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It’s Real Out Here in These Streets: CHI RAQ

The Chicago Defender

Spike Lee planked by parents of murdered children in Chicago Spike Lee planked by parents of murdered children in Chicago

It’s Real Out Here in These Streets: CHI RAQ

By Mary L. Datcher

CD Senior Staff Writer

The very word Chiraq conjures up negative feelings by many who think it can do no good.   Together Spike Lee and Father Pfleger called a press conference to discuss the concerns of critic’s preconceived notions of the film’s name, Chi Raq. Will this film depict negative images of exploitation that some Chicago public officials are concerned will affect outside perception. The film has come under scrutiny by Alderman Will Burns (4th Ward) in blocking $3 million in tax breaks putting pressure on the Lee’s production efforts.

Although, the press conference included about 25 parents of murdered children who have fallen to the violence of crime that plagues our streets and neighborhoods, the name is still unnerving for some leaders. Father Pfleger has…

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