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Spike Lee

Spike Lee: That’s My Story and I’m Sticking to It

by Kaleem Aftab

Kaleem Aftab is a freelance writer and a director of the tv and film production house lafamiglia. He writes mainly for the Independent, Hotdog, BBC Collective and The List. He is the author of Spike Lee: That’s My Story and I’m Sticking to It. He resides in London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Faber and Faber Limited, 2005
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9780571344499
  • ISBN:
    978-0-571-22741-9 (paperback)

    978-0-5713-4449-9 (online)
  • Edition:
    First Edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2019
Spike Lee
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Kaleem Aftab’s authorised biography of Lee chronicles his film work in definitive detail, but also explores the many social issues and controversies that the work has addressed and generated; also the inspirational affect Lee has had upon his own and subsequent generations of black film-makers (he gave Halle Berry her first break, and early lead roles to Denzel Washington and Samuel Jackson). Every one of Lee’s films has tackled a subject and caused a stir: from female sexuality in She’s Gotta Have It to New York race riots in Do the Right Thing and jazz in Mo’ Better Blues; interracial sex in Jungle Fever; revolutionary pan-Africanism in Malcolm X; the ‘War on Drugs’ in Clockers; Louis Farrakhan’s ‘Million Man March’ in Get on the Bus; black poverty and pro-basketball in He Got Game.

As such Lee has made himself a spokesman on US race relations, but he is also an entrepreneur and a provocateur. This biography, prepared with Lee’s co-operation and with input from his friends, family and collaborators, tells the extraordinary life story of a true American original.