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Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Black icons share charismatic bond and betrayal; violence.

Movie PG-13 2021 95 minutes
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Filmmaker Marcus A. Clarke provides a superbly crafted study of the relationship between two of the world's most charismatic and controversial leaders in history. In Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali, the influential pair are seen by some as the "freest of Black men in the 20th century," notes Cornel West, political activist and professor at Harvard University. "On the other hand, there's a cross to bear, a tremendous cost in being a free and loving person." The relationship extended to gatherings of their families. "For my father to take his wife and his babies and go to [Ali's] home, it meant that my father trusted him 100%," says Ilyasah Shabazz, a social activist, author, and daughter of Malcolm. As a credible teaching tool for discussions about the lives of two iconic African American men who set out to make a difference in the world of the 1960s, Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali is a must-see!

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