'Red Tails' film premiere at Tuskegee University mix of Hollywood and history

Tuskegee University hosted a celebrity-filled extended weekend of events, Jan. 14-16, to mark the premiere of the film, “Red Tails” which is based on the experience of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. Produced by George Lucas, the movie mogul behind “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones,” the film is scheduled to be released in theaters on today; however, advance screenings were held Jan. 15-16 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University.

“The story was fantastic. The way they wove it was authentic,” said Irma “Pete” Dryden, who was a nurse at the base where the airmen trained and was married to famed airman Charles “A Train” Dryden. “It actually brought tears to my eyes.”

On Jan. 14, events kicked off to pay tribute to the airmen including historic tours, a block party, and a screening panel with original Tuskegee Airmen and “Red Tails” cast members. The film stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Elijah Kelley, David Oyelowo, Nate Parker and Tristan Wilds. “Red Tails” director, Anthony Hemingway and all of the actors, except Gooding, were on campus to meet fans and original airmen.

“Being a part of a legacy brings joy to what we did,” Hemingway said.

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