Graduating from Pace University with a degree in theater, Dominique Fishback officially entered the acting game in 2013 in a small role in Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick. The poet and native Brooklynite has amassed a variety of roles in her career, but it’s in Shaka King’s newest film Judas and the Black Messiah where she feels most aligned with her character, Deborah Johnson.
In the film, Johnson is the wife of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. She witnessed his rise and subsequent fall at the hands of J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI. She is still an activist who keeps the Black Panther Party ideals alive with her son Fred Hampton Jr. It’s no wonder why Fishback was nervous about her performance–she had big shoes to fill. However, watching her work alongside Daniel Kaluuya, you would never assume there is any hesitation with how effortless she makes it all look.
We sit down with Fishback to discuss her role in the film, reciting her own poetry, her emotional journey.
Judas and the Black Messiah is now in select theaters and streaming on HBO Max.
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