Spike Lee is an innovator. His propensity to color outside of the lines and still produce art worthy of praise and consideration speaks to his talent, his foresight, and his creativity. The actor, producer, director and filmmaker has been around for decades, often facing harsh criticism for his work. Now, in 2017, Spike has blessed us with a re-imagining of his classic film, She’s Gotta Have It. With a Spike Lee Joint, you can expect nothing less than shocking, thought-provoking, realness. But most importantly, you can expect a good discussion. This project is no different.
In the year 2017, Donald Trump, (who will be referred to as Tangerine Toddler from this point on) became our President. And while those of us who were sane mourned the fact that he’d be our “leader” for the next four years, others of us were having meet and greets and taking pictures with him like he was our play cousin. To take it a step further, some of us even agreed to perform at his inaugaration. *enters Chrisette Michelle*
I wasn’t going to watch at first. I had made up in my mind that the Academy didn’t deserve my viewership. Really, it didn’t deserve ANY of our viewership…people of color, that is. After all, it was the 88th Academy Awards, and we were still having a conversation about the lack of diversity. We were tired. But ironically, the Academy asked Chris Rock, a legendary comedian, known for making crude jokes and pushing the envelope as far as it could possibly go to host this year’s ceremony. And while I had pledged not to tune in on Sunday, I just had to see it for myself. I wanted to see Chris tear the Academy a new one, LIVE and in color.
Not too long ago, I wrote a piece about how annoying you guys were in your conquest to defame legendary, Black ass, crazy ass filmmaker Spike Lee. I, like many others, love and respect Spike as a man, and as an artist. And also like many of you, over the weekend, I went to see his latest work- the much anticipated and highly controversial film, Chi-Raq. And yes-I was highly disappointed.
*cracks knuckles* Ok. Looks like I’m gonna have to get down and dirty with some of you. Ever since we got wind that Spike Lee had plans on releasing his controversial film Chi-Raq, many of you have been up in arms, questioning Spike’s ethics, his talent, his moral turpitude, his ABILITY, his motives. And frankly, I’ve had about enough.
Spike Lee has been getting a lot of mixed reviews about his upcoming film Chiraq. Set in Chicago, Spike attempts to highlight the ongoing violence in parts of the city that have prompted people nationwide to question what exactly is going on out there. What about Chicago is different than any other place on the map?
Oh Jimmy. You always take it there, don’t you? So remember the time Spike Lee made an iconic movie called Do the Right Thing? Yea, it’s a classic. And remember the time a white guy yelled at another white guy about his “white f*cking privilege?” Yea. So Jimmy, who’s never been afraid to tackle hard hitting issues (in his own unique way, of course) has now recreated Spike Lee’s larger than life film 26 years after its debut. Using his comedic genius to touch on issues of gentrification and white privilege, Jimmy Kimmel presents, “Do the White Thing.” Check it out.
If you don’t know who Spike Lee is, you probably don’t know much.
Ok. That was harsh. But I’m serious. He’s legendary. Spike Lee is responsible for some of the most important films in the last two decades. If you didn’t know, now ya know. But although Spike is larger than life to many people, he still has not been acknowledged by the Academy for his many contributions. Until now. Apparently, the Academy wants to present Spike with an “Honorary Oscar” this November. And that’s great and all, but the truth is, I have a real problem with how this thing is being played out.
Spike Lee is a legend. We know this. He gave us Crooklyn, Jungle Fever, Mo Betta Blues. I mean, he’s a genius. Not only is the man brilliant, but he has a special place in our hearts that nobody, not NOBODY can fill. He’s a gem. And this is why it makes me so damn happy to hear this great news.