The grand jury decisions not to indict officer Darren Wilson, the man responsible the wrongful killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO last August, and not to charge NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for his fatal (and illegal) chokehold of Eric Garner last July have left the nation flabbergasted. Coast to coast, protesters are gathering in droves seeking justice. And among those protesters are some well-known celebrities.
Spike Lee tells us about working with Eminem, Jurassic World photos are released, and it looks like no one will get to “Marry Harry”.
Filmmaker Spike Lee talks sports, iconic actress Ruby Dee has passed away, and more Kimye wedding photos are released (hint: baby North runs that ish).
The 86th Academy Awards marked a historic night for black filmmakers at the Oscars. It’s the first time a black film — 12 Years a Slave — won best picture; the Academy’s most prestigious award.
On this Martin Luther King Day, we hope you’ve already taken the time to meaningfully commemorate the late civil rights leader. (Go volunteer or something, then come back to this post; we’ll wait.) We’re probably not your first source for guidance in that matter. We do, however, think we can help make the day enjoyable without being too shallow. Movie marathon time!
Actually, the headline lies. We are really having a hard time imagining what really went down at the party celebrating the reopening of Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club in New York City last night. It was Hov’s first public appearance since the birth of Blue Ivy Carter, and Beyonce understandably chose to stay home. The sheer variety of attendees would blow our mind if we weren’t already used to Jay’s wide scope of influence: Warren Buffet, Selita Ebanks, Spike Lee, Mob Wives star Renee Graziano and Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia were there along with his more musical pals like Ashanti, Wale, Questlove and Irv Gotti. Head over to VH1 Blog for a gallery of the illustrious guests, and watch what Ashanti and Gotti had to say about the new parents in an interview with MTV News below.
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While Spike Lee spent Tuesday sniping with Celtic fans at the TD Garden (and on Twitter), fellow writer/actor/director Tyler Perry gave Spike a piece of his mind at a press conference. “I’m so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee,” said Perry, ostensibly promoting Madea’s Big Family. “Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me, I am sick of him saying, ‘this is a coon, this is a buffoon.’ I am sick of him talking about black people going to see movies. This is what he said: ‘you vote by what you see,’ as if black people don’t know what they want to see.” Lee had suggested that Perry’s sitcoms Meet The Browns and House Of Payne were “coonery and buffoonery” in 2009, cracking “We got a black president, and we going back to Mantan Moreland and Sleep ‘n’ Eat?”
While Perry is an easy target (none of the films he’s directed have scored higher than 55/100 on Metacritic), the infamously argumentative Lee has also gotten into verbal scuffles with more critically acclaimed directors like Clint Eastwood (who told Lee to “shut his face” after Lee complained about whitewashing in Clint’s Iwo Jima films). Steven Spielberg mediated the beef between Eastwood and Lee—is anyone going to step forward to get a truce between these two, or should we expect Spike to tweet off once he gets over last night’s Knicks loss (“The Sun rises in a Orange and Blue Sky in AM”)?
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Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom was glittering last night—and it wasn’t just the reflection off Spike Lee‘s hat. Alicia Keys and a very pregnant Padma Lakshmi hosted Keep A Child Alive’s 6th Annual Black Ball last night, entertaining a room full of stars with musical assistance from John Mayer and Chris Martin. Among the celebs in attendance were Usher, David Bowie, Iman, Adrien Grenier, Nick Cannon and Halle Berry, whose sequined, cut-crazy dress fit right in with Spike’s hat. Watch them all hobnob in the gallery below.
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Joel Coen went to the Tisch School Of The Arts with Spike Lee in the late ’70s. In the early ’80s, Coen lived in a house in LA with brother Ethan, Sam Raimi, Frances McDormand and Holly Hunter, who’d later star in the Coen Brothers’ film Raising Arizona. Both Hunter and Lee were born on March 20th. Which one is older?
What R & B star was spotted eating late night at Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington, DC?