For Thursday April 7: we’ll spend the entire class on an in-class screening of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, which won the class poll this week despite a late flurry of votes for The Warriors. DTRT is now a classic film, but was extremely controversial at the time, commenting on race relations, gentrification, and much more. There’ll be a writing assignment on the film after we’re done, so it will help to be there even though it’s widely available online.
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 the 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 on the Readings page.)
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.
Optional Bonus: Watch the “Making of” documentary by Spike Lee and legendary, now deceased filmmaker St. Clair Bourne, via YouTube.
No student presentation this week, but we return to the regular schedule next week with Angie Cruz’s Soledad.