Frederick Douglass Now (2019)

Frederick Douglass Now (2019)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Roger Guenveur Smith Starring: Roger Guenveur Smith Synopsis: Smith’s one-man show begins with the actor rapping from his own text, mashing up references to slavery and contemporary life in the U.S. The performance then segues to Smith...
13 Horror Films For A Spooky Halloween

13 Horror Films For A Spooky Halloween

by Monique Jones | Shadow and Act If you’re tired of Halloween celebrations that are all pumpkins, candy and costumes over the truly spooky, these 13 Black horror films will put the fear back into your holiday. 1. Blacula Every Black horror film binge should...
BlacKkKlansman Wins Grand Prix Award At Cannes

BlacKkKlansman Wins Grand Prix Award At Cannes

Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Wins Grand Prix Award At Cannes After receiving nearly universal acclaim after is bow at the Cannes Film Festival, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman has been awarded the Grand Prix award, which is the runner-up award. The...
BlacKkKlansman (2018)

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Spike Lee, Kevin Willmott, Ron Stallworth (book), Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz Starring: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier, Alec Baldwin, Paul Walter Hauser, Ryan Eggold, Corey Hawkins, Robert John...
Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1 (2018)

Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1 (2018)

 Director: Dexton Deboree Writer(s): Dexton Deboree Starring: Spike Lee, Anthony Anderson, Michael B. Jordan, DJ Khaled, Lena Waithe, Kenya Barris, Jason Sudeikis, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Chuck D, Gizzle, Christian Combs, Kid Ink, Quincy Jones...
Pass Over (2018)

Pass Over (2018)

Director:  Spike Lee Writer(s): Antoinette Nwandu Starring: Blake DeLong, Jon Michael Hill, Ryan Hallahan, Julian Parker Synopsis: Two young men pass the time, dreaming of the promised land. READ REVIEW Release Date: January 26, 2018 (USA) | Length: 74 min | Genre:...
Black Intimacy @ MoMA

Black Intimacy @ MoMA

VENUE: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NYC DATE & TIME: Through October 16, 2017 (see schedule) DESCRIPTION: Black Intimacy explores the ways in which black familial, romantic, and platonic relationships have been portrayed onscreen, with a particular focus on...
Should White Filmmakers Be Telling the Story of ‘Detroit’?

Should White Filmmakers Be Telling the Story of ‘Detroit’?

by Owen Gleiberman | Variety Do white filmmakers have the right to make a movie like “Detroit”? The moral right, that is? Set during the Detroit riots of 1967, the movie tells an essential true story about the brutalization of African-Americans. The fact that the...
Rodney King (2017)

Rodney King (2017)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Roger Guenveur Smith Starring: Roger Guenveur Smith Synopsis: An adaptation of Roger Guenveur Smith’s Bessie Award-winning stage production of the same name, a powerful and timely performance using gesture, voice, and historical document...
Black Geniuses Forum: Spike Lee

Black Geniuses Forum: Spike Lee

by Tambay Obenson | Shadow and Act Launched at New York University (NYU) in 1996, the Black Genius series was conceived by author Walter Mosley, Manthia Diawara (Director of the Institute of Afro-American Affairs at NYU) and writer, film scholar and emeritus NYU...
Milwaukee Film Festival (2016)

Milwaukee Film Festival (2016)

from Shadow & Act The Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Black Lens Program Lineup For our readers in Milwaukee… a program of films at the upcoming Milwaukee Film Festival that should interest you – some of them indie films you may not get to see in a theatrical...
Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival (2016)

Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival (2016)

from Shadow & Act The 14th Annual Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival (MVAAFF), presented by Run&Shoot Filmworks, to be held from August 8–13, 2016, will feature a slate of high-caliber films from emergent filmmakers, panels, conversations and...
Chi-Raq (2015)

Chi-Raq (2015)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee Starring: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Jennifer Hudson, David Patrick Kelly, D.B. Sweeney, Dave Chappelle, Steve Harris, Harry Lennix, Tony...
Are There Stories That Should Only Be Told By Black Filmmakers?

Are There Stories That Should Only Be Told By Black Filmmakers?

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act It continues to be a point of contention, even among black people. Who gets to tell *our* stories? It’s a guaranteed debate starter – new film or TV project is announced with black protagonist(s), but non-black creator...
Academy to Present Spike Lee with Honorary Oscar

Academy to Present Spike Lee with Honorary Oscar

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act It may come as a surprise to some that Spike Lee, despite a 30-year-long career as a filmmaker, and over 20 feature films, has never won an Academy Award (unless you count the Student Academy Award he received in 1983 for his NYU...
Spike Lee To Receive 2015 Governors Awards

Spike Lee To Receive 2015 Governors Awards

By Pete Hammond | Deadline Hollywood The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just unveiled its honorees for the 2015 Governors Awards, with Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands landing the annual honorary Oscars and Debbie Reynolds getting the Jean Hersholt...
Lee Finds Digital Viewing of Movies Heartbreaking

Lee Finds Digital Viewing of Movies Heartbreaking

Brian Steinberg | @bristei | Variety.com Spike Lee would rather watch a movie in a big theater than on a mobile-phone screen. “I know I’m a dinosaur,” Lee said while holding forth at Variety’s Entertainment and Technology conference in New York, but “there’s something...
Amazon Studios Nabs Chiraq

Amazon Studios Nabs Chiraq

By Jeff Sneider | The Wrap.com Spike Lee is making his next movie for Amazon Studios and the Oscar-nominated filmmaker is courting Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven, Common and Kanye West for the ensemble cast of “Chiraq,” multiple individuals familiar with the project...
Champs (2015)

Champs (2015)

Director: Bert Marcus Writer(s): Bert Marcus Stars: 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins, Ron Howard, Spike Lee, Mike Tyson, Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington Synopsis: A documentary on boxing greats Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard...
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Spike Lee (screenplay), Bill Gunn, Vinnie Lewis Starring: Stephen Tyrone Williams, Zaraah Abrahams, Rami Malek, Elvis Nolasco, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Joie Lee, Felicia Pearson, Jeni Perillo, Katherine Borowitz, Donna Dixon, Chiz Schultz,...
Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee (2014)

Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee (2014)

Director: Muta’Ali Muhammad Writer(s): Muta’Ali Muhammad Starring: Alan Alda, Michelle Alexander, Angela Bassett, Harry Belafonte, Akim Black, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Guy Davis, Nora Day, Ruby Dee, Giancarlo Esposito, Cliff Frazier, Jenecia Garcia, Danny...
Red Hook Summer (2012)

Red Hook Summer (2012)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Spike Lee, James McBride Starring: Limary Agosto, Sumayya Ali, Turron Kofi Alleyne, De’Adre Aziza, Jonathan Batiste, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Daniel Breaker, Jules Brown, Charles Anthony Bryant, Janinah Burnett, Thomas Jefferson Byrd,...
Da Brick (2011)

Da Brick (2011)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): John Ridley Starring: Eric Arriola, Joseph Basile, Sakinah Bingham, Akim Black, John Boyega, Kim Brockington, Niesha Butler, Albert M. Chan, Mario D’Leon, Kam Dabrowski, David Lee Denny Jr., Aaron Dorsey, Gabriel Ellis, Cory...
Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): James McBride Starring: Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, Pierfrancesco Favino, Valentina Cervi, Matteo Sciabordi, John Turturro, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Leguizamo, Kerry Washington, D.B. Sweeney, Robert John...
She Hate Me (2004)

She Hate Me (2004)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Michael Genet, Spike Lee Starring: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Ellen Barkin, Monica Bellucci, Jim Brown, Ossie Davis, Jamel Debbouze, Brian Dennehy, Woody Harrelson, Bai Ling, Lonette McKee, Paula Jai Parker, Q-Tip, Dania Ramirez,...
25th Hour (2002)

25th Hour (2002)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s):  David Benioff Starring: Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Tony Siragusa, Levani, Tony Devon, Misha Kuznetsov, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Michael Genet, Patrice O’Neal, Al Palagonia,...
A Huey P. Newton Story (2001)

A Huey P. Newton Story (2001)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Roger Guenveur Smith Starring: Roger Guenveur Smith Synopsis: The story of how the radical Huey P. Newton developed the Blank Panther Party based on his 10-point program for social reform. Release Date: June 18, 2001 (USA)| Length: 86...
Bamboozled (2000)

Bamboozled (2000)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Spike Lee Starring: Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tommy Davidson, Michael Rapaport, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Paul Mooney, Sarah Jones, Gillian White, Susan Batson, Yasiin Bey, M.C. Serch, Gano Grills, Canibus, DJ...
He Got Game (1998)

He Got Game (1998)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Spike Lee Starring: Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, Milla Jovovich, Rosario Dawson, Hill Harper, Zelda Harris, Ned Beatty, Jim Brown, Joseph Lyle Taylor, Bill Nunn, Michele Shay, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Roger Guenveur Smith, John Turturro,...
4 Little Girls (1997)

4 Little Girls (1997)

 Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): N/A Starring: Maxine McNair, Chris McNair, Helen Pegues, Queen Nunn, Arthur Hanes Jr., Howell Raines, Harold McNair, Carole C. Smitherman, Wamo Reed Robertson, Dianne Braddock, Carolyn Lee Brown, Alpha Robertson, Wyatt Tee Walker, Fred...
Get on the Bus (1996)

Get on the Bus (1996)

 Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Reggie Rock Bythewood Starring: De’aundre Bonds, Andre Braugher, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Gabriel Casseus, Albert Hall, Hill Harper, Harry Lennix, Bernie Mac, Wendell Pierce, Roger Guenveur Smith, Isaiah Washington, Richard Belzer, Steve...
Girl 6 (1996)

Girl 6 (1996)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Suzan-Lori Parks Starring: Theresa Randle, Isaiah Washington, Spike Lee, Jenifer Lewis, Debi Mazar, Peter Berg, Michael Imperioli, Dina Pearlman, Maggie Rush, Desi Moreno, Kristen Wilson, K Funk, Debra Wilson, Naomi Campbell, Gretchen...
Clockers (1995)

Clockers (1995)

 Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Richard Price (book, screenplay), Spike Lee (screenplay) Starring: Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer, Isaiah Washington, Keith David, Peewee Love, Regina Taylor, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Sticky Fingaz, Fredro...
Drop Squad (1994)

Drop Squad (1994)

Director: David C. Johnson Writer(s): David Taylor, David C. Johnson, Butch Robinson tarring: Eriq La Salle, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Ving Rhames, Kasi Lemmons, Leonard L. Thomas, Nicole Powell, Eric Payne, Crystal R. Fox, Vanessa Williams, Michael Ralph, Billy ‘Sly’...
Hoop Dreams (1994)

Hoop Dreams (1994)

Director: Steve James Writer(s): Steve James, Frederick Marx Starring: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates, Sheila Agee, Arthur ‘Bo’ Agee,, Earl Smith, Gene Pingatore, Isiah Thomas, Marlyn Hopewell, Bill Gleason, Patricia Weir, Marjorie Heard, Luther...
Crooklyn (1994)

Crooklyn (1994)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Spike Lee, Cinqué Lee, Joie Lee Starring: Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, David Patrick Kelly, Zelda Harris, Carlton Williams, Sharif Rashed, Tse-Mach Washington, Christopher Knowings, José Zúñiga, Isaiah Washington, Ivelka Reyes, Spike...
Seven Songs for Malcolm X (1993)

Seven Songs for Malcolm X (1993)

Director: John Akomfrah Writer(s): John Akomfrah, Edward George Starring: Darrick Harris, Danny Carter, Martin Boothe, Byron O. Hurlock, Edward George, Tricia Rose, Theodore L. Cash, Olamide Faison, Tiffany Nelson, Tiffany Tate, Giancarlo Esposito, Toni Cade Bambara,...
Malcolm X (1992)

Malcolm X (1992)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Alex Haley and Malcolm X (book), Arnold Perl and Spike Lee (screenplay) Starring: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman Jr., Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee, Theresa Randle, Kate Vernon, Lonette McKee, Tommy Hollis, James...
Jungle Fever (1991)

Jungle Fever (1991)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Spike Lee Starring: Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, Lonette McKee, John Turturro, Frank Vincent, Anthony Quinn, Halle Berry, Tyra Ferrell, Veronica Webb, Veronica Timbers, David...
Mo’ Better Blues (1990)

Mo’ Better Blues (1990)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Spike Lee Starring: Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes, Giancarlo Esposito, Robin Harris, Joie Lee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, Dick Anthony Williams, Cynda Williams, Nicholas Turturro, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Samuel L. Jackson,...
Do the Right Thing (1989)

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Spike Lee Starring: Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Danny Aiello, Giancarlo Esposito, Spike Lee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, Paul Benjamin, Frankie Faison, Robin Harris, Joie Lee, Miguel Sandoval, Rick Aiello, John Savage, Samuel L....
School Daze (1988)

School Daze (1988)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Spike Lee Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Kyme, Joe Seneca, Ellen Holly, Art Evans, Ossie Davis, Bill Nunn, James Bond III, Branford Marsalis, Kadeem Hardison, Eric Payne, Spike Lee, Anthony...
She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

Director: Spike Lee Writer(s): Spike Lee Starring: Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell, Spike Lee, Raye Dowell, Joie Lee, S. Epatha Merkerson, Bill Lee, Cheryl Burr (ava), Aaron Dugger (noble), Stephanie Covington (keva), Renata Cobbs, Cheryl...