Spike Lee recently announced a release date for his highly-anticipated next joint, Chi-raq, and Twitter has blown up in response to the trailer.

subscribeChi-raq has a momentous release date of December 4th – not because of hip-hop mogul Jay Z’s birthday or Alpha Phi Alpha’s Founder’s Day – but because of the assassination of political organizer and Black Panther Chairman, Fred Hampton in Chicago on that date in 1969.



The word “Chi-raq” combines the words “Chicago” and “Iraq,” and seemingly contrasts the wars of the Middle East and the carnage happening at home. Native son Kanye West gave a nod to this war in the lyrics of “Murder to Excellence” from 2011’s “Watch The Throne” album. In it he spits… “I feel the pain in my city wherever I go / 314 soldiers died in Iraq / 509 died in Chicago.”

But the surprisingly animated trailer, with Samuel L. Jackson as narrator, reveals that the film is actually an adaptation of the classic comedy “Lysistrata” from 411 BC (yes, BC), where women hold out sex to end the Peloponnesian war. In Lee’s version, the women of Chi-town leverage guns for sex, and force men to end the violence that takes black lives by the hundreds (or at least that’s what the clip leaves us to speculate).



The film is a star-studded melange of A-list African-America with Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Dave Chappelle, Jennifer Hudson, La La Anthony, oh and John Cusack.

Lee’s offering is the first film by Amazon Studios, a new platform to get film and series producers financing and support.

Here’s what Twitter had to say about Chi-raq

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