FILE: Spike Lee to be first black head of Cannes film festival jury | AFP

American director Spike Lee has been named president of this year’s Cannes film festival jury, becoming the first black head of the panel. The maker of “Malcolm X” and “Do the Right Thing” is the first person of black African descent to preside at the world’s biggest film festival, which is held in May on the French Riviera.

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ShowBiz Minute: Hadid, Royals, Lee

Gigi Hadid potential juror in Weinstein trial; Queen agrees to let Harry, Meghan move part time to Canada; US director Spike Lee to lead Cannes Film Festival jury. (Jan. 14)

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Videographic on the Cannes film festival. American director Spike Lee was named president of this year’s Cannes film festival jury on Tuesday, becoming the first black head of the panel. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Short videographic locating the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. American director Spike Lee was named president of this year’s Cannes film festival jury on Tuesday, becoming the first black head of the panel.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Terence Blanchard, the jazz trumpeter making opera history | AFP

A top-tier jazz trumpeter and Spike Lee’s go-to film score master for three decades, Terence Blanchard is now set to make history as the first black composer to stage a production at New York’s esteemed Metropolitan Opera. AFP spoke to the musician about being the first black composer to be staged at the Metropolitan Opera, hours ahead of a tribute to his career at the 2019 Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Competition & Gala.

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Filmmaker Nate Parker apologizes for ‘tone deaf’ response to rape allegation

“American Skin” director Nate Parker apologizes for the hurt he caused by his reaction three years ago to a rape allegation. With Spike Lee’s support, he’s attending the Venice Film Festival with a new film about police brutality.

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Spike Lee calls for Hollywood to ‘shut it down’ in Georgia

Director Spike Lee is calling for Hollywood production companies to leave Georgia over a law that would ban abortions as early as six weeks, upon detection of a fetal heartbeat. (jUNE 7_

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Denzel on fame: ‘It still is fun, but it’s not as fresh’

As he picked up an AFI Life Achievement Award, actor Denzel Washington looked back on his early career and praised “old friend” Spike Lee. (June 7)

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Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, Spike Lee grace Vanity Fair party

Stars including Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, and Spike Lee keep the party going at the Vanity Fair party in Los Angeles, after the 91st Academy Awards. (Feb. 25)

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Spike Lee: ‘I’m not going to trash’ ‘Green Book’

Speaking at the Vanity Fair party, filmmaker Spike Lee refuses to criticize the Oscars’ best picture winner, “Green Book,” despite saying “the ref made the wrong call” backstage. (Feb. 25)

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‘Green Book’ writers: ‘We have all respect in the world’ for Spike Lee

Brian Hayes Currie and Nick Vallelonga, co-writers and producers of best picture Oscar winner “Green Book,” discuss the controversy surrounding the movie, as well as rumors that Spike Lee attempted to leave the ceremony when it was announced as winner. (Feb. 25)

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Malek celebrates best actor win at Governors Ball

Rami Malek celebrated his best actor win at the Governors Ball by soaking fellow attendees with champagne, alongside other Oscar winners including Lady Gaga, Spike Lee and Alfonso Cuaron. (Feb. 25)

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Spike Lee on ‘Green Book’: ‘Ref made a bad call’

Backstage at the Academy Awards, “BlacKkKlansman” director Spike Lee jabbed ‘Green Book’ as the best picture winner. (Feb. 25)

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Spike Lee and his wife on the Oscars’ red carpet

Veteran director Spike Lee poses for photographers on the Oscars’ red carpet ahead of the 91st Academy Awards. His movie ‘BlacKkKlansman’, a blistering drama based on a real-life tale of a black cop in Colorado who decides to try to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan with the help of his white partner, is nominated in several categories, including best picture.

Trailblazing ‘Black Panther’ costume designer aims to inspire

Ruth E. Carter is looking to inspire young artists with her work as a trailblazing costume designer. The longtime Spike Lee collaborator says she hopes her upcoming career achievement award and Oscar nomination for her Afro-futuristic wardrobes in “Black Panther” can “knock down” more doors so others like herself can walk through them. (Feb. 14)

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Spike Lee thankful for honorary Oscar

(5 Feb 2019) At Oscars Nominees Luncheon, Spike Lee praises writer April Reign and former Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs for the show’s diversity push. (Feb. 5)

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Lee on Northam: ‘You can’t make this stuff up’

(5 Feb 2019) At Oscar Nominees Luncheon, Spike Lee offers his take on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam: “WTF!” (Feb. 5)

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Gaga, Malek, Cooper star in Oscar class photo

(5 Feb 2019) Best actress candidates Glenn Close and Lady Gaga, director Spike Lee, actors Mahershala Ali and Rami Malek pose for group photo at Oscar Nominees Luncheon. (Feb. 5)

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Adam Driver calls Oscar nomination ‘surreal’

(28 Jan 2019) Adam Driver says that being nominated for an Academy Award for “BlacKkKlansman’ in the company of director Spike Lee and his collaborators is “surreal.” (Jan. 28)

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Melissa McCarthy celebrates awards season

(4 Jan 2019) At the Palm Springs International Film Festival gala, stars including Melissa McCarthy, Glenn Close and Spike Lee say they love the hustle and bustle of awards season. (Jan. 4)

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AP Breakthrough Entertainers 2018: John David Washington

(11 Dec 2018) Actor John David Washington created his own lane in 2018 with Oscar buzz for his role in Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.” (Dec. 11)

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Gaga on California shooting: ‘We have to do better’

(9 Nov 2018) Speaking at the Patron of the Artists awards, Lady Gaga says ‘we have to do better’ in the aftermath of the shooting at Thousand Oaks; Spike Lee and Harrison Ford want to see a change in tone from the White House. (Nov. 11)

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How The Real-Life Detective From ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Infiltrated The KKK

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Spike Lee’s new movie “BlacKkKlansman” chronicles the true story of an African American police detective named Ron Stallworth who launched an investigation into the KKK in Colorado by making members think he was a white man during phone conversations. We spoke to the real Ron Stallworth.

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Infiltrating the ‘BlacKkKlansman’ story

(31 Jul 2018) Spike Lee’s latest movie “BlacKkKlansman” is based on a book by Ron Stallworth, an African-American detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. At the film’s New York premiere, stars John David Washington (who plays Stallworth) and Topher Grace (who takes on the role of former KKK leader David Duke) talked about channeling their real-life counterparts onscreen. (July 31)

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