Terrence Howard & Forest Whitaker are stately at the Peace and Development Initiative gala dinner

He started this initiative with peace in mind, and Friday marked the organization’s gala dinner to raise funds for his cause.

Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker was on hand at the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative’s Place for Peace event at Gotham Hall in New York City, and he welcomed Hollywood contemporaries who shared in his passion for peace and the development of the world’s youth.

Empire actor Terrence Howard was also in attendance, as was Swizz Beatz, Chris Martin and actress Ilfenesh Hadera among others.

He played Idi Amin: Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker was on hand at the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative's Place for Peace event in New York on Friday

He played Idi Amin: Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker was on hand at the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative's Place for Peace event in New York on Friday

He played Idi Amin: Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker was on hand at the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative’s Place for Peace event in New York on Friday

The organization brands itself as one that ‘aims to promote the values of peace, reconciliation, and social development within communities impacted by conflict and violence.’

It was founded by namesake Whitaker, 58, who is referred to on the initiative’s website as an ‘artist, social activist, and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation’. 

On Friday, the Ghost Dog actor wore an on-trend dark blue tux with shiny black lapels, and shiny black spats.

Forest’s The Butler costar Terrence Howard, 50, wore a slightly more flashy ensemble, with a satin red paisley vest and a silken black ascot neck tie under an open white shirt.

Stylin': Forest's The Butler costar Terrence Howard was in a slightly flashy ensemble, with a satin red paisley vest and a silken black ascot neck tie under an open white shirt

Stylin': Forest's The Butler costar Terrence Howard was in a slightly flashy ensemble, with a satin red paisley vest and a silken black ascot neck tie under an open white shirt

Stylin’: Forest’s The Butler costar Terrence Howard was in a slightly flashy ensemble, with a satin red paisley vest and a silken black ascot neck tie under an open white shirt

Dedicated: The organization was founded by namesake Whitaker who is referred to on the initiative's website as an 'artist, social activist, and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation'

Dedicated: The organization was founded by namesake Whitaker who is referred to on the initiative's website as an 'artist, social activist, and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation'

Dedicated: The organization was founded by namesake Whitaker who is referred to on the initiative’s website as an ‘artist, social activist, and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation’

Good things come in threes: Hip-hop artist Swizz Beatz was in attendance as well, in  an all black ensemble accented with stripes at the collar and upper arms

Good things come in threes: Hip-hop artist Swizz Beatz was in attendance as well, in  an all black ensemble accented with stripes at the collar and upper arms

Good things come in threes: Hip-hop artist Swizz Beatz was in attendance as well, in  an all black ensemble accented with stripes at the collar and upper arms

Also in attendance was hip-hop artist Swizz Beatz, who donned an all black ensemble accented with stripes at the collar and upper arms.

Coldplay’s Chris Martin was snapped with Whitaker, also rocking a formal black suit, but with a long necktie. 

Adding a phenomenal dash of color to the meaningful evening was actress Ilfanesh Hadera, who was in a ravishing crushed velvet rust-colored gown with ruching along the side. 

Dapper duo: Coldplay's Chris Martin was snapped with Whitaker, also rocking a formal black suit, but with a long necktie

Dapper duo: Coldplay's Chris Martin was snapped with Whitaker, also rocking a formal black suit, but with a long necktie

Dapper duo: Coldplay’s Chris Martin was snapped with Whitaker, also rocking a formal black suit, but with a long necktie

Stunning: Adding a phenomenal dash of color to the meaningful evening was actress Ilfanesh Hadera

Stunning: Adding a phenomenal dash of color to the meaningful evening was actress Ilfanesh Hadera

Stunning: Adding a phenomenal dash of color to the meaningful evening was actress Ilfanesh Hadera

Ilfanesh is co-starring with Forest in a new Epix series called Godfather Of Harlem, about a mobster named Bumpy Johnson.

Swizz Beatz is teaming with Rick Ross and Dmx on a new collaboration that will be released as part of the show’s soundtrack.

The upcoming series serves as a TV prequel to the 2007 film American Gangster, and it also stars Hollywood veteran actor Chazz Palminteri of Bullets Over Broadway fame, who was also in attendance on Friday evening in New York.

Godfather Of Harlem premieres on Epix on September 29.

Elegance: She was in a ravishing crushed velvet rust-colored gown with ruching along the side

Elegance: She was in a ravishing crushed velvet rust-colored gown with ruching along the side

Elegance: She was in a ravishing crushed velvet rust-colored gown with ruching along the side

Chazz: Ilfanesh is co-starring with Forest in a new Epix series called Godfather Of Harlem, which also will feature Initiative guest Hollywood veteran actor Chazz Palminteri [pictured]

Chazz: Ilfanesh is co-starring with Forest in a new Epix series called Godfather Of Harlem, which also will feature Initiative guest Hollywood veteran actor Chazz Palminteri [pictured]

Chazz: Ilfanesh is co-starring with Forest in a new Epix series called Godfather Of Harlem, which also will feature Initiative guest Hollywood veteran actor Chazz Palminteri [pictured]

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