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  • Writer's pictureCarrie Specht

Spike Lee's Latest Film Uses Music By the Late, Great Artist Known as Prince

Spike Lee has directed a NEW music video for his latest film, BLACKkKLANSMAN using the previously unreleased Prince song "Mary Don't You Weep". It's a terrific choice used to dramatic effect for a feature the recently deceased musician would have undoubtedly been a part had he still been with us. The end product is a beautiful tribute to the memory of the artist known as Prince

A little about the film: One of Hollywood's most visionary filmmakers delivers an incredible story of an American hero. The true events took place in the early 1970s when Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington in the movie) became the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. In order to make a name for himself Stallworth sets out on a dangerous mission to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.

How does he plan to do this? This is a challenge until the inexperienced detective recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (played by Adam Driver of Star Wars fame), to act as the in-person representation of himself. So, basically, the KKK doesn't know that the voice on the phone they've been talking to belongs to a black man. Together, the two detectives work to take down the extremist hate group.

Their timing couldn't be better as the white supremacist organization goes on a campaign to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream America. African-American, Ron Stallworth's white surrogate successfully infiltrates the local Ku Klux Klan and manages to eventually becomes head of the local branch. Until I see it for myself, I can only imagine the situations that are bound to evoke revetting dramatic moments, as well as uncomfortable reactions (funny and sad) from the audience.

The film is produced by the same team behind the Academy-Award® winning Get Out.

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