The Books

#BookToMovieTrailer – Blood Brothers: Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali

Director: Marcus A. Clarke

Producer: Kenya Barris

Studio: Netflix

Slated Release: Thursday, September 9, 2021

Run Time: 1 hour 36 minutes

Book: Blood Brothers – The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

Author: Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith

Publication Date: November 1, 2016

Publisher: Basic Books

Page Count: 362 pages

In her review of the film for The Hollywood Reporter, Lovia Gyarke notes, “How eerie that much of what we do know about their relationship comes from federal agents.” Even eerier to speculate just how much of their relationship was manipulated by federal agents. For many, the individual stories of Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali are mythic. Their bond was teased in January’s release of One Night In MiamiThe book provides extensively researched insights about their friendship, and the fallout that was never reconciled.  Now, the documentary will add sharper context by allowing their family, friends, and scholars to weigh in.

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