Hollywood on the Potomac

GRAMMYs On The Hill

April 18, 2019

“This is surreal because I’m here most of the time honoring other people and it feels kind of weird being honored, but it feels so good to be honored,” said American gospel singer and actress who was honored at the GRAMMYs on The Hill at The Hamilton in downtown Washington, DC.

“Then it feels scary to be honored because now I’ve got to do more. But it’s okay because I love doing more. I think that we as creators, we know what it’s like to birth something out of our experiences. The one thing that I do know is that every person on earth, no matter which side of the aisle they are, no matter what color, creed, ethnicity, everyone has a heart.”

The Recording Academy™ united the worlds of music and politics at the annual GRAMMYs on the Hill® Awards. The Awards honored four-time GRAMMY®-winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams for her advocacy on behalf of fellow creators and Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth for her philanthropic contributions to the music community. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) were honored for their roles in achieving bipartisan support of the Music Modernization Act, further advancing music creators’ rights. Joined by more than 60 members of Congress, performances included Adams, Chenoweth, songwriter and musician PJ Morton (Maroon 5), and GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Linda Perry.

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'Savage News'

April 17, 2019

Natalie Savage grew up hearing these words from her beloved father, who admired Walter Cronkite so much he named the family dog after him. Natalie—who spent her twenties missing out on life’s benchmarks—finally sees her efforts pay off when she’s assigned to cover the White House for her network, ATN. The problem? The position is only temporary, a test to see if she has what it takes. She has always relied on her grit, her principles and her news sense to gain success. But now her competition is a twenty-six-year-old spoiled frat boy who got his big television break by eating raw animal parts on a reality show. Of course, he’s winning.” Savage News

“First and foremost I wanted it to be fun,” said author Jessica Yellin with lots of journalists at the book launch at City Centre’s St. John Pop Up at Centrolina. “So this book has a missing first lady, a reality TV star, sex, workplace drama and palace injury and it’s not a Trump administration tell-all. It’s a story about what it’s like to be a driven woman in journalism and I’ll tell you that in early drafts I started writing in 2014 there was polite ‘me too’ in it and all my early readers told me, ‘Oh God, you’ve got to take that out, no one wants to hear that.’  And then as I kept writing and the Harvey Weinstein thing happened everyone called me up and said, ‘Put it back in, put it back in.’ ” So she did.

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Gender Equality

April 15, 2019

“The theme of the discussion today is gender equity, equal pay and how do we get there? Today’s discussion is the topic of high relevance all over the world,” said  The Ambassador of Iceland Geir H. Haarde who hosted a panel discussion with his wife Inga Jóna Þórðardóttir at their residence in collaboration with The Institute for Education Founder and CEO Coach Kathy Kemper.  “It’s always the same thing. Christine Legarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, put it this way: ‘The failure to unleash women’s potential is one of the great tragedies and missed opportunities of our time.'”

“My own country for several decades has put a lot of emphasis on this issue,” he added. “The World Economics Forum in Switzerland ranks countries every year and Iceland has been on the top of the list or number one for nine years in a row.”

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