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Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942) is an American former professional boxer, philanthropist and social activist. Considered a cultural icon, Ali has both been idolized and vilified. Originally known as Cassius Clay, Ali changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964, subsequently converting to Sunni Islam in 1975, and more recently practicing Sufism. In 1967, three years after Ali had won the World Heavyweight Championship, he was publicly vilified for his refusal to be conscripted into the U.S. military, based on his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War. His 1966 statement, "Man, I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong", was one of the more telling remarks of that era. Widespread protests against the Vietnam War had not yet begun, but with that one phrase, Ali articulated the reason to oppose the war for a generation of young Americans, and his words served as a touchstone for the racial and antiwar upheavals that would rock the 1960s. Ali's example inspired Martin Luther King, Jr. – who had been reluctant to alienate the Johnson Administration and its support of the civil rights agenda – to voice his own opposition to

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Laila Ali -- My Dad's Just Fine ... 'He's Sick But He's Alive'

Laila Ali
My Dad's Just Fine 'He's Sick But He's Alive'

Muhammad Ali is sick ... but he's alive ... so says the Champ's daughter Laila Ali.  "He's good," Laila said at LAX on Thursday ... "Rumors about [his health] every year come out." The latest… READ MORE >

Snoop Dogg's Son & Muhammad Ali's Grandson -- HS Football Teammates

Snoop Dogg's Son
& Muhammad Ali's Grandson HS Football Teammates

What do Muhammad Ali and Snoop Dogg have in common? They're both gonna be rooting for Bishop Gormon High School this year ... where Snoop's son and Ali's grandson are teammates on the varsity… READ MORE >

- 100 days ago
Muhammad Ali -- HUGE BASKETBALL FAN ... Rooting for Kentucky

Muhammad Ali
HUGE BASKETBALL FAN ... Rooting for Kentucky

The University of Kentucky has a huge fan pulling for them in tonight's NCAA Championship Game -- Muhammad Ali ... who, it turns out, is a HUUUGE basketball fan ... TMZ Sports has learned. READ MORE >

- 235 days ago
Ken Norton Dead -- Ex-Heavyweight Boxing Champ Dies at 70

Ken Norton
Ex-Heavyweight Boxing Champ Dies at 70

Former heavyweight boxing champ Ken Norton -- who had 3 classic fights with Muhammad Ali -- died today in Las Vegas ...according to his son.Norton had been in failing health for several years… READ MORE >

- 436 days ago
Muhammad Ali -- 'The Greatest' Arrives in London for Olympics

Muhammad Ali
The Greatest Arrives in London for Olympics

Muhammad Ali ... the GREATEST of All Time ... has arrived in London for the 2012 Summer Games ... 52 years after winning his own gold medal.  Ali was spotted leaving his hotel Tuesday with… READ MORE >

- 856 days ago
Muhammad Ali Sues -- My Old Kentucky Home ... SUCKS!

Muhammad Ali Sues
My Old Kentucky Home ... SUCKS!

Muhammad Ali is ready for another big fight ... because he's suing a married couple that sold him a home that even Ty Pennington couldn't fix.Ali and his wife, Yolanda, claim they bought the… READ MORE >

- 1143 days ago
Chubby Checker: Muhammad Ali Is a Legend ... Because of ME!

Chubby Checker
Muhammad Ali Is a Legend ... Because of ME!

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" ... "I am the greatest" ... "Joe Frazier is a gorilla" -- Chubby Checker says he's the inspiration behind Muhammad Ali's historic trash talk ... and… READ MORE >

- 1151 days ago
Laila Ali: Keep My Daddy Out of Your Divorce!

Laila Ali:
Keep My Daddy Out of Your Divorce!

Laila Ali is fighting her husband's ex-wife, who now wants to drag Muhammad Ali into her child support battle.Laila's hubby, former NFL star Curtis Conway, has been embroiled in a financial battle… READ MORE >

- 1983 days ago

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