Mackie Defends Brooklyn From Former Director Spike Lee

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Mackie Defends Brooklyn From Former Director Spike LeeBy Andrew Scot Bolsinger

Spike Lee made news recently ranting about the gentrification of Brooklyn. So much so that when actor Anthony Mackie was promoting his latest film, he was asked about his former director’s views.

“Spike Lee don’t live in Brooklyn,” Mackie said.

Mackie responded to questions about gentrification from Chris Witherspoon on “the Dish.”

“I live in Brooklyn, My address is in Brooklyn, I have two restaurants in Brooklyn. I don’t have a problem with the gentrification,” Mackie said. “I wouldn’t call it gentrification. The people who want to live in Brooklyn, live in Brooklyn.”

Last week Lee drew attention while taking questions at Brooklyn’s Pratt institute.

“Let me just kill you right now,” Lee told the questioner who suggested gentrification was a good thing. “Because there was some (explicative) article in the New York Times saying ‘the good of gentrification’…I don’t believe that. You can’t discover this! We been here. You just can’t come and bogart,”

Mackie talked about the change happenings all over the five boroughs of New York City, describing it as part of the overall economic changes of the city.

“It’s the same income level in Brooklyn, it’s just a different shade of people,” he said.

Mackie said when Spike Lee moved to Manhattan, it was a type of “reverse gentrification.”

“When your tax bracket changes, I guess your zip code changes,” he said.

Mackie worked with Lee twice in his career, on the 2004 independent film She Hate Me, and a television movie named Sucker Free City.

Lee has listed his home, according to news reports, for more than $30 million.

Mackie’s new film is a psychological thriller called Repentance, which stars Oscar-winning actor Forrest Whitaker and Sanaa Lathan.

Source:  thegrio

Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com

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  3. I hear you Mackie. Say what you feel you should to get that money–while we as a people continue to suffer. Please watch Devils Advocate.

  4. It’s a valid point that Spike Lee doesn’t live in the area any more. But that doesn’t make his opinion any less truthful. This is not the first time Mackie has done this. He seems to be bolstering his career by publicly criticizing black people. A few years ago he was calling black actors lazy as if he was the only one that has a work ethic. Mackie’s name recognition and career has took off since then. He has the same mentality of CNN’s Don Lemon.

  5. It seems Mr.Mackie has no problem with gentrification of traditionally black neigborhoods like Brooklyn. I definitely side with Spike on this one, I see this happening in black neighborhoods in almost every major city across this country now and it seems few, if any, public figures r willing to speak out against it. So I commend Spike for his willingness to address the issue and to spark what I feel is some much needed, and perhaps, long overdue discussion on it.

  6. I think Mr. Mackie and others like him are missing the point. Spike is not talking about himself. He’s talking for the one’s who don’t have a voice and a platform like he does. He’s 100% correct. One article I read said that it’s magical, referring to the changing of neighborhoods, especially in New York. Magical are you kidding me. Tell a family who’s lived in an apartment for years, but now cannot afford to live in the neighborhood in which they’ve raised there children. It’s either white flight, or gentrification. But the bottom line it removes those who they view as not good enough or expendable. Mr. Mackie can say that it’s okay, but he’s talking about himself, and not of others that are not like him based on their pay scale.

  7. Another Uncle Tom


  9. This fellow, Anthony Mackie isn't unusual he is just a part of the middle class entrepreneurs cowards whose live in a make-believe world of thinking that they can make money through gentrification and trying to get paid. I live in Brooklyn after this I won't pay to go see any of his projects. We have to call these buppy negro by their correct name these are the emasculated class that is complicit in our social and economic marginalization and the art of Mr. Anthony Mackie is only a reflection of that. Some of us are just pathetic in our social and moral defeat and denial. For it takes more money and access to resources to live in these former Black communities and its high rents that sustain poverty.

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