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Spike Lee Wows NABJ Crowd with Exclusive Screening of 'BlacKkKlansman'

Sunday, August 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Spike Lee Wows NABJ Crowd with Exclusive Screening of 'BlacKkKlansman'


Director joins star John David Washington for direct conversation about the film

DETROIT (Aug. 5, 2018) --  The National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair is always a hot ticket, especially with the Arts & Entertainment Task Force's Film Festival. This year, the festival featured a private screening of Spike Lee's latest film, "BlacKkKlansman."

The crowd cheered, gasped and laughed throughout the Saturday screening. The movie is based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American officer in the Colorado Springs Police Department. The rookie is set on making a footprint on the force and begins an investigation to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Starring John David Washington, the two-hour movie officially premieres August 10.

After the screening, Lee greeted the crowd alongside Washington to discuss the process of making the film. "The film is about what's happening in the world today," Lee said. "We tried to make this film contemporary and true to today."

Washington was pleased with the crowd response to the film. "I was sitting backstage there listening to your reactions," he said. The son of famed actor Denzel Washington, the 34-year-old expressed his excitement about working with Lee. "It was overwhelming when I got the call," he said. "I'm a fan."

Washington said he took a lot away from the film but the language was most important. He described it as a "lexicon of hate" that is still used today.

The pair took questions from the crowd and urged them to head to the theaters when the movie is released. "We have to show up opening weekend," Lee said.


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