Professor lands documentary deal with Netflix for book

Johnny Smith

Posted September 20, 2021

External Article: The Technique

Johnny Smith, the Julius C. "Bud" Shaw Professor of Sports History and an associate professor in the School of History and Sociology, was featured in the article, "Professor Lands Documentary Deal With Netflix for Book," published Sept. 18, 2021, in The Technique.

The article discusses the Netflix documentary Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali, which is based in part on Smith's 2016 book of the same name with co-author Randy Roberts.

An excerpt:

However, Johnny Smith, professor of Sports History at the School of History and Sociology at Tech, has drawn an unlikely connection between the friendship, and later falling out, of Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali. His book provides a backstory for the strong, but tumultuous, friendship and brotherhood between the two, from its start to its ultimate demise over time, and has recently been adapted by Netflix into a documentary.