It has now been 25 years since Spike Lee has released his seminal movie, "Do the Right Thing". In honor of this groundbreaking film as social insight and art, Spike is throwing a free block party on Stuyvesant Avenue between Quincy and Lexington Streets from noon-6pm to on Saturday, June 28th from noon-6pm.
A party ain't a party until music is there, and spinning the tunes will be Mick, formerly Mick Boogie (and check out his latest Summertime mix tape with Jazzy Jeff here), DJ Spinna, DJ Scratch and a host of other DJ's getting the crowd loose. Spike will also be there signing autographs and of course there will be surprise guests. To get to the event take the J train to Myrtle Avenue, or take the A,C train to Utica Ave and walk about 15 minutes.
Spike filmed vast parts of the movie on these blocks and it has changed quite a bit due to gentrification since the movie was released in 1989. Many of the nearby actors and actresses were also lived in nearby Ft. Greene or Clinton Hill while the movie was being filmed which help bring an even more authentic feel to it.
On a personal note this movie was one of the best movies any American director has done in the last 25 years, and don't take it from me most film critics rate this one near the top of their lists and many film school graduates the movie is a must watch. "Do the Right Thing" is about Bed Stuy and its citizens and the underlying tensions that are theiir that lead to a race riot. It shows how quickly things can come unraveled, on some levels it even presciently points out what will happen in the Rodney King riots in 1992. The setting was Bed Stuy but to be honest it could have been and still could be a lot of neighborhoods throughout the United States. Spike was recently quoted as saying that he has never thought about making a sequel because the root causes and problems are still there today so it is still contemporary.
Spike has always been a lightning rod for social angst and controversy and many people are still up in arms on his recent rant at a local college on the gentrification going on in Brooklyn, but though I may not agree with every statement he made in tone I agree with the need to respect the traditions and cultures of people who are there that many people who are moving in seem to sneer at and look down upon.
Well that's enough of a history lesson you have the information and party time, enjoy yourself and remember, "89 is the number, another summer, sound of the funky drummer....Fight the Power"