Happy for my KU professor, Kevin Wilmott. Happy for Mahershala. Happy for the Black Panther crew. Happy for Ruth E. Carter. Happy for Regina. And of course, I’m happy for the Godfather. Anything can happen a month from now, but today we celebrate.
So yes, to say Spike is ‘back’ is condescending. He’s been working. The word I thought of last night as I walking out of the theatre was ‘accessible.’ This is the most accessible Spike Lee joint in a little bit. My parents have no interest in seeing (and probably don’t even know about) ‘Chi-raq’ and […]
Barry Jenkins’ trailer dropped this week, and I’m about to hop back onto HBO for Issa, and pretty high odds I’ll have some thoughts on Spike’s new movie next Sunday, and Tessa is…Tessa… So this is as good of a video to start the week as any. Enjoy!
I had no expectations for the Netflix version of ‘She’s Gotta Have It.’ We have ‘Insecure’ now. We have ‘Dear White People’. We have ‘Master of None.’ We have ‘Atlanta’. All good to great in different ways, all cover being young and/or black, and/or single, and/or living in New York City. That’s one. Two: […]
His birthday just passed, but Malcolm has been on my mind a lot heading into this Ramadan. Not Spike’s dramatization of his life. Not even Malcolm’s own dramatization, as expressed in the Autobiography. I’m referring to the thorough breakdown provided in Manning Marable’s great book. After he was gone, Malcolm’s legacy continues to grow internationally […]
For the oldheads among us, the double victory run of the studio system acknowledging that a) there’s an audience for ‘Atlanta’, ‘Insecure’, and ‘Get Out’, and b) not only that, but it’s quality storytelling, continues with the Netflix version of Justin Simien’s ‘Dear White People.’ And I know I’m not the first to say […]
While my childhood was one of many defined by what came next, as an adult I can’t really argue with anyone who feels ‘Off the Wall’ is a superior album. Spike’s documentary captures all the reasons why. As the title suggests, the first half covers the journey and how (absurd as it sounds now), […]