Chiraq

Director Spike Lee and actor John Cusack discuss Lee's upcoming film "Chiraq," which has sparked controversy over the title. Chiraq -- a blend of Chicago and Iraq -- has been slapped on the city by rappers and spread through social media because of gun violence in some Chicago neighborhoods. (Photo credit: CBS)

Spike Lee Defends “Chiraq” Film, Blasts “People Just Judging From Afar”

The title of Spike Lee’s new movie might not sit well with some, but the filmmaker was not backing down from calling his upcoming film on Chicago’s gun violence “Chiraq,” as he defended his controversial work on Thursday.

05/14/2015

Spike Lee arrives at the Costume Institute Gala Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 5, 2015 in New York.  (Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Spike Lee To Address Criticism Of Controversial New Movie “Chiraq”

Lee plans to set his movie in Englewood, one of several violence-plagued neighborhoods that have earned the nickname “Chiraq.” Some feel that name—a blend of Chicago and war-torn Iraq—furthers negative perceptions about the city.

05/14/2015

Some 5,000 hopefuls wrapped around St. Sabina Academy Saturday to audition for "Chiraq." (Credit: CBS)

Thousands Turn Out To Audition For Spike Lee Film “Chiraq”

The controversial title didn’t keep thousands of people from lining up for a part in Spike Lee’s new movie.

05/09/2015

Spike Lee.   (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Father Pfleger Tells Spike Lee Critics That Violence Is The Problem, Not Film Title ‘Chiraq’

Lee plans to set his movie Englewood, one of several violence-plagued neighborhoods that earned the nickname “Chiraq.”

04/16/2015

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Mayor Emanuel Meets With Spike Lee, Voices Displeasure With Film Title “Chiraq”

It was in the mayor’s City Hall office Wednesday morning that he met with Spike Lee and delivered a blunt message.

04/15/2015

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Alderman Pans Reported Title Of Spike Lee Film, ‘Chiraq’

Mystery surrounds the reported film project to be filmed in the Windy City with an all-star cast. Some aren’t crazy about the title, which suggests violence.

04/10/2015

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Chicago Not Actually ‘Murder Capital’ Of, Well, Anything

Thanks to recent headlines, you’d think the FBI rolled out the red carpet and handed Chicago a beautiful, hand-engraved (in cursive!) plaque that reads Murderiest Murder City in Murderland. In reality, the FBI did no such thing. Here’s a closer look at the FBI’s statistics and how they do and do not relate to homicides in Chicago

09/26/2013