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Reassessing Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing


Brash, vibrant, provocative and insightful – there are many reasons to revisit Spike Lee’s 1989 street ballet, Do the Right Thing.  But perhaps the most important -at least for now- is the way in which that film speaks to much deeper issues in modern American society.  After a tumultuous period in which events from Florida to Ferguson have placed institutionalised racism back onto the public radar, the subtext of Lee’s film stands renewed.  At times the film is dated by its contemporary fashion; but little else about Do the Right Thing feels out of place in 2016.  Twenty five years after its original release it feels as relevant and insightful as it ever has.


‘Black Films Matter: Reassessing Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing in Post-Ferguson America’ is my critical reappraisal of the film and its renewed place in our popular culture.  It is an open access (read it for free) article published in U.S. Studies Online.  You can read the article now by CLICKING HERE.  It is also my first evolving digital piece.  It now includes a digital appendix which includes a photo essay, music, and additional resources – it is, to my knowledge, the first history article to include an audio commentary.


Read ‘Black Films Matter: Reassessing Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing in Post-Ferguson America’ in U.S. Studies Online – Click Here

View the ‘Black Films Matter’ Digital Appendix Below:

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