1. Saturday, June 28, 2014

    do the right thing looks just as great today as 25 years ago 

    do the right thing

    just as vibrant, just as shocking, even funnier, and if anything: more def defying.

    spike not only wrote a great story, but somehow the barbs and disses just

    slide out of the actors mouths

    so naturally.

    the audience, a tenth of which admitted they had never seen the film before, howled during the comedy and applauded throughout the special screening.

    when i was young this movie meant everything. back then in the back page of Jet they would show all the names of all the people who were on tv or in the movies that week. it was a small magazine and that page rarely filled up.

    and here was spike with a major movie? about race? dropping the same summer day as Batman with Jack Nicholson?

    tony pierce and chuck d at the do the right thing 25th anniversary screeningdefiant.

    today i learned spike has public enemy’s “fight the power” in the film eight times. who does that?

    it was filmed on one city block in bed-stuy on a $6.5 million budget.

    tonight we screened it at LACMA and i stood in the back of the red carpet reception was and Spike walked in and just stared at me as i got closer.

    photogs snapped away and he just stood there and stared. finally he says The Cubs? Oh Man. Da Cubs?

    i shrugged and smiled.

    one reason i wore the cap was because he always represents his teams no matter how old he gets, so i should too.

    then he smiled and said Nine Teen Oh EIGHT!

    click click click

    amazed, i retreated back to the back of the room. i was there to take a few pics and tweet a few times.

    so there i was in the back, chatting with the social media woman from LACMA when i see Chuck D walk into the room. he talked with a few people and then turns around and i say, hi Chuck. and instead of just waving and cruising over to the red carpet, he comes over shakes my hand and starts talking with me.

    i say hey im here with the academy, can i take a picture of you for our instagram?

    and he says only if it’s us together.

    elvis was a hero to most, but they never met chuck d.

    everyone adjourns to the packed Bing Theater and jon singleton (boyz in the hood, poetic justic, 2 fast 2 furious) moderates the panel of the casting director, the studio head, spike, roger guenveur smith (smiley), the younger brother at the pizza shop, and chuck. its only supposed to go a half hour, it nearly goes an hour.

    its insightful, fascinating, funny, and real. the crowd is laughing, everything was perfect.

    then the movie is about to start and spike says first he wants to show us something special, and its a video from the white house from the president and the first lady congratulating spike on the anniversary of the film. and they say their first date involved seeing the film. and then the president thanks him for being part of what helped him woo michelle.

    the film was non stop great lines, foreshadowing, and build up.

    but the whole time i was nervous that the last tweet i had out there might have had a typo or something. i was paranoid. but i was right in the middle of row in the middle of the house, of all people I cant be diddling around on my phone.

    so i said a little prayer like yo can you guys please make sure that tweet was ok, my hands are tied right now.

    and i tried to enjoy the movie and not worry, and i pretty much succeeded.

    i watched to see if you could tell it was all filmed in one block but ernest dickerson is a genius too. damn.

    on the way home bought a jack in the box munchie meal: breaded chicken nuggets with melted cheese drizzled over them, curly and regular fries, two tacos and a coke for $6.

    and couldnt believe chuck d (who was wearing an all black detriot cap) was so nice to me