The movie "Red Tails", which is about the historic Tuskegee Airmen, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terence Howard opens today. Talk about a much needed movie that capture a proud moment in our history....that almost didn't happen.
Turns out the major players in Hollywood did not want to fund the project. George Lucas said executives worried that the majority-black cast wouldn’t put butts in the seats, even though that cast includes Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., up and comer Tristan Wilds, Ne-Yo and Nate Parker. The director, also a black man, is Anthony Hemingway.
Lucas (creator of Star Wars) in turn put up $58 million of his own dollars to fund the project after being rejected by every last major movie house. This movie has been a long time coming for Lucas. He first conceived the project in the 1980s and since then the major players in Hollywood have been neglecting the project because (according to Lucas) "they refused to believe they could successfully market an action movie about black people".
This one needs our support to show Hollywood that they are incredibly wrong!
This is a very important weekend for this movie....please go out and see it! If we don't stand together....no one will stand for us! Support Black Cinema! Grab your family, your neighbors, your church members and PACK THE THEATERS! We can't let Hollywood dictate how we are portrayed on the big screen or how 'marketable' we are!
GO SEE RED TAILS...then leave a comment on your thoughts on the film.
"Inaction is perhaps the greatest mistake of all."