Spike Lee Visits Cheyney University

Hundreds of students and visiting guests filled the seats of the university’s newly renovated Marian Anderson Music Center at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania for the Keystone Honors Academy’s annual art and lecture series guest speaker. This year, the event featured Emmy Award-winning African American producer, Spike Lee.

In preparation for the discussion, Cheyney University hosted a film series in the residence halls and Marcus Foster student union to give students the opportunity to watch some of Lee’s Emmy Award winning films and discuss their reactions to the messages within them.

Spike Lee films that were shown included: Do the Right Thing, When the Levees Broke, Bamboozled, Malcolm X and School Daze. After the film series, students were encouraged to prepare questions for Lee to address during his speaking engagement. Many of the students that participated in the film series later went on to prepare and ask questions during the event, “A Conversation with Spike Lee,” wherein each student could ask the producer a question concerning film dynamics, African American history, the entertainment industry, and philosophy.

Students enrolled in the university’s newly launched Graphic Design program were invited to participate in a contest exhibition sponsored by the Keystone Honors Academy. All entries were displayed outside the auditorium and the winner, Cheyney University senior and graphic design minor, Yasheaka Oakley, received a cash prize and the honor of meeting Spike Lee during a private reception before his speaking engagement. Lee was kind enough to pose for the image featured above and autograph the winning poster.

Photo taken by Professor LaTriece Branson.

Yasheaka Oakley Owens

Yasheaka Oakley Owens is the owner of YOakleyPR, a woman-owned small business that provides public relations, social media, and online marketing support services to small businesses and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware.

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