Hollywood on the Potomac

Miss America STEM Awards

September 4, 2014

Pass the PhD:  It’s more likely that this year’s Miss America contestants will receive a PhD than a modeling contract. 

Such is the case of Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn, a finalist in the S.T.E.M. competition.  She’s in with the Alpha crowd at Harvard Dental School specializing in endodontics. …. both a scholarly accomplishment and an economic burden. 

Hollywood on the Potomac sat down with Lauren at a reception in Washington, D.C. where we discussed the ‘student loan’ problem, a huge political issue currently being debated among lawmakers. “The total outstanding student loan balance is $1.08 trillion,” according to FORBES.  We both agreed that it wasn’t fair.  If we want an educated society, students shouldn’t have to mortgage their lives.

The Miss America Organization re-announced the STEM scholarship finalists. “These scholarships will allow women to pursue numerous careers in the sciences and mathematics, fields that continue to grow exponentially as we enter into a new age of technology and medicine. The lives of women who wish to pursue careers in STEM subjects will significantly change as they engage in dynamic careers where women can thrive and grow as humans, learners, and teachers for future generations to come.” 

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We've Got You Covered

August 27, 2014

“Imitation is the greatest form of flattery,” Charles Caleb Colton.  Thank you Hollywood.  From VEEP to SCANDAL to HOUSE OF CARDS, we’ve got you covered.  You’re welcome Hollywood.

The EMMYS 2014 celebrated it’s fascination with Washington, D.C. by doling out winning roles and series to the actor and actresses that frequent the nation’s Capital.  We pulled up some of those clips with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bryan Cranston, Tony Goldwyn and former EMMY winners Kevin Spacey and House of CardsHollywood on the Potomac was on the scene.

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The Hat Trick

August 25, 2014

"Hey @Pharrell, can we have our hat back?”  #GRAMMYS  We’re guessing Pharrell Williams got the message that fast food chain Arby’s tweeted during the GRAMMY Awards.  The hat in question was designer Vivienne Westwood’s creation, an Arby’s logo look-a-like hat the nominated musician wore on the red carpet.

Arby’s, best known for their meat stacks of classic roast beef received a response from Williams: “Thank you to whoever bought my Grammy hat on @eBay for $44,100. Your donation benefits From One Hand To AnOTHER. (Free shipping included)”  “ You’re welcome. We’re HAPPY to support a great cause & get our hat back. Good luck at the tonight!” “Y’all tryna start a roast beef?, added Pharrell. “

“Y’all tryna start a roast beef?”Thank you to whoever bought my Grammy hat on @eBay for $44,100. Your donation benefits From One Hand To AnOTHER.”  “.@Pharrell You’re welcome.,” continued Arby’s.  “We’re HAPPY to support a great cause & get our hat back. Good luck at the tonight! pic.twitter.com/2oA7qDPX9z“The stories visitors experience in the Newseum illustrate historic and contemporary moments as seen through the eyes of the media.,” said Scott Williams, Senior VP of Marketing at the Newseum.  “Pharrell’s hat is a great addition to the  and will serve as a great example of the impact of social media today.

“The post-Grammy’s Twitter exchange between Arby’s and Pharrell about his hat has unexpectedly led to some extremely exciting things for the Arby’s Brand this year and this exhibit with the Newseum is at the top of that list! The Twitter exchange and now the exhibit perfectly showcase the story-telling power of social media.” Chris Fuller, Vice President of Brand and Corporate Communications at Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.

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