Red Tails

Living in LA, I constantly hear buzz about entertainment events going on.

Most of it I ignore, bc it usually is just that…BUZZ.

However, I have a special interest in one upcoming event.

On January 20, the movie Red Tails will be released.

Red Tails is the heroic story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a crew of African American pilots during World War II.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the 1st all black aerial combat unit.

During  a time of intense segregation, these brave young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country.

Father of 3 George Lucas is the Executive Producer.

Father of 2 John Ridley is the writer.

Aside from the amazing story, many people are talking about Red Tails because George Lucas invested $58 million of his own money into this project. His estimated net worth is 3.2 billion.

Red Tails has taken 23 years to make.

On top of the large script content, Georgie said he had a hard time getting Hollywood studios to fund the movie because of the all black cast.

Now that the January 20 release date is around the corner, everyone is getting super excited.

The film focuses on Tuskegee Airmen heroes of World War II and has become one of the only movies to be screened privately for two US presidents prior to its release.

Red Tails star, Terrence Howard was  present at a showing for George H Bush in Houston, Texas.

There will also be a private screening at the White House with President Barack Obama.

Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry are showing their support of the film after hosting a private screening of the film in Dallas.

Oprah said, “It’s a film about human beings with enormous courage who believed in our country, who wanted to fight for our country, who are really our heroes.”

For me, the biggest endorsement came from Alabama football head coach, Nick Saban.

Coach Saban took his football team to view the movie the night before the BCS Championship game against my beloved #1 ranked LSU Tigers.

After a 21-0 victory over my Tigers (sniff sniff) the media were anxiously awaiting to hear Coach Saban’s winning secret. He surprisingly revealed his team was inspired by Red Tails:

We went to see the move Red Tails last night, which I would reccomend to anybody. But, you know, those guys’ motto was “to the last plane, the bullet, the last man, the minute we fight and we always stay with the mission.” And I think that kind of described the spirit of that group extremely well, but it also describes the spirit of you know the group of players that we have on our team this year. 

I can’t wait to take my sons to see this film to learn about their history and possibly inspire them to reach for greatness!

Red Tails opens in theaters January 20.

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Red Tails stars Oscar® winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire), Oscar nominee Terrence Howard (Crash), Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Nate Parker (The Secret Life of Bees, The Great Debaters), David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Tristan Wilds (“90210”), Grammy® Award winner Cliff Smith aka Method Man (“The Wire”), Kevin Phillips (Pride), Rick Otto (“The Wire”), Lee Tergesen (Monster), Andre Royo (“Heroes”), Grammy-Award winner Ne-Yo (Stomp the Yard), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Marcus T. Paulk (Take the Lead), Leslie Odom Jr. (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Michael B. Jordan (“Friday Night Lights,” Chronicle) and Daniela Ruah (“NCIS”).

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