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controversial film "chi-raq." >> we're americans. it's affecting everybody. not just black guys shooting themselves up in the hood. this affects everybody. >> then we go backstage with chicago's shining star, jennifer hudson, in broadway's newest musical "the color purple." >> it empowers us. we support each other because it's our broadway debut together. >> and finally we explore the arts with superstar music producer swizz beats. >> i just felt i needed to sharpen my pencil. i was moving on from the average side they was working on in the music business, started moving on a global scale, and i had to
>> welcome back to "our world with black enterprise." spike lee is no stranger to controversy. for 30 years he's directed and produced films that went against the grain of hollywood. some of which include jungle fever, malcolm x and red hook summer. his latest movie, "chi-raq," promises to be another one.
the greatest independent filmmakers of our generation. take a look. >> we're going to have to organize. >> spike lee, thanks for joining us on "our world." how are you doing? >> all is good. >> you are a legendary director considered worldwide unquestionable. >> what question are you asking? you're asking me? >> you're legendary. but what i find to be fascinating is how could a legendary director have a hard time making a film? >> well, legendary doesn't necessarily transform into
hollywood is the film business. and we're in a situation where the people who make the decisions what films get made, what films don't get made, do not reflect the audience of the united states of america. they do not reflect the diversity of this country. and thank god for amazon, my agent and i bart walker went to sundance last year, 2015, script in hand, budget. had a couple actors attached. and everybody said no. and amazon, they said interested. if you look at the hollywood releases last couple of years, let's leave killing hearts and comedies out of it, dramas mostly films. not making a judgment on these films just making statements.
been about the civil rights era or slavery. we're going to have something that's dealing with today. >> homicides in chicago, illinois have surpassed the death toll of american special forces in iraq. >> welcome to "chi-raq." >> "chi-raq" where we at? >> land of pain, misery and strife. >> people are debating on whether i should name this film "chi-raq" like the mayor of chicago. but i didn't even come up with that term. that term came up by local chicago rappers who live on the south side of chicago who felt and still feel today that iraq is safer than their neighborhood, than their block. in fact, the impetus for me doing "chi-raq" came from people from chicago commenting on my instagram. because i have a friend, great
adrien franks. every time a black person got murdered by the cops or private citizens, he would send me a portrait. so i put that portrait on my instagram. and every time i did that, someone in chicago was saying, all right, we're cool with travon, we're cool with mike, we understand. but when you do something about chicago? there are a lot of things that i think that kept the focus of what the film is about which is saving lives. >> in the making of this film i noticed a lot of controversy around the film. >> can i just say this, though? >> sure. >> from today let's come up with a different word that says controversy. i think that's a label that doesn't really do justice to what everybody -- that's a controversial filmmaker. controversial film. it's just like a lazy label. >> okay. how about this, then?
>> there you go. >> you like that? okay. discussion. >> dialogue. >> a lot of dialogue, pro, con, about "chi-raq." and i think it's largely because it's satirical. people are saying we're being disrespectful to the people shot down, murdered on the streets of chicago, that we're treating it with jokes and too light. and i like to say, my rebuttal. >> okay. >> would jennifer hudson be in a film that made fun? that made light of her mother, brother and nephew who got murdered in chicago? >> right. >> why would she be part of that? she's not stupid. >> right. >> she respects very much to do that. why would she do something to
why would the women of the organization purpose over pain, the organization of women who have come together, bonded by the fact that they lost children in chicago, to senseless gun violence? >> so when everyone sees "chi-raq" they walk out of the theater what do you want them to do especially in regard to gun vile intelligence. >> we have to get active. and look, i understand that it makes you numb. i mean, you can't keep up. i mean, travon, sergio, this is going on and on and on. but we're not going to do it for ourselves, we have to do it for our children. and i think we have to understand we're americans. and gun violence affects
it's not just brothers shooting themselves up. >> right. >> in the hoods of america. this affects everybody. >> yes. i think watching "chi-raq" you walk away with that understanding that this impacts everyone. spike lee, you're outspoken. you are legendary to me and many others others. we appreciate what you do. we wish you the best. >> got to finish strong, right? >> got to finish strong. >> coming up we hear from the cast of the broadway musical
welcome back to "our world with black enterprise." it's been more than 30 years since the color purple and alice walker 1983 pulitzer prize for fiction. in the second time in ten years, this critically acclaimed broadway musical has hit the stage. we sat down with jennifer hudson and cynthia revo to talk about their roles. take a look. just as close as love means to
>> everybody is in some way part of the color purple. rising like a flower, it's a hope that sets us free your heartbeat makes my heartbeat >> from the previews we've seen the audience come in, and we've literally watched them break, you know? but because they are here something resonates in them. it's powerful to watch. seeing that shows some type of release. some of them holler out. one lady literally broke in her own lap and just bawled. so to see that it's like we know we're doing our part. >> jennifer is taking on the role as the brassy sassy shug avery in her broadway debut. >> shug is like the light of it all. even in the wardrobe she's the
she uplifts the room. she's glamorous, she's strong, she is her own individual and she does not tell anybody -- she says i've always been the type of girl who had a lot to say. i've always been the kind of girl that had a lot to say i say what is on my mind to shine my way >> she brings that light. she uplifts everything. >> hudson and revo are joined nightly by their cast mate danielle brooks who plays the role of sophia. all three ladies rely on each other to carry them through the performance. >> i think we're all learning from each other very much. i learn from them and they learn from me. >> we have moments where we are on the stage and we're just seeing each other and it empowers us.
it's our broadway debut together. together. >> [ inaudible ] right now all i want to do is mike oprah proud, mike broward proud, alice walker proud. try to live up to the expectation. >> one thing we are all expecting is for these leading ladies to bring hope the tony. >> i never think about the accolades of what may come or let me do this for this i wardaward. for me it's all believing in what i'm doing. as long as i do my job, play the role, whatever will come will come. you never know. >> up next, music producer swizz beats invites us into his
in fine art. i visited him in his new york studio to talk about his latest project for miami's art bazel, his music career and so much more. take a look. >> back here is the studio. >> who was the last one on this mike right here? >> me. >> and this is an artist that's going to be in the collection. these artists are going to be in the show. we have dustin yellen over there, michael vazquez over there, we have doze. the reason why i wanted to do my own fair, it has never been done. this is something new. i know all the artists they would call me and tell me their concerns and things that they're dealing with. i would always help them whether it's hotel rooms, flights, selling a piece for them, everything. i said, you know what? if i was ever in a position to do something different, i want to liberate the artists at
so i came up with this idea for the show called no commissions. so i gave all the artists their booths for free. >> yeah. and they get to keep 100% of what they make. >> you know swizz beatz has come a long way. >> let's go back. go way way way back, right? i read one year in your life you said that you were literally homeless sleeping on a thin mattress in your uncle's house? >> yeah. >> and then a year later you sold 1 million albums. >> yeah. just like that. >> put us in that. because not very many of us have gone from zero to 100 before like that. >> both my uncles and my aunt were starting rough riders. and i couldn't stay at my dad's house because it just too many rules over there for me. i just needed the freedom to just be in my zone on a creative level without all the rules. >> right. >> and so i landed at my uncle's place.
studio floor. i remember having like rashes on my arm and like on my face when the pillow would move and i'm on that hardwood floor. but it was just like, i just had a drive. i knew i was getting close to something. >> how did you know you were literally on the right track? >> first and foremost i was having fun. >> okay. >> so a lot of things, like i said, if it was money driven or business driven which it wasn't at that time, i was just literally having fun. i just found my space and my comfort zone in creating musically especially on a production side coming from being a dj which took up a lot of my time. and then when i transitioned over it was more of a learning experience of how do i get to the next level and produce and feel comfortable as a dj? but no one knew me as producer. so in the studio i had to prove myself a lot. >> fast forward to the future, contributed to.
success of your career to? >> just dedication. just never being comfortable. like this plaque that they presented to me would be like the first plaque since i was 18, 19, that i'm actually going to hang. because i never looked for those awards. >> swiz swizz beatz is building his entrepreneurial schools at harvard. >> i started moving on a global scale and made to learn the language. >> i know that at harvard you're staying in the dorms? >> yeah. yeah. >> why are you staying in the dorms, man? >> because, i mean, that same dorm room could have been my jail cell. and as i'm in that dorm room sitting there i have a lot of time to reflect in that small dorm room. but i also was very humbled because a lot of those people in my class have very successful.
harvard already, how is that shaping the business decisions that you're making now? >> harvard has been the best investment that i've ever made in my life. and i think that whether it's harvard or wherever you go, i think education is very important for you to invest in, invest in yourself. because the only way that you're going to be on the top of your game. >> being at the top of his game is allowing beatz to expand his influence in art and in music. >> since we're talking about art, i know you're on the board now of the brooklyn museum. >> yes. >> you talked about wanting to bring art to the next level. what is bringing art to the next level. >> making it more tangible and letting people understand art is not just for rich people. that's why when i first went to reebok five years ago, part of my deal was to keep the estate part of the deal. and the reason why i wanted that
could bring people into the art world through fashion. so i put basqua face on all these shirts so people can know what it looks like. i think that in order for this world to move forward, you have to be forward thinking mentality. >> swiz swizz beatz, thanks for inspiring so many like myself. >> thank you, too. >> know doubt. >> definitely. >> up next we have a little fun in seeing how swiz beatz handles himself in th did you know pain is caused by aggravated nerves? aspercreme with lidocaine desensitizes aggravated nerves with no odor. aspercreme with lidocaine. relieve the nerves.
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your top five dead or alive. hiphop. >> okay. dmx, jd kiss, b.i.g., cove, always that last one. >> this is the last one that gets you. >> nine. >> who's your favorite personal for the on instagram? it wasn't your wife. >> i'm like man, you caught me with that one. okay. >> what would your medium superpower be? >> i just need to fly a little bit. >> just a little bit. >> i just need to fly a little bit. i hate traffic. if i could just hover over some traffic -- >> you'd be good. >> i'd be on time more. >> last question is, what's one thing that you believe that most people don't? >> the sky is not the limit it's just a view. >> right. >> why should we be boxed in? like a lot of people believe that their comfort zone is their only zone. i believe that the world is a traveling place. >> right. >> right? even if you can't physically travel the world, you can visually travel the world.