Muhammad Ali: Unapologetically Black








61 Responses to “Muhammad Ali: Unapologetically Black”

  1. June 4, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Muhammad Ali is the Greatest. Period ~ POTUS

  2. 2 desertflower
    June 4, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Always his authentic self. Thank you, Nerdy:)

  3. 4 desertflower
    June 4, 2016 at 8:43 pm


  4. 5 amk for obama
    June 4, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    “I am a minority here, I am from england.”

    wow, just wow.

    and what a smackdown.

  5. June 4, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Such beautiful tributes top to bottom. Thanks everyone. What a beautiful spirit and soul he had, always in touch with the wishes and blessing of his God.

  6. June 4, 2016 at 8:49 pm

  7. 12 jacquelineoboomer
    June 4, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks for this post, NW! Quite the tribute.

  8. June 4, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Above picture along with SI’s 100 greatest photos of Muhammed Ali

    Take 10 minutes to watch this incredible tribute:

  9. June 4, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Lebron, heeding Ali’s advice (above tweet) on responsibility and commenting on Muhammad Ali’s death

    “As I got older and started to read about him and watch things about him, I started to realize what he did in the ring was secondary to what he meant outside of the ring — just his influence, what he stood for. “The reason why he’s the GOAT is not because of what he did in the ring, which was unbelievable. It’s what he did outside of the ring, what he believed in, what he stood for, along with Jim Brown and Oscar Robertson, Lew Alcindor — obviously, who became Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] — Bill Russell, Jackie Robinson. Those guys stood for something. He’s part of the reason why African-Americans today can do what we do in the sports world. We’re free. They allow us to have access to anything we want. It’s because of what they stood for, and Muhammad Ali was definitely the pioneer for that. “People forget what you did as a professional. People forget the championships and all the other things you were able to accomplish. But they will never forget how you made them feel. That’s a Maya Angelou quote, but I’ll transcend that into what Muhammad Ali was able to do. So it’s very important.” 

  10. June 4, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Mr. Ali was our Blackness.

    From the ancestors, through him…he showed the way and stood his ground.

  11. 16 jacquelineoboomer
    June 4, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    • 17 amk for obama
      June 4, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      lil people with lil minds.

    • June 4, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      Excuse my language. I wish I could contact that sorry ass Martin Daniel, these racists ass Republicans never fail to amaze me. Anyone wonder why they have a piece of shit like Donald Trump as their nominee, because they are just like Trump themselves. I want to ask Martin Daniel, is the fact that Donald KKK. Trump dodge the draft a black mark on Trump character? You ask me Trump has no character and neither does Martin Daniels.

      • 21 jacquelineoboomer
        June 4, 2016 at 11:31 pm

        You have all that right! Don’t worry – gazillions of people are fighting back at Martin Daniels, although he’s too racist to care.

  12. 22 jacquelineoboomer
    June 4, 2016 at 9:05 pm

  13. June 4, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    “Greatest doesn’t capture him…It is not big enough, it doesn’t do him justice”

  14. June 4, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    “….As I watch him eat, I have never been more sure of a man’s inner contentment. Except maybe when he eats the second piece. It’s not supposed to be Buddha. It’s supposed to be Allah, because it is Allah who has ruled his life since even before Liston, and Allah who controls it now more than ever before. The contents of his briefcase say so. He is carrying the briefcase as he enters the room, so still even in walking that he does not disturb the air around him. He opens the briefcase to reveal hundreds of well-thumbed sheets of paper filled with typewritten words. It is the briefcase a man would carry if he were to knock on your screen door to convert you to his faith, and on this day, dressed in black, shoulders slumping toward his paunch, gray sprinkling his temples, he looks like such a man. He shuffles through the papers, finds one, hands it to me. “First Chronicles 19:18,” I read aloud while he listens. “‘Then the Syrians fled before Israel. David killed 7,000 charioteers and 40,000 foot soldiers of the Syrians.’ Second Samuel 10:18: ‘Then the Syrians fled before Israel, and David killed 700 charioteers and 40,000 horsemen of the Syrians.’ Was it 700 or 7,000? Was it foot soldiers or horsemen?” “The Bible has contradictions,” he says to me, the voice sandpapered raw by the disease. “Not in there,” he says, nodding at the Koran. His briefcase also holds a black-and-white photograph of three boxers—Ali, Joe Louis, and Sugar Ray Robinson; it looks like a snapshot from the turn of the century—but most of the case’s contents are there to do Allah’s work….

    …It’s easiest for him to talk about Allah, although it is not easy for him to talk, because the muscles of his face don’t work as well as they once did. His wife, Lonnie, has asked if I want her to sit with us so she can tell me what he is saying. Lonnie is a strong woman who walks through a room like a beautiful storm approaching. But right now I ask her if Ali and I can be alone and if she could close the door, which she does, leaving the two of us in silence in a small room in the suite of offices on Ali’s southern Michigan farm. The farm used to belong to AI Capone’s bookmaker. A workman doing renovations recently dug some bullets out of the floorboards from back in the days when people were shooting one another here. Now it’s just about the quietest place on earth. After he hands me several more tracts, I tell him I’m pretty much a nonbeliever, and at this his eyebrows arch up and the words come quickly.

    “Do you believe that phone made itself?”

    No, I say.

    “Do you believe the chair made itself?”


    “Do you believe the table made itself?”


    “Do you believe the sun made itself?”


    “The Supreme Being made it.”

    The Bible’s inconsistencies don’t persuade me, nor do the sermons. It’s when he levitates that I start to come around. Well, not when he levitates—when he pretends to. His levitation trick is like his handkerchief-in-the-fake-thumb trick or the trick where he rubs his fingers together behind your ear and what you hear sounds like a cricket. He’s been playing pranks since he was a kid, to complement his verbal trickery, but now his pranks are the currency with which he communicates. It’s when he’s pretending to levitate that I figure out what’s happening with Ali now, and it sounds an awful lot like something involving divine intervention. At the very least, it sounds like the sort of parable that ought to be typed up and carried around in the briefcase of someone trying to convert you. “For decades,” it would read, “Allah had Muhammad Ali doing Allah’s work. Ali was the most remarkable young black man the nation had ever seen, unafraid to take on the mightiest of the white man’s institutions, speaking out, yes, for the black man, but even more for Allah, in a fashion that Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad never could have….continued”

  15. 25 Dudette
    June 4, 2016 at 9:18 pm

  16. 26 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Good evening TOD! Thanks Nerdy, for these poignant tribute posts to the Muhammad Ali! 🙂

  17. June 4, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Another angle of the pic:

    Ali’s gloves that President Obama references:

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  18. 28 amk for obama
    June 4, 2016 at 9:54 pm

  19. 29 amk for obama
    June 4, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    • 30 carolyn
      June 5, 2016 at 12:00 am

      This statistic about Af-Am women being the most educated group in the U.S. is quite interesting to me. What I have noticed in the past few years is that they strive the hardest in my college classes, and are pursuing education and success with passion. At the opposite end of this spectrum is the young white male, in my experience.

  20. 31 sjterrid
    June 4, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Thank you Nerdy and LP for these wonderful tributes to Muhammad Ali.

    May he RIP! My prayers to his family and friends.

  21. 32 mtmarilyn
    June 4, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Nerdy Wonka and all who have added to these posts, thank you for these beautiful tribute to such a great man. I am so thankful for everyone else’s words saying what I feel.

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  23. June 4, 2016 at 10:49 pm

  24. 39 jacquelineoboomer
    June 4, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    What is so great about the outpouring of memories and historical references about Muhammad Ali, now that he has walked on, is that many of my generation had forgotten a bit of it … and so many young people hadn’t heard much of it, and now everybody who is paying attention has been brought up to date.

    Most of his inspirational “message” was and is ageless.

    • June 4, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      So beautifully said. I also hope that there’s some appreciation for how truly radical he was in that context of time and place. He really broke the sound barrier.

      • 41 jacquelineoboomer
        June 4, 2016 at 11:34 pm

        Thank you, dear friend. Radical and he really paid a personal price, a few times – but, in the final accounting, he rose above it all. No idea where these heroes among us come from! Most of us are afraid of our own shadows, it seems, myself included.

  25. 43 amk for obama
    June 4, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Muhammad Ali: Hometown mourns the ‘Louisville Lip’.


  26. June 4, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Dem nomination update: After Virgin Islands tomorrow (70 delegates at stake) Clinton will need ~30-33 to clinch the nomination, possibly less.

    • June 4, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      Meant 60 at stake tomorrow. Clinton has ~2,320-30 delegates depending on the count….needs ~55 more(not including P.R.)

  27. 46 amk for obama
    June 4, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    ‘Greatest’ boxer Muhammad Ali’s tryst with India.

    Indians had an opportunity to see legendary boxer Muhammad Ali in action in 1980 when he visited the country for exhibition bouts titled ‘Greatest to Greatest, the reference being to him and to Indira Gandhi who had just returned to power after a humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha elections after the emergency.

    Ali played exhibition bouts in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai when he visited the country at the invitation of London-based NRI industrialist Lord Swaraj Paul, who paid glowing tributes to the boxer on Saturday saying, “He was truly a legend. Crowds in India were thrilled to see him in action.”

    Even more thrilled were the boxers who got a chance to interact and exchange a few blows with the American, who was revered not just for his skills inside the ring but also his bold stand on issues related to civil rights.


  28. 47 jacquelineoboomer
    June 4, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    The most poignant part of any quote of Muhammad Ali’s about his refusal to participate in the Vietnam war, was when he said simply:

    “Just take me to jail.”

    Can you just imagine how much integrity and courage that took? Amazing.

    And that’s a wrap for me for the night, TODville, Chips, and NW! I’m outta here! ❤

  29. June 5, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Good night, TOD ….

  30. June 5, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Correction on Virgin Island numbers. Sanders not viable at 12%. HRC wins all seven delegates.

    • 52 jackiegrumbacher
      June 5, 2016 at 7:19 am

      Good news. Thanks, Bill. Hope we see the same outcome in PR. Then we can officially say, “Game Over.”

  31. June 5, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Good morning TOD 🙂

    So true ….

  32. June 5, 2016 at 7:46 am

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  34. June 5, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😆

  35. June 5, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Just an FYI before departing.

    Currently Sec Clinton is 60 delegates short of the nomination.

    Puerto Rico’s delegation is 60. Would be sorta cool if they took her to the finish line – today.

    In any event, she only needs 6.7% of the remaining 895 delegates to be the nominee.

    #Trump should seriously consider doing what all bullies ultimately do …. cut and run …….


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