First Mediatakeout ignored the progress of RED TAILS, the first all African-American action movie about the historic Tuskegee Airmen that George Lucas spent more than 20 years struggling to bring to the big screen.  Tyler Perry sent an email urging his fans to support the movie on opening weekend and spoke of the near “extinction” of all black casts as highlighted in his movies.

After completely IGNORING any box office success achieved by the movie, which scored an impressive $6 million Friday and 2nd place weekend opening, the supposedly black run blog BLASTS the movie, attempting to torpedo it, with a NEGATIVE, completely discouraging headline instead of promoting its positive achievement:

RED TAILS Loses At The Box Office . . . To UNDERWORLD AWAKENING!!!

IS IT MEDIATAKEOUT OR MEDIASELLOUT?  Is this website Countelpro?  Like what took place back in the 1960s Civil Rights movement, an attempt to infiltrate and destroy African-Americans within their own organizations and culture?  Is Mediatakeout code for TAKE THEM OUT and their foreign born brainchild is on the payroll to make sure it happens?  The thought crossed my mind with all the swirling talk and light skin versus dark skin provocative articles to pit blacks against each other.  I don’t know, I’m just asking.  You be the judge.  The above headline was taken STRAIGHT FROM MEDIATAKEOUT’S website.  It was a link to a Huffington Post article that put a POSITIVE OUTLOOK on the film’s performance, but Mediasellout chose to ignore it.  Here’s the excerpt from the Huffington Post article:

‘Underworld Awakening’ Wins Box Office With $25 Million, ‘Red Tails’ Makes $19 Million

Opening in second place was “Red Tails” from executive producer George Lucas, about the Tuskegee Airmen who were the first black fighter pilots to serve in World War II. It made an estimated $19.1 million, according to 20th Century Fox, which was well above expectations; the studio had hoped to reach double digits, said Chris Aronson, executive vice president of domestic distribution.

“I believe what George Lucas has stated all along: This is an important story and a story that must be told. It is a true story of American heroism and valor and audiences have really responded to this message,” Aronson said. “People want to feel good about themselves, they want to be uplifted. We have enough hard crud going on in this country right now. Times are tough, and if we look back and are told a story of some really fantastic deeds, that’s really compelling moviegoing.” analyst Paul Dergarabedian said a grass-roots effort to get groups of people into the theaters to see “Red Tails,” along with positive word-of-mouth, helped its strong showing. The film saw an uptick from about $6 million on Friday to $8.65 on Saturday.

Here are some of the headlines and articles from other news outlets.


‘Red Tails’ Proves All-Black Cast Can Soar At Box Office

‘I feel like this was a matter of just proving them wrong,’ Ne-Yo tells MTV News of the George Lucas-produced flick.

By Rob Markman

It wasn’t easy getting “Red Tails” into theaters, but singer/actor Ne-Yo believes that after opening at #2 at the box office, it was well worth the fight.

“I feel like we definitely did what we set out to do, which was make sure these incredible men, the Tuskegee Airmen, got the recognition that they deserved for the incredible things that they did for this country,” Ne-Yo told MTV News of the George Lucas-produced film on Wednesday. “And [we] proved to Hollywood that an ensemble cast of black faces can put asses in the seats, basically,” he laughed. “So I feel like we served our purpose.”

“Red Tails” tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American fighter pilots who battled deep-rooted racism, while fighting in World War II. Both Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. star in the flick, while Ne-Yo, Method Man and Tristan Wilds have supporting roles. The historical piece hit theaters January 20, the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day and opened second behind “Underworld: Awakening.” Not bad for the singer/songwriter, who was also named senior vice president of A&R at Motown Records.

Considering the movie wasn’t especially well-received by critics, “Red Tails” did well in its first weekend, surpassing initial expectations. Lucas appeared on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” earlier this month and claimed that major studios showed no interest in the film when he went to pitch it.

“It’s because it’s an all-black movie,” he said. “There’s no major white roles in it at all. It’s one of the first all-black action pictures ever made.”

“We’ve come a long way from when Martin was marching in the streets and getting rocks thrown at him. We’ve come a very, very long way,” Ne-Yo said. “However, even with that being said, we got a long way to go. As a black person, period, we’re kinda constantly in a state of proving, which is something that I came to wraps with a long time ago.”

Despite the studios’ lack of interest in the film, Ne-Yo decided to let the success of “Red Tails” speak for itself. “At the end of the day, you complain about it, or you prove them wrong,” he said. “I feel like this was a matter of just proving them wrong.”

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A.M. Cal