When I met Spike Lee in Brazil this month amongst the jubilation of masked costumers at the distinctive carnival in Maragojipe, the African-American film director was wearing an eye catching T-shirt I couldn’t hep but admire paying homage to 25 years of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” in a bold fashion statement.
Ironically, this month Spike Lee also celebrates 25 years since the release of his second “A Spike Lee Joint” in 1988 musical movie ‘School Daze’!
Set on the campus of a ‘Historical Black College University’, the film narrates social issues regarding African-Americans through relatable characters such as ‘politically conscious’ and ‘wannabees’ feuding with each other. Spike Lee stars Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tisha Campbell-Martin in his joint before they were the highly acclaimed actors known today.
I’m taking it back to school with this post to start a debate about just how far black people have come regarding some of the topics brought up in the film. Have any lessons been learnt… Or is all just a song and dance?!
Do we still need to get out of bed and “WAAAAAAAAKE UP” to social obstacles holding us back in our societies?
And hair! Just what is good or bad hair? Does wearing a weave make me less of a black/african woman even if my mind is empowered?
Join me in the lecture room now… And don’t be late!
Leave your opinions in a comment!
- Deconstruction: Spike Lee’s “School Daze,” 25 Years Later (dayandadream.com)
- “Go Brazil Go” Spike Lee documents on Brazil (travelmakerkai.wordpress.com)
- Wake-up call was needed, and a KKK outfit was the jolt (jsonline.com)
- DECONSTRUCTION: SPIKE LEE’S “SCHOOL DAZE,” 25 YEARS LATER
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Huh, I have never actually seen that movie. I will have to put it on the list. To be honest, I couldn’t tell you if I have ever seen a Spike Lee movie. Granted most of my movie time is spent on the “B” movie genre and always has been, that may be an error I should rectify.
Since I am bald, I couldn’t begin to speak on hair. 😀 Though I have always felt, if the particular person thinks it is good, and their friends and family will let them out of the house with it, then it is cool by me. Just look at the Flock of Seagulls guy, I mean, that dude needed some friends big time. And at the time it was considered cool. Just not now. Thanks for popping by my site!
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