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THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI investigates its extraordinary and often complex subject’s life outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the center of America’s controversies over race, religion, and war. From Kartemquin Films – makers of such acclaimed documentaries as HOOP DREAMS and THE INTERRUPTERS – and Oscar-nominated director Bill Siegel (THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND), THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience.

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On this day in 1963, 50 years ago, Dr. King delivered a speech that would be apart of American History forever.  50 years ago the US Government/FBI also had plan to kill Dr. King.

This is a letter sent to MLK anonymously by the FBI. It attempted to get King to kill himself before he could receive the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. Accompanying the letter was a cassette that “contained allegedly incriminating audio recordings of King with women in various hotel rooms”

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It will cost an estimated $241,080 for a middle-income couple to raise a child born last year for 18 years, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Wednesday. That’s up almost 3% from 2011 and doesn’t  include the cost of college.

 At the same time, wages aren’t keeping up. The country’s median annual household income has fallen by more than $4,000 since 2000, after adjusting for inflation, and many of the jobs lost during the recent recession have been replaced with lower-wage positions

source: CNNMoney

An Ice-T produced documentary that tells the life of Iceberg Slim, a legendary Chicago pimp. Through the likes of Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, Henry Rollins, Chris Rock, Quincy Jones we get a depiction of how Slim ushered his way from pimp to author, writing 7 groundbreaking books that described life in the ghetto unlike how it had previously been scribed. His poetic detail and honesty about this lifestyle has made him a cultural icon.

Directed by Jorge Hinojosa

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The association voted on the measure at its annual meeting in Chicago. The AMA noted that obesity rates in the United States have “doubled among adults in the last twenty years and tripled among children in a single generation” and that the World Health Organization, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Internal Revenue Service already recognize the condition as a disease.

 

Obesity is associated with a variety of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Rising obesity is expected to increase America’s already high health care costs.

The AMA’s recommendations accompanying the vote included urging physicians and insurance companies to “recognize obesity as a complex disorder,” encouraging national efforts to educate the public “about the health risks of being overweight and obese.”

The AMA also recommended the creation “National Obesity Awareness Month” to highlight the benefits of exercise and to warn of the risks of obesity. Source

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