Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)

TV-PG   |    |  Documentary, Biography, Sport


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The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion.

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Director:

Ken Burns

Writer:

Geoffrey C. Ward

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18 January 2005 | thelockbox
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One of History's most amazing stories. One couldn't make this up because the facts of this man's life is unbelievable. Just amazingly pieced together documentary that flows seamlessly and doesn't have any dead wait despite length, although more boxing footage would be appreciated.

Jack Johnson's words narrated by Samuel Jackson is just truly amazing and moving, a self-educated (extremely) articulate son of a slave that just happens to box, and not get murdered by a white mob, despite spiting in the eye of societies standards and the status-quo. One of histories truly amazing characters. Not to mention, one of the best fighters of all-time, if not the best. Far ahead of his time in every instance, a much more articulate and socially important version of Terrell Owens of his day, or even Ali. This is a must see with a great subject, filmmakers, and a dream team of narrators, although more James Earl Jones would have been fantastic.

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