Spike lee & condoleezza Rice

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Spike Lee

Shelton Jackson Lee was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 20, 1957. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, an area that would become the setting of many of his films. Lee's awareness of his African American heritage was established at an early age. His mother, Jacquelyn, instilled within her children, an appreciation for African American art and literature. By the time he was old enough to attend school, Lee had earned the nickname his mother had given him as in an infant, spike. When he and his siblings were offered the option of attending the predominantly white private school where his mother taught, Lee decided to enroll in the public schools so that he could experience companionship with African Americans. Lee attended Morehouse College, which is his father and grandfathers' alma mater. While at Morehouse, Lee discovered his true calling. Following his mother's death in 1977, Lee's friends tried to cheer him with frequent trips to the movies.

One day, coming from the movies, Lee decided that he wanted to make films. Following graduation from Morehouse, Lee enrolled in New York University's Tisch School of Arts graduate film program. In 1983 Lee earned the Motion Picture Arts and Science' Student Academy Award for his forty five minute movie Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads . In 1991 Lee made a controversial movie called Jungle Fever and in 1992 he made another controversial movie called Malcolm X. In October of 1993, Lee married Tonya Linette Lewis. In 1994 they had a daughter named Satchel and in 1997 they had a son named Jackson Lewis. They currently live in New York City.

Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice was born November 14,1954, in Birmingham, Alabama. Rice grew up in segregation -era Birmingham and is the daughter of John Wesley Rice, who...