Panther is a 1995 film directed by Mario Van Peebles, from a screenplay adapted by his father, Melvin Van Peebles, based on his book. The film dramatizes the story of The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. Actress Angela Bassett also appears in this movie as Betty Shabazz, a role she also played in the Spike Lee film Malcolm X.
A soundtrack containing R&B; and hip hop music was released on May 2, 1995 by Mercury Records. It peaked at 37 on the Billboard 200 and 5 on the Top R&B;/Hip-Hop Albums and was certified gold on July 25, 1995. Featured on the soundtrack was the single "Freedom (Theme from Panther)", a collaboration between over 60 female R&B; singers and rappers that peaked at 45 on the Billboard Hot 100.