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Teyonah Parris hopes to 'inspire change' with her role in Spike Lee's 'Chi-Raq'

Teyonah Parris hopes to 'inspire change' with her role in Spike Lee's 'Chi-Raq'

Long before the Friday release of Spike Lee's latest movie, "Chi-Raq," the film's theme and tone stirred controversy, particularly in the city where it's set, Chicago.

A modern retelling of the Greek tragedy "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes, Lee places the title character against a backdrop of gangs and gun violence in that city. When it started filming earlier this year, detractors, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, objected to its title, which compares the city to an embattled Iraq.

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