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There are hundreds of little-known heroes and “sheroes” who have made considerable contributions and influenced history, particularly Black history. One such example is Alonzo Fields. Fields, the grandson of a freed slave, was forced by the Depression to give up his life’s dream of becoming an opera singer and ended up serving 21 years in…

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USA Today’s ignorant description of “The Best Man Holiday” as a ‘race-themed’ film (later laughably softened as a ‘diverse’ film), opened up the floodgates of criticism and justifiable anger. But more than that, it shed a light on what black filmmakers, actors and audiences have known for years: anything that features mostly black stars will invariably be viewed as a ‘black’ film by the mainstream–regardless of how universal the actual film’s themes are.

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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…

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After a considerable self-imposed moratorium, Terrence Howard is returning to the Hollywood spotlight with authority. He just completed the action thriller Dead Man Down. Howard is part of a big-name ensemble cast in what may be the movie of the summer, The Butler, opposite Oprah Winfrey and Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker, Cuba Gooding Jr. and…

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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…

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Fifteen years after the failure of Beloved, Oprah Winfrey returns to the big screen in The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker. In anticipation of the film’s success, we’re breaking down Oprah’s top film performances. Click to continue. –ruthie hawkins/@ruubabie

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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.

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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…

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In honor of Lee Daniels latest film “The Butler,” starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and Cuba Gooding Jr., we’re breaking down 5 films you need to know by the renowned black film director. Check them out below. – ruthie hawkins/@ruubabie

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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…

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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…

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