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(Left to right) Lenny Kravitz, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Forest Whitaker star in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which arrives in theatres in Baltimore, as well as select theatres around the country on Friday, August 16, 2013

(Left to right) Lenny Kravitz, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Forest Whitaker star in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which arrives in theatres in Baltimore, as well as select theatres around the country on Friday, August 16, 2013

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler opens in Baltimore area

Even as the critically-acclaimed film, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” hits theaters, the director and members of its superstar cast paused to bitterly reflect on recent events they say proves racism is still very much alive in the good old U.S.A.