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Ross is most notable for co-producing films with Spike Lee, with whom he co-founded 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks.[1] 

They first met at Morehouse College, where both took film making courses.[2] Ross appeared in Lee’s master’s degree thesis film, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads.[3] He co-produced many films with Lee through the 1980s and 1990s, including She’s Gotta Have ItSchool DazeDo the Right ThingJungle FeverMalcolm X and Crooklyn.[4]

Following the production of Crooklyn, Ross took a seven-year break from 40 Acres. Most of this break involved producing Keep the Faith, Baby, a biopic about Adam Clayton Powell Jr. He also produced Escaping Jersey and directed Reasons during this period.[4]

On re-joining 40 Acres, Ross became the coordinator for the company’s community outreach programmer, recruiting interns to assist with the production of Inside Man.[5] Ross is currently working with Spike Lee on the “She’s gotta have it TV Spin-off of the movie that he co-produced.

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