Backbeat: Snoop Dogg Hosts Screening for 'Red Tails' in Hollywood
Backbeat: Snoop Dogg Hosts Screening for 'Red Tails' in Hollywood

To help boost audience awareness of "Red Tails," the film about the Tuskegee Airmen self-financed by filmmaker George Lucas, rapper/entrepreneur Snoop Dogg hosted a private screening (Jan. 19) in tandem with Lucasfilm at the Arclight in Hollywood for about 200 invitees. Distributed by 20th Century Fox, "Red Tails" finished second in last weekend's (Jan. 20) box office derby with $18.8 million after first-place winner "Underworld Awakening" at $25.3 million (source: THR/Rentrak).

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Among those on hand at the screening were "Red Tails" cast members Terrence Howard, Marcus Paulk and Tristan Wilds plus the film's co-writer Aaron McGruder. The cast also includes singer/songwriter Ne-Yo and Cuba Gooding Jr. Also spotted in the house: rappers Warren G and Dom Kennedy and Jeffrey Turner, a partner with Provident Financial Management.

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Giving a shout-out to Lucas before the screening, Snoop Dogg added, "This is a special film. It gives you a real history lesson as to why African-Americans are such an important part of history. Tweet, Facebook, spread the word. This movie needs to be seen and talked about."

From left to right: actors Terrence Howard and Tristan Wilds, Snoop Dogg, actor/rapper Marcus Paulk and cartoonist/film co-writer Aaron McGruder arrive for the "Red Tails" screening. (Photo: Lucasfilm Ltd.)