Filmmaker Justin Simien on Tyler Perry, Hollywood, ‘Dear White People’

When Spike Lee first hit the scene with “She’s Gotta Have It” in 1986 he did not initially feel embraced by the Hollywood establishment.

“She’s Gotta Have It” faced criticism for the so-called over sexualizing of Black women.

His sophomore effort “School Daze” (1988) endured criticism for airing the Black community’s dirty laundry when it came to colorism.

And “Do the Right Thing” and “Mo’ Better Blues” were seen as racist and anti-Semitic.

But that criticism eventually turned into understanding and dialogue about race relations. Now Lee is regarded as one of the godfathers of Black cinema.

Houston native Justin Simien is already making people uncomfortable with his film “Dear White People.”

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