For Thursday April 16: we spend the entire class on an in-class screening of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, which won the class poll last week. DTRT is now a classic film, but was extremely controversial at the time, commenting on race relations, gentrification, and much more.
Announcement: I gave out the assignment sheet for the second formal paper, due 4/26 in the last class. Download the PDF file from the Assignments Page if you missed class or lost it.
For this week’s class, we’ll focus on the aspects of race relations, police brutality, gentrification, and urban space as seen in the film.
Read this excerpt from from Murray Forman’s The ‘Hood Comes First: Race, Space, and Place in Rap and Hip Hop on reading urban space in DTRT. PDF: Forman_Hood_DTRT001
Also Read this article from New York magazine on the intersection of race and Brooklyn gentrification.
Finally, watch this short summary of Spike Lee’s “rant” about gentrification that caused a lot of controversy and discussion in 2014.
: Watch the “Making of” documentary by Spike Lee and legendary, now deceased filmmaker St. Clair Bourne, via YouTube.