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Isaiah Washington Taking Life a Day at a Time, Focusing On Foundation

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Isaiah Washington: Moving OnMired in controversy, Isaiah Washington says he's moving on after being fired from Grey's Anatomy.

"In the coming months, all I'm working on right now is trying to focus on day-to-day life and what I'm doing with the foundation, what I'm doing with the family," Washington, 43, told People.

"It starts at the home."

The actor is chairman of the Gondobay Manga Foundation, which works to improve life in Sierra Leone (the foundation was inspired by Washington's discovery that he is genetically linked to that country's Mende people).

And next month he'll go to Ghana for the African Union Summit, where he and 50 other influential African-Americans will meet with 53 African presidents to discuss the continent's future.

On Friday, Washington and Jamie Foxx, Chris Tucker, Mos Def and Herbie Hancock spoke to reporters at L.A.'s Four Seasons Hotel in support of men's fashion designer Ozwald Boateng, who is organizing the event.

The now-former Grey's Anatomy star, who has traveled to Africa multiple times for charity work, explained his passion for the continent.

"Once you get awareness of who you are and how you're here, then I believe there's a responsibility that you have," he said. "And seeing that I can afford to take part in that, I have to be responsible."

Washington was fired from ABC's hit medical series after a gay slur he made in reference to co-star T.R. Knight. Asked if there were any misconceptions about him, he said:

"I don't know. Maybe for 50 years and the history of media and television, I represent something that's supposed to not exist. This happened to Malcolm X, to Paul Robeson. A misconception can happen to any man of power that loves himself and wants to spread that love and that humanity throughout the world."

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I think it's sad that a couple of bad decisions will define this man's, or any man's, career. We all make mistakes and say things that we either don't mean or didn't think through. I find it irritating that the network and the show's producers were unable to work with Isaiah through this and perhaps work toward a public show of forgiveness and strength.

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Wow vicky, your comments are simply inspiring and so true they really resonate with me - ABC, his castmates, Shonda R may not have his back but God does and you know what?...that is all he needs. I really wish him well and hope that good things come out of what must have been a harrowing experience. I will miss Burke greatly, his relationship with Cristina (and that cocky but cool manner of his) were virtually the only reasons I tuned in to watch GA and I doubt that I will be following it as avidly as I did before. We all had our favourite people I guess and for me Burke and Cristina were awesome. I'll be keeping an open mind about the fate of GA - Shonda has been brilliant thus far at keeping the fans entertained and I'm sure she and the suits at ABC realise how important it is to fill the void left by IW with great storylines..so..we'll see. I wish them well too, certainly I would not want to see Shondas project fail or the other stars like EP, SO job hunting again. The best that can come out if this fiasco is that GA AND Isaiah go from strength to strength!

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I agree with Burke Backer. It's hard to watch Seasons 1 & 2 when you know that it's all going to end terribly. Good luck to Isaiah Washington. He was my favorite on Grey's, but it looks like he has bigger plans.

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There are keeping it fresh by still talking about him. They continue to pour salt in the wound by not letting it go. So how can the fans.

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If Grey's Anatomy Insider would stop posting articles about him, whether it is about the show or his personal endevors and remove him all together, maybe we could.

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I'm happy that IW is moving on with his life and wish him the very best. I would hope that he will continue any good works in which he was participating. But he's no longer on GA, can we move on already??? Is this really GA news anymore?

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Has anyone seen some of the Greys clips from Access Hollywood regarding this situation?

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Amazing man! Truly amazing! god bless u!!!! And hope u alll the best for the future.

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This article showed me once again, what a great man Isaiah is! I wish him all the best with his current and future projects and I really hope to see him again soon!

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Dude, you compared yourself to Malcom X. Lame. And we all know that you're not a homophobe, just an overmasculine ass that used a usually homophobic word to describe someone that you thought was weak.
That being said, it doesnt save you from being an ass. I loved you on "Ghost Ship".

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