Unforgivable Blackness, the latest documentary offering from Ken Burns' Florentine Films tells of "The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson," possibly the greatest heavyweight boxing champion in history. Beginning his career as a means toward economic and (hopefully) racial success and equality during the early years of the twentieth century, Jack Johnson tread a rough road. The word "unforgivable" in the title refers to two "problems" which Johnson created for himself. First, he went after the heavyweight boxing title, something that an African American was not even supposed to consider, and second, after his win from Tommy Burns, the heavyweight champ in 1908, he publicly dated and later married a white woman -- something unheard of at the time -- the cause of race riots across the country, and ultimately Johnson's arrest on false charges via the Mann Act. This is a film about a man of many layers, who fought his way to success in a white-run society, and then rubs peoples' noses in that fact. Had he lived a slightly quieter existence, he may have had an easier time, but then would not have been the man that he was. I've always been a fan of the Florentine productions, which have taken a slow and sometimes meandering path to tell their stories. Unforgivable Blackness not only picks up the pace, has better (more detailed) production values than the earlier films, but also has arrived in a widescreen 16:9 anamorphic format via PBS and Paramount Home Video. After watching the film, I couldn't help but to see this story being re-played 95 years later for the very similar reasons, as individuals and governments take the position that it is illegal, improper, or against the concepts of mankind that people who wish to marry, should not, for the simple reason that others might not agree with their personal life decisions. While I don't wish to get into politics here, one cannot ignore the similarities between 1910 and 2005 America, which adds another very interesting layer of historical resonance to this film. This is a superb documentary project. Ken Burns and company are at the top of their form. Unforgivable Blackness is very highly recommended.