Spike Lee, still doing the right thing

Film director, actor and entrepreneur Spike Lee continues to “do the right thing” by entertaining his fans, even if it’s behind the scenes.

Film director, actor and entrepreneur Spike Lee continues to “do the right thing” by entertaining his fans, even if it’s behind the scenes.

“Just because you do not see me in front of the cameras does not mean I’m not around,” Lee, 52, told the Defender. “I have been spending a lot of time working with my advertising agency, Spike/DDB. But I am still very much into making movies.”

His advertising agency is a partnership with New York-based DDB Needham Worldwide, Inc. Lee still produces movies through his 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks studio that produced his current film, “Miracle at St. Anna.”

Lee also produced a symposium held Jan. 19 on Howard University’s campus in Washington, D.C. The event was co-sponsored with Pespi, one of his clients, and addressed, among other things, how the economy is affecting African-Americans.

“The economy is killing our people, and something needs to happen to stop the bleeding. I am so glad Barack Obama is our new president, and I have complete faith in him to improve the economy,” Lee said. “President George W. Bush was a disaster.”

Lee was among the millions of people who attended the inauguration Jan. 20 in the nation’s capital, to witness Obama’s swearing in.

“To see him put his hand on the same Bible Abraham Lincoln did is a once in a lifetime chance,” he said. “We are into a new time with Obama in office. He is a visionary just like Dr. King.”

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