Quibi’s Blackballed will not blow your mind or tell you anything new, but it will inform and keep your interest piqued. Maybe it’s worth giving the platform a little longer to establish itself.
Quibi documentary series Blackballed season 1 came out on the platform on May 18, 2020.
Quibi was always going to be a hard sell; smartphone only, 7-10 minute episodes, and a flurry of content that feels more opportunistic than quality-driven. However, documentary series Blackballed is worth viewing. And during a time where Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling to the US anthem during the NFL is a cause for a national debate, Blackballed reminds the American people why Colin knelt in the first place.
Blackballed season 1 highlights the five crucial days during the 2014 NBA playoffs when Doc Rivers, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jornal, and the LA Clippers led a shocking movement of athletes to hold racism accountable. In the opening episode, the Quibi series highlights the difference in time; how being a black and famous athlete put you into a shell in the earlier days — shut up and keep quiet and play your sport — and how in the present day, the cultural shift and gained power in the black community has allowed black athletes to be heard. An injustice is an injustice to the entire community, not just the individual.
Quibi’s Blackballed works in its quick format; it paces through the facts but not in a way that is suffocating. I’ve found previous Quibi series’ to seemingly rush through the runtime, but it seems to work when it comes to a documentary, especially that’s related to sport. Blackballed season 1 will not blow your mind or tell you anything new, but it will inform and keep your interest piqued. Maybe it’s worth giving the platform a little longer to establish itself.
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