Spike Lee joined a panel of educators and media professionals in Boston for a discussion of race and the media.

The 43-year-old filmmaker's latest release, "Bamboozled," spoofs fame, fads, rap music and race, opens next month in New York.

The movie stars Damon Wayans as Pierre Delacroix, a Harvard-educated network TV writer who develops a contemporary blackface comedy, which, to his dismay, becomes a hit.

"In the new millennium, you don't have to wear blackface to be part of a minstrel show," Lee told the audience Monday night at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.