Spike Lee's Chi-Raq opens TODAY

Spike Lee's Chi-Raq opens TODAY

UPDATE: My review of Chi-Raq is I loved it. The artistry, Black love, Black history, Chicago history, Greek history, storytelling, political strategy, and so many powerful messages. It was a multi-layered masterpiece. Spike Lee is a genius. But I can understand why some people won’t appreciate the vision and/or execution. Chi-Raq The Movie was incredible. I loved seeing so many people I knew, especially Terry Bishop and Attorney Ernesto Borges and hearing Father Michael Pfleger’s voice and influence! But know going in that it’s not a “regular” movie. It’s satire based on Greek mythology and parts of the story are in rhyme. But it is so powerful and inspirational! It did move slow in some parts, but this is a serious subject that deserves thoughtful depiction. And being from Chicago, it serves as a great reminder how beautiful yet tragic our city is and it’s up to us to take responsibility and make Chicago great again neighborhood by neighborhood, block by block, person by person. For shame on Mayor Emanuel and his Alderpuppets for causing Spike Lee so much grief. It should be required viewing that the entire City Council watch Chi-Raq.

#BlackLivesMatter #iMatter #UMatter #BlackLoveIsReallyJustLove

This is it! Today’s the day! December 4th is the official release date of Spike Lee’s new joint, Chi-Raq. The title of the movie has been hotly contested and debated from Chicago’s city halls to every church, barbershop and dinner table. I love the title and am glad Spike Lee decided to use his talents, voice, and artistry to shine a light on the drug and gang violence plaguing the streets of my home town. I was also very vocal in my belief that Chicago’s mayor and alderpeople had no good business trying cancel the film’s tax credits, deny permits, and keep interfering in order to force Spike Lee to change the film title to something…what…more palatable? And now in light of the fact that the mayor and alderpeople were sitting on Laquan McDonald execution dashcam video and who know how many other Chicago Police Department gross and racist misconducts, they really had no business wasting the taxpayer’s time and money debating the title of a movie that is just depicting what is actually happening here.

All that aside, I’m excited to see the movie tonight. I have some Facebook friends who have already seen it and the reviews Ive seen have not been kind. I hope people realize the movie is a satire so it’s not a straight forward story. Satire is defined by the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc. Chi-Raq is based the ancient Greek play Lysistrata about one woman’s effort to end the Peloponnesian war by persuading all Greek women to withhold sex from their husbands and lovers until peace is restored. Chi-Raq’s star studded cast includes Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Dave Chappelle, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Harry Lennix and a multitude of real-folk Chicagoans (including my WVON brother Terry Bishop).

As you have probably gleaned from my Red Cup Adventure blogs, I’m very opinioned. I like to see things for myself and make up my own mind. I also like to be on the cutting edge of the day’s hot topic. So I’m going to a fabulous and exclusive screening organized by Culture Connection 360 at the new Studio Movie Grill in Chatham on 87th Street because I want to see Chi-Raq for myself and come to my own opinion. I’m triple excited to finally see this movie that has been heavily debated and criticized for so long AND I get to check out the newly remodeled Chatham theatre AND I get to enjoy entertainment on the south side with my people. There will be a short discussion that follows the film screening. There weren’t many tickets left, but I want to make sure we sell out to support Culture Connection 360 so click here now to buy your tickets.

MOVIE TICKET GIVE AWAY: To thank everyone who supports the Red Cup Adventures (and increase my Facebook likes), I am giving away one pair of tickets at 5pm to tonight’s event on the RCA Facebook page. Click here for your chance to win.

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UPDATE: My review of Chi-Raq is I loved it. The artistry, Black love, Black history, Chicago history, Greek history, storytelling, political strategy, and so many powerful messages. It was a multi-layered masterpiece. Spike Lee is a genius. But I can understand why some people won’t appreciate the vision and/or execution. Chi-Raq The Movie was incredible. I loved seeing so many people I knew, especially Terry Bishop and Attorney Ernesto Borges and hearing Father Michael Pfleger’s voice and influence! But know going in that it’s not a “regular” movie. It’s satire based on Greek mythology and parts of the story are in rhyme. But it is so powerful and inspirational! It did move slow in some parts, but this is a serious subject that deserves thoughtful depiction. And being from Chicago, it serves as a great reminder how beautiful yet tragic our city is and it’s up to us to take responsibility and make Chicago great again neighborhood by neighborhood, block by block, person by person. For shame on Mayor Emanuel and his Alderpuppets for causing Spike Lee so much grief. It should be required viewing that the entire City Council watch Chi-Raq.

#BlackLivesMatter #iMatter #UMatter #BlackLoveIsReallyJustLove

 

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