In June, Spike Lee celebrated the 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking film, Do The Right Thing, with a big block party in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Now it turns out that was part of a short documentary, produced by Beats, that features Lee, Danny Aiello, production designer Wynn Thomas and others reminisce about the film.
The trio walk around Bed-Stuy, noting where various locales from the film were (Sal's Famous Pizzeria was built in an empty lot) and the window on Stuyvesant Avenue where Ruby Dee's character, Mother Sister, sat. And they also note that Clifton, the asshole who scuffs Buggin' Out's Jordans, was likely the start of gentrification way back when. Guess Spike Lee is the gentrification expert!
Aiello recounts how he met Lee at "Madonna's party" (Aiello played her father in the "Papa Don't Preach" video)—Lee told him that he had a script for him, but Aiello didn't know who Lee was.
Variety points out, "Naturally, Beats Music also uses the film to promote its brand by showing a block party it threw in the neighborhood to celebrate the theatrical release’s anniversary, complete with guest appearances by Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Dave Chappelle and Wesley Snipes, plus a performance of 'Fight the Power' by Public Enemy." Sadly, there's no mention of Erykah Badu trying to kiss PIX 11's Mario Diaz.