Sunday, June 5

Muhammad Ali (1942 - 2016)

"Film footage of Muhammad Ali is used to sell everything from soft drinks to cars. The image we are spoon-fed is the improbably charismatic boxer, dancing in the ring and shouting 'I am the greatest.'
The present Muhammad Ali is also a very public figure, despite his near total inability to move or speak. His voice has been silenced by both his years of boxing and Parkinson’s disease. This Ali has been embraced by the establishment as a walking saint. In 1996, Ali was sent with his trembling hands to light the Olympic Torch in Atlanta. In 2002, he 'agreed to star in a Hollywood-produced advertising campaign, designed to explain America and the war in Afghanistan to the Muslim world.' Ali has been absorbed by the establishment as a legend — a harmless icon. ..."
Jacobin: The Hidden History of Muhammad Ali
W - Muhammad Ali
NY Times: President Obama’s Statement on Muhammad Ali (More Muhammad Ali Coverage)
The Atlantic: Remembering Muhammad Ali, the Greatest of All Time
NPR (Video)
NYPL: 5 Muhammad Ali Movies to Remember the Legend
NBC (Video)
YouTube: Top 10 Muhammad Ali Best Knockouts, Amazing Speed