Bill Nun who played Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s 1989 film, ‘Do the Right Thing’ has died on September 24 at the age of 62 at his hometown in Pittsburg.
Story | Taylor Preza
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As the cause of his death is still under investigation, many have come together all over social media to pay tribute to the harmonious actor.
Nun landed his well known role as Radio Raheem in Lee’s film where he was always seen holding a giant boom box over his shoulder, blasting the controversial song ‘Fight the Power’ on the streets of Brooklyn.
Now keep in mind this was during a time where racial tensions were high and African Americans were struggling with equality. Raheem’s role brought substance to the issue. The song ‘Fight the Power’ was symbolic to bring awareness to politics. In order for there to be peace between the blacks and whites, everyone needed to fight the power of the corrupt system.
Radio Raheem wore two hand rings in the film, one that read, “love” and one that read “hate.” In one of the most powerful lines in the movie, he explained, “Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It’s a tale of good and evil. Hate! It was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love! These five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: static. One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand, Love is finished. But hold on, stop the presses the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes, now, that’s right. Yea, Boom, it’s a devastating right and Hate is hurt, he’s down. Ooh! Ooh! Left-Hand Hate K.O.-ed by Love.”
All his character wanted was peace and love.
Today in 2016, as racial tensions still rise along with the Black Lives Matter movement, Nun’s death has sparked discussion. With the recent racially motivated shootings all over the nation, including the most recent in Charlotte, many have paused today to remember him.
“Radio Raheem is now resting in power. Radio Raheem will always be fighting da powers dat be,” Lee shared. “May God watch over Bill Nunn.”
The actor is survived by his wife and two children.