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Spike Lee

Spike Lee
Shelton Jackson Lee, better known as Spike Lee, is an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated film director, producer, writer, and actor, whose movies often examine controversial social and political issues. Brooklyn is the backdrop for many of his films, which he labels as "A Spike Lee Joint." Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever are some of his better-known films.
Shelton Jackson Lee, better known as Spike Lee, is an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated film director, producer, writer, and actor, whose movies often examine controversial social and political issues. Brooklyn is the backdrop for many of his films, which he labels as "A Spike Lee Joint." Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever are some of his better-known films. « Show less

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  • As Draft Day nears, Chicago awaits its new NFL overlords

    As Draft Day nears, Chicago awaits its new NFL overlords
    D-Day — as in Draft Day — is almost here. So please allow me to welcome our new National Football League overlords to Chicago and remind them that, as a trusted media person, I can be helpful in rounding up others to serve their needs. And...
  • Englewood weighs in on 'Chiraq'

    Englewood weighs in on 'Chiraq'
    Asiaha Butler is the president of an Englewood community group. She's also a fan of filmmaker Spike Lee. So when word surfaced that Lee recently told Mayor Emanuel he's planning to do a movie about black-on-black crime in Englewood and will be calling...
  • Paul Sassone: Withholding tax break for 'Chiraq' is a slippery slope

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions. And there never is a shortage of paving contractors. There always are people who deny an inconvenient truth. But even worse, many of these people will attempt stop others from voicing that inconvenient...
  • Spike Lee wants to name his film 'Chiraq'? Chicago can handle it

    Spike Lee wants to name his film 'Chiraq'? Chicago can handle it
    Moviemaking in this town is usually a welcomed event. City Hall is more than happy to showcase the beauty and vitality of Chicago. You know, City of Big Shoulders, Second City, Chi-town. But Mayor Rahm Emanuel, members of the City Council and some South...
  • Spike Lee's Chiraq title bothers mayor, but Chicago will watch

     Spike Lee's Chiraq title bothers mayor, but Chicago will watch
    If you were Spike Lee making a movie called "Chiraq" — about the slaughter of black kids on the South Side of Chicago — where would you place your camera? What would be your first scene? Yes, I know Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who met Lee the...
  • Pay attention to what 'Chiraq' film title implies

    In the words of Iyanla Vanzant, "Let's call a thing a thing people." Spike Lee's movie titled “Chiraq” is just that — a title. We should be less concerned about what something is called and more attentive to the content of what it...
  • What's wrong with the title 'Chiraq'

    What's wrong with the title 'Chiraq'
    It's no surprise that Rahm Emanuel doesn't want director Spike Lee to use the title "Chiraq" for the film he's planning about violence in the poor, black Englewood neighborhood. Mayors don't like anything that puts them or their cities in a bad light, and...
  • Land of Lincoln's grave situation dissed in National Geographic

    Land of Lincoln's grave situation dissed in National Geographic
    National Geographic says Abraham Lincoln's tomb in Springfield "has all the historical character of an office lobby." That's harsh. But, as in a lot of state of Illinois facilities, there's a guy there who's done nothing for, like, 150 years. Olive...
  • Rahm Emanuel tells Spike Lee he's not happy about Chiraq title

    Rahm Emanuel tells Spike Lee he's not happy about Chiraq title
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he met with Spike Lee on Wednesday and expressed his displeasure with the director's decision to call a movie he's planning to film "Chiraq," which Emanuel said Lee told him would be about black-on-black violence in Chicago's...
  • Emanuel tells Spike Lee he doesn't name 'Chiraq' for film

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he told film director Spike Lee that he's not happy the working title of Lee's upcoming motion picture is "Chiraq." Emanuel says he and Lee had an "honest, frank conversation" Wednesday and suggested the name would be...
  • Chicago launches 'Epic' national TV campaign

     Chicago launches 'Epic' national TV campaign
    Chicago, city of the big shoulders, is getting a head-to-toe makeover in a new national television campaign launching today. Forget about hog butcher, tool maker and stacker of wheat. Chicago is being depicted as a hotbed of music festivals, hipsters,...