Spike Lee Becomes The First Black President Of The Cannes Film Festival Jury

Spike Lee Becomes The First Black President Of The Cannes Film Festival Jury

This is simply amazing!

Spike Lee is a living legend who is breaking boundaries every day. The director of groundbreaking movies like Malcolm X and BlacKkKlansman, he has won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, a Student Academy Award, a BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, two Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and the Cannes Grand Prix. 

But he has added another feather to his cap and has become the first Black President of the esteemed Cannes Film Festival Jury. As humble as he is, he said in a press statement: "To me the Cannes film festival (besides being the most important film festival in the world - no disrespect to anybody) has had a great impact on my film career. You could easily say Cannes changed the trajectory of who I became in world cinema." He also added: "I’m honored to be the first person of the African diaspora to be named president of the Cannes jury and of a main film festival. [I’m] shocked, happy, surprised and proud all at the same time."

He gives a lot of credit for his own success to the Cannes Film Festival and said: "Cannes is a natural homeland and a global sounding board for those who awaken minds and question our stances and fixed ideas. Spike Lee’s perspective is more valuable than ever. Lee’s flamboyant personality is sure to shake things up."

As congratulations are in order, we must say that this man has deserved each accolade and is set to reach even greater heights. More power to him!

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