Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)

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Burns brings forth many impressive historical details, all contextualized within the overarching story of Race in America. Hours later, you are left with what feels like a genuine sense of what made the guy tick, and the world that he inhabited. Yet anoth

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

The subject is admirably served here.

Full Review… | October 28, 2005
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Unforgivable Blackness will stand as an absorbing microscope in reference to resilient black manhood in all its vulnerability and vitality.

January 26, 2005
TheWorldJournal.com

Proves that, no matter what punches were thrown at him, no one ever wiped that triumphant smile off of Jack Johnson's face.

Full Review… | October 5, 2004
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August 13, 2007
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Extremely long, but thorough and nuanced. The pain-staking detail and documentation makes the entire period and all the issues real and current. Also, amazing footage from 1910!

Courtney Smith
Courtney Smith

He wore fir coats and tailored suits, had a gill, drove expensive sport cars, openly fornicated with and married white women, and humiliated the so called "superior race" by becoming Heavy Weight Boxing Champion of the World all in 1903?! In Jim Crow south?! AMAZING!

David  Gallegos
David Gallegos

I knew very little about Jack Johnson until watching this on PBS. Talk about an eye opener. He was an amazing man that faced hardship after hardship, and is seem almost always in every picture with a smile on his face. He defined who he was as a MAN, and never let anyone undermine his belief in himself. I think every American citizen should be required to watch this movie, to remember what we used to be, and what we should never be again. A great, moving, inspiring film.

William Thompson
William Thompson

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