Fahamu Pecou Petition Demands Red Tails Partial Revenues Be Invested In HBCUs
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FAHAMU PECOU issues petition demanding partial proceeds from “Red Tails” film be contributed to film studies programs in the nation’s HBCU’s
Atlanta, Georgia, January 23, 2012 — Fahamu Pecou, acclaimed artist and culture critic has issued a petition to George Lucas and LUCASFILM to demand that proceeds from the recent release, “Red Tails” be donated to radio/film/television departments at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
“African Americans showed up en masse to support the release of “Red Tails” at the urging of George Lucas who cited racist underpinnings in Hollywood”, says Pecou.“The community overwhelmingly supported this film virally and financially due to the emotional reaction to Lucas’s claims. He played on the sympathies, anger and frustration of Black Americans to ensure box office returns but without offering any tangible benefits to our community in return.”
George Lucas told USA Today that he was worried that if “Red Tails” was a failure, it could have negative repercussions for black filmmakers. “I realize that by accident I’ve now put the black film community at risk… I’m saying, if this doesn’t work, there’s a good chance you’ll stay where you are for quite a while. It’ll be harder for you guys to break out of that [lower-budget] mold. But if I can break through with this movie, then hopefully there will be someone else out there saying let’s make a prequel and sequel, and soon you have more Tyler Perrys out there.” (Huffington Post)
“Red Tails” opened January 20, 2012 and exceeded all box office expectations in it’s opening weekend coming in at $19.1 million in ticket sales, and a very close second to “Underworld:Awakening”.
The petition looks to raise awareness of the power black audiences wield financially and socially, while seeking support and resources for aspiring and emerging African American filmmakers, writers, producers and actors at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
“I hope to see George Lucas truly exhibit his concern for seeing more diversity and color on the big screen by giving back to the black community which has indisputably supported his project. I strongly support the film “Red Tails” and what it represents and I urge people to continue to be supportive of it as well. But it’s success should not be at the expense of the African American community”. Fahamu Pecou
About Fahamu Pecou
Fahamu Pecou (b. 1975) is an American painter based in Atlanta, Georgia whose intention is to comment on contemporary and hip-hop culture while simultaneously subverting it to include his ideas on fine art.
In 2005, along with several of Atlanta’s premier contemporary artists, Pecou created history at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art as a part of the exhibition Arts Beats + Lyrics. Since 2005 Fahamu has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. His work has been reviewed and featured in numerous publications including Art In America, Harper’s Magazine, NY Arts Magazine, Mass Appeal Magazine, The Fader Magazine, Atlanta Peach Magazine, NY Arts Magazine and on the cover of Artlies Magazine. In 2008 Pecou was awarded a residency at the Caversham Centre in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, additionally, Pecou’s work was included in “DEFINITION: The Art and Design of Hip Hop“, an anthology chronicling the impact of hip-hop on visual culture, written by famed graffiti artist and designer Cey Adams. In 2009 Fahamu was featured in two international solo exhibitions; the first in Cape Town, South Africa and a second during Art Basel in Basel Switzerland. Pecou was selected as the first-ever Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture Resident at The McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, N.C. in 2010.
In 2011 Pecou presented his first solo exhibition in Paris, France. Additionally Atlanta’s NBAF (National Black Arts Festival) awarded Pecou the Emerging Artist Award during their inaugural Interpretations: Black Visual Art – Past, Present and Future award ceremony alongside master artists; Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Samella Lewis, Betye Saar, Richard Mayhew, Thornton Dial and David Driskell. Pecou’s works were also featured in two seminal volumes; 5 Cities/41 Artists: Artadia O8/09 (Published by ARTADIA, 2011) and NOPLACENESS: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape (Published by Possible Futures, 2011)
Pecou maintains an active exhibition schedule as well as public lectures and speaking engagements at colleges and museums nationwide. Currently his work addresses concerns around representations of black masculinity and how these images come to define black men across generations and geographical boundaries.