This past weekend, Dear Hubby and I went to see the movie, Red Tails. We’ve been eagerly anticipating this movie to come out for quite some time.
Dear Hubby met one of the original Tuskegee Airmen five years ago when he was away at training. Herbert E. Carter was his name and Dear Hubby was REALLY excited about the time he was able to spend with him. Dear Hubby got his autograph on a Red Tail Angel picture. He didn’t hesitate to get it framed and it is proudly displayed in our office to this day.
Dear Hubby also got a Red Tail Angel plane replica for our son, who wasn’t even born yet. I was pregnant with Little Man and I still remember the excitement in Dear Hubby’s voice when he called to tell me about how special his day was.
See, the plight of the Tuskegee Airmen is more than a good story for Dear Hubby. It’s deeper than that. To him, it’s about how brave men paved the way and opened doors for African American men in the field of military aviation.
George Lucas, executive producer of Red Tails, has publicly stated that Hollywood would not fund this movie because they didn’t think people would want to see a movie with an all-black cast. It would’ve been understandable if Lucas gave up. But he took some tips from the Airmen whose story he’s been so eager to tell. He pushed forward despite adversity, even though the odds weren’t in his favor. Lucas was so committed to this project that he invested $100 million of his OWN MONEY to get this movie made. Talk about dedication to a cause!
Please go out and support Red Tails. It’s not an African American film as hollywood executives supposed. It’s an American film, one that depicts an important part of our history. And if you are a military family, I would encourage you even the more to check out this movie. You’ll laugh, you’ll want to cry, and you’ll cheer. Dear Hubby and I liked it so much that we just might go see it again. This is definitely a movie that we’ll be buying for our Blue-ray/DVD collection!
So go ahead. Make plans to see this movie and let Hollywood know that movies about people from all backgrounds can be successful. Be sure to let me know what you think! I doubt you’ll be disappointed.