Netflix has gained a nice little reputation for its thought-provoking documentaries. The streaming service continues offering up new films that provide new perspectives on historical events. ReMastered: the Two Killings of Sam Cooke offers up a fresh look at the popular singer’s death in 1964 at the age of thirty-three. The film offers new insights from scholars and musical contemporaries of Mr. Cooke, such as Smokey Robinson and Quincy Jones.
World War II delayed a fight that was inevitably going to happen. It was only a matter of time. Since Abraham Lincoln put pen to paper on the Emancipation Proclamation, thus freeing all slaves from their bondage of servitude, black people in the US sought what the freedom and independence that the white people readily enjoyed and the freedoms the politicians claimed they were entitled to.
Seventy- five years later, black people in the United States were no better off in this country than before the Civil War. The years of oppression built and built until the grandchildren of the freed slaves, themselves as American as their white brothers and sisters, could take no more.
Through its interviews with music authorities, critics and popular musicians and celebrities, such as the Cleveland Browns Hall-of-Fame running back Jim Brown, we learn of the unfortunate story of Emmett Til.
His death shocked the nation to its core. Til’s mother let the world see the ugliness of racism by letting the press photograph the featureless corpse that was once her son
.Already socially aware of the injustices his people suffered, Cooke doubled down on his work for equality and thus seal his fate. This is the alternative path this highly credible, highly watchable and highly recommended documentary takes viewers, offering more solid truths abou9t the death of Sam Cooke than were previously available.