Filmmaker Spike Lee gave a short history of his ancestors’ rise from slavery to him standing on the stage at the Academy Awards, accepting an Oscar, during his speech. But it was his call for mobilization that drew loud cheers from the audience.
“For 400 years, our ancestors were stolen from Africa and brought to Virginia and enslaved,” Lee said. “They worked the land from ‘can’t see’ in the morning to ‘can’t see’ at night. My grandmothers — who lived 100 years young, a college graduate even though her mother was a slave — my grandmother, who saved 50 years of Social Security checks to put me through college. She called me Spiky-poo.”
He recalled that it was her who put him through film school at NYU.
“Before the world tonight, I give praise to my ancestors who built our country, along with the genocide of our native people,” he continued. “We all connect with ancestors, to regain our humanity. It will be a powerful moment. The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize, let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. let’s do the to get that in there.”
This was the first Oscar for Lee, winning in the screenwriting category for his latest film “BlacKkKlansman.”
Columnist warns Republicans to stay away from making healthcare an issue — because they’ll get killed
Columnist and reporter for The Atlantic, Ron Brownstein, told Republicans that the biggest mistake they could make ahead of the November election is to try and talk about healthcare like they have a leg to stand on.
Writing Tuesday ahead of the first presidential debate, Brownstein noted that Republicans have been demanding the repeal and replacement of Obamacare for more than ten years, but at no time have they propose an alternative to the law. It was the main reason that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) refused to support the repeal of the law.
WATCH: Violence flares at Trump rally as woman rants about the N-word
A disgraced talk radio host helped stir up a violent Massachusetts clash between President Donald Trump's supporters and some protesters.
Trump supporters gathered Saturday afternoon to wave "Make America Great Again" flags and cheer the president in Natick, and a group of protesters showed up to confront their demonstration, reported Patch.
Diana Ploss, a former conservative radio host, recorded Facebook Live video of herself confronting protesters when one of them played the song, "F*ck Trump," by YG and Nipsey Hussle.
WATCH: Pro-Trump Maine Senate candidate cuts up face masks with scissors during debate
During a debate in Maine on Monday between the four candidates for U.S. Senate, Independent candidate Max Linn took a pair of scissors and cut up a handful of face masks in a repudiation of the state's mask mandate.
Linn, who is a self-professed Trump supporter, said that he wanted to be the first senator in the United States "to say I protest government telling us what we have to wear and telling us what our businesses are necessary and what are unnecessary."