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"Black KkKlansman," Spike Lee's latest movie, tells the incredulous true story of African-American detective Ron Stallworth, who infiltrates the KKK.

Spike Lee mashes past with present in 'Black KkKlansman'

Spike Lee has been known for over three decades for his brash, unapologetic race-related films, challenging his audience to dive deeper into today’s issues through brilliant writing and direction. “BlacKkKlansman” tells the story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), who becomes the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. 

Sam Seaborn is arguably the most famous fictional Duke alumnus, graduating from Duke Law School before working under President Bartlet.

Who are Duke's most famous fictional alumni?

Duke’s alumni network is far-reaching, with hundreds of thousands of alumni in over 160 different countries. That network even extends to the fictional world, with characters in a variety of TV shows, as well as books, claiming Duke affiliations.

Once a model for school integration after the civil rights movement, Charlotte is now ranked lowest in economic mobility out of the 50 largest U.S. cities. 

The duality of the Queen City

About three and a half weeks ago, I landed in Charlotte, N.C., the Queen City. At first, I was swept up by the novelty of a new place — this is my first time in Charlotte, and I wanted to see everything. 


Coping with Kid Cudi

It’s sort of amusing that “Man on the Moon II” was the album that I gravitated toward as a 12-year-old. (Imagine me bobbing my head along to lyrics about alcohol and marijuana while I worked on my algebra homework.)