“Can’t nobody else understand what it’s like being one of us, ‘cept us,” Cassius Clay (Eli Goree) tells Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) late into One Night in Miami. “You know: Young. Black. Righteous. Famous. Unapologetic.”
He is, obviously, correct. Cassius, Sam, and the two friends waiting for them back at the hotel, Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) and Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir) are in a class of their own. They’re so famous you probably don’t even need me, or this movie, to explain to you why they’re famous.