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Spike Lee
Shelton Jackson Lee
BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Actor, director, producer, screenwriter
EducationMorehouse College

Lee, Spike

(Shelton Jackson Lee), 1957–, American filmmaker, b. Atlanta, Ga. As a student at New York Univ., he won recognition with his graduation film, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1982). His films usually celebrate the richness of African-American culture and address such societal problems as racism, sexism, and narcotics addiction. She's Gotta Have It (1986), mainly about sexual relations and attitudes, established Lee as a commercially viable director. Lee later updated and sharpened the film as a television miniseries (2017). His Do the Right Thing (1989) presented the complexities and tensions behind interracial relations.

Many of his subsequent films have been controversial—Jungle Fever (1991), an exploration of interracial relations and attitudes; Malcolm X (1992), based on the life of the African-American leader; Clockers (1995), a violent portrait of life at the lowest reaches of the drug underworld; Girl 6 (1996), a high-spirited portrayal of a young woman in the phone sex business; and The Original Kings of Comedy (2000), a series of racially charged stand-up routines by four contemporary African-American comedians. He broke with his traditional style and subject matter to make Inside Man (2006), a polished heist movie.

Lee first turned to documentary with 4 Little Girls (1996), a study of the fatal 1963 bombing of a black church in Alabama. When the Levees Broke (2006) documented Hurricane Katrina and its harrowing aftermath in New Orleans; If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise (2010) was its sequel. His Oldboy (2013), a revenge story about a man kidnapped for 20 years then freed, is a remake of a 2003 South Korean film. Lee changed cinematic course again with Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015), a vampire tale set in Brooklyn and Martha's Vineyard and based on a 1973 Bill Gunn film. The musical film Chi-Raq (2015), based on AristophanesAristophanes
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' Lysistrata, is set amid the gang violence of Chicago's South Side. Lee returned to racial themes with his BlacKkKlansman (2018), an account of an African-American policeman who infiltrated the Ku Klux KlanKu Klux Klan
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 in the 1970s.

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Spike Lee tells the controversial story of a true American original, through a lively chorus of voices that are not always in perfect agreement .
Though Baldwin's screenplay was canned in 1972, Spike Lee, in conjunction with Warner Brothers, realized Malcolm X 20 years later.
Para Spike Lee es mas importante la comunidad que el individuo, aun si se es dueno de su propio destino.
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The actress revealed the happy news while explaining why she could not do a bigscreen re-make of her BAFTA-nominated short The Karman Line with director Spike Lee at the moment.