One Memorable Night…


Looking for indoor activities that keep you busy for longer than 20 minutes and don’t involve cooking and cleaning?

I highly recommend One Night In Miami.

Debuting on Amazon Prime last week, One Night In Miami is a fictionalized meeting between Malcolm X, Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali, famed NFL running back and actor, Jim Brown and  singer/songwriter Sam Cooke.

Much of the action takes place in a room at Miami’s Hampton House Motel in February 1964, celebrating Ali’s surprise title win over heavyweight boxing champion, Sonny Liston.

Directed methodically and with stunning intensity by actress Regina King from a screenplay by Kemp Powers based on his stage play, the film showcases the struggle among iconic black men and their search for personal identity while challenging their responsibility to combat social injustice.

The personal, highly charged film is as relevant today as it was in 1964.

Leslie Odom, Jr. (Aaron Burr in Hamilton) performance as Sam Cooke blew me away with accompanying intense performances from Kingsley Ben-Adir (Malcolm X), Eli Goree (Cassius Clay) and Aldis Hodge (Jim Brown).

I must say that Beau Bridges’ brief appearance floored me.

View the film as you would a Broadway play. Have patience. Allow it to unfold. There is a huge return.

The subject of the evening’s talk is spontaneous, restless and thrilling.

Each is at the peak of his career and also at something of a crossroads, shouldering the burden of fame commingled with the black man’s social and moral dilemma.

One Night In Miami is the perfect impactful Coronaville diversion.

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