Spike Lee vows to 'delay Father Time' as Hollywood bestows honor
Los Angeles (AFP) - Spike Lee voiced hope for the "next wave" of Black filmmakers -- but warned his own trail-blazing career was far from done -- as he was honored by Hollywood at a virtual ceremony Thursday. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Lee accepted the prestigious American Cinematheque Award online rather than at the usual star-studded Beverly Hills gala. The prolific 63-year-old director, who has entertained and provoked audiences with frank depictions of Black America for decades, promised he has "got some more joints to make," referring to his films. "If you love what you're doing, yo...
Statue of Confederate general Lee removed from US Capitol
Washington (AFP) - A statue of Robert E. Lee, a commander for the pro-slavery South during the US Civil War, was removed from the Capitol building early Monday, officials said, part of a reckoning with the country's history of racism. "Last night, Virginia removed its statue of Robert E. Lee from the U.S. Capitol," tweeted the state's governor, Ralph Northam. "This is an important step forward -- it is past time we tell our story with images of perseverance, diversity, and inclusion," he continued. During the 1861-1865 Civil War, the Confederate South seceded from the United States and fough...