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Do the right thing [videorecording] / a 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks production, a Spike Lee joint ; produced, written and directed by Spike Lee.
It's the hottest day of the year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Tensions are growing, with the only local businesses being a Korean grocery and Sal's Pizzeria.
This photo is from director Spike Lee's 1989 film, "Do the Right Thing". The film focuses on the commonalities and differences of a Brooklyn neighborhood, and it's inhabitants. The film has recently been credited as a source of present day imagery of police violence on Black males, as well as, rioting. The character, Radio Raheem, (shown in this photo) was choked to death by New York officers, similar to the July 2014 death of Eric Garner in New York.
Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983. Lee's movies have examined race relations, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues. Lee has won numerous awards, including an Emmy Award. He has also received two Academy Award nominations.