“Hoop Dreams” is a classic 1994 documentary directed by Steve James about two boys growing up in Chicago and their dream of playing professional basketball in the NBA. In pursuit of that, they attempt to move through the basketball development and recruitment pipeline. While much of the film focuses on the triumphs and letdowns of their high school basketball years we also see the ups and downs of their lives off the court.
“Things That Make White People Uncomfortable” is a memoir by NFL defensive end Michael Bennett. As expected, Bennett discusses his early life along with the pros and cons of playing collegiate and professional football. But less expected is Bennett’s frank discussion of topics related to race, violence against women, sexism, mental health, identity, and male vulnerability.
“What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali” is a 2019 HBO Antoine Fuqua directed documentary about the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali. In the past, I would have simply said that Ali was one of the greatest boxers but after watching the documentary, I’ve decided to crown him the G.O.A.T. (Don’t argue, just respect the authority that I have given myself.)
If you’re interested in learning about the backstory and aftermath of the Black Power Salute at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics then my Tommie Smith & John Carlos Black History Short is for you.
“Undisputed Truth” is an in-depth autobiography that tells the story of Mike “Iron Mike” Tyson. The book begins with Mike’s life as a poor and troubled child growing up in Brooklyn. It charts his rise and training to become the youngest heavyweight champion in the history of boxing. At one point “Iron Mike” was regarded as the baddest man on the planet but addiction and poor business management would lead to his downfall.