First of all, let's start with the movie itself. Here's the trailer for "Red Tails", George Lucas' big budget action movie about the Tuskegee Airmen.
Looks pretty awesome, right? Action, history, social drama, good clean fun.
Also looks pretty expensive, too.
And to that point: here's an interview George Lucas did with The Daily Show where he broke down in really stark terms how no one in Hollywood wanted to finance this movie because it has all Black actors in the lead roles.
So, you all have heard me railing against the evils of Tyler Perry movies for a long time. But, as the Emperor of Star Wars points out, the studios are happy to make more Medea movies because they're dirt cheap, so they can always turn a nice little profit from the niche audience of people who like to watch 6 ft. tall Black men disgrace themselves, our mothers, and our grandmothers all in one single performance.
But the Tuskegee Airmen are real heroes: men who risked their lives to save the lives of others. Literally. Black men who stood up to be counted. Americans who embodied the very best of all of us.
Real role models.
And the movie looks like it will be very, very good.
I'm tired of only seeing Black actors in movies that are either about crime or relationship drama. We have SO many more stories to tell.
Why do you think I love "Event Horizon" so much? :-)
I feel like I see these sorts of pleas all the time, but this one is pretty serious, because if this movie, from one of the few untouchable filmmakers in the world, bombs, it's going to be extremely hard to get some more diversity in Black cinema.
In short, get all of your friends, and all of your friends' friends, and go out on opening night next Friday, January 20th, and actually BUY A TICKET for "Red Tails".
This one is important, folks.