*Geez, do we have the makings of another beef between two brothers?
Spike Lee may have provided early exposure to Anthony Mackie in two of his movies, but the filmmaker’s view of gentrification in Brooklyn has exposed a rift in the way the two see the issue.
Mackie questioned Lee’s concern over the issue in a recent interview as he noted that Lee currently doesn’t live in his beloved borough. The “Pain & Gain” star further noted that Lee’s move to Manhattan’s Upper East Side is a form of “reverse gentrification” and ”as your tax brackets changes, I guess your zip code changes.”
Mackie’s comments come days after Lee appeared as a guest lecturer for an African American History Month event at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Continue reading
The stoop of the former Washington Park home of Spike Lee was vandalized three days after he delivered a rant against gentrification. The house next door was graffitied and had a window smashed.
*In the wake ofSpike Lee going off in a public rant about the gentrification of his Brooklyn neighborhood, somebody has gone and vandalized the famed director’s childhood home and the house next door.
According to reports, vandals spray painted the stoop of Lee’s former childhood home in Fort Greene on Friday. Even more damage was done to the house next door; a window was smashed and “Do the Right Thing” was spray-painted on the first floor.
*The gentrification of his beloved New York is something that Spike Lee is not a fan of.
The filmmaker fully went in with a seven-minute rant against gentrification in New York and his opposition of people of color being pushed out of their respective areas, NY Mag reports.
Director Tyler Perry attends the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California
*”This is historic!” a photographer yelled as he surveyed the image before him — Sidney Poitier in the center, Spike Lee to his right, Tyler Perry to his left and more than two dozen other black men in Hollywood, from Blair Underwood to Omar Epps, huddled tight around the legend, posing with a purpose, reports the AP.
“We made it!” shouted out one participant as the men broke out into knowing laughter.
It was a night of many emotions as Essence magazine, known for celebrating black women, held its first ceremony honoring the achievements of African-American men in Hollywood in the days leading up to Sunday’s Oscar ceremony.
*With 2013 marking the 25th anniversary of “School Daze,” many are wondering if there is a chance Spike Lee might release a sequel to the classic film.
In the past there has been talk, but there has been no confirmation of a follow up until now. Spike Lee spoke with Black&Sexy TV and revealed that a script has been completed.
*Spike Lee defended his friend Mike Tyson who reporters showed no love to during a press conference a while back.
When Lee and Tyson arrived at the Television Critics Association conference, all of the reporters failed to applaud their entrance.