December 4th, 2014
12:25 AM ET

Spike Lee: People are losing faith in the justice system

Filmmaker Spike Lee has spent much of his career making movies about race and poverty. He focuses his cameras and scripts on stories that he thinks are being ignored. He spoke to Anderson about the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the decisions by two grand juries to decline indicting police officers involved in their deaths. Their discussion included the current state of America's justice system and the chokehold scene in Lee's iconic film "Do the Right Thing."
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August 19th, 2014
11:53 PM ET

Spike Lee: Something smells bad in Ferguson, and it's not just the tear gas 

Film director Spike Lee has been critical of the law enforcement response in Ferguson. On social media, he slammed the state and local police, along with the National Guard saying they "don't have a clue." Lee also hung a tribute to Michael Brown outside of the headquarters of his film company in Brooklyn:

Spike Lee also posted a letter arguing that retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré could be the right person to turn the situation in Ferguson around.

Anderson discussed all of this with Spike Lee.

Anderson also spoke to retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré who said that police in Ferguson need a political objective beyond just controlling people.

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April 28th, 2014
10:07 PM ET

Spike Lee: It is the mentality of a slave master

President Obama condemned Donald Sterling for making "incredibly racist statements." Some of the biggest names in basketball, like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and LeBron James have been speaking out against the L.A. Clippers owner. Filmmaker Spike Lee spoke exclusively to Anderson Cooper and questioned who in the NBA "is going to want to play for this guy?"

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February 26th, 2014
10:12 PM ET

AC360 Exclusive with Spike Lee: "I find it interesting that you need an influx of white New Yorkers for the services to go up"

Spike Lee's films often get the country talking about tough issues like race, sex and religion. During an event at Brooklyn's Pratt University, he argued that New York is just one of the cities being transformed by people with high incomes moving into traditionally lower-income neighborhoods. His remarks have spurred new national debate over gentrification. Lee told Anderson  "you cannot deny race plays a part."

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