February 11, 1988
Spike Lee's "School Daze" (opening Friday at selected theaters) apparently began as a simple little script about pledges at an all-black Atlanta college fraternity during homecoming weekend. But somewhere along the line, after the success of his "She's Gotta Have It," Lee began to load--even overload--his story. It flares off in every direction, exploding in Roman-candle bursts of cheeky satire.
May 27, 2000 |
Keeping pace with the weather service, here are some highs and lows in sports this school year . . . High . . . The Ventura women's basketball team rolls to the state championship, its third in five seasons. Ventura finishes 38-0 and becomes the first school to win two women's titles with perfect records. Coach Ned Mircetic reaches the 300-victory plateau. He is 304-39 in 10 seasons with the Pirates. Low . . .
February 18, 1988 |
Responding to criticism that his latest film, "School Daze," shows black college students in an unflattering light, director Spike Lee said Tuesday night that he "knew it would make people squirm," but that the film drew faithfully upon his own student experiences at Atlanta's Morehouse College. "Nothing in this film is made up," Lee told a Howard University audience in Washington during a televised panel discussion that was transmitted by satellite to 200 black colleges across the nation.
March 27, 1988 |
*** VARIOUS ARTISTS. "School Daze" sound track. EMI-Manhattan. Like the movie, this album covers a lot of ground within the black idiom, and some of its ideas work just as audaciously. In the spirit of healthy nepotism, "School Daze" producer Spike Lee has his father, jazz musician/composer Bill Lee, write and produce several tracks. One of the best is "Be One," a sultry ballad sung by Phyllis Hyman. It's the type of music that the Philadelphia-born chanteuse should record more often.