By Miguel Lloyd
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This week marks the release of the highly anticipated film “Red Tails.” This movie will chronicle the heroism of the mighty Tuskegee Airmen, the band of African American airmen who fought simply for the the right to….well…fight.
There has been many adaptations of this story over the years, but none with the fanfare that this one is receiving. This one has been executive produced by one of the greatest filmmakers of all times. Mr. George Lucas. One of Hollywoods elite. But even with all his box office success ( Star Wars Franchise and Indiana Jones Franchise), it took him 23 years to bring this project to the big screen. Not because it wasn’t a quality story. Not because the characters are not compelling, but because the most exciting white character in the film will probably be Adolph Hitler.
Although African Americans have had extreme success in all areas of American life, you have two issues that present themselves here, from Hollywoods perspective. Black actors aren’t “bankable” and blacks aren’t American “Heroes.” Both theories of which George Lucas and his investment partners are banking will be debunked with this film.
For the sake of this weeks blog and show, we are going to narrow in on Americas perception of blacks as American Heroes. Blacks and Patriotism. Why aren’t blacks consider “patriots?” Why is that blacks as a whole do not consider themselves patriots?
Even though, black soldiers have made the same sacrifices for country that whites have, you never seem to see many stories told about the heroism of the black soldier. Why is that?
On this weeks episode of Life Full Circle Radio, we will examine this often believed misnomer that blacks are less patriotic that whites. And if it is possibly true, who’s to blame and what we can do about it.
Of course, as always, we will have our super producer, Nikkia Ganey with hot topics, Seshmi Robertson with Entertainment, Elton Gumbel with Sports and Alton Drew with the Politics365.com Politics segment. Join us this and every Wednesday night for the lively conversation by clicking HERE!