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President Obama Will Reportedly Host "Red Tails" Cast At Weekend White House Screening

by Emmanuel Akitobi
January 12, 2012 9:03 AM
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According to the New York Post, actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. has revealed that he and some of his Red Tails co-stars, including Terrance Howard, will be in attendance at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. when their film is screened for the First Family tomorrow.

The Post also reported that the "White House has requested a print of the Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady for a screening. Star Meryl Streep is up for best actress at the Golden Globes on Sunday night."

For those of you who have already seen the film, what do you think will happen-- will the Obamas love Red Tails?  Or will Gooding, Jr., Howard, and the rest of the Red Tails cast be labeled persona non grata at the White House after this screening?

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  • Dianne | January 21, 2012 8:13 PMReply

    Just got back from seeing the movie "RED TAILS" and I must say...THAT IS A GREAT MOVIE!
    My 12 year old grandson went to see the movie with his dad and he was so excited because he was able to meet one of the airman (in person) right after the movie. He can't stop talking about it. That movie should be nominated for a Grammy for sure.

  • Liza | January 17, 2012 4:49 PMReply

    Blah blah blah, showcasing "strong black men" etc etc. As if! There is a plethora of black men in movies. Name one major black actress even remotely on the same level as a Will Smith. Or who gets the roles of an Idris Elba. I'm OVER this heavily promoted misconception that black girls need to support all things "Black" even though we are constantly being left out of the equation.
    @Marv yes we do understand the importance film have on one's psyche. And what do you think it tells my pysche as a black girl that the One little miniscule role someone like me 'could' have had in this film is given to a white person instead. Kick rocks with that.

  • Nadine | January 19, 2012 9:03 AM

    @JUNTEENTH - "How do we expect as a group to be taken seriously amongst other races, when we ourselves are divided?" - you. Liza seems to be concerned with the sociological development of Black girls, who are at this very moment the most vulnerable of groups in the U.S., whereas you seem to be concerned with what "other races" think about "us" as a group...therein lies the problem... and yes, you are right..."when we ourselves are divided" - you - When ARE WE NOT portrayed as divided on television or in the media. The point of most Black women who disagree with the "female" storyline in THIS movie is that Hollywood, Madison Avenue and Black men continue to wholeheartedly participate in this artificial division of Black people down gender lines, each having their own reasons for doing so. Black women are not doing the dividing...please stop with the signifying.

  • Juneteenthworks | January 17, 2012 11:13 PM

    Liza, you raise an important challenge for the African American community. How do we expect as a group to be taken seriously amongst other races, when we ourselves are divided?

  • Eric | January 15, 2012 12:38 PMReply

    Cant wait for this film, I know it's been a passion of George Lucas for a while!!!! Saw "the iron lady" "just give meryl Streep the oscar now!!!!

  • Marv | January 14, 2012 1:57 AMReply

    I'm extremely biased about this film and any film celebrating amazing black men! I am a
    Tuskegee grad with a long family history rooted in Tuskegee and I grew up closely with several original Tuskegee Airmen. I don't think their true stories can ever be told enough and celebrated enough. I don't really understand when current generations have no insight into how their current lives and freedoms are the direct result of sacrifices by amazing men like the Tuskegee Airmen. Plus the fact that on a forum like this... do we not realize the impact and power of film and images to ones psyche? Just taking a young black male child to a film like this that depicts strong, intelligent, hard working, successful, against-all-odds black heroes will impact that child in ways that we may never know! Let's name a few films in the past 5 years that have had the potential to influence young black males with positive black male images! That alone is driving me to think of a plan quickly to get some black boys to the theatre next week.

  • Donella | January 12, 2012 6:39 PMReply

    Now that's marketing.

  • Eric | January 12, 2012 4:37 PMReply

    What does Red Tails really celebrate, when less than 1.5 percent of all military aviators now are Black?

  • Uncreated | January 12, 2012 2:57 PMReply

    " Its a teachable moment in history and that will be the focus however an epic all black hollywood"

    The problem is, it isn't Hollywood in the sense that the biggest movie outlets wouldn't or refuse to see the sense in funding Redtails. The movie is essentially a 100 million dollar independent film, given that Lucas is paying for it out of his own pocked.

  • word | January 12, 2012 1:11 PMReply

    You have to understand the impact this might have if the movie is successful..All the obamas(white house) is doing is bringing attention to the movie. Does not matter if they like it or not? Its a teachable moment in history and that will be the focus however an epic all black hollywood we win on that front then the roles and monies to produce Good black films will beging to flow.

  • Ghost | January 12, 2012 10:09 PM

    Money will flow????

    It was flowing with Boys in the Hood, Juice, The Wood and so many other good decent 90 films.

    Good black films will flow when we stop running to Hollywoood for help and support good films.

  • No Words | January 12, 2012 2:42 PM

    If Red Tails is a success, then "monies to produce Good black films will beging to flow"? Ha, ha! You are amusingly ignorant, my friend.

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