A Huey P. Newton Story is an autobiographical movie directed by Spike Lee. The movie was released in 2001 and received great reviews. A Huey P. Newton Story is the story of Black Panther founder Huey P. Newton. Throughout the movie, Spike Lee depicts the historic figure as a solo performance played by Roger Guenveur Smith. Smith playing Newton, talks about his life growing up in Oakland, how he studied at the University of California Santa Cruz, and as a co-founder of the Black Panthers, he became the Minster of Defense as he helped his community. The movie received many awards such as the Peabody award and several NAACP image awards. The movie is profound and deep from the solo performance.