Malcolm X Was Born Today; Watch Orlando Bagwell's Comprehensive Doc 'Malcolm X: Make It Plain' Now

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by Tambay A. Obenson
May 19, 2013 12:09 PM
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Today in history... May 19, 1925, Malcolm Little/Malcolm X/El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the 4th of 7 children, to Earl Little and Louise Norton.

Of course, I'm sure we all know of Spike Lee's 1992 film based on the life of the man - a film that will rest among the nation’s treasures in the world’s largest archive of film, TV and sound recordings; just over a year ago, it was inducted for preservation in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress

And by the way, it's now officially on Blu-ray, finally released in that format last year. So you can pick up a copy if you haven't yet.

You can also watch Orlando Bagwell's 2 1/2 hour 1994 documentary, Malcolm X: Make It Plain, narrated by Alfre Woodard - a film that paints a comprehensive portrait of Malcolm X - hustler, visionary, husband and father, dynamic orator and, after spending time in prison, Minister Malcolm, the fiery, eloquent spokesman for the Nation of Islam; and finally as El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, internationally recognized leader and advocate for oppressed peoples - loved and despised, revered and feared... until he was assassinated at the young age of 39.

The entire 2 1/2 hour film is on YouTube, and I've embedded it below, so you can watch it in full, if you haven't already. It's a solid documentary and very well worth viewing, especially on his birthday, as well as a miserable "stay inside" weather day (in New York City anyway).

Here it is: 

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  • Garveyism91 | May 20, 2013 4:58 PMReply

    @CareyCarey you hit it on the head. We as black people care little less about our trailblazers or pioneers that paved the way for us as a people. I too am ashamed at the lack of me and you commenting on such a day that was yesterday commenmorating our black shining prince Malcolm X. We do focus on Tyler Perry and other nonsense that is affecting our community. Now when it comes to cinema it much of the same. Keep doing what you are doing because you spreading the word and waking up the masses of our people. Thank you and God bless you.

  • CareyCarey | May 19, 2013 2:52 PMReply

    "Watch Orlando Bagwell's Comprehensive Doc 'Malcolm X: Make It Plain'.... and, 4th Annual Malcolm X On Film & Panel Discussion In Celebration Of His 88th Birthday.

    Now wait a minute, something ain't right. Two posts on Malcolm X received a total of 2 comments. Yet, Tyler Perry, Peeples and Masha's received a combined total of over 300. Maybe that's testimony to the words... BLACK FOLKS DON'T_____________________.

    Or maybe, it's possible (but not likely) that everyone reading this blog knows all there is about Malcolm? And, are in total agreement about his life and times? NAWL... that can't be true. So maybe black folks don't______________________________________.

    Anyway, I don't know who's been reading along, nor why these posts are passed by, so I think I'll talk to the babies.

    Short and sweet: Malcolm X, Spike Lee and Oprah Winfrey are arguably the most significant African Americans to have EVER graced these United States. Think about it... think about the words of the visitor NAJI, "I still can't get over the loss of this truly great man. God bless you Brother Malcolm. We are lost without you."

    Yes-yes-yes, in retrospect, remove Malcolm's contribution from our history - what's left? The same can be said for Spike Lee and Oprah. All have played a significant role in developing the black consciousnesses.

    On the largest stages of the world they given us a voice, leadership and paved a way for others to follow. Make no mistake about it, and say what you will about their alleged indiscretions, without the aforementioned pioneers, we would definitely be more lost than we are now. But again, Black-folks-don't________<---what?

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