Blackface is a form of theatrical make-up used predominantly by non-black performers to represent a caricature of a black person. The practice gained popularity during the 19th century and contributed to the spread of racial stereotypes such as the “happy-go-lucky darky on the plantation” or the “dandified coon”. Black face was also used as a tool during the racially segregated era to discriminate against black people. White film makers used black face as a way to avoid hiring black people in TV shows and movies, often depicting the most negative stereotypes within black culture. [Read more…]
Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983.
He made his directorial debut with She’s Gotta Have It (1986), and has since directed such films as Do the Right Thing (1989), Jungle Fever (1991), Malcolm X (1992), He Got Game (1998), The Original Kings of Comedy (2000), 25th Hour (2002), Inside Man (2006), Chi-Raq (2015), BlacKkKlansman (2018), which he won his first Oscar for “Best Adapted Screenplay”. Lee also had starring roles in ten of his own films.
Lee’s films have examined race relations, colorism in the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues. Among winning his first Academy Award for “Best Adapted Screeplay” at the Oscars, Spike Lee has also won numerous accolades for his work, including a Student Academy Award, a BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, two Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and the Cannes Grand Prix. He has also received an Academy Honorary Award, an Honorary BAFTA Award, an Honorary César, and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize.
Acknowledging the plight of his ancestors, the sacrifice of his grandmother who called him “Spikey-Poo” while saving 50 years of social security cheques and encouraging America to make the moral choice between love and hate, was a very powerful moment. Had Spike Lee’s grandmother not sacrificed her own personal gain for the future well being of her grandson there would be no all purple Prince Tribute, gold Jordan’s or Do The Right Thing memorabilia on stage at the Oscar’s.
This is an example of one’s selfless work being bigger than self and we owe his grandmother a debt of gratitude as we are the beneficiaries of her sacrifice.
Here’s a short biography of Spike Lee’s life and career.
Spike Lee explains his theory of the “10 Rules To Success.”
Spike Lee delivers one of the most moving speeches in the history of the Oscars.
Thank you Spike Lee for your dedication and hard work for over three decades. Although you should have won an Oscar for “Do The Right Thing”, this moment will forever go down in Hollywood history… Much love and respect to Spikey-Poo always!!!
Follow Our Black History Month Series:
- Day 1: Black History Is Everywhere
- Day 2: The Danger Of A Single Story
- Day 3: Super Bowl Sunday
- Day 4: African American Authors
- Day 5: The Reason Behind Black Lives Matter
- Day 6: Viola Desmond
- Day 7: George Dixon
- Day 8: Vivien Thomas
- Day 9: Frank Robinson
- Day 10: Gladys Mae
- Day 11: Hattie McDaniel
- Day 12: Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor
- Day 13: Hazel Dorothy Scott
- Day 14: Viola Liuzzo
- Day 15: James Zwerg
- Day 16: Chuck Cooper
- Day 17: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
- Day 18: The Freedom Riders History
- Day 19: Albert Jackson
- Day 20: York
- Day 21: John Ware
- Day 22: Marie Van Brittan Brown
- Day 23: Meghan Markle & The Other Race
- Day 24: Greensboro Four
- Day 25: History Of The Black Church
Albert Earl Jr.
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The term black church or African-American church refers to Protestant churches that currently or historically have ministered to predominantly black congregations in the United States. Many black churches belong to predominantly African-American denominations, such as the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). Most of the first black congregations and churches formed before 1800, were founded by free blacks. The oldest black Baptist church, and third oldest in the United States was founded about 1790 by the slave Peter Durrett. [Read more…]