Thursday, January 19, 2012

Why You Should Go See Red Tails...

Wasn't sure if's audience caught my earlier post on the fearless, commemorated film, Red Tails". I've been a vocal supporter since I first saw the trailer. The email that I received via Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated this morning reinforces my intention...

On January 20th, 2012 Lucasfilm with distribution from Twentieth Century Fox will release a major motion picture based on the heroics of the Tuskegee Airmen entitled RED TAILS.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces. During World War II, African Americans in many states still were subject to the Jim Crow Laws. The American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subject to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction. The Tuskegee 332nd Fighter Group was the only operational unit, first sent overseas as part of Operation Torch, then in action in Sicily and Italy, before being deployed as bomber escorts in Europe where they were particularly successful in their missions. It has been reported by some they never lost a bomber they escorted.

Star Wars creator George Lucas has revealed that it took him over 20 years to get his latest movie, Red Tails completed. Speaking with Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show," Lucas admitted that he had to put down his own money in order to see Red Tails finally up on the big screen, and revealed that the main reason why the big studios did not want to pick up his project was "because it's an all-black movie – there's no major white roles in it at all."

The director,Anthony Hemingway, noted although the movie features some major Hollywood entertainers, including Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and R&B star Ne-Yo, the studios did not know how to market the film. Lucas noted that other all African-American dominated movies are only picked up by smaller studios and make a limited amount of money – while Red Tails demanded a much larger production budget. The producer put $58 million of his own money into the production of the film, The Hollywood Reporter revealed, and is spending $35 million more for its distribution. Red Tails is scheduled to be released by Lucasfilm Ltd. this coming Friday, January 20th, 2012 with 20th Century Fox distributing the film.

For those who haven't seen the trailer yet...

So, who wants to go with me and anxiously wait for the notorious "We Fight! We Fight! We Fight!" scene?


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