The Root Recommends: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 'On the Shoulders of Giants'

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores with a new sports documentary.

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Nearly two decades into his retirement, Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is embarking on a new hobby: filmmaking.

On the Shoulders of Giants, executive-produced by Harlem-bred Abdul-Jabbar, tells the story of basketball's first all-black team, the Harlem Renaissance Big Five, also known as the Rens. Based largely on the book Abdul-Jabar co-authored about the team in 2007, this sports documentary showcases the team's incredible talent, while exploring the extreme racial tensions in basketball in the 1930s. It was produced as a classroom learning tool. Watch it on Video On Demand.

Previous recommendation: Race and the Recession.

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