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  • Was the cinematographer for Spike Lee's 1983 NYU thesis film, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads. They continued their collaboration after school, working together on a series of films: She's Gotta Have It (1986), School Daze (1988), Do the Right Thing (1989) (which earned Dickerson a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography), Mo' Better Blues (1990), Jungle Fever (1991) and Malcolm X (1992).
  • Segued to directing with 1992's Juice, which he also cowrote.
  • Won a Daytime Emmy for the 2002 TV-movie Our America.
  • Has directed several rappers in movies, including Tupac Shakur in Juice, Ice-T in Surviving the Game (1994), Snoop Dogg in Bones (2001) and DMX in Never Die Alone (2004).
  • Has helmed episode of myriad TV series, including The Wire, ER and Criminal Minds.


  • Annette — Ex-wife
  • Ernest Dickerson Jr. — Son
  • Janet — Daughter
  • Traci — Wife


  • Howard University, Washington, DC (BA in Architecture); New York University, New York, NY (MA in Film Production)

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  • Birth Name: Ernest Roscoe Dickerson
  • Birth Place: Newark, NJ
  • Profession: Director, Cinematographer

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