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At a recent press tour conference, HBO announced two new documentaries that are slated to premiere towards the end of 2017.

The currently untitled Muhammad Ali project will be a multi-part documentary that will explore Ali’s greatest triumphs and comebacks. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and featuring LeBron James as an executive producer, viewers will be able to look back in the Ali archives, never-before-seen photos, and footage from the private collections of his family and others.

“It’s tough to put into words how much it means to me to be a part of this project honoring the legacy and telling the extremely important story of the great Muhammad Ali,” said James. “He transcended sports and used his platform to empower people, which paved the way for all athletes and people of every race and gender that came after him, myself included.”

In addition to the Ali doc, HBO will also premiere Baltimore Rising, a documentary by actress Sonja Sohn of The Wire, on the uprising after Freddie Gray‘s fatal shooting. Viewers will see the journeys of local activists, police officers, community residents and gang affiliates. The doc will also uncover the city’s history with police brutality, as well as crime and decades of economic disfranchisement.The film is set to debut in November.

While working on The Wire, Sohn shared at the HBO Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour that she developed close ties to community leaders and approached making the documentary as part of her “community work.”

“I said, ‘The people of Baltimore are actually engaging in a much more sophisticated conversation than I was hearing or at least that the media was covering in other cities,’” Sohn said. “So at that point, it was simply my love for the community, my love for justice and my mission… and I feel like my purpose is to make the world a better place and to fight for justice and truth and freedom.”

Looks like Fall TV season is already shaping up to be dope.