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(1988)

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Kyme and Tisha Campbell-Martin's matching kneepads in the Straight and Nappy scene were not part of the wardrobe. Campbell-Martin had a knee injury, and the stylist gave Kyme kneepads to match.
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Spike Lee had the actors stay in separate hotels during filming. The actors playing the "wannabes" had better accommodations than those playing the "jigaboos", which contributed to the on-camera animosity between the two camps. The step show scene was was result of that animosity. According to Lee, the fight between the jigaboos and wannabes was real.
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Spike Lee was kicked off the campuses of Morehouse, Spelman, and Clark Atlanta University during filming because the colleges' Boards of Directors were concerned about how black colleges were being portrayed. Lee finished filming at the neighboring Morris Brown College.
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Vanessa Williams was originally considered for the role of Jane Toussaint. However, Spike Lee was impressed by Tisha Campbell-Martin's singing in Little Shop of Horrors (1986), so she got the part.
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Tisha Campbell-Martin said she had no idea what a "jigaboo" was prior to joining the project.
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Alton Brown, host of Good Eats (1999), was the Steadicam operator for this film, and director of photography for R.E.M.'s "The One I Love" video.
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Laurence Fishburne's signature tooth gap is noticeably missing. He had his teeth capped for the role.
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Branford Marsalis performed many of the saxophone solos in the score.
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This is the first studio-funded musical to be directed by an African-American.
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Despite mixed reviews, the film cost $6.5 million to make, and grossed $15 million, making it one of Columbia Pictures's most profitable films of 1988.
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"Straight and Nappy" was written by Spike Lee's father, Bill Lee. His sister, Joie Lee, also had a small part in the film.
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Thanks to Columbia Pictures executive David Pickler, Spike Lee got final cut rights for the film, which was rare for any director at the time.
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Darryl M. Bell is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
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In the DVD commentary, Tisha Campbell-Martin said the blonde dye damaged her hair so badly she had to cut it out.
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The film came out when A Different World (1987), which was also set at a fictional historically African-American college, was in the middle of its first season. Jasmine Guy, Darryl Bell, and Kadeem Hardison starred on the show. Tisha Campbell-Martin later appeared in 2 episodes as Josie Webb, an HIV-positive student. Roger Guenveur Smith later appeared in 5 episodes as Professor Howard Randolph, an African-American History professor.
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This was supposed to the second film in Spike Lee's three-film deal with Island Pictures, after She's Gotta Have It (1986). He got a call from Island saying they no longer wanted to make the film because it was too expensive, and they'd lost confidence in Lee and his production people. The next day, Lee was at Columbia Pictures with David Puttnam and David Picker for a negative pick-up deal. The budget was increased the $6 million, and the film was made.
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Gamma Phi Gamma is a combination of two historically black fraternities: Alpha Phi Alpha and Omega Psi Phi. Omega Psi Phi members are known as the "Que Dogs" and their pledges used to shave their heads and eyebrows prior to becoming members. Alpha Phi Alpha colors are Black and Gold, and their mascot is the Sphinx. In the parade scene the Gammas float has an Egyptian theme.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The very last words spoken in the film, "Wake up!", are also the very first words spoken in Spike Lee's next film, Do the Right Thing (1989).
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