Spike Lee's Mastery Journey

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Spike Lee, born Shelton Jackson Lee, is an African American producer, director, writer and actor (biography.com, 2015). He has produced projects that focus on racial tension, political issues, crime in urban societies and violence. This paper will not only focus and showcase Lee’s mastery, but it will also show how his journey correlates to certain sections of the course’s text in regards to his creative task, creative mind and his breakthrough. How Lee had to overcome emotional pitfalls and how it helped make him the master that he is today. This paper will also touch on how Spike Lee and Martha Graham relate in their Mastery journey. This paper will focus on the journey and on the mastery that is Spike Lee. Spike Less was born on March …show more content…
Almost all of Spike Lee’s movies connect with an African American audience; dealing with problems that often only African Americans face and deal with. Being an African American himself, Spike Lee could relate often to what he was writing about. For example, School Daze was a movie that focused on college life. When writing the script, Lee drew on his days at Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University. The film focused on the fraternity and sorority life but also the racial separation and tension within the Black community. Lee also talked about the violence and crime that was engulfed in the Black community, particularly because he lived in one of the most violent Black communities in Brooklynn, New …show more content…
215). One in particular that was discussed was Martha Graham, who at a young age showed an interest in her mastery of dancing. Her life story explained the Open Field strategy, where the master creates their own path; starting their own lane of creativity and creating a whole new audience. Spike Lee, in the 80’s and 90’s who made films that focused on the racial tensions that was going on in America. It then lead to more screenwriters, producers, and comedians to start showcasing the political problems that African American people were facing in America. Spike Lee was also one of the first to show what black students experienced when pledging fraternities and sororities at a HBCU. Just like Martha Graham, Spike Lee didn’t create ‘politically correct’ films. He created his own path and what he could relate to. By creating work that he personally could relate to, it drew in an audience that could relate to him, a more politically, racially conscious

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