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Spike Lee Hosts A Brooklyn Block Party To Remember Prince: 'Wear Something Purple'

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We know that so many celebs were affected by Prince's sudden death, but Spike Lee took it especially hard.

The filmmaker has posted multiple times to his Instagram account over the last day as he mourned the superstar's death, but it's what he did about it away from social media that is catching everyone's attention.

Related: Barack Obama Issues Statement On Prince's Death

On Thursday night, Lee hosted a block party to memorialize the Purple Rain icon, inviting thousands of people to come out to Brooklyn and celebrate the life of a legend, with a very simple request to 'wear something purple' (below):

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Chris Rock Goes After Jada Pinkett Smith AND Hollywood Racism In A Hilariously Hard-Hitting Oscars Opening Monologue!

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The more the diversity controversy surrounding the 2016 Oscars rose, the more excited we've been getting for Chris Rock hosting!

And he did NOT disappoint!

He began by teasing #OscarsSoWhite boycotters Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith, joking that there used to be much worse to complain about…

Video: Will Smith Had NO IDEA Jada Was Making Her #OscarsSoWhite Video!

But then he totally turned it around by commenting on Hollywood's REAL racism!

Ch-ch-check out the very funny and very REAL moment!

And be sure to check out the ongoing winners list HERE!

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Spike Lee Just Endorsed Bernie Sanders For President — Find Out Who YOUR Favorite Celebs Support In 2016!

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Another celeb has tossed their hat into the ring!

This time, it's filmmaker Spike Lee, who endorsed Bernie Sanders on Tuesday in a radio clip that is set to air throughout South Carolina before the Democratic primary that will take place on Saturday!

In the clip, Lee can be heard saying (below):

"For too long we've given our votes to corporate puppets. Sold the ‘okie-doke.' Ninety-nine percent of Americans were hurt by the Great Recession of 2008, and many are still recovering. That's why I am officially endorsing my brother, Bernie Sanders. Bernie takes no money from corporations. Nada. Which means he's not on the tape, and when Bernie gets in the White House, he will do the right thing."

There you have it!

Of course, A LOT of celebs have come through with endorsements thus far this campaign season, so add Lee to the crew of politically-active celebs (below)!!!

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[Image via Raif Succo/WENN.]

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Forget Snubbed, The Cast Of Straight Outta Compton Wasn't Even INVITED To The Oscars!

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It's no secret that Straight Outta Compton was one of the biggest Oscars snubs this year!

But with celebs like Will Smith and Spike Lee not attending the award show in protest of its lack of diversity, we've been wondering if the stars of the N.W.A. biopic would be following suit.

Well, it turns out they couldn't if they wanted to, because the cast wasn't even INVITED to the ceremony — and neither was the film's producer Ice Cube!

According to TMZ, the only two people involved in the film who scored an invitation are Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff — the two (white) screenwriters who were nominated for Best Original Screenplay!

Video: Ice Cube Adresses The #OscarsSoWhite Controversy!

While sources say Ice Cube most likely wouldn't have attended the event even if he did get an invite, the Ride Along 2 star will be attending the SAG Awards and NAACP Image Awards — which both nominated Straight Outta Compton in several categories.

It's not clear what criteria the Academy has for extending an invitation, but we think the talented cast would have made an appropriate choice to fill in the extra seats this year!

Do YOU think the cast should have received an invitation?

[Image via Universal Pictures.]

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Spike Lee Still Won't Be Attending The Oscars Despite Proposed Changes — But Don Cheadle Is Looking Forward To Chris Rock 'Taking Everyone To Task'

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The one-man boycott is still on for Spike Lee!

The Chiraq filmmaker was adamant that he would NOT be attending the Oscars in February, amid the award show's ongoing racial diversity problems.

Related: This Take On #OscarsSoWhite Is AWFUL!

Of course, Lee had previously indicated he was going to skip the Academy Awards — and even now that the Academy has made massive changes to their membership in a bid to diversify, that's not enough for the famed filmmaker.

Speaking to reporters over the weekend, Lee said:

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Oscar Nominee Mark Ruffalo Makes A Difficult Decision About Attending Amid Diversity Controversy! See What He Chose!

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Quite a few stars are skipping out on this year's Oscars, but Mark Ruffalo isn't one of them.

This week, the actor told BBC News that the lack of diversity in this year's nominees had him "weighing" whether or not he'd join Will Smith and Spike Lee in not attending the prestigious ceremony.

After mulling it over, the 48-year-old — who is nominated himself for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Spotlight — revealed he plans to go to the award show, but he still supports the boycott movement!

Video: Mark Ruffalo Was In An '80s Clearasil Ad!

On Thursday, Ruffalo posted a series of tweets about his decision, highlighting he would attend the show in support of a different cause:

Even though the Avengers star will attend the event, he hopes the Oscar Ban movement would star the conversation on much larger issues at hand, like the #BlackLivesMatter movement:

We totally understand the actor's decision!

Spotlight was an important film that shines a light on a very different problem, and it's of the utmost important to him that victims of sexual abuse be represented, even while another controversy is going on.

What do YOU think?

[Image via Mario Mitsis/WENN.]

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Spike Lee Says He 'Never Used The Word Boycott' When Discussing The Oscars' Diversity Controversy! Watch Him Explain On GMA!

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Who needs the Oscars when you can go to a Knicks game?!

On Monday, Spike Lee shared a passionate Instagram post in response to the all-white acting nominees for this year's Academy Awards, in which he explained that he wouldn't be attending the ceremony due to its lack of diversity.

After other high profile celebrities like Jada Pinkett Smith echoed Lee's stance and called for a boycott, the filmmaker made it clear that he's not telling anyone else what to do!

Related: Jada Responds To Academy President's Statement On Lack Of Oscars Diversity!

Speaking on Good Morning America on Wednesday, the Do The Right Thing director said he planned on attending the New York Knicks game in instead of the Oscars on February 28, saying:

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