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How ‘One Night in Miami’ meeting with Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke shows ‘complicated relationship’ between Black men and America

How ‘One Night in Miami’ meeting with Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke shows ‘complicated relationship’ between Black men and America

It
was
about
15
years
ago
when

Kemp
Powers
was
reading
the
book

Redemption
Song:
Muhammad
Ali
and
the
Spirit
of
the
Sixties

and
encountered
a
paragraph
that
would
alter
his
career.
It
was
a
tiny
nugget
that
mentioned
a
February
1964
get-together
between
friends
Malcolm
X,
Cassius
Clay,
Jim
Brown
and
Sam
Cooke.
No
one
besides
the
lone
survivor
Brown
knows
what
was
said
that
night
at
a
Miami
hotel
between
Clay
(who
upset
Sonny
Liston
earlier
the
same
night
and
would
soon
join
the
Nation
of
Islam
as
Muhammad
Ali)
and
these
three
other
African
American
icons,
but
it
left
the
journalist-turning-playwright
Powers
pondering…
and
soon
enough,
writing.

The
resulting
stage
play,


One
Night
in
Miami
,
racked
up
awards
after
its
2013
premiere,
and
now
a

Regina
King-directed
film
adaptation
could
be
following
in
its
path.
The
acclaimed
film,
also
written
by
Powers,
is
a
simmering
drama
driven
by
four
powerhouse
performances
(Kingsley
Ben-Adir
as
Malcolm
X,

Eli
Goree
as
Ali,

Aldis
Hodge
as
Brown
and

Leslie
Odom
Jr.
as
Cooke)
that
not
only
depicts
deep-cutting
conflicts
between
the
men
about
their
responsibilities
but
speaks
potently
and
openly
to
the
experience
of
being
a
Black
man
in
America.

“[It
says]
that
it’s
a
complicated
relationship.
It
always
has
been
and
it
probably
always
will
be,”
Powers
(Soul)
says
during
a
recent
recent
press
day
for
the
film
(watch
above).
“We’re
being
told,
‘Why
does
it
have
to
be
Black?
Why
can’t
you
just
be
an
American?’
But
at
the
same
time
we’re
being
told
that,
we’re
also
being
reminded
on
a
daily
basis
how
we’re
not
really
‘completely
American’
or
‘American
enough’
or
‘authentically
American,’
and
we’re
often
being
reminded
this
by
the
children
of
immigrants
who
came
here
after
us,
who
just
happen
to
be
white.”

“I’ve
seen
lots
and
lots
of
movies
but
I’ve
never
seen
four
brothers
in
a
room
having
a
conversation
quite
like
this,”
says
Odom
(Hamilton,
Harriet
).


One
Night
in
Miami

(Photo:
A24)

The
issues
these
men
faced
in
1964,
sadly,
are
still
painfully
relevant
today.
The
conversations
probably
wouldn’t
be
much
different
in
2021.

“It
wouldn’t
have
been
different
if
they
met
in
1940,
it
wouldn’t
have
been
different
in
the
‘60s,
‘70s,
‘80s,
‘90s,
2021,”
said
King,
the

If
Beale
Street
Could
Talk

Oscar
winner
and

Watchmen

Emmy
winner
who
makes
her
directorial
debut
with

Miami
.
“I
think
the
only
thing
that
might
be
slightly
different
is
that
we
are
in
a
space
now
where
Black
people,
we
are
embracing
the
idea
that
we
don’t
have
to
be
apologetic,
that
we
can
express
publicly
how
we
feel
about
the
systems
that
have
been
put
into
place.”

“This
is
a
conversation
amongst
men
that
we
would
have
today,”
agrees
Goree.
“It’s
an
honest
and
sincere
and
vulnerable
conversation
amongst
Black
men
about
the
issues
that
they’re
facing.
We’re
often
either
shown
as
very
aggressive
or
violent
or
super-suave
and
cool
and
unaffected
or
sexualized.
There
are
different
ways
that
we’re
shown
but
rarely
as
just
authentic
and
human
and
vulnerable
as
Black
men.”



One
Night
in
Miami


is
now
streaming
on


Amazon
Prime
.


Watch
the
trailer:



Video
produced
by
Jen
Kucsak
and
edited
by
Jason
Fitzpatrick


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more
on
Yahoo
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