Spike Lee to premiere new movie "BlacKkKlansman" in Detroit at NABJ convention

Film Director Spike Lee is bring a highly anticipated film to theatres this summer.

"BlacKkKlansman," directed and co-written by Lee and produced by "Get Out" director/writer Jordan Peele, it is being praised as a must-see summer release. The movie won the Grand Prix prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Before the August 10 premiere of the movie "BlacKkKlansman" the attendees of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will have a chance to see it few days prior to its release. On August 4 at an event that will feature appearances by Lee and upcoming actor John David Washington. Prominent media figure who hails from Detroit, TV personality and former "Access Hollywood" host Shaun Robinson, will moderate a discussion between Lee and White.

The "BlacKkKlansman" event will take place at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

“Every year we try to identify films that have a really big impact," says Kelley L. Carter, NABJ Arts and Entertainment taskforce chair

The NABJ national convention which brings several thousand writers, editors, photojournalists, and other media members and students together in one major city. The 'Motor City' is this years city of choice from August 1-5.

The "BlacKkKlansman" screening is one of several movie and TV events that will take place at the NABJ convention. There is a packed lineup of workshops and panel discussions relating to media, world and minority issues.

Past conventions have given members an early glimpse of films such as "Django Unchained" starring Jamie Foxx and introduced members to "12 Years a Slave."

This year other screenings will include "The Bobby Brown Story" event that will be attended by the real Bobby Brown and actor Woody McClain, who plays him in the upcoming BET drama.

Events tied to "Meet the Campbells" on TV One, "Greenleaf" on the OWN network, and an event about the original docuseries "Warriors of Liberty City" from Starz and Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell, the iconic rapper and front man for 2 Live Crew.

 

In an interview with USA Today, Lee stated "BlacKkKlansman" is not just a period piece, but it also addresses racism in the Trump era.

Washington, son of Denzel Washington and former college football player at Morehouse, spent four years with the United Football League as a running back.

Now, plays the lead role of Ron Stallworth, an African-American police detective who teams up with a white colleague (Adam Driver) to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.