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Bill Lee, Composer and Father of Spike Lee, Dies at 94

Bill Lee, a well-regarded jazz musician who accompanied such artists as Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel and Harry Belafonte as well as scoring four of his son Spike’s early films, including the hit Do the Right Thing and two songs for Jungle Fever, has died. He was 94. Lee died Wednesday at his home in […]

Spike Lee and The Gersh Agency Announce Inaugural Spike Fellows

Oscar-winning director Spike Lee and The Gersh Agency have announced the inaugural class for the Spike Fellows at Gersh Program. The five selected fellows include Quentin Anderson (Morehouse College), Tai Livingston (Spelman College), Jalen Ellis (Morehouse College), Shayna Cartledge (Clark Atlanta University) and Halle Jones (Clark Atlanta University). The program, designed to nurture creative undergraduates […]

Jonathan Majors, Spike Lee Reteam for Amazon Movie ‘Da Understudy’

On the heels of a box office success with Creed III, Jonathan Majors has set up a new film project that could reteam him with his Da Five Bloods director Spike Lee. Majors is set to star in Da Understudy, playing a Broadway actor who finds a role he’s willing to kill for. Lee is […]

Spike Lee on Beyoncé’s Grammy Album of the Year Loss: “We Know What the Deal Is”

Spike Lee says that Beyoncé’s album of the year loss at this year’s Grammys was “some straight-up bullshit” while discussing the “tricky territory of validation” Black artists find themselves in during awards season. In an interview with The Guardian, the Oscar winner shared his feelings about how the most awarded artist in Grammys history has […]

TCM Classic Film Festival: Donald Bogle to Receive Robert Osborne Award

Author Donald Bogle, one of the foremost authorities on African Americans in Hollywood, will receive the fourth annual Robert Osborne Award at the TCM Classic Film Festival in April, it was announced Wednesday. The honor recognizes an individual who has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic film alive for future generations. The first three […]

Spike Lee to Receive British Film Institute Fellowship

Spike Lee is set to add to his already extensive collection of awards with the BFI Fellowship, the highest honor bestowed by the British Film Institute. The BFI said the Fellowship was in recognition of Lee’s “pioneering body of work that has spanned over thirty years and has chronicled black lives through bold and inventive […]

Spike Lee to Receive WGA East Award for Career Achievement

The Writers Guild of America East has named the latest recipient of its career achievement award: Spike Lee. The Do the Right Thing and Da 5 Bloods filmmaker will receive the East Coast guild’s Ian McLellan Hunter Award at the 75th Annual Writers Guild Awards when their New York ceremony takes place at the Edison […]

Spike Lee, Gersh Launch HBCU Fellowship Program

“Morehouse Man” Spike Lee is paying it forward at his alma mater. The director, who graduated from the college in 1979, is teaming with his agency, Gersh, for the Spike Fellows Program, which kicks off this month and will support students from Morehouse, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University, which together form the Atlanta University […]

‘Malcolm X’ Finally Screens in Saudi Arabia 30 Years After Historic Filming in Mecca

Malcolm X may have famously been the first non-documentary to shoot in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca, but it’s taken 30 years for the film to actually screen publicly in the country. That historic occasion took place on Dec. 3 at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, where Spike Lee touched down […]

Red Sea Film Festival Adds Spike Lee, Jackie Chan to Starry In-Conversations Section

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival, due to kick off its second edition Dec. 1, is continuing to add significant talent to its lineup, including two Oscar winners. Spike Lee, Jackie Chan and Andrew Dominik are joining a growing assortment of big-name directors flying out to the coastal city of Jeddah to participate in a […]

How the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative Brought Filmmakers Spike Lee and Kyle Bell Together

Over the weekend, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative presented a multidisciplinary arts festival on the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s campus in New York. The Rolex Arts Weekend offered two days of public conversations, performances, screenings and exhibitions in celebration of a culmination of the latest Rolex Arts Initiative cycle, which pairs talented artists […]

Mary Alice, Actress in ‘Fences,’ ‘Sparkle’ and ‘The Matrix Revolutions,’ Dies at 85

The former Chicago schoolteacher won a Tony and an Emmy (for 'I'll Fly Away') and is a member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame.