David Banner Speaks On Red Tails

January 24, 2012


David Banner was a special guest columnist over at Black Enterprise, and he provided his insight on the film Red Tails which was released this past Friday (January 20th)…

With that said, my critique of the film must be put in the proper context. The gaps in the storyline and the lack of in-depth character development reflect the shear amount of material the director, writers and producers attempted to include in the film. Trying to cover the realities of war, incredible fight scenes, a love story, character nuances and the racial-political realities of the military in a two-hour movie is certainly challenging. The story of the Tuskegee Airmen themselves—their triumphs, their tragedies, their battles in combat and their battles at home—is too great a story to be condensed into a two-hour time frame. It is for this reason that Lucas himself is on record as saying that he plans to produce both a sequel (covering the experiences of the pilots after returning home) and a prequel (documenting their flight training at Tuskegee University) if Red Tails proves to be successful.

It’s an interesting read, so head over to Black Enterprise right now to view it in its entirety.



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One Comment on “David Banner Speaks On Red Tails”

  1. brotherap Says:

    “First and foremost, this is a movie that MUST be supported”

    With all due respect, the above quote of David Banner is and always will be a degrading death sentence to black movies and black actors. It stops short of begging and is like saying “Ugly Ass Suzy is the only girl without a date to the prom, we MUST support Suzy and find her a date”. It is degrading to the validity of the story to be told and to the potential of black actors to find work, and again stops just short of begging the product. This is something many of us OGs selling black radio learned not to do years ago. We, African Americans, must strategize to produce our films within our own manageable budgets, with formulas for marketing that defy the proposition intentionally embedded in the minds of the global consumers that black heroes, black stories, black actors, are not marketable, like “Ugly Ass Suzy”. The very idea is simply a variation of what advertising agencies used to say and do to us while denying critical advertising dollars to black radio stations. “Your music format is not significant (good) enough to make an impact on the market”. We all knew then, and now, of that to be a lie. What we must do as independent producers is develop a strategy that undermines any thought of inferiority of our product, through our experiences, or any other genre for which we choose to write and produce. We in essence must first believe that our creativity is excellent and not unworthy. I give kudos to George Lucas, for at least getting one part of the formula correct, that which is easily recognizable as Lucas. However, at the same time, I give the same kudos to the producers of the movie “The Devil Inside” who got the formula right as well, whether you like the genre or not. They produced a film for a production budget of a million dollars which, if it stays on track, will have a profit ratio of more than 100-to-1 before the end of 90 days. Figuring out the formula is key and what we blacks must do is figure out what pieces go where in the formula. Much of it is psychological! Therefore, it is highly possible that Ugly Ass Suzy can be transformed into the beauty that is there but often goes sight unseen due to the psychological programming of the global marketplace. That is the time weathered challenge that we must defeat, but it is not an unbeatable adversary ….Peace..hotep… brotherap



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