Cuba Gooding Jr. said the upcoming film, Red Tails, in which he portrays a legendary Tuskegee Airman, teaches young Black men that they were and are more than slaves.
“A lot of times, especially when I grew up in school, we didn’t get African-American history, so all we heard was that we were slaves. So, if you have that slave mentality, prison ain’t so bad for you,” said Cuba, who believes Red Tails offers a contradictory image for young Blacks, a true depiction of African-American heroes.
“This movie, I truly believe, is one that people are crying out to see,” he said.
Watch more of what Cuba has to say about the film, coming January 2012.
For more from Cuba, pick up the December 2011 issue of Sister 2 Sister.
—Tracy L. Scott
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