS won a Peabody Award for excellence. Sucker Free City concerned a mix of Asian, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Race and Ethnic Studies (2004)

by Ellis Cashmore, Professor of Culture Media and Sport Ellis Cashmore

The interest in biopics which started with Malcolm X continued with the television film A Huey P. Newton Story and Jim Brown, All American, the first about the Black Panther leader, the second about the foot- ball star. SEE ALSO: African ...

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