Dave Chappelle in Chi-Raq

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Ever since we watched Hollywood Shuffle and Bamboozled, Dave Chappelle and his decision to leave his highly successful show in the mid-2000s has been very interesting to me. He decided to leave the show as he felt that the jokes he was making were actually reinforcing and perpetuating the racist thought that he was hoping to make fun of and eradicate. After leaving his show, and the millions of dollar Continue reading “Dave Chappelle in Chi-Raq”

Midterm: When Collectibles Come to Life

In “Bamboozled,” Spike Lee uses multiple angles to display the swiftness with which Pierre’s collection of Black Americana collectibles proliferates. As a result, Lee’s audience comprehends the power of the past and understands that racial equality does not yet exist. In this post I will focus on one scene in particular: the scene in which Pierre speaks to his mother on the phone (1:42:30).

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Representation of Women in Spike Lee Films

I think do the right thing is a great film however after watching and analyzing this film a question that arose in my head was what do the women in this film represent. In the film do the right thing, I think all of the women represented in the film are allegorical, stereotypical and troupes of sorts. My question is why? What is spike trying to say about black women in the film and outside of the film. The first women character I analyzed in this film and primarily helped me come to the conclusion that spike lee is lacking in his writing of women character is Mother Sister from the movie do the right thing, she stereotypically represents and perpetuates the narrative of black women’s domesticity, care taking, subservience and suffering. One thing I over looked that is a telling detail in support of my critique of women’s representation in Lee films is her name! Mother Sister, the name fulfills exactly what it is supposed to,it is a title that tells of the role that she plays within her community as a black woman. In an ending scene mother sister can be seen taking care of Mayor a neighborhood man who is laying in bed with a look of distress on his face after one of the neighborhoods most beloved youth is killed. Immediately preceding that scene in the film we are immersed in a scene where the mother of spike Lee’s child in the film is angry after an argument they just had about his absence from his sons life. During the argument she does most of the screaming/talking (rightfully so) but how does this portray her to the audience as an angry black woman and a single mother again another stereotypical role for a black woman in his film.

What Time It Is

 

There has been one common occurrence throughout the three Spike Lee Joints that we have watched thus far this semester. In BamboozledDo The Right Thing and School Daze, the opening shot of the action (excluding the opening credits) all feature images of a clock. In Bamboozled, the opening shot is within Delacroix’s apartment, which must be within a clock tower, because one of his walls features a giant glass clock face. In Do The Right Thing, Lee transitions from Rosa Perez’s impassioned “Fight The Power” opening to a extreme close-up of an alarm clock that is held by DJ Daddy Love as he announces, “Wake Up!” Lastly, in School Daze, after letting the audience know that it is Friday at Mission College, Lee fades into a shot of a clock tower before panning to Dap’s divestment protest at the clock tower’s base.

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The Black Body’s Resistance

Fred Moten, black philosopher and poet, speaks to the narrative of the black body in terms of objects and subjects. His book In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition highlights that “blackness” is an extension of a movement, a “testament” of “the fact that objects can and do resist.” Continue reading “The Black Body’s Resistance”

Animation and Power

In Bamboozled, animation is a tool that investigates who has ownership over media and art that people consume and where power rests. Animation allows the director to construct a reality that he or she has full influence over. Whether it is the color composition, mise en scène, and movement everything is strategically placed, relegating the control to the creator. The scene at 1:56:20, the Mau Maus create the graphic image on their site with every element on the screen being of salience. Continue reading “Animation and Power”