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Michael Mann on Political New 'Ali' Cut: 'He Was a Symbol of Resistance'

26 January 2017 11:10 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

When Muhammad Ali passed away on June 4th, 2016, those who knew him, admired him, fought him and loved him attested to his singular skill as a boxer, his fleet footwork and his way with words (especially of the trash-talking variety). What was often emphasized the most in these tributes, however, was how Ali was as much a political firebrand as a gamechanging pugilist – both the 20th century's consummate athlete and a social activist willing to sacrifice his career by standing up for what he believed. This was the heavyweight champion »

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Youngest Kennedy Sister Jean Recalls Hysterical Advice from Muhammad Ali That She Forgot to Put in Memoir

25 January 2017 2:10 PM, PST | | See recent news »

What’s in a name? A lot, if you asked the late Muhammad Ali.

The boxing and civil rights icon, who famously changed his name from Cassius Clay after converting to Islam, once gave President John F. Kennedy’s youngest sister, Jean Kennedy Smith, some memorable advice about her own name.

Speaking about her recent memoir, The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy, during an event at the JFK Library in Boston on Tuesday night, the 88-year-old former ambassador to Ireland shared an untold story about Ali that she said she forgot to include in her book.

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Muhammad Ali’s 75th Birthday: 13 Jaw-Dropping Moments From His Boxing Career (Photos)

17 January 2017 6:25 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. As a young boy, Clay was first introduced to the world of boxing when his red-and-white Schwinn bicycle was stolen. An upset Clay reported the incident to Louisville police officer Joe Martin (1916-1996), who happened to be a boxing trainer, and described wanting to pummel the thief. It was then that Martin suggested to the 12-year-old Clay that he learn how to box and began training him. Martin would be Clay’s trainer throughout his six-year amateur career. Clay won the gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics for. »

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