The thought provoking and controversial director, Spike Lee, has done it again with his newest movie Da Sweet Blood of Jesus! This thriller centers around Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) who becomes cursed by an ancient African artifact that he finds through an art curator Lafayette Hightower (Elvis Nolasco). This cursed artifact makes Hess obsessed with blood. No, Hess does not become a vampire, and he does not have super powers or have eternal life! In fact, the movie becomes a twisted love story once Lafayette’s wife, Ganja Hightower (Zaraah Abrahams), comes looking for him but becomes involved in a dangerous romance with Hess.
Last week I had the privilege of attending Spike Lee’s event, In Conversation: Brooklyn Renaissance at the Brooklyn Museum. This was my first time hearing Spike Lee speak in person and I really enjoyed the conversation that was had with painter Kehinde Wiley and graphic illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh.
The conversation touched on a lot of different topics about art, film, women’s rights, racial discrimination, and travel but what I loved most about the conversation was when Spike Lee was asked what made him want to have this event and Lee’s answer was “I like working with artists.” So simple but so profound, that it takes a village of great minds and creativity to create profound work.
Wiley and Fazlalizadeh’s work is presented throughout Lee’s movie Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. To see more of Kehinde Wiley work you can catch shows like Empire every Wednesday night at 9pm on FOX or visit the Brooklyn Museum to see his exhibit “A New Republic.” For more of Tatyana Fazlalizadeh work you can walk the streets of New York City and see several of her posters from her street art project called “Stop Telling Women To Smile.” Check out both of these artists work they are both making such a profound change in America’s perceptions of women and race.
Make sure you check out Spike Lee’s newest movie Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus in theaters now!
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