'One Night in Miami, is a Regina King directed film adaptation of the play, & is a fictitious telling of four friends, gathering, to celebrate a major victory for one of their own. The four friends happen to be Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Cassius Clay (Eli Goree), Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), and Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) The night, February 25, 1964, Cassius Clay was declared the victor in his match with Sonny Liston. Malcolm, sensing the expiration of his own life, calls together three of the most powerful men in American Culture together in a simple, nondescript hotel room. It was like the disciples and Jesus on the mountain of transfiguration.
The central theme of this wonderful piece of theatre I think was about Power, Black Power. What does “having power” mean? How is power obtained, and what is the responsibility of power, and do you owe it to your community to use that power to aid in the struggle of The Race. Each man possessed an immense power that made them changers of American Culture.
'One Night…' takes the audience behind closed doors to experience the relationships between these four brilliant men. We see the men beyond the public images. It is a meeting of the fraternal order of greatness as these brothers congratulate each other for their success, tease each other for their mistakes, and hold each other accountable for their choices. Playwright Kemp Powers debuted his masterpiece in Los Angeles at the Rogue Machine Theatre, June of 2013 winning three LA Drama Critics Circle Awards, four NAACP Awards. (best playwright, best director, best ensemble, and best producer). It should be noted that Powers is also the first African American to co-direct a Disney animated feature with the release of Soul during the 2020 Holiday Season. 'One Night in Miami' is a reminder that "Black Brilliance" is always around us and if we just look around, take note of those we call friends, we too might realize that we are in “the room where it happens.” What did you think about the film?