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Do the Right Thing is one of the greatest black films and one of the greatest films of all time, period. With Spike Lee’s recent “rant” backed by facts about gentrification in New York City — prompting vandalization, it has us thinking about well, doing the right thing — a movie set on a scorching hot summer day in Brooklyn where the heat isn’t the only thing boiling, but racial tension.
Not only that, this year is the film’s 25th anniversary and let’s celebrate the film, which has been entered into the US Library of Congress — calling the film culturally significant. Also, it’s preserved in the National Film Registry.
Some of the cast recently reunited for Entertainment Weekly, but where are they now? The film definitely had an ensemble cast, so click through and find out what these stars are up to these days.
A few weeks ago, we told you about the “beef” between Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez. Turns out we may have gotten the story a bit twisted. While it’s true that Perez and Lopez did get into it two decades ago, Rosie told Piers Morgan that today, there’s no bad blood between she and J Lo.
“I don’t hate Jennifer Lopez. I have great respect for her. When I first saw her, I knew she was going to be a star. Yes, we had a tiff and it was 20 years ago. It’s unfortunate that the tabloids try to portray it as something that is current. I’ve moved on, and I’m sure she has also. We’re grown women. And it’s really disgusting to me that the media tried to pit two Latinas against each other. It’s just so difficult, and so hard, to make it in this industry, especially if you’re a person of color. And for them to do that was really shameful.”
Ok Rosie we hear you. Old stuff. So by now I’m sure you’re wondering why did she even bring her up then? It was all a part of the greater message, of her learning to deal with her anger issues.
“I don’t only talk about her. I talk about how I was rude to Jamie Foxx, how I was rude to Spike Lee, how I was rude to Don Cornelius. I hit the poor man in the head–in his forehead– with a chicken wing. And it was all because I didn’t know how to articulate my anger.”
By the time she was 8 years old, Rosie was sent to live at a group home and came into contact with some characters. She learned to develop a tough exterior to cope with her new surroundings and the people there. Unfortunately, took that attitude with her even after she’d left that environment.
“One of the counselors in the group home, this wonderful man, his name is Nigel Johnson. One day he told me when I was leaving the group home, he said, ‘Life dealt you a shitty hand.’” I went ‘Gee thanks for the encouragement. And good life to you too’ Then he says, ‘But you can always ask for new cards.’ And I said, ‘How?’ And he said, ‘You’re going to figure it out when you get tired of holding that hand.”
Valuable lesson for Rosie and for us. It is a shame that the media focused on an old argument rather than the healing Rosie had to find in her own life. Though we received this information about this alleged feud from another source, and didn’t have access to the book ourselves, we share in some of the responsibility in reporting that the tension between the two was still present.
The other lesson here is that mainstream media really doesn’t care about a Latina woman disrespecting a black man. The story about Rosie Perez “beefing” with Jennifer Lopez, who is heavily recognizable in mainstream media, is far more juicy.
Now that you understand what Rosie is really trying to articulate in her book and her various interactions with other celebrities, are you more likely to pick it up? Why do you think the media was so quick to paint this story as though it was a current issue?
You can watch this clip from her Piers Morgan interview in the video below.
Though we always think of Rosie Perez as the bubbly woman with the funny voice, it seems that she’s had a problem with Jennifer Lopez for some time now. 20 years to be exact.
In her new memoir, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life, Rosie explains why the two fell out during the “In Living Color” days.
We know that these two Puerto Rican entertainers met when Rosie was a choreographer and J Lo was auditioning to be a “Fly Girl” dancer.
According to the NY Post, Perez says she immediately noticed Jennifer, describing her as the beautiful girl with the “big a**.” And while Perez saw her potential, Keenan Ivory Wayans, the show’s creator wasn’t a believer. Instead, he called her “chubby and corny” and refused to hire her.
Perez came to Lopez’s defense eventually convincing Wayans that she would be good for the show. She suggested that J Lo cut her hair and lose 20 pounds.
But Perez would so regret going so hard for her. Shortly after she was hired, her divatude emerged.
Perez writes, “All of the girls were coming into my office complaining how she was manipulating wardrobe, makeup, and me, all to her advantage.”
At the time Jennifer shrugged off the complaints, calling the other women jealous. But, according to Perez, it wasn’t long before she saw J Lo’s true colors for herself. Soon, Perez says, Lopez was going off on her like “some ghetto biatch, screaming and pounding her chest.”
“You pick on me, me and only me, every f–king day! Every f–king day! I work my a** off, deliver and you keep pushing me aside, treating me like sh-t! I know I’m good! I’m better than any of these girls, and you know it!,” J. Lo reportedly said.
Lopez left the show after two seasons but didn’t leave the drama behind her. Perez says after she made it big in Hollywood, Jennifer made disparaging comments about her.
Perez was shocked.
“I was blindsided. I’d thought we were cool. I called her up. She wouldn’t pick up. Frustrated, I left her an irate message on her answering machine. Instead of calling me back and hashing it out like friends do, she went on a major talk show and reiterated my lashing.”
Months later the two ran into each other in the club.
“Jennifer came over to me, smiling, saying hello as if nothing had happened. I should’ve let it go, played it off, too. Instead, I killed her with my biting tongue,” Perez writes.
No word on what she actually said to her.
According to the National Enquirer, (Which is suspect to say the least.), the bad blood extends beyond what happened 20 years ago. Both Lopez and Perez have been fighting for the rights to bring the story of Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina elected to the Supreme Court, to the big screen.
Perez agrees that this feud is not helpful for either one of them.
“We ladies of color all know how hard it is for us in the entertainment business. This kind of sh*t hurts us all and those that follow in our footsteps.”
Whoa. We had no idea! Did you know Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez had beef? Do you believe Rosie’s claims?
You can get the rest of the juicy details in Perez’s Handbook for an Unpredictable Life that will hit shelves on February 25.
You’re taught in geometry that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. However, in life, we can learn that the straight line approach might be desired, but isn’t the only path to where you want to be. For the following celebs, on their way to becoming the famous people that they are–or were, they also explored different avenues, such as dance.
Here’s a list of celebrities that used to bust-a-move:
Do we need to say more than the cast of “Do The Right Thing” reunites to get you excited?
The classic Spike Lee movie usually tops the list of film favs when it comes to projects from the famed director which is why we were so happy to come across this pic of the stars of the film on Facebook this afternoon.
As it turns out, Spike, Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, and Bill Nunn got together for a photo shoot with Entertainment Weekly. The magazine is working on their reunion issue for October and Mookie, Radio Raheem, Bugging Out, and Mister Señor Love Daddy will be in on the action. In other pics we see EW also got a hold of Rosie Perez, aka Mookie’s girlfriend Tina, and Ruby Dee (Mother Sister). Can you believe it’s been 24 years since this flick was released in 1989?!
So far details on what this reunion issue will entail are slim but we will definitely be checking for the story as it unfolds. For now, though, check out more pics from Spike Lee’s Instagram as the cast of “Do The Right Thing” reunites.
Are you excited??
Actress Rosie Perez is fired up and recently kicked off a rally against Time Warner Cable, Inc., accusing the company of discriminatory programming practices. The rally was organized by minority and arts communities.
The protesters claim that Time Warner Cable, Inc.’s is unwilling to offer customers diversified programming “as evidenced by their decision to drop the Ovation channel,” according to a press release.
The Ovation Channel was a cable network dedicated to arts and artistic expression. The dropping of Ovation has caused outrage among various organizations including Citizens’ for Access to the Arts, a nonprofit coalition of organizations and individuals, and the Urban Arts, of which Rosie Perez is Artistic Board Chair.
The arts organizations point to a new survey as evidence that minority community desire to enjoy the arts. The survey found that over two-thirds of respondents (67 percent) and nearly three-quarters of Hispanics (74 percent) said that it’s important to have the arts available to them in their communities. The survey polled Hispanic and African-American Time Warner Cable subscribers in both New York and Los Angeles. Ovation, the protesters argue, was the only access to the arts many minority communities had.
“I am deeply saddened by Time Warner Cable’s refusal to provide minority communities with quality programming,” stated Bertha Lewis, president and founder of The Black Institute in a press statement. “It is disturbing to witness the yearly destruction of creative expression on the part of cable networks. Our young generations rely on the subsistence of art to not only better themselves, but to better the future of our communities. It is unfathomable to think that Time Warner Cable would willingly substitute this necessity to satisfy demands for mindless reality television.”
Time Warner Cable responded to Madame Noire via email will the following statement:
“We agree the arts are important, and we are committed to providing our customers with a diverse lineup of programming they want to watch. As for Ovation, the majority of their programming is old movies, reruns and infomercials, not arts. Our customers seem to agree that Ovation’s programming can easily be replaced with similar or identical programming on other networks such as PBS and others, as we have had very little customer response to the removal of Ovation from our channel lineup. We don’t agree with any of the claims made from this supposed study; through the video and Internet services we provide to our customers, we allow them to gain much greater access to the arts, regardless of their race, income or geography.”
Time Warner Cable customers: Do you miss Ovation?
We tweeted yesterday about Urbanworld Digital, but, even bigger, the 16th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival kicked off last night with the opening film Being Mary Jane. Starring Gabrielle Union (number 22 on The Root 100) and written by Mara Brock Akil (number 51, who also wrote Sparkle, Girlfriends and The Game), the BET Networks movie is about a single TV news anchor (Union) making a way in her personal and professional life.
Before the movie, however, there was the red carpet (we snapped a quick pic of Gabrielle Union for the cell phone, along with the dozens of photogs and reporters who showed up for opening night). In addition to Union, Akil, BET CEO Debra Lee, Tika Sumpter, and other stars and notable names turned out for the event.
Though Urbanworld has been around for more than a decade, it’s still hard work to finance and organize the event.
“It’s definitely a comprehensive labor of love,” said Gabrielle Glore, the festival’s executive producer and head of programming, who spoke with us over the phone just before opening night. “No one is getting rich off these festivals. Not even the big ones.”
Among the big ones are, of course, Sundance, the Toronto Film Festival, which got a lot of attention this year because Kristen Stewart made her first pre-scandal debut, and Cannes. For all of these festivals, publicity — for the films, for the event itself — is important. Last night’s media turnout no doubt drums up a good deal of attention for the festival.
But more than that, sponsors are important to Urbanworld. “It’s all about sponsors,” said Galore. HBO is Urbanworld’s founding sponsor; BET is its presenting sponsor. “It lets people know that there’s some credibility. The sponsor piece is critical.”
According to Glore, it’s the marketplace that determines the level of sponsorship. “The years that have been more difficult in terms of funding, it’s about what’s happening in the marketplace,” she told us. She says they’ve already started working on the slate of sponsors for next year. The sponsors help determine festival activities, like the digital events and labs.
In addition to that, the festival operates on a strict budget.
“We’re lean and mean and we have money to make it happen,” said Glore.
Historically, Urbanworld has showcased some big-name movies. Collateral, starring Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise debuted there. Night Catches Us with Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington opened there two years ago. And there were the showings of both Barbershop films and Secret Life of Bees, among others.
Though many of the movies that the festival screens aren’t necessarily blockbusters on the level of Twilight, they are successful (as that list shows). More than that, they give famous actors the chance to attach themselves to indie projects that they’re passionate about. And it gives filmmakers a chance to show their work in a theater, something that many of them might not otherwise be able to do.
“We definitely don’t characterize ourselves as a black film festival,” said Glore, while acknowledging that many of the films they include involve African American artists. “There’s a cross-cultural sensibility that reflects what America looks like.”
Which is very good for enlisting sponsors. “Companies want to align with brands and with what’s the future,” Glore adds.
Among the other films showing this year are Won’t Back Down, about reform at an inner city school starring Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rosie Perez; The Girl is In Trouble a crime movie starring Columbus Short, boasting executive producer Spike Lee and directed by Julius Onah; and the closing night film, Middle of Nowhere, directed by another Root 100 honoree, Ava DuVerney, who was the first African American to win the director’s prize at Sundance for this movie.
For the complete Urbanworld schedule, click here.
Do The Right Thing changed the game. Before this movie, there were no filmmakers who were speaking about the racial dynamics in New York neighborhoods the way Spike Lee was. The movie took movie goers by storm, educating a lot of people along the way. Though Do The Right Thing cost $6.5 million dollars to make, it eventually grossed $27.5 million at the box office and the American Film Institute eventually dubbed it one of the greatest movies of all time. You’ve memorized the plot. You remember how you mourned for Radio Raheem. And you know how the movie touched you. But, we bet you don’t know these behind the scenes secrets.