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'The Butler' Made Obama Cry. How About You?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 27, 2013 7:51 PM
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"You know, I did see “The Butler,” and I did tear up. I teared up just thinking about not just the butlers who have worked here in the White House, but an entire generation of people who were talented and skilled, but because of Jim Crow, because of discrimination, there was only so far they could go. And yet, with dignity and tenacity, they got up and worked every single day, and put up with a whole lot of mess because they hoped for something better for their kids."

Eugene Allen Speaks - Hear From The Real Butler Of The White House (Video)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 23, 2013 9:09 PM
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I wasn't aware that this documentary featuring Eugene Allen, whose life Lee Daniels' The Butler is based on, existed.Courtesy of Smithsonian magazine, in 1994, Smithsonian Folkways released a documentary titled Workers At The White House, which included interviews with White House staff, including, of course, Eugene Allen. The film was directed by Dr. Marjorie Hunt, curator for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and was produced in conjunction with the Folklife Festival.If you'd like to purchase the documentary, you can find it on the Smithsonian Folkways DVD titled White House Workers: Traditions and Memories. Click HERE to buy. It's $15 a copy.

Lee Daniels' Next: Janis Joplin Biopic w/ Amy Adams - Then Miss Saigon, Then A Horror Movie

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 22, 2013 1:14 PM
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Over the last 3-4 years since the release of Precious, director Lee Daniels’ name has been attached to quite a few projects – Selma, Miss Saigon, Iced, Anna In The Tropics, The Butler, The Paperboy, a Janis Joplin biopic and maybe more.

Oprah Winfrey's Butlers - Lee Daniels and Tyler Perry

  • By Tanya Steele
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  • August 21, 2013 2:02 PM
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I have a knot in my heart. It was in my throat, it moved along. Eventually, I am sure it will suffocate me if I don't get this out. Black women, listen, we've got to stand up. We need to be mad as hell and not take it anymore.Please indulge me because I am, admittedly, angry. And, before anyone starts rolling their eyes, I am not an angry black woman (whatever the fuck that is). I put compassion and understanding at the center of all things. Having survived sexual abuse as a child. And, rape as an adult, I have a right to be angry. But, no, I have decided that compassion is essential if I am to walk amongst humans. Because human beings do some foul shit.

Is Lee Daniels' Conservative, American 'Butler' A Black Version of Forrest Gump?

  • By Chauncey DeVega
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  • August 20, 2013 2:21 PM
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Lee Daniels May Be Directing A Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic For HBO (No Word On Byron Allen's)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 19, 2013 5:31 PM
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Roger Friedman at Showbiz411 is reporting exclusively that Lee Daniels is currently circling an HBO Sammy Davis Jr. project.

Black Church Groups Play Significant Role In 'The Butler's' Big Opening Weekend Box Office

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 19, 2013 10:19 AM
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Some were apparently stunned by the commanding box office lead Lee Daniels' The Butler enjoyed over the weekend, debuting to a stellar $25 million.

Weekend B.O. Aug. 16-18 (How 'The Butler' Kicked 'Kick-Ass 2's' Ass)

  • By Sergio
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  • August 18, 2013 12:17 PM
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According to all the box office predictors, Kick-Ass 2 was going to be the No 1 film this weekend. Meanwhile, I was telling anyone who would listen to me (both of them) that Lee Daniels’ The Butler was going to beat its ass. And guess who was right?

Contest: Guess Opening Weekend Box Office For 'The Butler' & Win Amazon.com Gift Cert.

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 15, 2013 4:49 PM
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So tomorrow is the big day; Lee Daniels' The Butler - a film that was in the middle of a legal battle between its distributor, The Weinstein Company, and their opponent, Warner Bros., but is now in the clear - opens tomorrow, August 16.

Lee Daniels In Conversation w/ Sergio On 'The Butler' & More...

  • By Sergio
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  • August 15, 2013 3:19 PM
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Whatever you may think of Lee Daniels as a film director, and he’s very well aware that no one is neutral about him, one thing for sure is that he’s a truly fascinating person.