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Aug 25, Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker in 'The Butler' In the movie, much is made of the relationship with Eugene's rebel son Louis – played by. Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker lead a star-studded cast in "Lee Daniel's The Butler." We meet “I loved the relationship I had with Oprah,” Whitaker effuses. Nov 15, Starring: Forrest Whittaker, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, James the film offers a surprisingly gutsy, nuanced depiction of US race relations.
Right at the start there is a horrific rape and murder, pitting wealthy white plantation owners against black servants. And, just like in Downtown Abbey, the staff cared deeply for the presidents and their families.
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Ex-butler Eugene sees President Obama sworn in Image: Eugene spent the next three days calming down the Kennedy children, Caroline and John Junior, even organising a tea party to distract them from the horror.
Jackie invited him to the funeral but Eugene refused, telling her someone had to stay behind to arrange the food for guests afterwards. The White House was fine but a few miles down the road you crossed the 14th Street Bridge and it was the South.
His other son is killed in Vietnam. He was succeeded by the scandal-rocked Richard Nixon. Charles said of the only US president forced to resign: Even in retirement, Eugene and his wife Helene were regularly back at the White House for staff parties and presidential events. Both Bush presidents, along with Bill and Hillary Clinton, sought him out.
But his personal moment of glory came when President Obama was elected. Gloria is my aunt, my mother, my grandmother, never bringing her own dreams to fruition because family took precedence over everything.
But to see that we are people who love our children, who have the same aspirations as everybody else—I just love that. You cannot be my friend and use that word around me. It shows my age, but I feel strongly about it. I was too young to participate in civil rights marches, but I am a student of black history. I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree.
Let me tell you something. Kennedy, and John F.
Kennedy on the wall. Every black house had them; they were up in our home. So you were sort of a historical adviser on the film? Have somebody check it. I was a kid, but I was a part of busing.
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The Watts riots were nearby. I remember when they blew up the Black Panther Party, because it was around the corner from my house. I used to walk by there every day, being asked by the Panthers to come to their breakfast program. That was etched in my head when we shot that.
I feel blessed that they went before me. It took that generation a long time even to say the word black. You know, my mother was a maid. My grandmother was a maid.
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Her mother was a maid. To look down upon that part of my history would be ridiculous; I am the seed of that. So for me, this is a story about family and connection, living through those times. I hope people come away from it with a sense of pride and gratitude for that generation, because none of us would be here without the butlers and maids.
But there are those of us who also come from the Panthers, and those of us who were out in the streets fighting. Was the butler right?
Or was his son? Michael Edwards In what ways have you experienced racism? I have no need to talk about it.