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The life of Spike Lee

He'll make history this year as the first black president of the Cannes Film Festival. This is the story of Spike Lee.

Spike Lee, one of the most committed figures in cinema

For more than 30 years he has fought for inclusiveness in cinema and the rights of black people: this is Spike Lee, cult director and activist

Do the Right Thing, The 25th Hour, BlacKkKlansman… so many cult film titles that have hit the headlines in the past 30 years. All are directed by Shelton Jackson Lee, better known as Spike Lee. This year, he will be the first black personality to chair the Cannes Film Festival jury. One of Spike Lee's main motivations was to portray blacks on the screen. "It shocked me never to see black people kissing on the screen. They never made love!", He explained in 1991. Spike Lee was born in 1957 in Atlanta. From a very young age, his mother, a teacher, introduced him to African American art and literature.

"I was only there to fill a quota!"

At 25, he entered film school at New York University with money saved by his grandmother. "I thought I was in my place. But they looked at me as if I was only there to fill a quota!" He laughed in 1991. In 1986, his first feature film Nola Darling does as he pleases wins the Prix de la Jeunesse of the Directors' Fortnight. At 32, his third feature, Do the Right Thing, staged police violence against the black community in New York in the 1980s. At 35, he released a biopic of the controversial activist Malcolm X. In 1993, he marries producer engaged for women's rights Tonya Lewis. Together they will have two children.

"Bush and the Republicans have nothing to do with poor people"

In 2006, Spike Lee made a documentary in the ruins of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Bush and the Republicans have nothing to do with poor people. And in my opinion, the other story that Katrina tells is that a lot of white people have realized that he doesn't care about them either. He doesn't care about poor white people, he analyzed in 2006. In 2015, he organized a march against guns in New York, which he had been fighting for many years. “We have to get out of the tyranny of the NRA and the arms manufacturers. This is where we need to go. And don't vote for politicians who accept money from them."

He's boycotting the Oscars

At 58, he refuses to attend the Academy Awards to protest the lack of black directors and actors in the nominations. He also campaigned for the establishment of quotas. "If we hadn't made all that fuss, I think the Academy wouldn't have made these changes," he said.

In 2018, in his film BlacKkKlansman, he told the true story of a black policeman who had infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan “We wanted to make a connection between a film on a precise time, the beginning of the 1970s, with what is happening today in the world. That’s it, our job, as storytellers, to make that connection for the audience. Too many people have been quiet about what's going on, and I hope this film, BlacKkKlansman will create more conversations about what's going on in this country." If some criticize a scenario that is too politically correct, the film allows him to win the Grand Prix of the Cannes Film Festival and his first Oscar for the Best Adapted Script.

Brut.

01/14/2020 11:28 PM

28 comments

  • Justin C.
    03/28/2020 13:17

    Who's this Steve urkel looking motherfuker

  • Gary L.
    03/25/2020 23:24

    Don't care for him he's a racist

  • Mcgary O.
    01/30/2020 07:00

    He's also got Roots in snow hill Al

  • Tremaine B.
    01/30/2020 04:22

    THATS WHATS UP BIG BRUH

  • Equa W.
    01/27/2020 07:23

    Where theres conflict with me is when he crossed the 2nd amendment with out it eventually even the 1st admendment would be destroyed , people should becareful and more responsibly handle their rights to arms and if anyone trys to weaken or destroy these rights they are an enemy but fought through the first amendment instead of 2nd prefobly

  • Tyra R.
    01/26/2020 10:58

    A TRUE SOLIDER, HAT'S OFF ,MR, SPIKE LEE

  • Joann C.
    01/25/2020 12:57

    And that’s the truth Ruth 👑

  • Christopher H.
    01/25/2020 05:40

    GOAT 💛🔥

  • Brian S.
    01/24/2020 16:54

    Imagine that. The same media that calls me a racist had to be hounded incessantly by Spike Lee for 30+ years before something resembling equality started to emerge. Keep fighting the good fight Mr. Lee. You speak volumes not only with your words but also with the content of your character.

  • Nadirah M.
    01/24/2020 16:02

    For the culture✊🏽💙💯

  • Quinn M.
    01/23/2020 17:27

    Awesome

  • Regina R.
    01/22/2020 12:37

    Congratulations

  • Lula M.
    01/22/2020 11:26

    Awesome!💜☝🏾💜

  • Vincent G.
    01/22/2020 02:47

    Black people kiss in movies and sex scenes way before him tho

  • Robert S.
    01/21/2020 23:05

    ❤️❤️❤️💯👍

  • Corinthia L.
    01/20/2020 00:43

    Thank you for representing our ancestors, our culture and our history and of course Brooklyn ❤🖤💚💛 stay blessed

  • Kendal P.
    01/19/2020 04:38

    Congratz

  • John H.
    01/19/2020 00:58

    Yeah he's a good filmmaker but who do you think controls him like they do most of the government Jews check yourself before you get on media and start spouting stuff about black people when you're an Uncle Tom working for the white man ytn Jew

  • Tiger F.
    01/18/2020 11:27

    Love Spike...great artist in film making

  • Doug L.
    01/17/2020 23:46

    One of the kinds

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