Word on the street is that there’s a “School Daze” sequel in the works:
Spike Lee’s classic Black college film School Daze turned 25 in 2013. Given that anniversary, many fans wonder if there’s a chance Lee might release a sequel to the classic film. In the past there has been talk, but no confirmation of a follow up until now.
Spike Lee spoke with Black&Sexy TV and confirmed that a script has been completed.
“I had the script for ‘School Daze,’” said Lee. “But, what people have to understand is that it’s a contemporary version. So it’s the same school, Mission College, 25 years later,” explains Lee. “Hopefully I can get Laurence Fishburne to play Dap. He’ll be the president now of the school. And we would deal with issues around Historically Black Colleges today.” (source)
Should this School Daze sequel happen, I’ll be very excited. More importantly, if it does happen, hopefully it highlights the plight of financially struggling HBCUs in the age of Obama. Yep, my daddy’s Alma Mata, Howard University, has been dying a slow death because of financial problems.
If Howard University is going broke, you can imagine how tough it is for smaller schools.
This from The New York Times:
Historically black colleges and universities, known as H.B.C.U.’s, once held a monopoly. Today, they struggle to compete with elite colleges that have stepped up recruiting for the best and brightest black students. Howard admitted almost 60 percent of applicants last year; among current freshmen, the top 25 percent in SAT math and reading scored 1190 and up; 15 years ago the threshold was 1330.
Other uncomfortable realities include new restrictions on the federal loans that many students depend on (89 percent of Howard’s receive some sort of financial aid). Howard’s teaching hospital has also been a drain on resources; once the sole choice for middle-class patients in a segregated society, it is now used mostly by those who cannot afford to pay elsewhere. And Howard has been hit with a downgrade of its credit rating by Moody’s Investors Service that makes fund-raising even more difficult.
Hopefully Spike Lee isn’t going to depend on black folks supporting a Kickstarter campaign to make this happen. Because, the truth is that as much as we’d love to see a sequel to the 80s classic film, a lot of us would rather cop the bootleg version and not run out and spend $75.00 at the movie theater (no seriously, have you seen the cost of popcorn these days?).
That being said, don’t hold your breath if you’re expecting black folks to shell out Kickstarter funds just to see what the jigaboos and wannabe negroes are up to these days (hell, it’s not like they’re doing anything different other than hanging out on Twitter fighting over twerking, feminism, or some other “we mad” shit). You know, jockeying for position with an elevated sense of importance.
If a “School Daze” sequel holds true to form, we all know that the movie would be about a bunch of bougie black folks arguing with pseaudo-intellectual, blacker-than-thou, “Obama ain’t doin’ shit for black folks,” type of negroes, on social media. The funniest thing about it all would be the fact that while these two groups continue the fight, neither one of them are actually doing anything for the black community as they both fight for superiority. Yep, and white folks would still laugh at us.