About 10 years ago, I had the good fortune of spending a significant amount of time at Lucas Films with one of George Lucas’s producing partners, Rick McCallum. At that point, one of the feature projects they were developing was “Red Tails,” a film about the Tuskegee Airmen. This film was the first that the company would go outside of its own resources to fund.
I had a front row seat to witness Rick’s fury as he was emotionally manipulated by white Hollywood’s tactics. George and Rick were intent on hiring a black director for the project, and as he phoned agencies he made it abundantly clear that he exclusively wanted to meet with black directors. Guess what a number of agencies sent? White directors. I recall I had never heard anyone ripped to shreds the way Rick tore through the agents that day. At one point, as we sat on the couch talking, he teared up and said of many of the black directors he knew, “I have never met more talented people in my life who are forced to do roles so beneath their training just to keep food on the table for their children. It is heartbreaking.”
On Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show,” George revealed that it took him 23 years to find someone to finance “Red Tails.” Even the creator of 10 of the highest grossing films of all time couldn’t get funding to make a movie because its lead characters were all black. He said, “It’s because there are no major white roles in it at all. I showed it to all of them and they said nooooo. We don’t know how to market a movie like this.”
Why am I sharing that? Because the fact that we even have movies listed below took a practical miracle on Earth. Watch them, honor the effort, and find yourself in the shoes of another. Black films matter.
“See You Yesterday”
“Dear White People”
“When They See Us”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“The Hate U Give”
George Tillman Jr
“Atlanta” (TV Series)
AVAILABLE TO RENT
“The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975″
“I Am Not Your Negro”
James Baldwin Documentary
Destin Daniel Cretton
“The Black Panthers:
Vanguard of the Revolution”
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