->''"I'm just trying to tell a good story and make thought-provoking, entertaining films. I just try and draw upon the great culture we have as a people, from music, novels, the streets."''

Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (born March 20, 1957). Very political. Very polarizing. Very popular.

A renowned film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor famous for dealing with controversial issues such as racism, politics, and urban violence in his films. Lee has received two UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations, a Student Academy Award and an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and won numerous other awards, including an Emmy Award and the 2013 Gish Prize.

Lee made his directorial debut with an independent film, ''Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads'' in 1983, and his first feature film, ''She's Gotta Have It'', was released in 1986. He and has since directed such films as ''Film/DoTheRightThing'', ''Film/MalcolmX'', ''Film/TheOriginalKingsOfComedy'', ''Film/TwentyFifthHour'', and most recently ''Chi-Raq'' (2015). Lee's films are typically referred to as "Spike Lee Joints" and the closing credits always end with the phrases "By Any Means Necessary", "Ya Dig" and "Sho Nuff."

Lee's film ''Film/DoTheRightThing'' was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Original Screenplay in 1989. In 2006, he also directed the acclaimed documentary, ''When the Levees Broke'', which detailed life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city's anti-flooding safeguards in 2005. In 2013, he was chosen to direct an English-language remake of the South Korean thriller ''{{Film/Oldboy|2003}}''.

Lee has starred or acted in ten of his own films. He played the lead role of Mookie in ''Film/DoTheRightThing'' and major supporting roles in ''Film/MalcolmX'', ''{{Film/Girl 6}}'', and ''Mo' Better Blues''. He reprised the role of Mars Blackmon from ''She's Gotta Have It'' for a series of Nike commercials also starring UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan.

Famously attributed with [[TropeNamer coining the name for]] the "MagicalNegro" trope.

Is the SitcomArchNemesis of Creator/QuentinTarantino, whom Lee has clashed with over his films' use of [[NWordPrivileges a certain word]].

!!Selected Filmography:

* ''Film/ShesGottaHaveIt'' (1986)
* ''Film/SchoolDaze'' (1988)
* ''Film/DoTheRightThing'' (1989)
* ''Film/MoBetterBlues'' (1990)
* ''Film/JungleFever'' (1991)
* ''Film/MalcolmX'' (1992)
* ''Film/{{Crooklyn}}'' (1994)
* ''Film/{{Clockers}}'' (1995)
* ''Film/{{Girl 6}}'' (1996)
* ''Film/FourLittleGirls'' (1997)(documentary feature)
* ''Film/HeGotGame'' (1998)
* ''Film/SummerOfSam'' (1999)
* ''Film/{{Bamboozled}}'' (2000)
* ''Film/TheOriginalKingsOfComedy'' (2000)
* ''Film/TwentyFifthHour'' (2002)
* ''Film/SheHateMe'' (2004)
* ''Film/InsideMan'' (2006)
* ''Film/MiracleAtStAnna'' (2008)
* ''Film/RedHookSummer'' (2012)
* ''Film/{{Oldboy|2013}}'' (2013)
* ''Film/ChiRaq'' (2015)
* ''Shes Gotta Have It'' (2017-Present) (Netflix series based on his first feature film)
* ''Blac[=KkK=]lansman'' (2018) (Produced by Creator/JordanPeele, Premiering at 2018 Cannes Film Festival as part of the main competition)