Spike Lee

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Shelton Jackson Lee or, better known as Spike Lee, was born on 20 March 20 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia. Lee is not only an American film director but, also a producer, writer, and actor.

When Lee was just a child, his family moved from Atlanta to Brooklyn, New York. As Lee got older, he attended Morehouse College where he gained a BA in Mass Communication. He also took a few film courses at Clark Atlanta University.

While attending Morehouse College, Lee created his first film called Last Hustle in Brooklyn (1997). Lee earned a Master of Fine Arts in Film & Television and did some graduate work at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Throughout Lee's career, most of his films deal with the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues.

Lee's first feature film was She's Gotta Have It (1986). It only took two weeks to shoot. The film cost $175,000 to make and grossed more than $7 million at the box office. Lee won Academy Awards for Do the Right Thing (1989) and 4 Little Girls (1997).

Lee has contributed to commercials with clothing brands including Nike and Levi's. "Through his production company 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Lee continues to create and direct both independent films and projects for major studios, as well as working on story development, creating an internship program for aspiring filmmakers, releasing music, and community outreach and support " ("Spike Lee").

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    "Spike Lee." IMDb. IMDb.com, 21 Aug. 2013. Web. 25 Nov. 2014.