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  • Vandals target Spike Lee's former home after rant

    Vandals targeted the former Brooklyn home of filmmaker Spike Lee and the house next door after a video of one of the director's humor-laced rants against gentrification went viral.

  • Spike Lee criticizes NYC gentrification

    In a rant that quickly went viral, film director Spike Lee disparaged the gentrification of historically black New York City neighborhoods and reignited an age-old debate over the merits of economic change.

  • This Feb. 26, 2014 photo released by shows, from left, Spike Lee, Sidney Poitier, Tyler Perry and Malcolm Lee at a ceremony by Essence magazine honoring the achievements of African-American men in Hollywood, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Essence-Tyler Perry, George Burns)

    Perry, Lee and Poitier feted at Essence event

    "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.

  • HBO debut launches Del. woman's film career

    It was in 2000 when Wilmington native Kiandra Parks had a chance encounter with famed filmmaker Spike Lee, unknowingly setting herself on her own course as a filmmaker.

  • Spike Lee to host show on NBA Radio

    Spike Lee can now talk about his beloved New York Knicks, or any other basketball topic, all he wants.

  • Miami Heat's Ray Allen (34) reacts after Toronto Raptors's DeMar DeRozan (10) knocked the ball from his hands during the second half of a NBA basketball game in Miami, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. The Heat won 102-97. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    Ray Allen mulling 'He Got Game' sequel

    MIAMI (AP) — Jesus Shuttlesworth returns to the court this week. Jesus Shuttlesworth may return to the big screen in the future.

  • ** FILE ** Director Spike Lee laughs while standing on the red carpet at the premiere of his documentary "If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don't Rise" in New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. The film is a follow-up to Lee's "When The Levees Broke," which depicted New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in the year after Hurricane Katrina.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    MOVIE REVIEW: 'Oldboy'

    Spike Lee made his name as a filmmaker with edgy, low-budget portrayals of the urban experience — films like "Do the Right Thing" and "Mo Better Blues," which chronicled life in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. But he's also dabbled in more commercial fare, as with his enjoyable and slickly crafted 2006 heist film, "Inside Man."

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    Elderly couple sues Spike Lee over George Zimmerman tweet

    A Florida couple is suing film director Spike Lee for telling fans on Twitter that George Zimmerman lived at their Sanford home, which prompted a wave of death threats to the elderly couple who have no relation to the acquitted killer.

  • President Obama (right) and Morehouse College President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. stand onstage during the  college's 129th commencement exercises on Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama to black graduates: Don't use racism as an excuse

    Speaking at an historically black college, President Obama said Sunday he sometimes blamed his youthful failings on racism and urged the all-male class of graduates to look up to black male role models such a filmmaker Spike Lee.

  • Leland Shelton is congratulated as he is acknowledged by President Obama in Sunday's Morehouse College commencement address. After a difficult childhood, Mr. Shelton graduated Phi Beta Kappa and is headed to Harvard Law School.
(Associated Press)

    Obama at Morehouse: Black men cannot use racism as a crutch

    Speaking at a historically black college, President Obama said Sunday that he sometimes blamed his youthful failings on racism and urged graduates to look up to black male role models such as filmmaker Spike Lee.

  • Spike Lee in London to cheer on the Knicks

    Fresh from shooting his new film, Spike Lee walked onto the basketball court at the O2 Arena clad in Knicks gear and ready to cheer on his team.

  • Documentary pays tribute to Jackson's genius

    Michael Jackson is bathed in light, his arms outstretched and head back, as if crucified, at the end of Spike Lee's documentary "Bad 25" _ a fitting image for the late pop legend who to some extent basked in fame, but was also clearly tormented by it.

  • Albert Freeman Jr.: 'Malcolm X' actor dies at 78

    Albert Freeman Jr., the veteran actor who played Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee's epic film "Malcolm X," has died. He was 78.

  • 'Malcolm X' actor Albert Freeman Jr. dies at 78

    Albert Freeman Jr., the veteran actor who played Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee's epic film, "Malcolm X," has died. He was 78.

  • 'Malcolm X' actor Albert Freeman Jr. dies at 78

    The veteran actor who played Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee's epic film, "Malcolm X," has died. Albert Freeman Jr. was 78.

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  • "So, why did it take this great influx of white people to get the schools better? Why's there more police protection in BedStuy and Harlem now?" he demanded, using local shorthand for Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. "Why's the garbage getting picked up more regularly? We've been here!"

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  • Spike Lee noted the achievements black filmmakers had enjoyed in 2013 but recalled a similar burst of success a decade ago and seeing it dwindle: "It can't be another 10-year drought."

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