Tag: Forest Whitaker

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International

US envoy was inspired by South African struggle

US Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard is photographed during an interview with a local newspaper in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo) by Christopher TorchiaAssociated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The new United States ambassador to South Africa says he was a “young kid” when he first met Nelson Mandela, who traveled to the U.S. a few months after he was released from jail in 1990. Patrick Gaspard, now 46 years old, was so enthralled that he ignored the anti-apartheid leader’s simple request in a municipal chamber in New York City.

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National

MLK’s dream inspires a new march, and a president

President Barack Obama speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr., spoke, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) by Nancy Benac and Suzanne Gamboa WASHINGTON (AP) – Standing on hallowed ground of the civil rights movement, President Barack Obama challenged new generations Wednesday to seize the cause of racial equality and honor the “glorious patriots” who marched a half century ago to the very steps from which Rev. Martin Luther King spoke during the March on Washington.

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Entertainment

10 Secrets of ‘The Butler’

Forest Whitaker stars as Eugene Allen in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” (CNN Photo/The Weinstein Company) by Jane Caffrey (CNN) — “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” follows the life of Cecil Gaines, an African-American butler who serves in the White House under eight presidencies. Inspired by real-life butler Eugene Allen, Gaines (played by Forest Whitaker) witnesses the rise of the civil rights movement, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Vietnam and the election of the Barack Obama, all while simultaneously balancing the highs and lows of his family life.