Samuel L. Jackson’s career trajectory isn’t one to play with.
Jul 27, 2023
Spike Lee is, in a word, a legend. From the moment that “Do The Right Thing” hit the theaters, his incendiary brand of filmmaking presented a raw, unflinching look at Black life in America. And though many, at the time, weren’t ready to receive his message, Spike Lee (born Shelton Jackson Lee) has proven to be a visionary and a pioneer. And his style of filmmaking has even made him an in-demand professor of the genre. As AfroTech previously reported, he initially taught courses at Harvard before moving on to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (his alma mater , where he ultimately received an MFA), ultimately becoming the school’s artistic director in 2002. Beyond his role as an Oscar-winning filmmaker and a tenured professor, Spike Lee is also a devoted husband and father. His wife of nearly 30 years — the director, activist, and Movita Organics CEO Tonya Lewis Lee — share two children, who are now “all grown up” and making their own way in the industry. They are...
Mar 18, 2022
Some celebrities go back to school after they become famous — and some teach college courses. More than just “stunt casting,” though, these celebrities take their roles as “professors” very seriously. They hold office hours, design full curriculums and throw themselves head-first into the work they do for the next generation of leaders. Sometimes, too, the celebrities who teach these college courses are living legends all on their own. For example, AfroTech recently reported about Grandmaster Flash, the Hip-Hop pioneer, teaching courses at the University of Buffalo. He’s also an artist in residency at the school in upstate New York. “The residency at UB gives me a chance to tell Hip-Hop’s whole story. The sights. The sounds. The places and the moments,” he said, according to the University of Buffalo. “It’s important that we get this history right. For the next generation to take music and art in new directions, they have to know where that music and art came from, who made it and...
Nov 16, 2021
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are responsible for some of the nation’s most renowned doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs, political and religious leaders, plus more. And to be honest, we truly don’t know what a world without institutions that aid the rich knowledge and success of our people would look like (we’re glad we don’t even have to imagine it)! AfroTech has decided to take this time to raise awareness of those HBCUs by spotlighting some familiar faces who are products of those pristine institutions.
Sep 29, 2021