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George Lucas: Hollywood Didn’t Want to Fund ‘Red Tails’ Because It Was All Black

George Lucas made an appearance on The Daily Show last night and said what most black people in Hollywood have been saying for years: It’s hard to get funding for black movies because they’re, well – black. It’s not because black scripts are poorly written that they are difficult to fund, but because there’s no role in an all black script for a white lead.

“It’s because it’s an all-black movie. There’s no major white roles in it at all…I showed it to all of them and they said no. We don’t know how to market a movie like this” said Lucas.

The motion picture “Red Tails” , which opens January 20 and stars Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr, tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen who fought in the segregated armed forces during World War II. In addition to having an all black cast, the movie was directed by black director Anthony Hemingway. Lucas also predicted that if “Red Tails” does good box office numbers during its opening week, it’ll probably be easier to get funding for movies with all black casts in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obama to host Tuskegee Airmen, cast of 'Red Tails'

 
Obama to host Tuskegee Airmen, cast of 'Red Tails'

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President Obama and the first lady greet Tuskegee Airmen and the cast of 'Red Tails' at a White House screening (courtesy of the White House)


President Obama on Friday afternoon will host the Tuskegee Airmen and the cast and crew of the new film about the pilots called Red Tails for a screening of the movie at the White House.

 

The screening will be at 5:30 p.m. at the White House for the film, which will be released on Jan. 20 in theaters.

 

<small>WATCH THE FIRST SEVEN MINUTES OF 'RED TAILS' HERE:</small>

RT Clip from Tambay Obenson on Vimeo.

 

It's not the first time Obamas has used the 40-seat theater to show a film or one about African-Americans. Last year, around Father's Day, the White House hosted military families for a screening of the Cars 2, and in February 2011, Obama invited some key African-American leaders to see Thurgood, the HBO film about the first black Supreme Court justice.

 

The showing, and the placement of it on Obama's schedule that is released to press, is also a nod to the African-American community a few days before the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. While not constantly emphasizing his status as the first black president, Obama's decision to host these kinds of events can help with maintaining relationships with key black leaders and activists.

 

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  Well...I just found out that Lucas is dating a black woman named Melody.  She is the financial analyst on Good Morning America and have had her own show on ABC talking about debt.  I say this to say that maybe her input influenced Lucas' decision to make this movie.  And maybe he realized that in his own country instead of in fantasy space, there are true life STORIES to be told that many "white" producers don't wanna tell.  But!  For whatever reason, I am glad that we finally have significant filmmakers like Lucas supporting our historic legacy in this nation.  I think he is BRAVE to take this stance.  Cuz it is TIME for truth....instead of all these bullshit unrealistic tales about white heroes....white supermacy.  We all know that those are NOT real STORIES...merely white propaganda.  So kudos to him....and I project others will follow.  But! 

You know, over the weekend I read this commentary by Roland Martin which he entitled "Hollywood's irrational allergy to "Black" films" where he pretty much did a pretty good job of railing about Hollywood's lack of backing "all Black-cast films."

 

I generally look at Roland Martin as an 'apologist' most of the time and am not impressed by what he has to say - and this time wasn't much different - but I think he did write a good article! 

 

However, at the end of it, my thought was that .... it is soooooo waaaaayyyyy past time that Black people STOP being so worried and caring so much about what White people (and not just Hollywood!) will or won't do for us ... what they think or don't think about us ... and even how they treat (and don't treat) us!!!

 

We waste tooooooo much time, energy, money and emotion on seeking their approval ... and then taking it so hard when they won't give it. 

 

If we would spend the same amount of time concentrating on building, having, creating our OWN everything ... i.e., movies, businesses, corporations, schools, infrastructure, financial networks, etc., and everything else ....... what "Hollywood" is (or is not) willing to put out for our benefit would be so insignificantly important, it wouldn't even be funny!!!

 

So far, Tyler Perry is the only one with the ... balls .. (Sorry, I couldn't think of any other way to say it!) to go out there and start his own Black movie studio and produce Black films .... and it's amazing how much hate (not love) he gets from it by multitudes within the Black community!!

 

It's one thing to hate a specific movie he puts out ... but it's another thing to refuse to even appreciate that a Black man successfully bucked the very White-dominated "Hollywood" system that we're sitting in this thread complaining about right now  and created his own successful movie studio specifically due to the fact that "Hollywood" will not appreciate Black talent and Black entertainers and make decent films and create decent roles for Black actors in their movies!!

 

I mean .... that IS what everybody's complaining about, right?? 

 

George Lucus is a White man ... and therefore, it would be impossible for him to be a Black-owned studio owner.   But no Black person - other than Tyler Perry - has been willing to do what needs to be done in that arena, either.  So we're just left with complaining about the fact that White people won't anything good for us in entertaining.

 

And a fat lot of good that's doing.  Again ... what a waste.

  You know...it ain't rocket science yall.  Black consumers are a trillion dollar industry.  So I would go independent and just put it out there if I had the mola and talent.  Trust me somebody will pick it up.  Cuz I'm sure there are those like me who are JUST freaking tired of this white man in a white horse saving the day bullshit while folks are starving to death as a result of his legacy of colonalism.  People are now looking for real life topics that correlates with what is happening now or has happened in the past.  And you're right Sista ER folks need to gather their balls....and fock Hollywood cuz we see they are nothing but a  bunch of plastic surgery consumed don't live in the real world FAKES who have had their time with this unrealistic bullshit they called "film art."   People are passed thirsty....and there are many black folks who have the money to pull this off.  But the million dollar question is:  will they?  But!

Originally Posted by Muhammad Cipher:

Owning a studio isn't the only issue.  The issue is in entertainment is distribution.  You can own whatever you like, if the distribution channels are locked up between 3 or 4 companies, that's a bigger battle than most people know.

It actually goes to the larger issue of media ownership.  5 companies own >90% of the media outlets.

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Okay.  But ..... And .....??? 

 

I mean ... again, let me refer back to the only Black man who has successfully bucked "Hollywood" for the benefit of Black entertainment (and entertainers), Tyler Perry, who HAS a secured worldwide distribution deal in place.  Sooooo .... it's not like it can be said that it isn't possible for it to be done!!!

 

I was thinking the other day about the fact that Yemaya (with a harmonistic background chorus by NSpirit  ) have been hollerin' for YEARS ... YEARS now ... about the fact that there isn't - and needs to be - an African American cable news channel dedicated and devoted to informing Black America about REAL issues and REAL news!!! 

 

To my mind, there's only 2 reasons I can think of why this hasn't happened yet!!  (After all, they can't be the ONLY two Black people in America who feels that there is a NEED for such a channel ... or who expresses the desire to have one!).

 

Reason no. 1 would be that Black people (or a Black person) just aren't capable of owning/acquiring/buying/running such a cable channel or outlet/studio.  Or ....

 

Reason no. 2 is that there's no Black American person(s) in the entire country (or elsewhere for that matter!!) who WILL do it!!

 

I simply don't (and won't ever) believe there's ANYTHING that Black people (or a Black person, individually) CANNOT do. (Especially if the reason is determined to be "White people" ... or a White person!!!)   So Reason no. 1 is disregarded off the bat for me!

 

No ... we don't have an all-Black news channel because no Black person has stepped up to the plate to produce one!!!  (And sadly, that probably IS because of "White people" ... what they think, want or don't want, are willing or not willing to do for us!! )

 

It's SICKENING that we're still so complacent to be sitting, waiting, hoping for them to open the door for us, throw out a crumb - of invitation - for us to get in the game ... and not accepting the fact that they give their DOGS more respect (opportunity) than they're willing to give to us.

 

With the Black stories that are out there waiting and needing to be told of the REAL history of Black people, Black achievement, Black greatness, Black contribution, Black academia .. and everything else related to us as a people .... WAITING for White America/Hollywood to give their approval, offer the opportunity or outright DO it .... for US .... is one of the most ridiculous, sad, pitiful, depressing and waste of time things I can think of right about now. 

 

White people's ice is NOT colder.  Nor is their opinion (especially of us) any more important or valid than ours is.  And we needed to have figured that out ... yesterday!!

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Black folk and the Hollywood propaganda machine are talking about coming out to support Red Tails. But where were they when Spike Lee made Miracle at St. Anna?

 

I wouldn't be so quick to embrace George Lucas. Lucas is the same producer accused of subliminally portraying black charactertures in his movies as buffoons and savages. Lucas knew well in advance whites in Hollywood weren't going to fund this movie, so why the media hype? If black people fail to see what's going on then they're hopeless. 

 

Lucas's motivation for producing Red Tails isn't fellowship toward African American stories, but a tax write off and kudos points. Lucas knows he has more to gain with a tax write off for Red Tails then investing his own money to produce the film. If a Hollywood elite wants to acheive messiah status there are three things he/she must do:

 

1. make a movie with a predominately black cast

 

2. raise social issues effecting Africa

 

3. adopt a black baby


Originally Posted by Dissident:

 

Black folk and the Hollywood propaganda machine are talking about coming out to support Red Tails. But where were they when Spike Lee made Miracle at St. Anna?

 

I wouldn't be so quick to embrace George Lucas. Lucas is the same producer accused of subliminally portraying black charactertures in his movies as buffoons and savages. Lucas knew well in advance whites in Hollywood weren't going to fund this movie, so why the media hype? If black people fail to see what's going on then they're hopeless. 

 

Lucas's motivation for producing Red Tails isn't fellowship toward African American stories, but a tax write off and kudos points. Lucas knows he has more to gain with a tax write off for Red Tails then investing his own money to produce the film. If a Hollywood elite wants to acheive messiah status there are three things he/she must do:

 

1. make a movie with a predominately black cast

 

2. raise social issues effecting Africa

 

3. adopt a black baby


 

By all means we should be cautious.  However, this does remind me of the reaction (in the south) to Father Pflager from Chicago.  Many who where unaware quickly took to the idea that he was a "great white hope" that Black people where quick to fall for merely because he's white.  Naturally, people in or from Chicago have a different perspective on his works. 

 

But I understand the skepticism.

  Speaking for myself I don't think it's a "white hope" move.  But!  There is not enough BLACK folks supporting black films and as a result many GOOD black stories don't get TOLD!  I just want them TOLD.  And told with truth....doesn't matter what race the producer.  As a matter of fact, the film COLOR PURPLE wouldn't have gotten its props....if we had waited for a so-called BLACK producer to film it -wasn't gotta happen. And that was an epic film.   I ain't waiting no more..that is for black film producers to get off their azzes and film our stories.  Nope!  Plus! There's a money factor as well. Black celebrities are CHEAP about the Black experience. And don't wanna come outta their pockets.  Cuz why?  As artists they STILL have no vision.  Tragic.

 

I remember Spike getting his boxer in a bunch when he had trouble producing Malcolm X.  That shouldn't have EVER happened cuz of ALL the black celebrities at the time with money coming outta their booties....but!  It did.  So until we stop playa hatin and support our own stuff....this will continue to occur.  Cuz I am more than sure a lot of stories in our history WILL never get told-just cuz the facts I just mentioned i.e. we are cheap with ourselves.  Cuz be sure Will Smith aint thinkin about black history and he got the dollars to do ANY film, anytime...even if he went independent. I'm talking tellin our stories not this sci-fi or only in your imagination never in real life bullshit stories.  There are so many BLACK snobs in the movie industry who don't wanna let go of their dollars to produce black movies about our contribution to this country...cuz why?  They are worried about massa coming to see 'em and giving his thumbs up...instead of having VISION and seeking truth. [Geez.  There's that word again. Vision.]  And doing it anyway [filming our stories] to ensure that one:  it gets told and two:  it will be in OUR library of films [archives] so that the legacy of our history can be viewed by OUR offsprings generationally,  But!  We don't think that far in the future and that's our problem.  Even if these [potenital] films go on the B market that only MEANS folks will  have better and faster chance of seeing them in their livingrooms. And that's a BIGGER audience base.   But!  Duh...again black folks dont think that far in the future.  And this nonthinking pattern has been our achilles' heel since slavery.  But! 

Mannnnnnnnnnn ..... you are SO right about THAT, Ms. Koco!!!

 

And it's not JUST about (Black) movies or stories about us that Black folks don't/won't support each other in ..... I'm still trying to think of a subject matter where we are willing to "come together for each other" .... and support something that has to do with - and is good for - us. 

 

You let some tacky-ass, bleeped-out, scandalous, back-stabbing, 'baffoonis'h-type "reality show" come on TV and Blackfolks will get speeding tickets and knock each other down to be in front of the tube to watch it!!!  But a good, historic, enlightening story about iconic Black achievement, bravery or greatness?? 

 

They'd rather have their wisdom teeth pulled out with a pair of rusty pliers. 

 

We will NEVER get our stories told if we wait about for Black people to tell 'em.  It may have taken a White man 25 years and his OWN money to produce thisBLACK film.  But at least SOMEBODY did it!!  When a whole lot of other "somebodys" DID NOT!!! 

Originally Posted by EbonyRose:

Mannnnnnnnnnn ..... you are SO right about THAT, Ms. Koco!!!

 

And it's not JUST about (Black) movies or stories about us that Black folks don't/won't support each other in ..... I'm still trying to think of a subject matter where we are willing to "come together for each other" .... and support something that has to do with - and is good for - us. 

 

You let some tacky-ass, bleeped-out, scandalous, back-stabbing, 'baffoonis'h-type "reality show" come on TV and Blackfolks will get speeding tickets and knock each other down to be in front of the tube to watch it!!!  But a good, historic, enlightening story about iconic Black achievement, bravery or greatness?? 

 

They'd rather have their wisdom teeth pulled out with a pair of rusty pliers. 

 

We will NEVER get our stories told if we wait about for Black people to tell 'em.  It may have taken a White man 25 years and his OWN money to produce thisBLACK film.  But at least SOMEBODY did it!!  When a whole lot of other "somebodys" DID NOT!!! 

 

 

I just came back from the movie cineplex and Yes, I checked my ticket stub.  Just wanted to give proof.  Now, that I got that out of the way, who's gonna see it next?  I'm gonna see it again, just to let you all know.  It was MILES ahead better than the HBO version.  Not that HBO's film was bad, but there's a big difference between a movie made for $2 million and movie made for $93 million.  I've said it before many times: if you're doing something legit and you're not killing anyone and not breaking into somebody's car or house, I'm gonna support you.  I don't care what color the director/producer involved, as long as out stories are told (or shown) as brilliant as possible.  I don't wanna hear any BS from ANY of us saying, "well I can't relate to it, so I'm not gonna see it." Hell, I know a lot of black folks who watched "Shrek," and not a single one of them either lived in a swamp or owned a talking donkey.  They didn't have "relate" to Shrek to watch Shrek.  No more excuses.   Tyler Perry and Spike Lee can't direct all of our films.  We can make the movies, the thing is "WILL WE SUPPORT THEM?"  Either we do it, or we don't.  Just don't make any crappy films, that's all I ask.  If you do support them, then let's take it to the top.  If you don't want to support, then that's your choice...

 

HOWEVER, if your ignorant behind have the nerve to open your mouth about why there's so many films of "Madea Goes To Mardi Gras" or "Big Momma's Outhouse,"  and you refuse to see any alternative films, because you "can't relate" to it, then sit your dumbass in the corner, put your crab claws in your pockets and STFU.  Don't drag us into your backward ass abyss; be ignorant all by yourself.

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"We will NEVER get our stories told if we wait about for Black people to tell 'em.  It may have taken a White man 25 years and his OWN money to produce thisBLACK film.  But at least SOMEBODY did it!!  When a whole lot of other "somebodys" DID NOT!!!"


This is very true. Tragically, American Negroes seem   content letting others document their history. Their group indifference and apathy is shocking. Not that there is anything wrong with non-black authors writing or directing documentaries about black history or related subject matter (someone has to do it). But the vast majority of well written scholarly books and documentaries about black people are written by whites –not blacks. Where are the black historians and academians with widely respectable and acknowledged pedigrees? Why are they not the major and leading contributors to literature/documentaries concerning black history? This is a sad and inexcusable narrative about the American Negroes lack of academic interest and desire to research and write about their own history. I’m sure George Washington Williams, Carter G. Woodson and John Hope Franklin are rolling over in their graves.


Many years ago I attended a speech by a great American war hero and the commanding officer of the Tuskegee airman, General Benjamin O. Davis Jr. The crowd was 90% white! Another time I went to see a number of Tuskegee airman speak and the results were the same. There was a white woman who had three small children and she ushered them forward to meet with the former pilots. She said to her children, “Listen, theses are great American heroes. Say hello to them”. The Tuskegee airman, one black woman and I, were the only blacks present. Everyone else was white. What’s wrong with this picture? E’nuff said….

Of course white people can put out movies about black people. they have set up the economy, the culture and other dynamics to make it so that they have most of the resources. DUH.

 

  Uh....this is NOT true anymore. There are a lot of black artists that now have the resources to make black movies. Just like the record business with blacks now having their own labels, if BLACKS wanted to they could do the same in the movie industry. We have the internet, easy to use cameras---all it takes is a little creativity and imagination. And budget? Hell I remember a movie receiving an academy award with less than 50 thousand dollar budget. It can be done. But the question is how bad does the black community want it? We now have STARS from all walks of life with the money to contribute...but! Another question: why won't they? And the real "duh" is those standing on the sidelines complaining about white folks making money off of black stories....when they can do the EXACT same thang. But as usual we are waiting for massa to give us the heads up. That will NEVER happen. If we had waited for massa to give us a heads up for our freedom....we still be slaves. We have to put our big girl/boy pants on and TELL our stories....and later for massa. But!

 

Many years ago I attended a speech by a great American war hero and the commanding officer of the Tuskegee airman, General Benjamin O. Davis Jr. The crowd was 90% white! Another time I went to see a number of Tuskegee airman speak and the results were the same. There was a white woman who had three small children and she ushered them forward to meet with the former pilots. She said to her children, “Listen, theses are great American heroes. Say hello to them”. The Tuskegee airman, one black woman and I, were the only blacks present. Everyone else was white. What’s wrong with this picture? E’nuff said….

 

 Exactly!!!  This has been MY experience as well.  And  you ask what's wrong with this picture?  Well...there are NOT many black people in it.  So why do they continue to complain about true stories they are the leading stars of?   Tragic.  But! 

Where was he speaking?

 

Did it cost anything to attend his speech?  How much?

 

Was it advertised in media that catered to African Americans?

 

 

I have often known of famous African Americans having a speaking engagement in our area, but often, it is not exactly in town, or there is often a heavy charge to see the person (especially if you are talking about carrying your kids), and many of these engagements are known of (happened across) a day or two before the event (giving little or no time to prepare to attend, time wise or financially) or known of after the event has already taken place because it was advertised in a magazine, newspaper/newsletter, on a radio show or via some subscription or membership required news medium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basically this entire thing about Hollywood not wanting to put out a film with an all black cast was a marketing campaign. It was the perfect propaganda because it played to black people's sense of injustice and under representation in 'major' films. And some of you fell for it. So now George Lucas the the distribution company are making major cheddar from what has been described as a "Corny" film by Lucas himself.None of the money will be recycled into the pockets of Black America. My people, my people.

Wait .... so are you saying that Hollywood doesn't have an aversion to putting out "all Black-cast movies"??   And that Black people do not feel a sense of injustice and under-representation in major films???  And that Black people should find that kind of discrimination acceptable??? 

 

Did we really "fall" for something that isn't even true or have any basis in reality?? 

I don't know if I believe that it was just a marketing campaign on the part of George Lucas because we have known forever that Hollywood does not want to make a Black movie with an all-Black cast.  The West and the United States government relies heavily on Hollywood as part of their propaganda machine that keeps people brainwashed and socially conditioned to see White people as moral, upstanding citizens and heroes to the world.  Movies like "Red Tails"  that show Black males as the heroes cuts into that, and it makes the masses think, or re-think decades of media/Hollywood propaganda, social conditioning and brainwashing.  

 

Movies and documentaries also serve as a peek into who Black people really are, who African Americans really are, what African Americans have really contributed, what African Americans have really sacrificed, and more importantly, true information about Black people's history in America being distributed throughout the general public validates the sadism, hatred, unfairness, discrimination, and evil that Black people have suffered at the hands of and by the actions of White racists in America.

"Of course white people can put out movies about black people. they have set up the economy, the culture and other dynamics to make it so that they have most of the resources. DUH."


Ha! Ha! Ha! That’s funny. Negroes pick and choose what they want to support and what interest them. Suggesting that whites have unlimited resources for funding and production of movies/documentaries is true. No doubt. But this does not excuse Negroes from being self-imposed spectators while others document their history. Attempting to justify a faux pas argument “whites have resources and we don’t to make literature/media about our history”, is weak. American Negroes spend billions of dollars on entertainment and other interests. I support the literature and documentaries. Millions of others can do the same. They choose not to. Regardless of what you think of Tyler Perry’s movies, he receives grass root support that enables him to do so. His movies are very successful. Why? Because his core constituency and support comes from Negroes. There is no excuse for indifference or apathy about the history of your own people. Duhhhh…..


"Uh....this is NOT true anymore. There are a lot of black artists that now have the resources to make black movies. Just like the record business with blacks now having their own labels, if BLACKS wanted to they could do the same in the movie industry. We have the internet, easy to use cameras---all it takes is...........when they can do the EXACT same thang. But as usual we are waiting for massa to give us the heads up. That will NEVER happen."


On point!!! You said everything that needs to be said about this subject. Case closed. Next.......

Originally Posted by sunnubian:

Movies and documentaries also serve as a peek into who Black people really are, who African Americans really are, what African Americans have really contributed, what African Americans have really sacrificed, and more importantly, true information about Black people's history in America being distributed throughout the general public validates the sadism, hatred, unfairness, discrimination, and evil that Black people have suffered at the hands of and by the actions of White racists in America.

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It always baffles me the number of Black people who complain about and reject the showing of the movies and documentaries that come on during during Black History Month ... because they are being shown during Black History Month!! 

 

They regard it as "propaganda" .... and, in some ways, it probably is to a certain extent ... since that kind of programming is RARELY if EVER shown during any other time!!

 

But it is the ONLY time in which true, in-depth, comprehensive stories of our struggles, achievements, sacrifices and perseverance are told in any reality-based way!!  Even the networks - but especially stations like PBS, The History Channel, BET, go out of their way to show real, raw footage, the interviewing of historians, the depictions of our true leaders and scholars (both past and present) and the  recounting of lifetime experiences by still-living elders!!

 

I don't know if White people watch the shows and documentaries devoted to the true story of the Black experience during the month of February.  But Black people should be transfixed to their TV sets ... with their kids within arms distance ... every day of the month!!!

 

We can be mad that it's mostly White people producing these shows ... but ONE month of REAL history is better than the around-the-clock, year-round showing of "Flavor of Love" and "T.I. & Tiny" that a lot of Black people are riveted to these days. 

*****When I went to see the movie, there were more Whites (about 90%) in the theatre than Blacks and many were men with family who were elderly retired military veterans who gave the movie a standing ovation.***** 

 

"Red Tails" came in #2, to "Underworld" ($25.4 million) opened to better-than-expected numbers at the domestic box office this weekend, taking in $19.1million.

 

Fox Studios was upbeat.

 

Studio executives had projected that the PG-13 "Red Tails," about the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, would gross $10 million to $12 million, although less conservative outside box-office watchers estimated it would take as much as $18 million. The $19.1 million take was a surprise.

 

"It played across all demographics and all across the country," Fox's distribution chief, Chris Aronson, told TheWrap Sunday morning.

 

He noted that the audience was 51 percent male and 49 percent female -- a close split, considering "Red Tails" is a war movie.

 

"Red Tails," which executive producer George Lucas financed, cost $58 million to make. "George has believed in this movie for 20-odd years and all I can say is, he was right," Aronson said.

 

The Tuskegee Airmen were African American pilots in the segregated U.S. Army Air Corps.
 
"It's a story that not too many people know about," Aronson said. "And now a lot of people will know about."

 

He said the movie, directed by Anthony Hemingway and starring Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Bryan Cranston, slightly overindexed in African American markets, and that the only North American locations where the movie did not perform especially well were in Canada.

 

The movie received an "A" Cinemascore.

 

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Sista ER wrote: We can be mad that it's mostly White people producing these shows ... but ONE month of REAL history is better than the around-the-clock, year-round showing of "Flavor of Love" and "T.I. & Tiny" that a lot of Black people are riveted to these days.                        

 

My sista...you are sooooooooooo right! Hey I didn't even get that this movie was showin in conjunction to Black History. I need to slow down. Okay. I don't understand why folks panties are in a bunch. Truly. We as black people know that most black folks will not do ANYTHING but yap and complain about what white folks are doing in terms of our image. But hey George Lucas put up 100 million dollars of his OWN money to make this film....plus! Another 35 million dollars for marketing. Folks need to do the numbers cuz what black celebrity do you know would go in their pockets and pull out 135 million dollars to do a black film? I don't KNOW any. Plus he had wanted to do this film for 23 years....and was turned DOWN after he completed it by all the major hollywood studios.

 

So my sista I am right there with ya. I MUCH rather see QUALITY depicitions of true black life than this below the curb hoodrat ghetooism seen on cable. Puck and Gag. And they should be ashamed! And the real blackfolk who should be ashamed are the rich black celebrities who can put all this BACKWARD LYING propaganda to REST by simply producing MORE real to life black films. We NEED to tell our OWN stories....bottom line. Instead we are squabblin in the barrell talking about coulda woulda shoulda. Pitiful. But!

 

 

 Lt. Col. Luke Weathers Jr.

 

Tuskegee Airman Luke Weathers Jr. Buried At Arlington National Cemetery.

 

ARLINGTON, Va. — On the same day that retired Air Force Lt. Col. Luke Weathers Jr. took his resting place among other war and military heroes, his real-life story as a World War II aviator played out on movie screens across the country.

 

Weathers was buried Friday at Arlington National Cemetery in a service that began with a flyover of four F-16 jets in the Missing Man formation, a special honor reserved for pilots, by the 113th Wing of the D.C. Capital Guardians, the same unit that guards the airspace over the nation's capital.

 

Weathers died Oct. 15 in Tucson, Ariz., of pneumonia at age 90. His burial coincided with the official opening in theaters of "Red Tails," a George Lucas-produced movie retelling the story of the Tuskegee Airmen who debunked widely held beliefs that black pilots were incapable of fighting in combat.

 

Shortly after the flyover, in which one of the three jets departed from formation, a caisson pulled by six horses carried Weathers' body to his burial spot amid hundreds of the stark marble tombstones that cover the grounds of the national cemetery.

 

An Air Force band accompanied the wagon, its drummer thumping a solemn beat as family followed on the chilly, overcast Friday morning. Family members wore red ties and scarves, as they had at Weathers' Memphis funeral, as a nod to the aviators who painted their aircrafts' tails red to set themselves apart.

 

Luke Weathers III, 61, said his father and other black Americans who fought in World War II did so to prove they were men, "and then they wanted their country to love them, but that didn't happen, either." Friday's ceremony, however, finally delivered recognition of his father as a national hero, Weathers said.

 

This kind of attention to the Tuskegee Airmen is what the elder Weathers wanted throughout his life, said his daughter, Trina Weathers Boyce. Weathers was not vain, but he wanted to share the lessons of the airmen's courage in war, their struggles for equality and their victory over a wartime enemy and over racism, she said.

 

"He would talk about his hard trials and tribulations to others, to children, because he never wanted us to feel like this (racism) is a reason we couldn't make it," Weathers Boyce said in a telephone interview Thursday. "He would tell us nothing good comes easy. He'd say there are going to be barriers ... and you can overcome them."

 

Before the Tuskegee Airmen were formed in 1941, black men were forbidden to fly for the U.S. military, even though they could be drafted. After years of struggle, the Army Air Corps began to allow African Americans to train for flight, albeit in still-segregated units.

 

Many of the tens of thousands of Tuskegee airmen, which included navigators, mechanics, medical personnel and others in support roles, trained from 1941 to 1949 at the Tuskegee Institute, which was founded by Booker T. Washington and was already home to an aeronautical engineering program.

 

In the home state of the institute, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed a proclamation honoring the airmen, saying they changed Americans attitudes about race relations.

 

More than 900 Tuskegee Airmen were U.S. pilots, said Trent Dudley, an Air Force lieutenant colonel who is president of the East Coast Tuskegee Airmen Inc. chapter. An estimated 250 to 300 Tuskegee airmen are still alive. The exact number is not known because some have not registered with chapters.

 

"As with all the airmen, when we lose one of them, there is a chunk of history that goes with them," Dudley said.

 

Defying social norms was already a family trait when Weathers was born in Grenada, Miss.

At the time, the town's railroad track served as the economic dividing line. Weather's mixed-race father and black mother defied that dividing line, which led them to move to Memphis, where they opened their own grocery store.

 

Years later, Weathers was studying biology at Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., when he stumbled on an article in an international newspaper about the Tuskegee Experiment, the federal government's name for the Army Air Corps training of African Americans, Weathers Boyce said.

 

His mother turned to the prominent Memphis family she worked for and, with the help of the family's connections, Weathers was considered and eventually accepted into their program.

 

He always talked about the maneuver that save his life, Weathers Boyce said. A skillful pilot, he was a target of the Germans. In one combat flight, German aircraft were pursuing him and firing. He was forced to dip down and make a few turns in his plane to keep from getting shot, she said.

 

Weathers flew P-51 and P-39 fighters during his service from 1942 to 1945 and earned a Distinguished Flying Cross, according to the National Guard Bureau. He and other Tuskegee Airmen were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.

 

After the war, Weathers went on to become the first African American air controller, run a coin-operated laundry, raise five children, open a flight school, provide vocational rehabilitation for veterans and write a book about his life story that has not yet been published, Weathers Boyce said.

 

"We are still educating people on the Tuskegee history," Weathers said, "because it's a big part of American history, not African American or black history, but American history."

 

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Tuskegee Airmen Honored At 'Red Tails' Screening In Los Angeles (PHOTOS):

 

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  Great post Brotha Cholly!  You're a man after my own heart.  I just love this.  And don't understand for the life of me....why there are some of us arguing over this...when we KNOW full well that there are no real black folks willing to put their necks out to tell our own stories.  Pitiful. Point is...our stories getting out with quality, integrity, dignity and respect!  Which is how it should be done!

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