Shelton Jackson 'Spike' Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983. Lee's movies have examined race relations, colorism in the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues. Lee has won numerous awards, including an Emmy Award. He has also received two Academy Award nominations. Spike Lee was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Jacqueline Carroll (ne Shelton), a teacher of arts and black literature, and William James Edward Lee III, a jazz musician and composer. When he was a child, the family moved to Brooklyn, New York. When he was a child, his mother nicknamed him 'Spike.' In Brooklyn, he attended John Dewey High School. Lee enrolled in Morehouse College, a historically black college, where he made his first student film, Last Hustle in Brooklyn.
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