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  • Justin D Jenkins

3 Films to See Before You Watch "One Night In Miami"

We all know that conversations have the power to heal and Amazon Prime’s latest One Night In Miami proves just that. The feature directorial debut of Oscar winner Regina King, tells the story of a night out between Black icons, Muhammad Ali, (Eli Goree), Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) and Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.). Loosely based on a true story, writer Kemp Powers reimagines the conversations these larger than life Black men engage in, that makes them laugh, cry, and challenge each other, as each of them are at crucial turning points in their careers and lives. The story is timely and garnering award buzz, but before watching, here are three films to view to prepare for a night out in Miami.



Malcolm X - Netflix


Directed by Spike Lee, Malcolm X is a biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.


What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali - HBO


Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Southpaw, The Magnificent Seven, The Equalizer franchise) with LeBron James and Maverick Carter serving as executive producers, What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali explores Ali’s challenges, confrontations, comebacks and triumphs through recordings of his own voice. The two-part documentary paints an intimate portrait of a man who was a beacon of hope for oppressed people around the world and, in his later years, was recognized as a global citizen and a symbol of humanity and understanding.


The Two Killings of Sam Cooke - Netflix

While Sam Cooke rose to stardom as a soul singer, his outspoken views on civil rights drew attention that may have contributed to his death at age 33. This documentary explores the mystery behind his killing.

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