Rated R

In Spike Lee’s remake of the critically-acclaimed Black independent film, Ganja and Hess (1973), the storyline is centered upon Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) and his struggle with addiction.  However, in his instance, the substance he needs is blood because he is a vampire.

A successful and wealthy African-American anthropologist, the focus of his research is centered upon the Ashanti, an African ethnic group whose accomplishments led them to be one of the most powerful empires in world history.  One of their culture beliefs and practices, according to Dr. Green’s research is consumption of blood would lead to immortality. 

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