Hollywood on the Potomac

Remembering: King’s Life and Death

January 25, 2010

While Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was being targeted by assassin James Earl Ray, veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas was where she always was; waiting for a press briefing at The White House.   “When someone blurted out that King had been killed, everyone was in a state of shock,” Thomas remembers. “We just waited for President Johnson to make a statement.  Then, Washington blew up. Fires and riots were everywhere.  It almost closed down the city.” 

Representative Diane Watson (D-CA) was watching television at home.  “They flashed a bulletin showing a group from The Lorraine Hotel in Memphis,” Watson said.  “I was startled, but not surprised.  When he became a global figure, he also became a target.” 

King himself always said he did not expect to live a long life.

NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo was living in the Congo when at 18 he learned through his parents of this civil rights world leader who brought freedom to the black people in America. 

This last week, Mutombo participated in a musical tribute honoring the late civil rights leader at The Kennedy Center attended by President Obama and hosted by Andrea Roane, anchor of WUSA TV.

“MLK day is one of pride of being an American,” said Roane.  “Dr. King said one day we will be judged on character not just color of our skin. We are not a perfect union but we as a nation are trying to fulfill Dr. King’s dream.”

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MLK Day: Living the Dream

January 18, 2010

History has a way of repeating itself: the first, the only, the last.  By way of example: the first man on the moon; the only woman to give birth at 66; the last man standing on Custer Hill.

CNN political analyst Roland S. Martin, who also hosts TV One Cable Network’s Washington Watch, embodies all three, but hopefully he’s not history.

The First is the name of his just released third book subtitled President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House.  He was the first to score an interview with the President on the racial dust-up surrounding Senator Harry Reid; he is the only man we know who wears a shibori (look it up) and he was the last one out the door at his book party attended by Valerie Jarrett and Gloria Borger, hosted by the National Visionary Leadership Project.

His ‘boss’ at TV One, CEO Jonathan Rogers, has know Martin since college and they’re both from Texas.  So, are they are formidable duo?  Rogers has four words for that: “ Don’t mess with Texas.”

The first national celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was held on January 20, 1986. This year the holiday will be celebrated on Monday January 18th which coincides with the first airing of Martin’s interview with the President.  http://www.tvoneonline.com/

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Journopalooza II Rocks Georgetowners

January 9, 2010

A suspicious package at the National Press Club Friday night didn’t prevent Georgetowner Kiki Ryan of Politico from supporting Tim Burger and Christina Sevilla, whose band was part of Journopalooza II, raising money to benefit Reporters without Borders. Lucky for all, “Suspicious Package” is the name of their band and no arrests ensued. See the video at Hollywood on the Potomac.





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