To honor the memory of two unarmed men recently killed by the NYPD, a public reading of Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing is being held tonight, and actors Michael B. Jordan and John Turturro will be there.
An acclaimed film from 1989 about simmering frustrations that build to a police killing of a black man in Brooklyn, “Do the Right Thing” starred Mr. Lee (who also directed) as Mookie, a low-key pizza delivery guy. Mr. Jordan will read the role of Mookie while Mr. Turturro will be Sal, the pizzeria owner who was played by Danny Aiello in the film. (Mr. Turturro played one of Sal’s sons in the movie.) The filmmakers Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”) and Shaka King (“Newlyweeds”) organized the reading; the event is being held in the memory of Eric Garner and Akai Gurley, two New Yorkers who died after confrontations with police. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 6 p.m., with one ticket provided per person.
Jordan starred in Coogler's Fruitvale Station, as Oscar Grant, who was killed on New Year's Day 2009 in Oakland by a BART police officer; Grant, unarmed, was being detained by a police officer who then fatally shot him.