In April Liberty Arts and the Durham Arts Guild in North Carolina honored director and filmmaker Spike Lee for works and contributions and this week June 10th Mr. Lee will be honored again in NYC with one of Mayor Bloomberg’s ‘Made in NY’ Awards.
The North Carolina State writer, DeErricka Green and managing editor of the Nubian Message says, ”Lee has been classified by many as the most important and controversial African American filmmaker in American history; ironically, though his political and social commentary is just as relevant today as it was in the 1980s, a startling fraction of our current generation is unaware of this, something a group of Durham educators is working to change. The Liberty Arts and the Durham Art Guild will be sponsoring 40 Acres & a Mule, a film series that kicked off March 16 and will continue with weekly screenings of Spike Lee “joints” through April 13, 2013.
According to NYC.gov “The honorees of the 2013 ‘Made in NY’ Awards have made New York City proud by establishing their remarkable careers here,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “They are a part of a community of thousands of New Yorkers who together have brought the City to the forefront of the entertainment and digital media industries, helping to make New York City an exciting and thriving place to be.”
“As we near the end of the administration, we are thrilled to once more honor an illustrious group at the ‘Made in NY’ Awards,” said Commissioner Oliver. “Their contributions to the entertainment and media worlds have greatly impacted our City in new and lasting ways.”
The New York City Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment consists of the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, facilitating and supporting film and TV production throughout the five boroughs; NYC Digital, which works to realize New York City’s potential as the world’s leading digital city; and NYC Media, the official TV, radio and online network of the City of New York. Other awardees on June 10th at Gracie Mansion are Barbara Walters, Alan Cumming, Heidi Klum, Spike Lee, Audra McDonald, Tumblr, Sheila Nevins, and Harvey and Bob Weinstein. Congratulations to Spike!
To learn more about the “Made in NY” Awards, click here.