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Hollywood Couldn’t Stop Him (Spike Lee) February 17, 2016

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My dear readers, Black History Month is here and I wanted to throw my opinion hat into the ring as you knew I would.  There has been much talk about black talent or the lack there of in Hollywood, well this month I just want to present you with some very find Black Talent – Behind the Camera lens as well as in front of.  And right now I give you Mr. Spike Lee.

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Mr. Spike Lee

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Hollywood Couldn’t Stop Him

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Mr. Spike Lee

By: Ms. Bobbie Jones

No matter how you may feel about his politics or his in your face attitude, Spike Lee, acclaimed Afro-American film maker has made it his mission to bring slightly unpopular subject matter to the big screen in order to spark discussion, and I for one love him for that.

Born Shelton Jackson Lee, to a Jazz musician father, and a mother who was a schoolteacher in 1957, the family called Atlanta Georgia home.  However,BH SL 4.jpg that would not be Lee’s home for long.  Lee soon moved to Brooklyn, New York where his entire young life would change and where he would later find the inspiration for his early film work that would put him on the map

Lee’s work totally fascinated me and virtually took over my life back in 1989 when I saw my first Spike Lee movie, “Do the Right Thing.”  I even remember the feeling I had when that movie hit the big screen.  To me it was history in the making, despite all the controversy that surrounded the movie and it’s subject matter.  It was one of the most talked about films of its time, no matter which way you felt about it.

And that was the key to Lee’s success, getting people to talk.  I had always wondered did he set out to do the controversy thing or did he just want to see topics that African Americans struggled with put before the masses. Lee wanted that, but he also wanted the dialogue that came along with such topics as a women’s sexuality and her ability to own it (She’s Gotta Have It, 1986), interracial dating (Jungle Fever, 1991) and the horrors of the college recruiting game (He Got Game, 1998).

Lee has entertained and shocked his audience, captivated and left his onlookers BH SL 8.jpgspeechless and these things can’t be said about many individuals.  His determination to be a filmmaker is awe-inspiring, I remember seeing an inter view where Lee was explaining how he had maxed out his credit cards in order to get a film project completed.  Now, did he know that gamble would pay off?  Whether he knew it or not, it did.  However, he would always face financial challenges when it came to making his films, but like a true champion – he always got them done.

He made fast friends in Hollywood, like Denzel Washington, and Ossie Davis; they BH SL K1.jpgwould take up his cause and raise money among themselves, just to see Lee’s film completed.  These actors also appeared in many of Lee’s films, often at union scale or below.  No big Hollywood checks were cut when Lee was on the set, but to be a part of a Spike Lee project, many felt it was an honor.

Some of the most inspiring workBH SL 4LG.jpg done by Lee in my opinion has been his unwavering determination in the world of documentaries.  If you have never seen 4 Little Girls I suggest that you do.  But Lee did not stop there.  When Lee wanted the world to know just how funny Black Comics can be and how much money they could generate he strapped on his camera and went on tour with the “Kings of Comedy”

Always one to be ready with a good story no matter where that story would take him.  My dear readers if it is indeed a films objective to take you to places you could not go physically then Spike Lee’s films have done that.  For and example one needs to look no further than one of my all time favorite movies and BH SL 2.jpganother great story. Malcolm X.  For many young black children growing up in the so-called ghetto – to see this story on the big screen was heaven.  The cinematography was beautiful and the journey to Mecca in the film and it’s process was an enlightenment to all whom came together to see this masterpiece. And talk about a movie that should have won an Academy Award well, Malcolm X was it !!! in my opinion.

Lee has inspired many that have come after him and there is a long list now of African American, filmmaker, writer and producers and some are all three in one, as Lee was when he first started out.  Yes, no matter what you may think of his outspoken views or his controversial ways, once Lee discovered the beautiful art of storytelling through films, like it or not, there was no stopping him, and I for one – love him for that.

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Once again Mr. Lee is calling attention to and causing Controversy…. with his latest story of the mass number of shootings and killings in one of theBH SL 9.jpg Greatest cities in the world and that my friends is the City of Chicago.  Like I said before – always ready with a good story and always ready with the truth no matter who doesn’t want to hear it.

Good Bless & Good Luck !!

 

Copyright © Ms. Bobbie Jones

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