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    June 15, 2016 The Skanner Page 7
Arts & Entertainment
BOOK REVIEW: ‘Blood Brothers’ Tells Story of How Film cont’d from pg 6
Cassius Clay Became Muhammed Ali
By Kam Williams
For The Skanner News
“Blood Brothers: The Fa-
tal Friendship between
Muhammad Ali and
Malcolm X”
By Randy Roberts and
Johnny Smith
Basic Books
Hardcover, $28.99
392 pages, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-0-465-07970-4
“[This book] is the sto-
ry of how Cassius Clay
became Muhammad Ali
and the central role Mal-
colm X played in his life.
It is a tale of friendship
and brotherhood, love
and deep afection. It is
also a story of deceit, be-
trayal, and violence--in-
side and outside the ring-
-during a troubled time.
...Malcolm’s life was in
danger, when
Elijah Muham-
mad
threat-
ened to cast him
outside the Na-
tion of Islam...
Malcolm had
no doubt that
someone
in-
side the Nation
wanted
him
dead...
Only ten days
ater they cel-
ebrated
the
boxer’s cham-
pionship victo-
ry over Sonny
Liston, Cassius
stopped
tak-
ing Malcolm’s
calls... Once Muhammad
Ali sided with Elijah,
“
ated with the Nation of
Islam and the teachings
of Elijah Muhammad.
Furthermore, Malcolm
X played a pivotal role in
the brash, young boxer’s
conversion, befriending
him while inculcating
him with the Nation’s
controversial interpre-
tation of the religion.
As Randy Roberts
and Johnny Smith put
it, “Malcolm X molded
Cassius Clay into Mu-
hammad Ali,” and “Un-
der Malcolm’s tutelage,
he embraced the world’s
stage, emerging as an
international symbol of
black pride and black
independence.” Trouble
is Malcolm would be-
that he issued an “edict
that all Muslims cease
contact with Malcolm.”
Opting to obey the
order, Muhammad Ali
proceeded to throw his
former mentor under
the proverbial bus, de-
claring, “Malcolm X
and anybody else who
attacks or talks about at-
tacking Elijah Muham-
mad will die.” And sure
enough, soon thereater,
on Febr. 21, 1965, Mal-
colm was assassinated
by several members of
the Nation of Islam.
“Turning my back on
Malcolm was one of the
mistakes that I most re-
gret in my life,” Muham-
mad would ultimately
Opting to obey the order, Muhammad Ali
proceeded to throw his former mentor un-
der the proverbial bus, declaring, ‘Malcolm X
and anybody else who attacks or talks about
attacking Elijah Muhammad will die’
Malcolm knew... that los-
ing Ali’s cover might cost
him his life.”
—Excerpted from the
Preface (pages xvi)
M
ost people are
probably
un-
aware
that
long before he
became
heavyweight
champ and dropped his
slave name Cassius Clay,
Muhammad Ali had
already become infatu-
come disillusioned with
the Nation of Islam soon
thereater, and let it in
1964 to start his own
sect, Muslim Mosque,
Inc.
He hoped to maintain
a relationship with his
increasingly-popular
protege, but that was
not to be. For, Elijah Mu-
hammad was apparent-
ly so unhappy about the
loss of his organization’s
national spokesperson
admit years later. A fas-
cinating deconstruction
of the fractured friend-
ship of the most-revered,
African-American Mus-
lim icons.
already athletic enough,
her initial challenge
rests in just learning the
steps and perfecting the
choreography.
Mean-
while, a side beneit is
that she gets to enjoy the
sort of female camarade-
rie she’s missed by being
immersed in a macho
sport dominated by guys.
Unfortunately,
Toni
“
has managed to make a
decent movie on a mi-
cro-budget.
Short on dialogue, long
on atmospherics, “The
Fits” feels like a solid
student lick that hasn’t
quite been leshed out to
feature-length format.
Nevertheless, future star
Royalty Hightower’s in-
spired performance as
... an ethereal, coming-of-age
drama efectively exploring
a tentative tweener’s rigor-
ous rites-of-passage
still has a hard time ind-
ing acceptance by the
tight-knit group of girls.
And that endeavor is
further frustrated when
her teammates start suf-
fering from mysterious
fainting spells. Will the
newcomer be fully em-
braced, or might she be
blamed for this inexpli-
cable development?
So unfolds “The Fits,”
an ethereal, coming-of-
age drama efectively
exploring a tentative
tweener’s
rigorous
rites-of-passage.
The
movie marks the prom-
ising directorial debut of
Anna Rose Holmer who
the protagonist, here,
is reminiscent of Kerry
Washington’s in her irst
picture, “Our Song,” a
similarly-modest, ghet-
to-based production.
A mellow meditation
on a beautiful little Black
girl beginning to bloom!
Good HH
Unrated .
Running time: 72 min.
View movie trailers at
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