"Lee Daniels' The Butler" not only tells the story of a butler who served eight U.S. presidents, it also tells the story of America's civil rights movement. The film features one of the most hated and controversial words in the English language. Anderson spoke with the film’s stars, Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, about the use of the "n” word, in the movie and in American culture.
Oprah Winfrey's new movie "Lee Daniels' The Butler" is sparking a new debate over the use of the "n” word. Oprah told Anderson that she doesn't use it partly because that was the last word some of her ancestors heard when "they were strung up to a tree." But plenty of other people use it freely. Wolf discussed this with B.E.T. editorial brand manager Michaela Angela Davis, and Andre Perry, the founding dean of urban education at Davenport University.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to change the state’s medical marijuana laws. The proposal would allow qualified children to get edible forms of marijuana under certain conditions. Brian Wilson, whose daughter suffers from a rare and life-threatening form of epilepsy, pushed for the change. Earlier this week, he confronted Gov. Christie face-to-face on the issue. Wilson says today’s decision by the governor is a victory for his family, but not all patients in New Jersey. Wolf spoke with Wilson and chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Grieving Egyptian families say they’re insulted by a bureaucratic nightmare. They tell us they are unable to get permission to bury loved ones, unless they sign a fraudulent death certificate claiming the loss was due to natural causes. Ahmed Bedier says he reluctantly did that to bury his brother, who was shot and killed by police. He shared his story with Wolf.
Rare face-to-face meetings in two courts today for the biological father and adoptive parents fighting for custody of nearly four-year old Veronica. This is a legal battle that has been going on so long, when it started she was known as Baby Veronica. She was not in court today, despite a judge's order that her biological father Dusten Brown bring her. 360's Randi Kaye reports from Tulsa.
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