Hollywood on the Potomac

Chasing Cancer

December 29, 2016

“Intelligent people know me as the money person,” said Washington Post’s “The Color of Money” columnist Michelle Singletary when opening the Chasing Cancer segment with actress Fran Drescher and Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo at The Washington Post’s headquarters in downtown Washington, DC.  “But I have a backstory, a cancer backstory – so many people do. My husband was diagnosed with colon cancer stage two, my father-in-law died from lung cancer several years before and a year before him, my brother died of lung cancer. So I have a deep history with this thing that can tear a family apart or lift it up. Fran Drescher, who founded the Cancer Schmancer movement, brings humor to this topic. And Taboo is now Global Ambassador for the American Cancer Society.”

 

You know it’s funny having to go back and re-live those moments, especially when you’re in front of people that want to know your perspective and your experience, it’s kind of like acting. You have to tap into something else, whether your doing a role, whether you’re challenging yourself. Right now I’m challenging myself to go back to that time period because I’ve been on a high, like uplifting spirited vibe and whenever I have to speak on it, it kind of takes me back to that time period just listing to your story. Excuse me if I get into like my own zone,” said Taboo.


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No Turning Back!

December 21, 2016

Written by guest contributor Joe David 

 

The grand entrance hall of the United States Institute of Peace overflowed last week with hundreds of prominent men and women from government, academia, and business. They came to hear and honor the Arab woman. The day-long event, which began with panel discussions and ended with a gala dinner, marked the League of Arab States’ Fifth Annual Arab-American Day Celebration, held this year in collaboration with the USIP.

 

The day-long events focused on the important role played by Arab women in stabilizing their communities. “Arab women have shown a steadfast commitment, especially during times of war and change, of never wavering in their struggle to bringing peace and stability to their communities,” Ambassador Salah Sarhan, the Chief of Washington Mission of the League of Arab States, said. “The Arab League considers the issue of violence against women and girls in the Arab world to be one of its most important challenges it faces.” In this context, Ambassador Sarhan emphasized that the League is addressing this challenge by using its position of strength to reach out to women and to help them achieve societal justice, gender equality, and prosperity through education. To show its commitment to ending violence against Arab women and girls, it held “16 Days of Activism,” a special dedication to them, which began on November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ended on December 10, 2016, the designated Human Rights Day.

 


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'A Little Thing Called Life'

December 19, 2016

“I was six years old. I’m sitting at the breakfast table one morning, and I, out of the blue, blurted out, ‘Momma and Daddy, when I grow up,’ – because Momma and Daddy is what we called our parents – ‘Momma and Daddy, when I grow up I’m going to marry Elvis Presley,'” Linda Thompson told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book party in her honor at Cafe Milano in Georgetown hosted by Franco Nuschese with co-hosts Susan Hurley and Kelly Wade.. “My Momma and Daddy started laughing and they said, ‘Well, honey, by the time you’re old enough to get married he’ll be an old man.’ I said, ‘Well I don’t care. He’ll still be singing Hound Dog’ and he was. He wasn’t an old man. I mean, he was just 16 years older than I.”

 

Award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson breaks her silence in A Little Thing Called Life, sharing the extraordinary story of her life, career, and epic romances with two of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic, modern American superstars—Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner.


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