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Spike Lee celebrates 25 years of ‘Do the Right Thing’

Swing’s ‘The Right Thing’! Spike Lee celebrating film’s birthday all week

By Matthew Perlman - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com

De-spiked: Filmmaker Spike Lee held forth on gentrification again at Brooklyn Academy of Music on Sunday, this time with much less cursing. Photo by Elizabeth Graham

De-spiked: Filmmaker Spike Lee held forth on gentrification again at Brooklyn Academy of Music on Sunday, this time with much less cursing. Photo by Elizabeth Graham


Brooklyn is buggin’ out for the 25th anniversary of the seminal Spike Lee film “Do the Right Thing.”

The classic turns 25 today, and the auteur’s native borough is celebrating all week long. The festivities kicked off on Saturday with a block party that drew thousands, including singer Erykah Badu, actor Wesley Snipes, comedian Dave Chappelle, and rappers Chuck D and Yasiin Bey, formerly Mos Def. The partiers and performers packed the Bedford-Stuyvesant block where the movie was shot, and the party also reportedly featured a video message from President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama about watching the film on the big screen on their first date.

The walk down memory lane continued on Sunday with a screening of the movie at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, after which cast and crew members swapped stories about the production process and its legacy.

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