Radio Raheem

Yo! It’s A Spike Lee Joint!!

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RIP Bill Nunn 


Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It’s a tale of good and evil. Hate: it was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love: these five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: static. One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand, Love, is finished. But hold on, stop the presses, the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes, now, that’s right. Ooh, it’s a devastating right and Hate is hurt, he’s down. Left-Hand Hate KOed by Love.

Radio Raheem is a fictional character in the 1989 film Do the Right Thing produced, written and directed by Spike Lee. The character is played by Bill Nunn. Radio Raheem’s name is a reference his signature boombox that he carries wherever he goes.

Radio Raheem’s death in the film leads to the film’s climax in which tensions between the Brooklyn neighborhood’s local black community and the Italian owners of a local pizzeria reaches a peak.