Spike Lee - Crooklyn 23rd anniversary

‘Crooklyn’ 23rd Anniversary

Spike Lee took to social media on Saturday to reflect on his classic joint, Crooklyn, on the 23rd anniversary of its release.

The iconic movie director said the film was a semi-biographical joint as his mother, Jacquelyn Lee passed away from cancer during his sophomore year at Morehouse.

In a post on his Instagram page, Spike wrote:

I Just Finished Watching A DVD Of Crooklyn. Didn’t Know It Was Released 23 Years Ago Today Until I Saw It On My IG This Morning. Gotta Tell Da Truth. Dat Joint Got To Me. Laughing And Crying At The Same Time. The Script Was Written By My Siblings Joie And Cinque. I Did A Rewrite And Got It Made At Universal Pictures. Crooklyn Is A Semi-Biographical Joint -The Lee’s In The 1970’s In Da Republic Of Brooklyn. The Real Tears Flowed Because Tomorrow Is Mother’s Day.

My Dear Mother,Jacquelyn Shelton Lee Died From Cancer When I Was A Sophomore At Morehouse. I Was The 1st Born So I Became Her Movie Date Because My Father Bill Lee Hated Movies But Loved Sports- Hence, Now You Can Guess Where My 2 Loves Came From. I’m Very Happy Crooklyn Is Beloved By Many. A lot Of Folks Have Told Me Over The 23 Years That It Is Their Favorite Joint Of Mine. 1-2-3 Da Devil Is After Me.4-5-6 He’s Always Playing Tricks. 8-9-10- YOU KNOW DA REST. Peace And Love ❤️ To All Who Have Lost Their Mothers. GOD BLESS.

My most favorite part of Crooklyn will forever be when Queenie popped out of the couch!

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