Kareem, Jazz and Basketball

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The new documentary “On the Shoulders of Giants” tells the story of the Harlem Rens, an all-black basketball team that played in New York at the height of the Harlem Renaissance cultural explosion. Guest host (and secret sports blogger) Christian McBride talks with two people behind the film, NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and composer Bill Cunliffe, about overlap between two golden eras of sports and the arts.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Dr. Cornel West
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Dr. Cornel West

From the film "On the Shoulders of Giants," Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Dr. Cornel West standing in front of the 145th St. subway station in Harlem.

( Courtesy of “On the Shoulders of Giants” )
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jamie Foxx
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jamie Foxx

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with film narrator Jamie Foxx.

( Courtesy of “On the Shoulders of Giants” )
Team photo of the Harlem Rens.
Team photo of the Harlem Rens. ( Courtesy of “On the Shoulders of Giants” )
The Harlem Rens in action.
The Harlem Rens in action. ( Courtesy of “On the Shoulders of Giants” )
The Harlem Rens spending time together off the court.
The Harlem Rens spending time together off the court. ( Courtesy of “On the Shoulders of Giants” )
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