Spike and Satchel Lee stop by Jay-Z and Beyonce’s ‘On The Run’ tour at MetLife Stadium in New York. The film director and his daughter smile for the cameras before heading up to the VIP riser and lounge.
As the father of two teenagers, Spike Lee knows a lot about modern day technology and the perils associated with having an overflow of knowledge. “My son is 17, my daughter is 19 — they know now what i knew at 25,” says the director. “Just all the stuff that young people are exposed to. Here in New York, we had channel 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, and maybe 13. That was it! We’ve got 900 channels on DirecTV [now], then the Internet. As a parent, I’m trying to get my kids to study.”
Studying, however, doesn’t come easy when the television and cellphone are on 24/7. “They’ve got the headphones on, the TV is on, the computer is on, the phone, and they’re trying to do their homework,” exclaims the star. “They don’t turn their phone off when they go to sleep. I say who the [heck] is going to call you at 4 in the morning!”
Spike and wife Tonya Lee have two kids together. Satchel will celebrate her twentieth birthday in December.
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