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Version directed by Spike Lee that Sony refused to release in 1995. 

It disturbed me how some critics would talk about the loss of property – which is really saying white-owned property – but not the loss of life. Do the Right Thing was a litmus test. If in a review, a critic discussed how Sal’s Famous was burned down but didn’t mention anything about Radio Raheem getting killed, it seemed obvious that he or she valued white-owned property more than the life of this young black hoodlum. To me, loss of life outweighs loss of property. You can rebuild a building. I mean, they’re rebuilding New Orleans now but the people that died there are never coming back.
—  Spike Lee on the critical reaction to Do the Right Thing
Don’t think that because you haven’t heard from me for a while that I went to sleep. I am still here, like a spirit roaming the night. Thirsty, hungry, seldom stopping to rest.
—  Spike Lee

When Spike Lee Became Scary

In his [New York editorialist Joe Klein] words, the film has only two messages: “the police are your enemy” and “white people are your enemy.” And, like many white critics, he seized on Mookie throwing the trash can as the film’s turning point, not the death of Radio Raheem. “It is Spike Lee himself—in the role of Sal’s deliveryman—who starts the riot,” Klein wrote, proceeding to describe that action, with jaw-dropping hyperbole, as “one of the stupider, more self-destructive acts of violence I’ve ever witnessed.” It should be noted, in contemplating that sentence, that (as Lee points out) Klein’s editorial never even mentioned the murder of Radio Raheem, to say nothing of describing it in those terms. In Lee’s view—which is hard to argue with, reading a piece like Klein's—many white critics are more concerned with the loss of “white-owned property” than with “another nigger gone." 

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Director Spike Lee released a video Monday on Instagram and YouTube, editing together footage of the recent death of Eric Garner with the death of fictional character Radio Raheem in one of his movies, “Do the Right Thing,” presumably to illustrate how little has changed since the movie’s 1989 release.

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Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art edited by John Duke Kisch with a foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and an afterword by Spike Lee

This magnificent volume is a celebration of the first 100 years of black film poster art. A visual feast, these images recount the diverse and historic journey of the black film industry from the earliest days of Hollywood to present day.

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Spike Lee Produces "I Throw Like A Girl", Documentary on Baseball Prodigy Mo'Ne Davis.

2014 is truly the year of Mo'ne Davis. Since her achievements in this year’s Little League World Series, the world hasn’t been able to get enough of her incredible talent. Here, director and producer Spike Lee gives us an intimate portrait of the young athlete as we get introduced to her family, friends, coach and teammates.  

Already the youngest person to ever grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, and the first Little League baseball player at that, the 13-year-old athlete, whose favourite sport is actually basketball, was one of two girls in the Little League World Series this year. During the tournament, Davis became the first girl to ever earn a win and to pitch a shutout in Little League World Series history. She’s the 18th girl overall to ever play, the sixth to get a hit, and the fourth American girl to play in the Little League World Series. 

Watching this makes me want to turn back time and put more dedication into the sports I loved playing as a kid. She’s just that inspirational. 

“I throw 70mph, that’s throwing like a girl.”

Damn right, Mo'ne.

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Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It’s a tale of good and evil. Hate: it was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love: these five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: static. One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand, Love, is finished. But hold on, stop the presses, the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes, now, that’s right. Ooh, it’s a devastating right and Hate is hurt, he’s down. Left-Hand Hate KOed by Love.

Do The Right Thing (1989)