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Fight the Power! The Spike Lee Reader

Foreword by Spike Lee

Janice D. Hamlet and Robin R. Means Coleman

Shelton Jackson «Spike» Lee is one of the most culturally influential and provocative film directors of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Bringing together seminal writings – from classic scholarship to new research – this book focuses on this revolutionary film auteur and cultural provocateur to explore contemporary questions around issues of race, politics, sexuality, gender roles, filmmaking, commercialism, celebrity, and the role of media in public discourse.
Situating Lee as an important contributor to a variety of American discourses, the book highlights his commitment to exploring issues of relevance to the Black community. His work demands that his audiences take inventory of his and their understandings of the complexities of race relations, the often deleterious influence of media messages, the long term legacy of racism, the liberating effects of sexual freedom, the controversies that arise from colorism, the separatist nature of classism, and the cultural contributions and triumphs of historical figures.
This book seeks to stimulate continued debate by examining the complexities in Lee’s various sociopolitical claims and their ideological impacts.
Contents: Spike Lee: Foreword – Audrey Thomas McCluskey: Preface – Robin R. Means Coleman/Janice D. Hamlet: Introduction – Ronald Jemal Stephens: The Aesthetics of Nommo in the Films of Spike Lee – William A. Harris: Cultural Engineering and the Films of Spike Lee – R. Colin Tait: Politics, Class and Allegory in Spike Lee’s Inside Man – Rachael Ziady DeLue: Envisioning Race in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled – Tracey Owens Patton/Deborah McGriff: Ya Been Took, Ya Been Hoodwinked, Ya Been Bamboozled: Mau Maus, Diaspora, and the Mediated Misrepresentation of Blacks – Norman K. Denzin: Spike’s Place – Kerr Houston: Athletic Iconography in Spike Lee’s Early Feature Films – Mikal J. Gaines: Spike’s Blues: Re-imagining Blues Ideology for the Cinema – Paula Massood: Which Way to the Promised Land? Spike Lee’s Clockers and the Legacy of the African American City – Kara Keeling: Passing for Human: Bamboozled and Digital Humanism – Phil Chidester/Jamel Santa Cruze Bell: «Say the Right Thing»: Spike Lee, Bamboozled, and the Future of Satire in a Postmodern World – Ellen C. Scott: Sounding Black: Cultural Identification, Sound, and the Films of Spike Lee – Jasmine Nichole Cobb/John L. Jackson: They Hate Me: Spike Lee, Documentary Filmmaking, and Hollywood’s «Savage Slot» – Mark Lawrence McPhail: Race and Sex in Black and White: Essence and Ideology in the Spike Lee Discourse – Sharon Elise/Adewole Umoja: Spike Lee Constructs the New Black Man: Mo’ Better – Heather E. Harris/Kimberly R. Moffitt: A Critical Exploration of African American Women Through the «Spiked Lens» – Maurice E. Stevens: Subject to Countermemory: Disavowal and Black Manhood in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X – Andrew deWaard: Joints and Jams: Spike Lee as Sellebrity Auteur – Mark P. Orbe/A. Elizabeth Lyons: Father, Husband, and Social/Cultural Critic: An Afrosemiotic Analysis of Children’s Books by Spike and Tonya Lewis Lee – Yanick Rice Lamb: Spike Lee as Entrepreneur: Leveraging 40 Acres and a Mule – Filmography: Spike Lee: Cultural Provocateur.