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  • Writer's pictureKenyatta Victoria

Regina King Shakes Things Up With Her New Film "One Night in Miami."


Photo credit-Patti Perret/Amazon Studios


Actress and Director Regina King have made it clear that she is a multi-faceted creative.

This film revisited the story ofSam Cooke, Cassius Clay, Jim Brown, and Malcolm X coming together to discuss their successes throughout the civil rights movement as Black Men.

“One night in Miami” shared different perspectives of Black men within various careers and with different perspectives.

Sam Cooke’s perspective (played by Leslie Odom Jr.), a talented singer who battles between the aspect of wanting to be accepted and trying to stay true to himself, expresses how his goals are more prominent than just performing for an all-white crowd.

Cassius Clay’s perspective (played by Eli Goree) told the story of a young man finding himself and his purpose outside of being a fighter in the spotlight.

Jim Brown’s viewpoint (played by Aldis Hodge) shares the perspective of wanting to be more than what people expect from Black men when it comes to entertainment and sports.

Finally, Malcolm X (played by Kingsley Ben-Adir) shares his perspective as a Black man in The Nation of Islam wanting Black people to know their worth without the help or approval of white people.

The movie expresses the various frustrations Black men have living in the era of the civil rights movement. There were many perspectives that different people could identify with regarding how Black men feel in America.

The film carried an incredible amount of relevance today because, as a people, we are still having the debates and conversations we had decades ago when it comes to power and freedom.

“Power just means a world where we’re safe to be ourselves. To look like we want. To think like we want without having to answer to anybody for it,” Eli Goree said in the film.


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