Red Tails Flies into the Box Office Spot #2

By Stephfon Guidry

After critics both nation and internationally thought it would flop ‘Red Tails’ soars in box offices earnings with $19.1 million in the first three days, becoming the #2 movie in America to ‘Underworld: Awakening’. The $58 Million dollar historical box office earned its wings through the 23 year battle that the award-winning George Lucas endured. Red Tails fought the naysayers of having an all-African American cast with no “Great White Hope” saving the day. The film follows the monumental exploits of the men of the WWII Tuskegee Airmen and their fight for equality as well as freedom for this great nation.

The Cast of Red Tails is star-studded with Terrance Howard (Iron Man, The Best Man) and Cuba Gooding Jr. The story seemed to inspire the cast mates, Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry McGuire, Radio) and David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Help). David Oyelowo spoke to CNN about his experience researching the history of the film, “Having been born and raised in the UK, the notion of a “historically black college” is alien to me, but it seems they are born out of necessity; a necessity that I personally hope will not outlast my lifetime.” He seemed amazed with the history of the campus where it all began in Alabama. Oyelowo observed the pride and enthusiasm of the students at TU as the cast came to absorb the essence of their film and characters. His final thought rings true to the movie, “Dr. Roscoe Brown, who was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and a consultant on the film, expressed the hope that our film will remind young people that it is “cool to be smart.” (

Red Tails is currently in theaters still making news over its controversial struggle to be produced based solely on the content of the color of its cast and not the power behind the story of its film.