‘The Butler’ and other blockbuster movies with all-black casts

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Black films hosts predominantly Black casts but have found success with largely non-black audiences worldwide. Check out a few blockbusters with black casts. Notice any actors or actresses who have found success in multiple movies on this list? –Joi Pearson @JoiAPearson Above, Lee Daniels: The Butler is the latest feature from the Weinstein company. It stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding,… Read more »

Black couple felt racially profiled at ‘The Butler’ screening

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler was released this weekend and two moviegoers claim that the extra security at the Regal Majestic Theater in Silver Spring, Md., made them feel racially profiled. Tiffany Flowers, a labor organizer, tweeted directly to Regal Theaters about her experience at the Saturday evening showing. Flowers watched the movie with her husband, Alan Hanson, who noticed that the extra security was only… Read more »

Celebrities rave over ‘The Butler’ on Twitter

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Lee Daniel’s The Butler wiped the floor with its competition over the Aug. 16-18 weekend, raking in critical acclaim along $25 million to help Oprah Winfrey and Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker take the top spot from its vanquished competition, Kick-Ass 2 and Ashton Kutcher’s Jobs.  Celebrities raved over the film about a longtime White House butler who… Read more »

Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker’s ‘The Butler’ lands top spot at box office thanks to black churches

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler starring Forest Whitaker and media maven Oprah Winfrey strikes box office gold, earning $25 million and finishing first, ahead of big budget releases: Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher as Apple genius Steve Jobs (7th place, earning $6.7 million) and Kick-Ass 2 featuring Morris Chestnut and Donald Faison (4th place, earning $13.6 million). Churchgoers are… Read more »

Celebrities comment on Twitter about seeing ‘The Butler’

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Celebrities are just as excited as everyone else about going to the theater to check out the highly-anticipated, star-studded film, The Butler, a Civil Rights-era epic directed by Lee Daniels (of the Oscar-winning Monster’s Ball and Precious films).  The film stars an array of award-winning entertainers including Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker, Jane Fonda and Cuba Gooding Jr. as well… Read more »

Forest Whitaker and Lee Daniels attend ‘The Butler’ premiere in Chicago

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Forest Whitaker and Lee Daniels attended the premiere of their latest film, Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Held at Kerasotes Showplace ICON, the screening was the first viewing in Chicago. Lee Daniels’ The Bulter tells the story of White House butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), who serves during seven presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986. The… Read more »

Jesse Jackson joins battle over movie title ‘The Butler’

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Harvey Weinstein has enlisted a group of civil rights leaders, including Rev. Jesse Jackson in his battle with Warner Bros. over the use of the title The Butler even as the title itself enters arbitration. Jackson was joined by NAACP president and CEO Ben Jealous and Roy Innis, national chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality, in throwing their support behind Weinstein and the Lee Daniels-directed film. An appeal… Read more »

Catherine Brewton, Leah Daniels Butler: ‘Ebony’ magazine’s Black women in entertainment event

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April Daniels and Ebony magazine launch ‘Rock Out With Me’ April Daniels of WEtv’s “Tamar & Vince” partnered with EBONY Magazine and Wright Productions at Clark Atlanta University on Friday, April 24, 2015, to celebrate the launch of her “Rock Out With Me” campaign. The motive behind the national campaign is to empower and create unity among… Read more »

5 life lessons for you: The rise of Jimmy Butler

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Fourth-year NBA guard Jimmy “G. Buckets” Butler has gone from an over looked high school prospect with no offers, to an All-Star caliber player and leader of the championship contender Chicago Bulls in the blink of an eye. By the way, the “G” stands for gets. Below are five principles that Buckets has used to go from… Read more »

Lip Bar owner Melissa Butler colors outside the lines

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It takes a huge helping of courage and a lipstick tube of faith to do what Melissa Butler has done. Butler took her passion for color and cosmetics and created The Lip Bar, an electrifying and “intoxicating” line of unconventional colored lipsticks. The Detroit native is no novice in the world of business; she has a background… Read more »

The real White House butler: Eugene Allen

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Eugene Allen’s story of great service lives on even after he is gone. As Oprah continues to promote the release of Lee Daniels’ The Butler, many are wondering about the real White House butler before you hit the theaters this weekend. Here are some great facts to know about the life of Eugene Allen.