How Spike Lee Defeats Failure

On the eve of Netflix’s ‘Da 5 Bloods,’ the auteur discusses the Black experience in Vietnam, cultural literacy, and the art of losing

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The streets on Manhattan’s Upper East Side are eerily free of cars and pedestrians on a lovely Sunday afternoon. The few locals you see are mostly…