I Watched School Daze with Spike Lee!
A couple of weeks ago Spike Lee posted on his Instagram page that he will be at the 30th-anniversary viewing of School Daze at BAM theatre. School Daze is a musical story about fraternity and sorority members clashing with other students at a historically black college (HBCU) during homecoming weekend. In addition, it touches on issues of colorism and hair texture bias within the African-American community. When I tell you School Daze was the MAIN reason why I attended an HBCU, The Tennessee State University, it was no way I missing this opportunity to celebrate with the legend himself, Spike Lee.
Chile as soon as I sat in my seat, I already knew it was going to be a good ass time. When I tell you everybody came out wearing their HBCU/Greek paraphernalia, I was too hyped. It literally felt like it was homecoming and if you haven’t been to an HBCU homecoming, you are missing out.
Spike Lee came to the front of the theatre wearing his Gamma Phi Gamma attire (this was the fraternity he pledged in School Daze) and thanked everyone for coming out to support this cult classic amongst the black people. Spike Lee did a roll call for greeks, acknowledge the different schools that were represented, and encouraged everyone to enjoy themselves, which we most definitely did.
Throughout the ENTIRE movie, everyone including myself was reciting the movie from word to word. Don’t even get me started on the musical scenes. From Nappy Hair, Good Hair to Be Alone Tonight, you would have thought we wrote those songs lol. The feeling that I felt in my seat that night was the same feeling I felt twenty years ago as a kid when I first saw School Daze.
I could go on and on about my love for this movie and how it is the reason why my blood will always bleed blue (yes I am one of those annoying alumni) but the one thing I took from that night was to never underestimate the power of HBCUs. I haven't felt that feeling since college and I have to thank the man himself for allowing me to share this moment with him once again. Thanks, Mr. Spike Lee!