The Break – Spike Lee and Chiraq

In this episode KC, Chris, Tash, Toria, Shelby and The Other Chris give their thoughts on Spike Lee’s new film Chiraq. They discuss Spike’s purpose of the film, likes and dislikes, favorite scenes, and share their top three Spike Lee films.

Music: CUT_ – Trigger (Chef Red remix)

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Culture Connection: Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Listen in as Brother Malcolm, Chris and KC discuss the implications of having an African American woman as the president of the Academy Awards, the impact it might have on Black film recognition and upcoming offerings in Black cinema. For comments and/or questions about the episode, contact the hotline at (323) 455-4219!

The Break: Mics Off! (PODCAST)

Raw, uncut, and unfiltered! Listen in to this Mics Off episode where the family puts a spotlight on Spike Lee in light of all of the recent media commentary about his judgement of the film Django Unchained. One family member suggests that we all love Spike Lee because he’s been our primary Black filmmaker for the last 20 years, not because his films are actually good. Would you agree?

Podcast guests include Chris Lehman, Toria Williams, Arian White, and Merc80! For comments or questions, feel free to call the hotline at (323) 455-4219!

The Break: Django Unchained Part I (PODCAST)

Listen in to the first part of this installment as KC and the fam review and dissect Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie Django Unchained and discuss the dramatization of slavery, the series Roots, commentary by filmmaker Spike Lee, and our kids relationship (or lack therof) to American history. Podcast guests include Chris Lehman, Toria Williams, Malcolm Darrell, Darius Gray, Leisha Mack and special guest, Merc80!

For comments or questions about this episode, call the hotline at (323) 455-4219!

The Break: The Most Influential Black Films of the Last 20 Years (PODCAST)

Join KC and the family as they discuss the the most influential Black films in the last 20 years. Podcast guests include Chris Lehman, Toria Williams, John Wood, and Delicia Smith.

Podcast team member, Brother Malcolm, missed this roundtable, but wanted to give an honorable mention to the film, Bamboozled! Also, KC is adding a special shout out to the film, City of God!

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When It Comes To Tyler Perry, Should We All Shut The Hell Up?

It’s no secret that two of the most influential Black filmmakers of our time, Tyler Perry and Spike Lee, have had a long-standing beef. Perry, who has had more than one shot taken at him from his peers in the entertainment industry, has had enough of the insults coming from Lee, and lashed out at a press conference in Beverly Hills last week.

When asked about some of Madea’s traits being perceived as negative, Perry responded, “Spike Lee can go straight to hell and all y’all can print that,”.

“I’m sick and tired of him talking about me … saying this [Madea] is a coon and a buffoon. Talking about Black people going to see movies … he says, ‘You vote by what you see,’ as if Black people don’t know what they want to see. I’m sick of him. He talks about Whoopi [Goldberg], Oprah, me, Clint Eastwood. He needs to shut the hell up.

“Let me make it perfectly clear to everyone, especially Black people: You never see Jewish people attack ‘Seinfeld’ and say this is a stereotype … you never see Italian people attack ‘The Sopranos.’ There was no complaining about ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ or Dustin Hoffman in ‘Tootsie.’

“You never saw it … it’s always Black people and it’s something I can’t undo. I’m sick of it … it comes from us. We don’t have to worry about everyone else trying to destroy us and take shots, because we do it to ourselves.”

I can’t front – the BI fam are harsh critics of the product Perry puts out – though we admire his entrepreneurship and self-directedness, many of his characters are caricatures of Black stereotypes. However, when we critique him, is that a sign of “crab in a barrel” syndrome? Should we just let the brother continue to do him and not express how it makes us feel? Should all of us, Spike Lee included, shut the hell up? Or is Perry in denial about the lasting effect his films will have on our community?

What do you think?

LA EVENTS: Spike Lee & Nikki Giovanni at Eso Won!

LA Babies, start 2011 off right by visiting Eso Won Books and meet Nikki Giovanni as she discusses, Hip Hop Speaks to Children and The 100 Best African American Poems this Friday, January 7th from 7 – 9 pm. Return on Saturday, January 8th to meet Spike Lee as he celebrates the 20th anniversary of Do The Right Thing at Eso Won from 7 – 9 pm. Get your copies signed and besure to get there early, as space is limited! Eso Won Books is located in Leimert Park at 4331 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008.

See you there!