Spike Lee knows that some Chicagoans are up in arms about the rumored title of his rumored next film, ChiRaq.
Lee headlined An Evening of Film, Wine & Music with Spike Lee that took place at Chicago’s City Winery on Saturday night. The visionary director says that the criticism about his films is nothing new.
“All the stuff that’s happening today in Chicago, criticism—it started with the first film She’s Gotta Have It, so it’s nothing new. Some people said [lead character] Nola Darling is a negative portrayal of Black women, because she had three lovers.
With this film, [School Daze] there was a reviewer for the Amsterdam News that said School Daze would set Black folks back 100 years because it was letting White audiences know about what happens amongst us.
Well if she had done her homework, she would know that when we were brought over here from Mother Africa, they made sure that—after a couple of mutinies through the middle passage—they made sure they kept us separated by language. And once we got to the plantation, we had the House Negroes and the Field Negroes. There’s nothing in School Daze that people didn’t know or people put in place many, many years ago.
This film was made in 1988, and even today when I see people in the street, they say, ‘School Daze is the reason why I went to college.’
So that’s the story of School Daze. First two films, She’s Gotta Have it, and School Daze, I did not know what the f@!k I was doing. It wasn’t until Do the Right Thing that I was confident as a film director.”
Reminiscing about his body of work at last night’s event, I am confident that Spike Lee will do the right thing by Chicagoans with his upcoming film.
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