I can't quite believe it's been 20 years since Do the Right Thing came out. I must have seen it in the theater, like, 10 times. I used to own the VHS tape, the two soundtracks, the T-shirt. It led me to what was my slightly-embarrassing-to-recall white-college-boy black nationalist phase: I read Malcolm's biography, got deep into It Takes a Nation of Millions, grew a reddish goatee (I wish I were kidding). I also followed Spike's career sympathetically for a while--I think I'm the only person I know who liked Mo Better Blues, and I half-heartedly defended the rather lame Jungle Fever. Of course, by the time Spike made his own mediocre movie about Malcolm, I had moved on, though I still listen to Bill Lee's lovely, mournful jazz-orchestral score for DTRT pretty frequently.
All of which is to say that while this interview with Henry Louis Gates Jr. may barely skim the surface, it comes as a welcome bit of nostalgia for me.