Spike Lee On Cannes Lions Honor and Air Jordan Ads

Lee's editing partner Barry Alexander Brown on what the recognition means

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CANNES, France — Film and advertising creator Spike Lee has accepted the inaugural Creative Maker of the Year award at Cannes Lions Friday night in recognition of his lifetime of work.

In his acceptance speech, the director of Do the Right Thing, BlacKkKlansman, Malcolm X and Jungle Fever and founder of creative agency Spike DDB, referenced sports legends ranging from Jackie Robinson to Michael Jordan for helping him get to where he is today.

“The fact that I am up here is an accident,” Lee said.

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