Spike Lee is one of the greatest writers and directors out there. From his very first film, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads in 1983, he has made himself not only a Hollywood force, but one who doesn’t fear controversy. Controversial filmmakers are always the best on whom to keep your eye, because you never know what’s coming next.
His films, which mostly take place in New York’s Brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up, are not afraid to cover such topics like race relations as well as how both the African American and white communities not only view each other but “deal” with each other. Lee’s films are brilliant and thought-provoking; and each one, even when you least expect it, is about love. Not just love as in relationships, but loving one’s neighborhood, roots, and most importantly each other no matter what differences we may think we have between us. Have I gushed enough yet?
So on his 55th birthday, here are six Spike Lee “joints” that you should check out. Prepare yourself to be educated and moved.