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We Must Stop Black on Black Violence

John W. Fountain | Posted 01.28.2017 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

Imagine Soldier Field, home of the NFL's Chicago Bears, filled beyond capacity, brimming with 63,879 young African-American men, ages 18 to 24--more than U.S. losses in the entire Vietnam conflict.

It's Awards Season, Where Are the People of Color, Where Is the Syncretism?

Tonya Pinkins | Posted 01.24.2017 | Arts
Tonya Pinkins

My personal experience working in theater, film and television is that evolution and integration are happening, are ongoing. I experienced this on a greater level this past year in film and television than in theater.

The Oscars Are So White That Spike Lee Refuses To Attend

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.18.2016 | Entertainment

As controversy continues to boil regarding the Oscars' all-white acting nominees, Spike Lee has said he will not attend next month's awards. The outsp...

Why Black Folks Must See Chi-Raq, Even If You Think It May Be Wack

Patti R. Rose | Posted 12.22.2016 | Black Voices
Patti R. Rose

Spike Lee, we can't be mad at you, For using your creativity is what you do. My ire is directed more towards those, Who are angry that Chi-Raq is in couplets not prose

Fund Launch for Kids in Greece Characterized by Ancient Hellenic Ideals

Jim Luce | Posted 12.19.2016 | New York
Jim Luce

The recent launch of the J. Luce Foundation's Hellenic Fund to support children in Greece -- whether economically distressed, orphaned, or refugee -- was an enormous success. Held at an elegant Upper East Side Greek restaurant, the event gathered over sixty people of goodwill who care about children, any children, who suffer in Greece.

Satire and Redemption: Reading Spike Lee's Chi-Raq

Joseph WInters | Posted 12.18.2016 | Entertainment
Joseph WInters

Lee's new film, Chi-Raq, might not be "likable" but it definitely follows his previous films as it prompts viewers to think critically about unresolved tensions and problems in the film and the broader social world.

Spike Lee Talks Chi-Raq, Oscar Win, Dave Chappelle & More

Danai P. Maraire | Posted 12.13.2016 | Black Voices
Danai P. Maraire

In the wake of the recent Paris bombings, I sat down with newly minted Academy Award winner Spike Lee, and the cast of his new film Chi-raq. Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris and John Cusack went on record to discuss the state of the country, the recent Paris attacks and how much tragedy we as a world can take.

'Straight Outta Compton' Named Best Film Of 2015 By Black Film Critics

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 12.08.2015 | Black Voices

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) has named "Straight Outta Compton" as the best picture of 2015. The N.W.A biopic has already tak...

Spike Lee Responds To Chicago Rapper's 'Chi-Raq' Criticism

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 12.09.2015 | Black Voices

UPDATE 12/9/15: On Tuesday’s episode of MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes,” Lee responded to Chance’s comments and shared his thoughts on the...

Watch Angela Bassett Storm Through A Powerful Scene From 'Chi-Raq'

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 12.03.2015 | Entertainment

"Chi-Raq" is bold and audacious -- the qualities needed to address the violence that's pervasive in America right now. The new Spike Lee film, in thea...

This Woman Started A Sex Strike To Help Stop Violence In Chicago

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 11.20.2015 | Black Voices

Similar to the premise of "Chi-Raq," April Lawson from the South Side of Chicago, wants both married and single women to join her in a sex strike unti...

Spike Lee Compares 'Chi-Raq' Critics To 'Rednecks'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices

CHILDREN ARE OFF LIMITS from 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks on Vimeo. UPDATE 11/13/15: On Thursday’s episode of “Windy City LIVE,” Lee comp...

Amazon Releases First Trailer For Spike Lee’s ‘Chiraq’

Variety | Brennan Williams | Posted 11.03.2015 | Black Voices

Spike Lee’s new movie “Chiraq” has received a new trailer, a month ahead of its release....

Spike Lee Blasts Chicago Mayor Over 'Chi-raq' Movie Title

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 10.23.2015 | Black Voices

Spike Lee has received criticism from local officials ever since announcing his intentions to make a film highlighting black on black gun violence in ...

Spike Lee On Chicago’s ‘Self-Inflicted Genocide’ And How To Combat Gun Violence

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.14.2015 | Black Voices

Receiving backlash from local politicians for his forthcoming Chicago-based film, “Chi-raq,” won't deter Spike Lee from highlighting gun violence ...

Spike Lee Concludes 'Chi-Raq' Filming, Addresses 'Misinformed' Critics

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices

Spike Lee has drawn criticism since he announced his forthcoming Chicago-based film, “Chi-Raq.” The film, which reflects a popular nickname coined...

'Chi Raq' Documentary Examines Shooters, Survivors Of City Violence

Posted 09.12.2013 | Chicago

As Chicago's violence problem is simultaneously ignored and examined, one London-based filmmaker turned his lens on people most affected by it living ...