Spike Lee’s epic film Do the Right Thing captured my hometown of New York quite like no other movie, before or since. It was raw and explosive, yet filled with humanity and rich characters,most of whom were incredibly pissed off at the world.
I saw the great film not long ago on cable TV and the 25 years melted by. It was as if no time had elapsed. The city still confronts issues of race everyday. The movie still resonates and hums. This is what I think all these years later, in a piece that originally appeared on the hyperlocal website NewYorkNatives: