Retired basketball player Matt Barnes is spending his free time in the movie business. With biopics dropping every other minute on some of our favorite black leaders, the former athlete took to Instagram this weekend to announce plans for a biopic on the one and only Huey P. Newton.
Dr Huey Percy Newton (February 17, 1942 – August 22, 1989) was an African-American political activist and revolutionary who, along with Bobby Seale, co-founded the Black Panther Party in 1966. He continued to pursue an education, eventually earning a Ph.D. in social philosophy. In 1989 he was shot and killed in Oakland, California.
On Sunday (Feb. 11), Barnes announced the project presumably titled Power To The People has been greenlit. At the moment there’s no known production company behind it, but Barnes is looking to lead the project. He also tagged The New Edition Story star Keith Powers in the post, hinting that he’ll play the Black Panther leader. Powers played Ronnie DeVoe in the BET biopic and recently starred on Freeform’s drama series Famous In Love.
Newton was the co-founder and defense minster of the Black Panther Party in the late 1960’s. As one of the first leaders of democratic socialism, Newton’s views on black independence and community service was met with love from the black community and criticism from mainstream.
After spending time in Cuba, he returned to the states to complete a Ph.D. in social philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1980. In his later years, he struggled with drugs which led to his death.
The life after professional basketball is looking up for Matt Barnes and we’re excited for more news on the Huey Newton biopic to soon be released.
We’ll keep updated on the this release stay tune…..