A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Who Killed Malcolm X? doesn't lend much focus to the messages Malcolm X or other black activists of the '60s, choosing instead to focus on the mystery behind Malcolm X's murder.
Positive Role Models
Though Who Killed Malcolm X? is about the community Black activists in the 1960s, it doesn't provide a very rich history of its subjects.
Violence & Scariness
The documentary's central event is an assassination, and it spends a good deal of time on gun violence and police brutality.
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Features mild profanity ("damn," etc.) and racially-charged language, including multiple uses of the "N" word.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People are shown drinking and smoking in historical photographs and film. No drug use is shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Who Killed Malcolm X? is a documentary series about the 1965 assassination of the Black minister and activist, Malcolm X. The documentary series is primarily based on the research of one man, Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, who believes that some of the men behind the murder have not been caught. The documentary focuses more on unraveling the facts surrounding Malcolm X's death than it does the historical context surrounding it or his activism work. Who Killed Malcolm X? features historical violence, including gun violence and police brutality. There is also mild profanity ("damn," etc.) and racially-charged language, including multiple uses of the "N" word.
Is It Any Good?
The series ends up as a true crime documentary, rather than a historical one. Malcolm X is a rich, complex, and vital historical figure. Unfortunately, Who Killed Malcolm X? is less interested in the history surrounding its central character and his activism than in the mystery behind his death. And no matter how legitimate Abdur-Rahman Muhammad and the documentarians' research may be, presenting a conspiracy theory in a true crime format is problematic, especially when no alternate viewpoints are shown. All of this makes Who Killed Malcolm X? a missed opportunity on multiple levels.
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