Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the greatest player in the history of college basketball during his UCLA career and the leading scorer in NBA history, is a multi-talented individual.
He has authored several books, and he has now produced a documentary titled "On The Shoulders of Giants" which tells the story of the Harlem Rens basketball team.
The documentary is now available through "Video on Demand" through Comcast, Time Warner and Cox cable systems.
Here is an except from Leonard Maltin's review of the documentary: "Their actual name was the Harlem Renaissance, but they were known to their many fans and admirers as the Rens. To understand their significance, and the history they made (much of it lost or forgotten) you have to understand the broader picture of race in America during the first half of the 20th century, and the unique culture of Harlem. To do this, Abdul-Jabbar and Morales corralled the most impressive, diverse and in some cases surprising array of interview subjects imaginable, including Maya Angelou, Dr. Cornel West, Bill Russell, Charles Barkley, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Costas, the late John Wooden, Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Julius Erving, Jerry West, and Herbie Hancock, to name just a few! They all make significant, even eloquent, contributions to the story of a remarkable group of men who comprised the first all-black professional basketball team in America."
To read Maltin's entire review, click here.
To view a CBS news story about the documentary, click here.