Spike Lee to Host Brooklyn Block Party for ‘Do the Right Thing’ 30th Anniversary

“It’s going to be lit,” director says of June 30 celebration on the Bedford-Stuyvesant block where the film was shot

Last Updated: February 6, 2019 @ 1:50 PM

Spike Lee will be hosting a block party for the 30th anniversary of his 1989 film, “Do the Right Thing,” on June 30.

“It’s going to be lit,” Lee said during an interview with TheWrap managing editor Thom Geier on Tuesday night following a screening of his Oscar-nominated film “BlackKklansman.”

The celebration will take place June 30 on the block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn where much of the film was shot, Lee said, noting that Stuyvesant Ave. between Lexington and Quincy has since been re-named “Do the Right Thing Way,”

The event will be free and open to the public, in the same spirit as Lee’s past block parties, including an annual Michael Jackson party and a Prince-themed party in 2017.

“Do the Right Thing” explores racial tensions in a Brooklyn neighborhood over the course of a single summer day. In 1999, the Library of Congress added the film to the National Film Registry.

The film has long been acclaimed as one of Lee’s greatest works, receiving nominations for Best Supporting Actor for Danny Aiello and Best Original Screenplay for Lee in 1989 — but it was memorably snubbed for nominations in Best Picture and Best Director. “Driving Miss Daisy” went on to win Best Picture.

However, “BlackKlansman” has earned widespread acclaim and six Oscar nominations, including three individual nods for Lee as director, producer and co-writer. Supporting actor Adam Driver also earned a nomination, along with Lee’s longtime composer Terence Blanchard and editor Barry Alexander Brown.

Discussing his own long-lasting career, Lee joked, “This is my fourth decade. Check my IMDb page.”