Reggie Rock Bythewood’s new documentary One Night In Vegas premiers tonight as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary series. The film takes a look at the friendship between Tupac and Mike Tyson, as well as the events of that night that saw the boxer’s final championship win and the iconic rapper’s slaying:
On the evening of Sept. 7, 1996, Mike Tyson attempted to take Bruce Seldon’s WBA title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. At this point in his career, Tyson’s fights had become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon, where the ever present hype of the professional boxing scene would come face to face with the worlds of big business, Hollywood, and hip hop. Sitting ringside was controversial rapper Tupac Shakur.
So, let’s say our prayers and efforts pay off and Barack Obama is the country’s next president. People have discussed his platform and “change” methodologies in great detail. But how many of us have considered the cultural impact of a Black president?