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Sucker Free City and She Hate Me

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

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...In May 2003 TNT, a subsidiary of Viacom, announced that they were changing the name of a channel aimed at young teenage males (with programmes of Jackass-style humour) to ‘Spike TV’. The announcement was countered by an affidavit from Spike...

Jungle Fever

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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...In 1990 rap had a colour-identity crisis. The release of Vanilla Ice’s ‘Ice Ice Baby’, sampling the catchy staccato beat of David Bowie and Queen’s ‘Under Pressure’, became to rap what Norman Mailer’s The White Negro had been to literary...

Get on the Bus and 4 Little Girls

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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...On 16 October 1995 – while Spike was at work on Girl 6 – the Million Man March on Washington took place. The march was called by Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam and Rev. Benjamin Chavis Jr, former executive director...

Original Kings of Comedy, Bamboozled, A Huey P. Newton Story and Jim Brown

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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...‘We started 40 Acres,’ states its chief executive, ‘thinking that we would be a group that developed a company of people in front of and behind the camera as film-makers. What has changed is that people who started off at 40 Acres have...

The Early Years

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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...Spike Lee: A lot of things have happened to me in my life. Some higher being looked over me – pushed me in another direction, from the place I wanted to go to where I needed to go. It was just the right time for a young African-American...

40 Acres and a Mule

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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...A wooden boat crosses the Atlantic Ocean. Down in the galleys are women and men squashed together, gagged and bound in chains, ordered not to talk to each other. So they create a rhythmic patois by which to communicate. The names...

Mo’ Better Blues

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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...Giant steps had been made by the enterprise that was 40 Acres and a Mule. Monty Ross recalls, ‘The phone was ringing off the hook, and that made it difficult to work. A lot of people were phoning trying to get jobs and be a part of 40...

Crooklyn

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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...‘Lady T’, by Spike Lee: It all began on 24 September 1992. Malcolm X was a life-changing experience in more ways than one. Every year the Black Congressional Caucus takes place in Washington DC and is the highlight...

She’s Gotta Have It

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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...Failure in 1984 was to prove a defining moment for the man about to become Brooklyn’s most famous son. An unexpected setback was the spur that drove him to the focus of international attention within a further two years...

Summer of Sam

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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...Spike was moving from one job to another with such alacrity that not even those closest to him could keep track of all his activity. His brother David reflects, ‘There is this whole other person who you find out information about...