Red Tails

Happy Friday, All!

Once again, I’ve got to give credit to My Creator, whom I choose to call God, for another fine week of life and today … so … T.G.I.F.!

So much to do, so little time to do it in, right?! Sometimes I wonder how a person could say, “I am bored!” I can’t remember the last time those words came out of my mouth! Just yesterday, I had sent a text to a friend asking how she was. Her reply was, “Busy, busy, busy!” How nice, especially since she just passed an exam earning her the Doctor of Pharmacy title and just completed training this week! Congrats, Noris!

This weekend is one of those that I hope I can get everything in. I must go see the movie “Red Tails”, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard, two fine African American actors and I say that in both senses of the word fine, if you will. The film’s executive director had caught a lot of flack, so to speak, for having an “all black cast” and I can’t imagine why. Just kidding, unfortunately. The story was written by John Ridley and the director is Anthony Hemingway with George Lucas serving as the executive producer and is the founder of Lucasfilm. I plan to see it between Saturday and Sunday though it comes out today and is at a theater near you. The actors themselves state that it is the best version of a story seldom told correctly.

I am proud, not only because of my relationship to history as an African American male but also because it tells the story best of the Tuskegee Airmen who were sent to North Africa during World War II as a segregated air fighter squadron. Enough said, go see it. This also comes on the tail end of a story I heard and the media did not project it so much but a youth center in Bakersfield, CA was mysteriously torched just one day after the national MLK, Jr. Celebration. It was called the Dream Youth Facility. Flammable liquids were found at the former site indicating arson as the building itself was burnt to a crisp … Peace be still!

Have a great weekend!

John I. Cook, Director

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