Sam Greenlee, Author of ‘The Spook Who Sat By the Door,’ Has Died

By Jamilah King May 19, 2014

Writer and filmmaker Sam Greenlee, best known for his 1969 novel "The Spook Who Sat by the Door," passed away on Monday. He was 83. The novel tells the story of a CIA agent who uses his training to turn a Chicago street gang into a Black guerrilla army was made into a film in 1973. Watch the above interview with Greenlee in which he discusses black filmmaking.