Tuskegee Airman Ben "Flaps" Berry’s book, TUSKEGEE AIRMEN -- To the Moon, Mars and Beyond!, is available during the airing of the “Red Tails” movie. The book introduces the reader to a young Ben Berry as he dreams of flying all the way to when he does the hard work to become one of only 1,000 airmen that graduated from a class of 10,000. It was a time when no one in America thought African-Americans could fly airplanes. It covers what they accomplished in WWII and how their dreams led them to do great things after the war and beyond!
Many of us have grandfathers, uncles or family members who fought in WWII. We invite your families and friends to support this book and to support the movie. Show George Lucas that we are grateful for his overcoming the challenges he faced in getting the movie into the theaters.
The Movie Red Tails that depicts the challenges and heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen during WWII started in movie theaters in January 2012. The movie is produced by George Lucas. Yes, the Star Wars and Indiana Jones George Lucas). George Lucas was on the Tom Joyner Morning show discussing the challenges he had getting the movie into the theaters. He could not find anyone in Hollywood to invest the marketing dollars to get it in theaters.
The Hollywood investors said that they just didn't know how well an "all black action movie" would play to the movie going audience. As a result, Lucas, Oprah and Tyler Perry put up the remaining $35 million to get the film to the theaters. The total cost of the film is $100 million.
Our challenge to all of us is to prove Hollywood wrong and get the word out to see a movie that shows the accurate history and determination of "real" American Heroes!