Spike Lee is well known for sending powerful messages through his films centered around controversial issues like racism, politics, and violence in the urban communities.

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Lee has celebrated Black culture through films like Malcolm X and School Daze, just to name a few. He founded and and produced over 35 films with his own production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, after his breakthrough film She’s Gotta Have It (1986).

With the start of Black History Month and award season in full swing, it’s only right we take a look at Lee’s accomplishments (since the Oscars left out the “flava” once again):

  • His debut feature, She’s Gotta Have It, grossed $7 million with a $185,000 budget.