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Heart and Soles

At the end of Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1, which premiered last week at the Tribeca Film Festival, Black-ish actor—and noted shoe fanatic—Anthony Anderson sums up nearly 90 minutes of testimonials about the power of a sneaker: "It's some crazy s--- to say about a f------ shoe." The documentary, directed by Dexton Deboree and set for wide release in July, is a love letter to Air Jordans, but moreover is an engaging examination of the brand's cultural impact. Featuring interviews with Carmelo Anthony, Spike Lee (right) and Michael Jordan himself, the doc highlights the effect His Airness and his sneaker had on black communities. So yes, that's a lot to say about a shoe—but Air Jordans really meant that much.