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“Black Magic” gets rave review from Washington Post

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From one angle, the excellent ESPN documentary “Black Magic” is about the three degrees of separation between James Naismith, who invented basketball in the 1890s, and Avery Johnson, coach of the Dallas Mavericks more than a century later. If you find such an apostolic succession intriguing, you will revel in the four-hour film that airs in two parts tomorrow and Monday.

The two halves flow together like a basketball game, telling the parallel stories of the American civil rights movement and the rise of African American basketball players.

The film is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and Wynton Marsalis — with additional commentary by historians Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cleveland Seller.

Read the entire article at the Washington Post

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Written by Symphony

March 16, 2008 at 9:50 am

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