Posts Tagged ‘Spike Lee’

Things I Learned about Tyler Perry While Being Interviewed by Mo’Nique

April 27, 2011 Comments off

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black WorldScholarship in Action 

I watched Tyler Perry last night on the Mo’Nique Show on BET.  It was an interesting interview, with Mo’Nique fawning over Tyler’s brilliance in the way you would expect an actress to kiss up to one of the most powerful filmmakers in the world.  I fully expect that Mo’Nique will get some coveted roles in future Tyler Perry films.

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Tyler Perry Speaks on Spike Lee…..Again

April 26, 2011 7 comments

Your Black World Reports

Tyler Perry keeps answering questions about Spike Lee, who has been critical of his films as of late.  After his latest film, “Madea’s Big Happy Family,”  Perry had this to say about Spike:

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Diamond Breland: Spike Lee vs. Tyler Perry

April 25, 2011 Comments off

Listen to Your Black World’s Diamond Breland give her take on the battle between film icons Tyler Perry and Spike Lee.  The video is below!

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Your Black World Headlines: 10/02/2008

October 2, 2008 Leave a comment

Your Black Celebrities: Italian-American Activists Have Beef With Spike Lee

October 1, 2008 Leave a comment

There are many reasons why Spike Lee chose to make Miracle at St Anna, his new film about the second world war efforts of African American soldiers. Not least among these was the film-maker’s assertion that his fellow director Clint Eastwood had omitted black stories from his two war films, Letters From Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers.

It was perhaps inevitable that the controversy over the issue would focus minds on the veracity of Lee’s own film, And sure enough, it has emerged this morning that Italian war veterans are rather upset about the US director’s depiction of them in Miracle at St Anna.

The film’s press screening in Rome yesterday saw Lee and script-writer James McBride forced onto the defensive over the movie’s linking of an antifascist Italian partisan resistance group to the 1944 Nazi massacre of 560 Italian civilians.

Miracle at St Anna suggests that a partisan named Rodolfo collaborated with the Nazis, indirectly sparking the slaughter. Not so, say veteran organisations, who fear the film could cause history to be rewritten.

McBride was apologetic when questioned on the issue. “I am very sorry if I have offended the partisans,” he said. “I have enormous respect for them. As a black American, we understand what it’s like for someone to tell your history, and they are not you.

“But unfortunately, the history of World War II here in Italy is ours as well, and this was the best I could do,” he added.

Lee struck a more confrontational note. “I am not apologising for anything,” he said. “I think these questions are evidence that there is still a lot about your history during the war that you [the Italians] have got to come to grips with…


Your Black Life: Spike Lee’s “Miracle” Receives Critical Acclaim

September 25, 2008 Leave a comment

Inquirer Film Critic

If Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna were a symphony, you’d think, three sublime movements, a fourth that’s turgid, and what’s with the wacky coda?

Adapted by James McBride from his best-seller, Miracle is, by turns, a dazzling, dim, lucid, confounding, absorbing, tedious, silly, profound, bloody and – 160 minutes and almost as many subplots later – bracing account of four African American infantrymen separated from their Buffalo Soldiers unit in Tuscany during World War II.

The film opens in 1983 as one of the soldiers, Hector (Laz Alonso), a post office clerk, shoots a customer at point-blank range, then flashes back to his World War II tour of duty, and concludes in 1984 on what would appear to be Fantasy Island.

Even at its most indulgent, Lee’s film powerfully summons the courage of black soldiers in the face of discouraging racism. Though denigrated and infantilized by their white commanding officers, the Buffalo Soldiers nonetheless defended the country that did not always defend their so-called freedoms.

Lee can express more with a sweeping camera movement or an agitated edit than almost any other filmmaker working…