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Congressman Elijah Cummings lives in a Spike Lee joint

Rep. Elijah Cummings wants folks to know that he's keeping it real.

Like really, really, really real.

Starting with where he lives.

He told a crowd at Howard University Wednesday just how down-and-dirty real his Baltimore neighborhood is.

“I live in the inner, inner, inner-city. I'm one of the few congresspeople who live in the inner, inner city," The Hill reported Cummings saying. "You know, I ain't living close to the inner city, I'm right there on the 'Do the Right Thing' block."

"Do the Right Thing" is a Spike Lee movie that came out in 1989. It's about how the tensions in one black neighborhood simmer and eventually erupt on the hottest day of the summer.

Cummings, who grew up in the city and attended Baltimore City College, lives in the Madison Park neighborhood, which is just northeast of downtown.

According to The Hill, at Wednesday's event sponsored by the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Cummings was discussing how black communities have faced the foreclosure crisis.

In case the Spike Lee reference didn't paint enough of a picture about where he lives, the congressman added:

"I'm on the block where they knock on your door at two o'clock in the morning [and say], 'Mr. Cummings, you got a dollar, man?'"

jill.rosen@baltsun.com

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