Media Update 6/24/21

Ali

This movie had been on my list for a long time and it was time to finally watch it. The story of Muhammad Ali’s life has always been fascinating to me. I have always had an interest in the sport of boxing despite the health problems involved. Ali was a genius in the ring and his life had a lot of high points but a lot of low points as well. This movie covers Ali winning his first heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston until his championship victory against George Foreman. Throughout, the movie also covers Ali’s conversion to Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Cassius X and then changing it again to Muhammad Ali. It also covers the legal battle he faced when he refused to be drafted to the army to fight in Vietnam. It deals with his friendship with Malcolm X and the eventual falling out with the Nation of Islam. It deals with his friendships and work relationships with Howard Cossell, trainers Angelo Dundee and Drew Bundini Brown, and his father. They also did not shy away with his disastrous marriages. Will Smith did a great job as Ali and his supporting cast was just as excellent. My only real problem with the movie is that it is very long at 2 hours and 37 minutes. I recommend this movie.

Ruby Bridges

I am surprised that I did not see this movie growing up. It is a Disney Channel original movie under an educational label and would have aired during the Magical World of Disney. The movie covers the real life story of Ruby Bridges who was the first African-American to desegregate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans. It covers her first day at school through the end of her first year in school. I was pleasantly surprised that the movie felt very accurate to what my research showed from interviews with the real Ruby Bridges. Chaz Money was one of the best child actors I have seen as the almost beatific Bridges. Lela Rochon had a heck of deserved spotlight as Ruby’s mom, Lucy. Michael Beach also shined as her father, Abon. Penelope Ann Miller was sweet and likable as the only white teacher willing to teach Ruby for an entire year. Kevin Pollak plays a psychologist, an actual figure from the history who donated his time to study and assist Ruby. I recommend this movie.

A Ballerina’s Tale

This is a documentary about ballerina Misty Copeland who broke barriers as a black ballerina in an astonishingly recent story. This documentary follows a day in the life of Copeland as it tells her story. It also interviews all of her friends, past cast members, and plenty of professionals. The documentary is very well done and while it is not super educational, it does feel really good. I recommend it as well.

Music of the Week:

Rico Nasty – Check Me Out

Nao – Another Lifetime

Masego, Don Toliver – Mystery Lady

Zoe Wees – Girls Like Us

Mashup of the Week:

decentwifi – TELL EM + BEAT BOX

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Juneteenth”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
I finished watching Trial By Media Season 1
I watched The Devil Next Door
I watched more Sex Education Season 1

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