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Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' features a track from a Baltimore songwriter

Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' features a track from a Baltimore songwriter

When director Spike Lee sent out a call a couple years ago for songs that could be used in his Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It,” Joe DeFilippo sent in a couple. When months passed and he never heard anything, the retired Baltimore County social studies teacher figured this particular shot at fame was a non-starter.

But in February, he got a phone call saying Lee was interested. Lee wanted to use DeFilippo’s song “Freedom Ride,” but not for the TV series.

“They said Spike was interested in the song for a film he’s working on,” DeFilippo, 62, remembers.

This week, when Lee’s latest, “BlacKkKlansman,” opens in theaters, “Freedom Ride”...

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