Samuel L. Jackson and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis narrate this look at America's tumultuous civil rights movement through the lens of basketball and the lives and challenges of its African-African players, including Avery Johnson, Ben Wallace, Pee Wee Kirkland, and many others. This ESPN production offers a unique approach to and an uncommonly large scope on one the most important eras in America's history.
Description by Genius Productions:
"Black Magic" is dramatic film about the injustice which defined the Civil Rights Movement in America, as told through the lives of basketball players and coaches who attended Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Narrated by Academy Award Nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson and jazz great Wynton Marsalis, with introductions from New Orleans Hornets star point guard Chris Paul and basketball icon "Dr. J" Julius Erving. Helmed by award-winning director Dan Klores and co-produced by basketball legend and Winston-Salem State University graduate Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, the film will be aired on March 16th and 17th 2008 on ESPN commercial free.