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Forest Whitaker is a distinguished artist and humanist. He is the founder of PeaceEarth Foundation, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace and is the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation. Whitaker is also a talented, versatile performer… Read more
- A Conversation With Forest Whitaker
Actor, director, producer, humanitarian, and yes, even game developer. Forest Whitaker’s well rounded and diverse talents have made him one of the most respected and popular figures in the entertainment industry today. Passionate about giving back and making a difference, Whitaker shares insights from his successful and prolific career, and explores the larger issues that affect our world and what we can to have a positive impact.
Forest Whitaker is a distinguished artist and humanist. He is the founder of PeaceEarth Foundation, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace and is the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation. Whitaker is also a talented, versatile performer and one of Hollywood’s most accomplished figures. He has received prestigious artistic distinctions including the 2007 Academy Award® for Best Actor for his performance in The Last King of Scotland as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. He has also received the BAFTA Award, SAG Award, and Golden Globe® for “Best Actor.” In addition, Whitaker received the “Best Actor” award for Bird at the Cannes Film Festival.
Forest Whitaker has dedicated most of his time to extensive humanitarian work over the past decade. His social awareness has compelled him to seek ways of using the film medium as a means to raise peoples’ consciousness. He produced the award-winning documentary Kassim the Dream, which tells the poignant story of a Ugandan child soldier turned world championship boxer, Rising From Ashes, which profiles Genocide survivors of the Rwandan war who have risen from wooden bicycles to competing in the Olympics, Serving Life, which focuses on hospice care for prisoners at Louisiana’s Angola Prison, and the Emmy nominated and Peabody Award-winning Brick City, which takes a look at inner-city life in Newark, New Jersey.
In 2007, Whitaker received the Cinema for Peace Award for his selfless and ongoing advocacy for child soldiers, as well as his work with inner-city youth. He was also awarded the Humanitas Prize in 2001. In 2008, he served as a member of the Urban Policy Committee and currently sits on the board of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). Whitaker serves as a Senior Research Scholar at Rutgers University, and a Visiting Professor at Ringling College of Art and Design. In 2011, Whitaker was designated as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation. In this role, he works towards global peace building through anti-violent education, research, training and community building. In recognition of his commitment as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and for his outstanding contribution to the work of the Organization, Whitaker received in December 2012 the United Nations Correspondents Association “Advocate of the Year” Award. In 2013, Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center appointed Whitaker as a Martin Luther King Jr Fellow.
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Forest Whitaker, who was the keynote speaker for Miami’s spring commencement ceremony Saturday, told students they could potentially change the world when they simply treat others with compassion. The actor drew inspiration from the university’s Latin motto, Prodesse Quam Conspici, which means… Read more
Forest Whitaker's Repentances will be released and distributed in the United States by CodeBlack next spring. According to Variety, the company acquired rights for the thriller which also stars Anthony Mackie. Forest plays a life coach who is inexplicably kidnapped by a… Read more
On April 22, 2014, Forest Whitaker came to Pilgrim Rest Church as the guest of the first Delivering Democracy Lecture, hosted by the ASU’s Center for the Study of Race & Democracy.… Read more
Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker has a new role: helping young victims of war in Central Africa. It came about through his distinguished career on screen. Whitaker, who recently starred in the CBS show "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior," reached the pinnacle of success in… Read more
From Where They Sit: Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker Discuss Lee Daniels' The Butler and Race in AmericaXPOSE' Entertainment
Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels, and Forest Whitaker discuss their new film and the questions it raises about race in America.… Read more
Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker spoke before Miami University graduates on Saturday as commencement speaker at Yager Stadium.… Read more
The police thriller "Zulu," set and shot in South Africa, will close the 66th Cannes Film Festival on May 26. Starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom, the film is directed by Jerome Salle. An adaptation of the novel of the same name… Read more
Forest Whitaker is set to headline 'THE BUTLER' as he's tapped to play the title role named Cecil Gaines, who believes he can change his life as well as his family's through his service at the White House.… Read more
Forest Whitaker will receive this year's Actor's Tribute at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, the organization announced on Thursday. The Oscar-winning actor will be feted by power players in the New York film community at the annual event, set to take place… Read more
The move to leverage Social Media around movies has been largely a marketing task to date. There are apps that will remind you when a movie you wanted to see is released, one that sound-scans trailers you like and pushes it out… Read more
The event went very well. Forest is such an amazing guy. He was uncommonly warm and engaging, and his presentation was powerful and inspiring. He stayed well after his speech and shook every hand, answered every question, and smiled for every picture.GEANCO Foundation