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Blacks in Film and Television

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Spike Lee in Cannes, France, 15 May 1991

Courtesy of AP

Filmmaker Spike Lee has consistently created films that depict, challenge, and celebrate African American characters, life, and culture—the positive and the negative, the serious and the comic. Beginning with the highly acclaimed She's Gotta Have It (1986), and continuing with such successes as School Daze (1988), Do the Right Thing (1989), Malcolm X (1992), and more recently Inside Man (2006), and When the Levees Broke (2006), an epic documentary that tracks the travesties of Hurricane Katrina. Following a career-long fight for more refined and equitable representation of African Americans in film, in June of 2008 Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood entered into a very public and heated argument over Eastwood's lack of black soldiers in his recent World War II films. Lee attempted to fill that gap with his most recent film Miracle at St. Anna, which follows a unit in an all-black U.S. army division in Italy during the Second World War.

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