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Director Spike Lee at the Chiraq block party. (Credit: CBS)

Aldermen Debate Tax Break For Spike Lee’s Film, ‘Chiraq’

Members of a City Council panel debated, but did not vote on, a measure calling for director Spike Lee to be blocked from getting a state tax credit for his Chicago-based movie provocatively called “Chiraq,” reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/27/2015

Father Michael Pfleger talks with CBS 2 at an anti-violence event. (CBS)

Pfleger: City Council Hearing On Chiraq “Insulting”

Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina’s says a City Council meeting Monday discussing the merits of a movie titled Chiraq is “insulting,” reports WBBM’s Mariam Sobh.

07/26/2015

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)

Amazon Producing Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq,” With Reported December Premiere

Spike Lee’s controversial new film “Chi-Raq” – a nickname given to Chicago neighborhoods plagued by violence – will be Amazon’s first foray into producing theatrical films, with a big screen debut reportedly set for December.

07/15/2015

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

Alderman Won’t Block Street Party Co-Sponsored By ‘Chiraq’ Director

In a statement Friday, David Moore said he decided to sign the permit after talking to the church’s neighbors and finding they support the event.

06/12/2015

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)

Alderman Denies Block Party Permit For Spike Lee Film “Chiraq”

David Moore, the alderman in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood where the Spike Lee movie “Chiraq” is being shot, is denying a permit for a block party for the film.

06/10/2015

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

Dwyane Wade tweeted this cover of Ebony Magazine, which resulted in thousands of additional followers. (Credit: Twitter/Dwyane Wade)

Trayvon Tribute: Ebony Magazine Depicts Celebs, Sons In Hoodies

Chicago-based Ebony Magazine is dedicating its September issue to Travon Martin.

08/07/2013

Director Spike Lee talks with CBS 2's Jim Williams about his new, independently produced film, "Red Hook Summer." (CBS)

Spike Lee Still Courting Controversy With Latest Film

The prominent director talks with CBS 2’s Jim Williams about his latest movie, “Red Hook Summer,” a coming-of-age story sure to trigger debate among audience members.

08/20/2012