Spike Lee on why Americans Don’t Care About Chicago Violence: “It’s not Sandy Hook”

Spike Lee’s recent movie Chi-Raq is a social commentary and satire about Chicago’s prevailing problem of black-on-black gang violence. The title Chi-Raq is a portmanteau of Chicago and Iraq, comparing the South side of Chicago to a war zone. Lee noted that even on the first day of pre-production in Chicago, he had to attend a funeral, because one of his own film associates was shot and killed there. He said that from June 1st to July 9th (the time span of their pre-production), there were Read more […]

Spike Lee Rails on Gentrification … For No Apparent Reason

There are apparently not enough bad things in the world to be upset about. Spike Lee, the controversial black director, thinks it’s terrible how white people are moving into black neighborhoods. Just why he thinks it’s a bad thing, no one knows. Spike Lee recently came under fire for an expletive-riddled tirade against “gentrification”—the process of wealthy people moving into and improving what are now poor and run down urban communities. Listen to some of his comments. They are puzzling, Read more […]