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Actor John Turturro Plans to Resurrect Jesus (Quintana, That Is)

Michael Bialas | Posted 11.14.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

The profane, bowling ball-licking, hairnet-wearing maniac fleshed out by Turturro for the 1998 film was based on a real person, according to the actor who received the John Cassavetes Award at the Denver Film Festival on Nov 12.

A City by Any Other Name

John W. Fountain, III | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain, III

Call it Chiraq, Fifth City, Holy City, The Hole, K-town, Motown, The Circle, or L-Town, you will get the same version of events with different characters under the blue and white bars with four red stars that make up the symbol of this metropolis.

Spike Lee Shares Worst Film Experience, Top Career Moments

AP | Brennan Williams | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Spike Lee gets so excited when talking about movies, he can barely sit down. Reflecting on his career as he prepares to...

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,&r...

'Chi-Raq': Lysistrata Retold

Ronda Lee | Posted 11.09.2015 | Black Voices
Ronda Lee

Is the violence in Chicago a laughing matter? Certainly not. However, if Chicagoans held their politicians, community and church leaders as responsible as they hold Spike Lee, I dare say things may change.

Spike Lee, You Should Have Done the Right Thing With 'Chiraq

Ernest Owens | Posted 11.05.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

"The trailer for 'Chiraq,' in all its glitz and shock value, is arousing - but the premise of this film isn't." You make this a black-on-black trauma without taking into consideration external systemic factors. And to top it off, you place women of color as the barriers to these men's burdens. That's not original, that's just plain pathetic.

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....

It's Not Your Call: Dr. Carson's Retro-Revolution

Nora Dunn | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Nora Dunn

Does Dr. Carson really believe he is the father of some retro revolution in which men regain control of women, making us see the error of our waywardness? Women are so far past that that it's a joke, which is why abortion should not even be in question. Wake up, Dr. Carson.

'Do The White Thing' Is A Hilarious Take On Spike Lee's Classic Film

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 10.26.2015 | Black Voices

The Brooklyn depicted in Spike Lee's 1989 film, "Do The Right Thing," isn't the same today. The borough has undergone major changes large...

'Do The Right Thing' Features Irritating White People In Jimmy Kimmel Sequel

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.25.2015 | Comedy

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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 violen...

Quentin Tarantino Says He 'Couldn't Care Less' What Black Critics Had To Say About 'Django Unchained'

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 10.13.2015 | Black Voices

Quentin Tarantino is apparently unbothered by certain critiques from black people surrounding his 2012 controversial slavery drama, "Django...

Spike Lee Named New York City Marathon Grand Marshal

AP | Brennan Williams | Posted 10.05.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) -- He's a noted filmmaker, a teacher, an honorary Oscar winner, a crazy New York sports fan and now this: Spike Lee is the next grand m...

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 highlig...

Spike Lee On Honorary Oscar: 'This Came Out Of Nowhere'

LA Times | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.28.2015 | Black Voices

Spike Lee was surprised to learn that he was being honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — a group he hadn't been afr...

'Show Me a Hero' on HBO: Lost in Yonkers

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.16.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

"This story wasn't going away," said David Simon explaining his persistence in making the six-part mini series, Show Me a Hero, he co wrote with William F. Zorzi based on Lisa Belkin's 1999 book.

12 Things You Should Know About BlackStar Film Festival

Zakee Kuduro | Posted 07.28.2015 | Black Voices
Zakee Kuduro

There's an independent film festival in West Philadelphia that has been fertile ground for some of the best contemporary black filmmakers, producers and actors: The 4th Annual BlackStar Film Festival, which will take place July 30 through August 2.

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 popu...

Chiraq and the North Shore: A Tale of Two Summers

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Lazar

Tonight summer is in the air. My sons ran to the park up the street and I am left alone, with dappled light and open windows... I pour a glass of wine and position myself in the stream of dusk blushing the living room gold.

"Wait, Mom, Are Those Police or Isis?"...

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth Lazar

...asked my 9 year-old last month. Otherwise absorbed in a rousing Fifa 15 match, he looked up from the iPad when the news upstaged Isco's corner kick.

Spike Lee's CHIRAQ

Hermene Hartman | Posted 05.21.2015 | Chicago
Hermene Hartman

Spike Lee is working on a movie reflecting this violence. With the obviously unflattering working title "CHIRAQ," Spike's movie has stirred Chicago, making the politicians nervous.

10 Things I Learned about Bessie

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

I screened Bessie on HBO and here are 10 things I learned.

Spike Lee Defends His Planned Film On Chicago Violence

Reuters | Mary Wisniewski | Posted 05.19.2015 | Black Voices

CHICAGO, May 14 (Reuters) - Movie director Spike Lee, known for films that deal frankly with racial issues, appeared in Chicago on Thursday to defend ...

Spike Lee's 'Chiraq' Film Title Draws Backlash From Local Officials

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 04.23.2015 | Black Voices

The title of Spike Lee's upcoming film, 'Chiraq', has drawn some criticism in Chicago. The proposed project, which is reportedly set to highlight b...

Amazon Nabs Spike Lee Movie ‘Chiraq'

The Wrap | Posted 04.10.2015 | Black Voices

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 ...