Bed-Stuy; Brooklyn, NY. – A few months back, I took a trip into Brooklyn to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Spike Lee‘s classic film “Do The Right Thing”. The block party was held on the block the film was made and shot on in Bedford Stuyvesant. The city added to the fan-fare by renaming Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Quincy Street, “Do The Right Thing Way”. It was a typical hot and humid day in BK. The block was packed and everyone came in peace and had a great time. I heard there were a few special guests throughout the day. The only one I saw before I left was Wesley Snipes.
When I saw Spike at the block party, I went over to say hello and offer my condolences to him and his family. Spike’s brother, Christopher aka SHADOW, was a friend of mine in the graffiti community and had passed away at the beginning of the year while I was living in SF. I wasn’t able to come back east for the funeral. The family had reached out to me in regards to using one of the portraits I had taken of him over the years for the front of the memorial program at the funeral. When I mentioned that to Spike, he gave me a hug and said thanks and how much the family loved the photo. I was honored. Then he took this selfie of us.
REST IN PEACE CHRISTOPHER “SHADOW” LEE.
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