Magic's collaborators are, so far, drawn mostly from among African American Hollywood's elder statesmen and include such longtime Bill Clinton loyalists as Quincy Jones, Motown founder Berry Gordy and [Clarence Avant]. Still, they're hoping his gala will rival the fundraising wattage of [Oprah Winfrey]'s soire.
"We've been talking about it a lot among ourselves," said [Kerman Maddox], who is supporting [Barack Obama]. "Maybe the single biggest fundraiser in the history of America is being organized by an African American, and the people raising the bulk of the money are African Americans? It's a sea change" in presidential politics.
"She has completely taken over, and she's calling all the shots," said one campaign insider. "She's coordinating everything: the entertainment, the invites, everything."