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Published on Feb 1, 2012
Mello gets it. He knows his b-ball history and so should you. Producer & Director: Deborah Morales Executive Producer: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Writer: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anna Waterhouse Narrated By: Jamie Foxx & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Running Time: 75 minutes Featuring: Spike Lee, Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Cornel West, Wynton Marsalis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jerry West, Bill Russell, Charles Barkley, Carmelo Anthony, Dr. J, and other NBA legends. Featuring Music by: Music by will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas), Chuck D & Johnny Juice (Public Enemy), Herbie Hancock, and original score by Grammy-winning composer Bill Cunliffe.
Synopsis: On the Shoulders of Giants tells the story of the Harlem Renaissance Big Five, more commonly known as the The Harlem Rens - the greatest basketball team you've never heard of. In 1939 the world of professional basketball was segregated and "colored" teams could not compete against white teams, nor vie for league championships. The Harlem Rens were the best of the black teams yearning for a chance at a national championship. The players not only beat tremendous odds - from pervasive racism to the Great Depression - but became the first world champions of professional basketball when they defeated every other team, (including the best white teams) for this coveted title. The Harlem Rens evolved into role models for black America during their time but until now their story has remained relatively unknown and their story untold to broader audiences