By now I hope you have heard of Red Tails. It’s a film about the trials and tribulations of the Tuskegee Airmen and stars an all black cast.  But those aren’t the only reasons we should head out to our local theatres this weekend.  Red Tails is a film that struggled to receive the support of Hollywood.

Created by George Lucas, Red Tails is a movie that is over 23 years in the making.  Lucas invested $93 million in production and distribution because Hollywood didn’t want to take a chance on the movie.  Major Hollywood studios don’t think black films make money at the box office.  If they are going to invest in a film, they expect a high return at the box office. That means all of our favorite black films were not produced in major Hollywood studios.   While they are great and we support, they don’t make the numbers major Hollywood studios seek to make and promote a film.




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So they really didn’t know how to market stars like Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrance Howard?? *blank stare*

So what does all of this mean? It means we need to go out to the theatres this weekend and support Red Tails. We need to prove that black films are movies that are desired by all audiences and are worth investing.  Movies that face challenges like this need to be supported! And if you know any teenagers, especially boys, bring them to the movies with you. Lucas created Red Tails to show teenage boys that there are real, inspirational American heroes.

Love it!!

Red Tails  hits theatres Friday, January 20, 2012.

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