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Voices in the Room

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on Feb 10, 2021

One Night in Miami stages a heavy-hitting, all-night-long hotel room conversation among Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke. In the aftermath of Clay beating Sonny Liston to earn the 1964 heavyweight title, the four talk in private about their fame and what to do with it in a white world. X challenges Cooke to take advantage of and subvert his palatable platform, to infuse his music for captive pale audiences with political outrage. During a year of moral reckoning, isolation and introspection, it was on schedule for those kinds of contentious discussions—about Blackness, protest and systemic inequality—to […]

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