Director: Spike Lee
USA, 1988, 114 mins.
Fraternity and sorority members clash with the other students at a historically African American university in this politically charged musical from the director Spike Lee. Dap (Laurence Fishburne) is a politically conscious African American student who leads anti-apartheid demonstrations and rejects social climbing and fraternities. But Half-Pint (Spike Lee), his craven young cousin, is willing to endure any humiliation to join the manly Gamma fraternity. As Half-Pint tries unsuccessfully to impress the Gammas with his inept womanizing, Dap engages in philosophical debates with Rachel, his girlfriend. Meanwhile, the light-skinned, straight-haired sisters of the Gamma Ray sorority battle it out in a beauty parlor with their darker-skinned Afro-headed fellow coeds. Eventually, Half-Pint gets the chance to join the frat, but only after a degrading episode with Jane, the soon-to-be ex-girlfriend of his house president, which causes Dap to lose all respect for him. Based in part on the director's experiences at Atlanta's Morehouse College, School Daze was also written and produced by Spike Lee.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion which will explore critical themes in the film and how it relates to present-day issues of Colorism and hair politics in Black communities. Meet the panel:
- Jamyla Bennu is the creator/mixtress of oyin handmade, a family-owned line of natural and nutritious handmade hair and body care goodies available in over 500 stores nationwide.
- Valencia James is an adjunct Professor in the Fashion Design Department at Baltimore City Community College. Valencia’s decision to go natural over 15 years ago while an undergrad at Morgan State University served as the catalyst for her discussions on the politics surrounding hair in the African American Community.
- As the Creative Alliance Education Director, Chanel Compton is committed to using art, art expression, and cultural education to heal and empower communities throughout Baltimore. Through her painting and collages, she explores Black history and identity.
- Tiffany Jones photographic work is always influenced by history, current events, and societal assumptions. Her HAIR series of photographs presents powerful women of color and their HAIR, suggesting the politics and economics of how it plays in their overall identity as women of color.
7:30pm | ADV $10, $7 mbrs. DOOR $12, $9 mbrs.