By Will Haygood
From Guggenheim and nationwide Endowment for the arts fellow Wil Haygood comes a enthralling inquiry into the lifetime of Eugene Allen, the butler who ignited a nation's mind's eye and encouraged an important movie: Lee Daniels' The Butler, the hugely expected movie that stars six Oscar winners, together with wooded area Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey (honorary and nominee), Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Redgrave, and Robin Williams; in addition to Oscar nominee Terrence Howard, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Alan Rickman, and Liev Schreiber.
With a foreword via the Academy Award nominated director Lee Daniels, The Butler not just explores Allen's lifestyles and repair to 8 American Presidents, from Truman to Reagan, but additionally comprises an essay, within the vein of James Baldwin’s jewel The satan reveals paintings, that explores the historical past of black pictures on celluloid and in Hollywood, and fifty-seven images of Eugene Allen, his kinfolk, the presidents he served, and the impressive solid of the motion picture.
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I said that I thought I could manage. Danny did not look convinced by this display of British understatement. “Well, I got to have ﬁfty of you, one for each state, so I guess I cain’t be fussy. Here’s the deal: you carry a state ﬂag in your right hand, and we come on out of that chute there into the ring at a canter, then we do ﬁgure eights at a canter for a while. When the music stops, you halt, and you and your horse don’t move a muscle while King and me do our number, you hear? Then the music starts up again, we do a few more ﬁgure eights, a ﬁnal gallop round the ring, then you canter down that chute when it’s your turn.
21 Michael Korda Horses have been around people (and vice versa) for about ten thousand years, give or take a few, so both species have had plenty of time to get to know each other. The horse has come to symbolize, for humans, speed, strength, grace—it’s amazing, when you think of it, how many cars are named after horses (Pinto, Mustang) or feature a horse on their nameplate or badge (Ferrari, Porsche)—and to judge from primitive cave paintings, these feelings of admiration for the horse were there from the very beginning.
For many of them, owning horses is the fastest way to enter the ranks of the upper classes, among whom the horse has always played a symbolic, not to say a totemic, role. Ownership of a racing stable, learning to play polo, foxhunting, sending one’s wife or daughters out onto the show jumping circuit—in countless ways the horse signiﬁes rank, class, money, and has done so from the very 48 Horse People beginning of history, separating the knight from the common foot soldier, the caballero from the peasant, the lordly plantation owner from the lowly dirt farmer, the glamorous cavalryman from the muddy infantryman.
The Butler: A Witness to History by Will Haygood