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Malcolm X Was Killed Today. Watch Orlando Bagwell's 2 1/2-Hour Doc 'Malcolm X: Make It Plain' Now

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by Tambay A. Obenson
February 21, 2014 10:52 AM
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A birth and a death... yesterday in history, Sidney Poitier was born; Today in history... February 21st, 1965, Malcolm Little/Malcolm X/El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz was killed in New York City.

He was just 39 years old.

Of course, I'm sure we all know of Spike Lee's 1992 epic 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; 3 years ago, it was inducted for preservation in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress

It's now officially on Blu-ray by the way, so you can pick up a copy if you haven't yet.

I'm not aware of any film events that are scheduled to take place today to honor his death (although it doesn't mean there aren't any). I do recall, 3 years ago, that the Brecht Forum here in NYC screened 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 39.

The entire 2 1/2 hour film is on YouTube, split up into several parts, so you can watch it all there if you haven't already.

Here are the first 10 minutes: 

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6 Comments

  • Mark W | February 25, 2014 10:39 AMReply

    "....Of course, I'm sure we all know of Spike Lee's 1992 epic 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; 3 years ago, it was inducted for preservation in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress...."

    holy ASS the last time i saw booty-kissing like this i was watching amateur porn.

  • maria | February 25, 2014 9:59 AMReply

    GOOD

  • Ava | February 21, 2014 5:27 PMReply

    Just from the title, I got the distinct feeling that I'd seen this before years ago. As soon as I saw that intro, it came back to me-- I have seen this before.
    For anyone that hasn't seen it, it is definitely worth a look. If I had the two hours to sit down and watch, I'd watch this again.

  • J | February 21, 2014 3:54 PMReply

    Malcolm Little. Malcolm X. El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz......my hero!

    The NOI. No, thanks.

  • CareyCarey | February 21, 2014 12:52 PMReply

    February 21st, 1965, Malcolm Little/Malcolm X/El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz was killed in New York City. And that same year Lawrence Olivier was appearing in a film version of Othello... in BLACKFACE! And, this year, right now, 11:30am, it's appearing on American television (TCM).

    Yes sir, we've come a long way baby... "Look mom, there's a black man on TV!" says the naive African American child. "No son, that's a white man wearing chocolate makeup", replied the apologetic mother. "But look mommy, there's a news flash. Now that's a real black man. His name is Malcolm X. They say he was killed. Mommy, what was he fighting for?"

  • brijazz | February 21, 2014 11:08 AMReply

    "Malcolm X was killed today? Why isn't this in the news?" - guy who doesn't know what happened 49 years ago

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