A Tribute to Brooklyn 'Homegirl' Rosie Perez

Film star Rosie Perez visits NPR's New York City studios.

Film star Rosie Perez visits NPR's New York City studios. John Guardo, NPR hide caption

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Rosie Perez made a big splash with her big-screen debut in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. Now she's being honored by BAM Cinématek in her hometown of Brooklyn with a two-day tribute and screenings of her films since that 1989 breakthrough performance.

She talks about her struggles as a "non-traditional" Hollywood actress.

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