Spike Lee Joints

Spike Lee
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 09, 2009

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In 1986, Lee’s first feature-length film introduced Tracy Camilla Johns as Nola Darling, an independent woman out of Brooklyn.

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As a Morehouse grad, Lee put his Historically Black College education to use in this depiction of life at a Black university with color issues, fraternities, revolutionaries and more in 1988.

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This 1989 film put Lee on the map, earning him his first Academy Award nomination. The tale of a Brooklyn neighborhood’s strained race relations on a hot summer day was a hit with audiences and critics.

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This 1990 movie marked the first of many times Lee would work with Denzel Washington, who sizzled on-screen as a womanizing horn player.

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Lee paid homage to civil rights icon Malcolm X in this 1992 biopic of his life, starring Denzel Washington.

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Alfre Woodard stars as the matriarch of a close-knit family in this heartwarming 1994 film.

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The historic Million Man March in 1995 inspired this fictional tale of Black men crossing the country to attend the gathering in Washington, D.C. The film was released on the one-year anniversary of the march in 1996.

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Lee asked all races, especially African-Americans, to look at how we view ourselves in this thought-provoking 2000 drama.

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Anthony Mackie stars in this urban tale of a successful business man who finds himself falsely accused of fraud, resulting to selling his sperm to get by. It had a limited release in 2004.

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Lee’s biggest box-office hit to date, this 2006 bank heist film boasted an all-star cast of Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster and Clive Owen.

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In the fall of 2008, Spike Lee released the World War II story of Black Buffalo Soldiers, based on the novel by James McBride.

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