[video] Chicago has deadliest start to a year in nearly 2 decades

Mayor Rahm Emauel (aka Obama’s BFF) has done an awful job and has blood on his hands.

More than 100 people died violently in Chicago at the beginning of 2016, making it the deadliest kick off to a year since the late 1990s. Gang violence fueled by social media and lax sentencing guidelines for gun arrests are being blamed by officials for the uptick, however the shutting down of schools and high unemployment rates are being pointed to by scholars as the cause, as RT America’s Ashlee Banks reports.

[video] ‘CHI-RAQ’ A Spike Lee Joint [ Official Trailer ]

Straight up I would have preferred Michael B. Jordan in this role instead of Nick Cannon but I will check it out and see if he can pull it off.

A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago. After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago’s Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.

Director: Spike Lee

Stars: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Anya Engel-Adams, Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Chappelle

[video] Spike Lee: Post-Racial America is “Bullshit”

Spike speaks on race in America, social media’s role in uprisings across the world, and his thoughts on police brutality.

Director Spike Lee on race in America: “If you’re African-American in this country, you know what the deal is.” Fusion’s Jorge Ramos spoke to Lee about his latest documentary “I Can’t Breathe,” problems with the NYPD, race in America and the impact of social media on his projects.What do you think?


[video] OLDBOY (REDBAND TRAILER) Directed by Spike Lee

Spike Lee finally gets off the Knicks bench and comes back to directing movies.

An advertising executive is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment

Spike Lee directs the story of a man, “an Old Boy” looking for who imprisoned him for twenty years..

Starring Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley.

[video] Spike Lee Presents “Bad25” (Trailer)

MJ the greatest to ever do it.

This first-ever glimpse of ABC’s 60-second trailer previews the documentary film by award-winning director Spike Lee, WHICH DEBUTED EXCLUSIVELY ON ABC’S “THE VIEW,” celebrates the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s landmark “BAD” album and tour. “Michael Jackson: BAD25” will air Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22 (9:3011:00 p.m., ET) on ABC


Spike Lee gives President Obama exclusive Air Jordan Spizikes

Wonder why Spike is outta sight when cats are cracking each other over the head for these Jordan’s which he is so heavily involved since their inception? Anyway here he presents POTUS with a pair of exclusive Air Jordan Spizikes. Hit the jump to see pic of the kicks..courtesy of Sneaker Watch

Last night President Barack Obama came into NYC for a special event at the Apollo. Spike Lee was lucky enough to get backstage access and present the President with an exclusive pair of Air Jordan Spizikes.

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Tyler Perry and LIONSGATE to launch Cable Network

Spike Lee is fuming at this news right here. I could definitely seeing this happening  next year and I would not bet against this being successful. For all the critiques of Perry’s films who feel they are chock full of cooness and stereotypes this is not a good sign.

via NY Times

Tyler TV, which is still a working title, is intended as a home base for the prolific Mr. Perry — just as Ms. Winfrey, one of Mr. Perry’s most ardent supporters, now operates OWN. But as OWN demonstrates, cable plans that seem promising can be tricky. Ms. Winfrey’s channel, a partnership with Discovery Communications, has been a major ratings disappointment.
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Spike Lee to Direct Wesley Snipes in James Brown Biopic

via MTV

James Brown is the lone Godfather of Soul, and even if he looks a lot like Wesley Snipes in Spike Lee’s upcoming biopic, Lee wants to make sure there’s one recognizable voice coming through the microphone when the legendary figure appears on-screen.wesley-snipes-200x300

“We’re doing it together – it’s going to happen,” Lee told MTV News in an exclusive interview at the Sundance Film Festival this week. The Oscar nominated director of “Do the Right Thing” and “Inside Man” lavished praise on Snipes. “He’s my man,” Lee said; but when it comes to the vocals on Brown’s classic tracks like “I Got You (I Feel Good)” and “Get Up Offa That Thing,” expect to hear the authentic voice of James Brown being dubbed in. “I want to hear James Brown’s voice,” the director said. “That’s just my personal taste.”

He’s not the first filmmaker to take the dubbing route in a musical biopic. Taylor Hackford dubbed Ray Charles’ original voice over Jamie Foxx in “Ray.” “I know Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Walk the Line,’ he did some of the singing,” Lee said, breaking down the decision. “I’m a purist,” he explained. Lee and Paramount grabbed Snipes to play Brown in 2007. The project came together shortly after Brown died in 2006 of congested heart failure. Snipes’ big-screen energy summoning Brown’s near mythological stage presence will obviously carry a hefty punch. You have to feel the demands being place on Snipes, though, just to physically imitate James Brown to the point of syncing with his vocals. That task alone should make “Demolition Man” feel like a jog through through Park City, Utah, by contrast. Do you think Spike Lee is doing the right thing by dubbing in James Brown’s original voice? Do you think Wesley Snipes is a good fit for the part? Speak up and let everyone know in the comments section below!

Spike Lee: “I’m Not Rich, Rich”

Hey Spike you’re hood rich, we get it! Consider yourself lucky, atleast you didn’t get taken to the cleaners by Madoff (lol)

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Spike Lee gave a long interview to Britain’s Sunday Observer, and explained to the reporter that despite a Manhattan townhouse, Martha’s Vineyard home and kids in private school, he is not wealthy:He told me he had always intended his kids to go, as he did, to state schools. “But my wife put the kibosh on that,” he said. Lee balks at being described as wealthy. “It’s not rich rich,” he told me. “Rich is Spielberg. Lucas. Gates. Steve Jobs. Jay-Z! Bruce Springsteen. I’m not complaining. But that’s money. Will Smith. Oprah Winfrey – that’s a ton of money. Compared to them, I’m on welfare!”

The interview, which took place at intervals in 2008 before Barack Obama’s election, also relays Lee’s distaste for the Clintons and Cindy McCain:

“Who’s going to be the vice-presidential pick?” Robin Burgess, the session co-ordinator and Blanchard’s wife, asked.

“As long as it’s not Hillary,” Lee said.

“You know,” Blanchard said in a wondering tone, “we got friends uptown who say they can’t stand Michelle. I mean, what about McCain’s wife?”

“Stepford wife,” Lee muttered.

“I used to like Bill Clinton,” Blanchard said.

Lee shook his head. “They showed their hand,” he said.

Spike Lee to Make Film Out of Live Musical

via Yahoo

NEW YORK – Spike Lee will film “Passing Strange,” Stew’s rock musical journey of self-discovery, during performances next week at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre, it was announced Wednesday.

The movie, budgeted at about $2 million, will be shot July 19 at both the matinee and evening performances, Steve Klein, the film’s producer, said Wednesday at a news conference. The stage production will also be filmed at two other times in the theater without audiences present.

“Musicians are the greatest artists on this Earth,” said Lee, a big fan of the musical since seeing it at the Public Theater last year. “What we are really doing is really a hybrid. We are filming the play.”

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Spike vs. Clint- Part Three…War of the Words Continue

Eastwood vs Lee

via The Guardian

The acrimonious feud between two of Hollywood’s best-known film directors reached a new level of name-calling and accusation at the weekend as Spike Lee invoked America’s bitter legacy of slavery in response to Clint Eastwood’s comments to the Guardian on Friday.
Responding to Lee’s criticism of his second world war films for ignoring black soldiers, Eastwood said America’s most influential black director, should “shut his face”.

But after the remarks were reported around the world, Lee hit back, reminding the older man that they were not “on a plantation”.

The reference to times when a white man could tell a black slave what to do came after Lee first issued a raft of fresh accusations against 78-year-old Eastwood, who has won five Oscars and boasts a string of celebrated gritty film roles, including “Dirty Harry” Callahan.
Lee, who has been nominated for two Academy awards, has made his own second world war film, Miracle at Santa Anna, which highlights an all-black US army division.
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Eastwood Fires Back, Says Spike Lee Should ‘Shut His Mouth’

Eastwood vs Lee

Can’t we all just get along? Clint Eastwood has some choice words for Spike Lee‘s criticisms of his depiction of the role of black soldiers in his biopic “Flag of Our Fathers.” Read below:

via Guardian

Eastwood has no time for Lee’s gripes. “He was complaining when I did Bird [the 1988 biopic of Charlie Parker]. Why would a white guy be doing that? I was the only guy who made it, that’s why. He could have gone ahead and made it. Instead he was making something else.” As for Flags of Our Fathers, he says, yes, there was a small detachment of black troops on Iwo Jima as a part of a munitions company, “but they didn’t raise the flag. The story is Flags of Our Fathers, the famous flag-raising picture, and they didn’t do that. If I go ahead and put an African-American actor in there, people’d go, ‘This guy’s lost his mind.’ I mean, it’s not accurate.”

Lee shouldn’t be demanding African-Americans in Eastwood’s next picture, either. Changeling is set in Los Angeles during the Depression, before the city’s make-up was changed by the large black influx. “What are you going to do, you gonna tell a fuckin’ story about that?” he growls. “Make it look like a commercial for an equal opportunity player? I’m not in that game. I’m playing it the way I read it historically, and that’s the way it is. When I do a picture and it’s 90% black, like Bird, I use 90% black people.”

Eastwood pauses, deliberately – once it would have provided him with the beat in which to spit out his cheroot before flinging back his poncho – and offers a last word of advice to the most influential black director in American movies. “A guy like him should shut his face.”


Nas Debuts “Be A NIGGER Too” Cinematic Video [pic gallery]

Nas Is Coming

STREET KNOWLEDGE was in the house last night for the debut of Nas’ “Be A Nigger Too” cinematic video. Directed by Rik Cordero and starring the multiple antics of Ephraim “Fetti” Benton and supporting cast (Danny Hoch, John Cho, Gbenga Akinnagbe) the controversial clip to the controversial first single off of the controversial album formerly known as “Nigger” is sure to have editors up at BET and MTV on the edge of their seats. Cordero borrowed from the theme first explored in Spike Lee‘s 25th Hour, positioning Nas in front of a mirror a la Ed Norton where he goes in on himself, painting everyone as NIGGERS with one fell swoosh. The cinematic effects were captivating and the hanging scene will have viewers gasping in disbelief.
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Spike Lee to Make Mike Jordan Doc

Spike & Mike

via SOHH

Spike Lee announced plans to film a documentary on basketball icon Michael Jordan earlier this week. While promoting his upcoming flick Miracle at St. Anna at the Cannes Film Festival, Lee revealed he is set to shoot a feature length documentary about Jordan.

According to Variety reports, the National Basketball Association will provide financing for the project, which is being produced by Lee’s 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks. Lee told the Cannes crowd he hopes to bring Jordan and the film to next years festival.
“Mike wants to come to Cannes, so hopefully we will be here next year,” Lee said.

The Brooklyn director and hoops star share a long history of collaborating in television commercials for Nike. Lee’s project is expected to include extensive previously unseen footage captured by NBA cameras during Jordan’s final two seasons in 2001-2002 and 2002-2003.
As SOHH previously reported, Lee’s cameras also recently followed Kobe Bryant for an ESPN films documentary project. That footage is expected to air on ABC or ESPN sometime next year.

Spike Lee Exclusive “Knicks” – Air Jordan Spizikes


We’ve seen several Nikes exclusively made for celebrities such as Kanye’s Air Yeezy, now it seems that world famous film director and hardcore NY Knicks fan, Spike Lee, has also joined the ranks. The custom Air Jordan Spizikes uses black and white as base color with the Knick’s signature blue and orange as accent colors. Definitely a nice pair of kicks to sport if you’re a Knicks fan.

Source: Nice Kicks, Complex

Spike Blasts Eastwood For Forgetting Black Soldiers in War Flicks…

Source : Times Online

Spike Lee said black soldiers were conspicuous by their absence in Clint Eastwood war films.

Noted filmaker and actor Clint Eastwood has brought on the ire of fellow filmaker and actor Spike Lee for omitting black soldiers in his recent movies Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. Those movies were praised by critics but I guess they also forgot that black soldiers gave their lives in those historic battles also.(Is it me or is Spike basically arguing with a corpse?)

The Oscar-nominated African-American director, one of the most influential figures in contemporary cinema, said that black soldiers were conspicuous by their absence from Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. Hundreds took part in the battle for the Japanese island in 1945.

Lee said: “There were many African-Americans who survived that war and who were upset at Clint for not having one [in the films]. That was his version: the negro soldier did not exist. I have a different version.”

He was speaking at a press conference in Cannes, where he gave the world premiere of an eight-minute trailer for his latest feature film, a war drama with which he hopes to set the record straight.
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Spike Makes New Film From Cellphone… Submit Your Text, Music, Video

Source: Reuters

Spike has fully embraced the digital age and has announced that he will produce a film made from cell phone footage. The film’s theme will revolve around the way music tells the story of humanity and people will be able to submit there own text, video, and music through website..Nokia Productions Full story below:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Filmmaker Spike Lee has linked up with Nokia to direct a movie made with cell phone footage from everyday people in what he calls the democratization of film.

The film by Nokia Productions will consist of three acts. An “assignment” for each act will be announced online and people will then have four weeks to produce their submission.

“You are seeing first hand the democratization of film,” Lee said in a statement on Thursday. “Aspiring filmmakers no longer have to go to film school to make great work. With a simple mobile phone, almost anyone can now become a filmmaker.”
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[Video] Spike Speaks on Racism in The Film Industry

Source: Hollywood Reporter

I found this over at the Hollywood Reporter and I must apologize for giving Spike such a hard time in an earlier post about him now supporting Barack Obama(even though I still have my issues with him). Whether you agree with him or not this is another must see video whereas he speaks on his still not being accepted into the halls of Hollywood. Do the right thing and watch this video and give feedback no matter if you agree or not.

Spike Finally Gets on The Obama Train

Okay people, all the former Clintonites are dropping like flies and crossing over to the Obama train. These johhnny come latelys are some of our most prominent politicians, stars, and entertainers. Next up is hip hop hater and movie maker Spike Lee. He seems to have had enough of Clinton’s pathological lying and the Bosnia flap seems to have broken the straw on the camel’s back.

“Barack told me the first date he took Michelle to was ‘Do the Right Thing,'” noted Lee, who says he told the Illinois senator, “Thank God I made it. Otherwise you would have taken her to ‘Soul Man.’ Michelle would have been like, ‘What’s wrong with this brother?'”

When Barack wins the presidency, it will have been by the people, not these house negroes who were scared to endorse him in the beginning when Billary was seen as the inevitable Democratic nominee.
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Lebron Drops 50 on Knicks

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In what has been one of the Knick’s worst seasons on record, Lebron “King” James and the new look Cavaliers came into town sporting a 5-2 record since their blockbuster trade a couple of weeks ago. Lebron who is a shoo-in for the MVP title(sans Kobe Bryant,Chris Paul) came to the biggest stage and just torched the Knicks.

He also gave Knick diehard Spike Lee a blank stare and whispered that he would get “50 points”.Well folks we all know that he stuck to his words. King James also did a Jordanesque shot from half-court right before the buzzer rang for halftime. The kid is nice!!                        

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note: If I see video of the half court buzzer beater, I will post.