Spike Lee: Black History, Barack Obama and Beyond

By Charreah Jackson, ESSENCE.com

 

He’s gotta have it. Lucky for us, Spike Lee is addicted to stimulating storytelling. And after two decades of meticulously and artistically painting Black America on the big screen, the prolific filmmaker shows no signs of slowing down. His latest release, “Miracle at St. Anna,” now on DVD, details the struggles of Buffalo Soldiers fighting foreign enemies during World War II in Italy and racism while home in America. In between belly laughs, Lee opens up to ESSENCE.com on Black America’s past and future, his one critique of President Obama’s inauguration and the real deal on a James Brown biopic.

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Michael Ealy

Sorry to be a killjoy, but Michael Ealy isn’t the steely, bad boy of your fantasies. In fact, the blue-eyed thespian who stole our breath as Eve’s nemesis turned lover in the “Barbershop” movies, and caught Halle Berry’s eye on and off the screen as Tea Cake in the TV adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” is a self-professed square. It’s even harder to believe when witnessing Ealy’s posture as the streetwise, gold-toothed, sly Sergeant Bishop Cummings in Spike Lee’s “Miracle at St. Anna,” opening September 26. The Golden Globe-nominated actor, who’s been on a four-year hiatus from the big screen, opens up to ESSENCE.com about what food must-have he picked up in Italy, the irony of his reputation, and why he has Black women to thank for his success.

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