by Matt Davis
Spike Lee's wife, Tonya Lewis, is hot. Let's be quite clear: This was perhaps the biggest new story to come out of last night's red carpet premiere of If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don't Rise at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, and yet The Times Picayune's write-up doesn't even mention her. Shame!
Also on the carpet, Phyllis Montana-Leblanc and Wendell Pierce, both of whom are featured in the film. "He's a total scoundrel," said Montana-Leblanc, of Pierce. "Don't believe anything he says."
"We met five years ago," said Pierce. "And when they told me we were going to play a married couple in Treme I said, 'This is going to be great. This is going to be easy."
The director, dressed in a seersucker and Nikes, also hugged Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and posed for photographs alongside him with musician Terence Blanchard, and basketball star Chris Paul.
"This sends a message to the people of America," said Landrieu. "Whether it's Katrina or the BP oil spill or the recession, the people here are still standing."
Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao got the biggest round of applause during the premiere, for the scene of him pulling out a knife in front of the White House, and miming committing hari kari. This, Cao feels, is the key lesson that BP executives need to learn from the disaster, and to this observer, the audience reaction may well sway Cao's chances of reelection in the fall.