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
Traci — Wife
Ernest Dickerson Jr. — Son
Janet — Daughter
Howard University, Washington, District of Columbia, United States (BA in Architecture); New York University, New York, New York, United States (MA in Film Production)