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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 'One Night in Miami' Grapples With the Risk and Responsibility of Black Entertainers Speaking Out

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Here's what we know happened Feb. 25, 1964: 22-year-old Cassius Clay (soon to become Muhammad Ali) became the heavyweight boxing champion of the world by defeating Sonny Liston.

Clay's close friend, NFL superstar Jim Brown, was a ringside radio announcer. After the fight, Brown had planned a lavish celebration party that Clay nixed in favor of hanging out at a small Black motel along with his other friends, Malcolm X and Sam Cooke.

We don't know what they talked about, but the next morning Clay announced to the press that he had converted to the Nation of Islam.

The riveting new movie One Night in Miami imagines what took place among those four Black powerhouses, distilling many of the key struggles facing prominent African Americans into a.

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