Hollywood on the Potomac

Not a Robot ... Yet!

October 2, 2017

We can confirm that Miss America is not a robot! At least not yet. However, that could change in the not too distance future. According to The Halcyon Dialogues event on Robotics at the historic Halcyon House in Georgetown, DC, robots are reshaping human life with the rapidly expanding use of automation and artificial intelligence.  So, we were really really happy to meet Cara Mund, the REAL Miss America 2018, in person.

 

We sat down with the REAL Miss America where she told Hollywood on the Potomac that she wants to be the Governor of North Dakota …… and hey, why not.  Cara was the first Miss America from North Dakota and she was really excited about that because she loves North Dakota. “I think the best part is the people. People are always like ‘Oh, what should I go see when I come to North Dakota?’ And I’m always like ‘you don’t really need to go see anything, all you have to do is meet the people.’  You won’t find them anywhere else. You know,  I have lived in Providence, Rhode Island. I went to school at Brown. I’ve lived in DC. I’ve lived in New York. You just don’t meet the type of kindness and hard workers that are in North Dakota. What I realized when I was working here in DC on the Hill, I loved representing them and serving as a voice for them. I think sometimes North Dakota has a stereotype and so I really like to break that.”  Think Fargo! “People are just so humble and so kind. Going into Miss America [contest] that was one of the first things I said in my interview was that I don’t want you to overlook me. That’s exactly what I did and I became Miss America.”


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The Saudi Vision

September 24, 2017

“All success stories start with a vision, and successful visions are based on strong pillars.” Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs for Saudi Arabia.

 

If the celebration of the 87th Saudi Arabia National Day held at The National Building Museum in Washington, DC on September 23rd hosted by The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia and Ambassador Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was any indication, the visions are indeed based on strong pillars – music and color and dance and song and food and camaraderie that are the ingredients and the fabric of Saudi Arabia’s heritage.

That message was loud and clear from the stage where it was captured on a teleprompter for what seemed like a thousand guests.  “My first objective is for our country to be a pioneer in the successful global model of excellence on all fronts, and I will work with you to achieve that. The Saudi Vision 2030 was launched in April of 2016 under the overview of his royal highness Prince Mohammad bin Salman. It provides an ambitious plan to raise the Sunni society and economy into a higher level. What is the Vision 2030? The Vision utilizes Saudi Arabia’s three major strengths. Saudi Arabia is the heart of the Arab and Islamic worlds. Saudi Arabia is an investment powerhouse. Saudi Arabia is the hub connecting the three continents of the old world. Saudi Vision 2030 is built on three strong pillars: a vibrant society, a thriving economy, and an ambitious nation. A vibrant society with strong roots, improving lives with strong foundations. Our strong roots compel us to focus efforts to serve Umrah visitors, to take on our national identity, and to live by Islamic values. Our ambitious plan is to serve 30 million Umrah visitors.” (The ʿUmrah is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Hijaz, Saudi Arabia, performed by Muslims that can be undertaken at any time of the year.)


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'Legions of Brothers'

September 20, 2017

“Several reporting trips to Afghanistan over the years have left me with so many memories of the sacrifices of the troops I met along the way and the warmth and hospitality of the Afghan people living in the most difficult circumstances,” said Barbara Starr, CNN’s Pentagon correspondent, at a private screening of Legions of Brothers at The US Navy Memorial in Washington, DC hosted by CNN Films/New America.  Starr moderated the Q and A with the producers, director and principals. 

 

Synopsis: “Legion of Brothers” tells the stories of the handful of US Special Forces soldiers who, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, went into Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and within a matter of weeks overthrew the Taliban regime. In the public’s mind, Special Forces are often confused with the “door kickers” of Special Operations Forces — such as SEAL Team 6 and Delta Force — who are the United States’ elite counter-terrorism operators. In fact, the primary mission of Special Forces, in particular the Army’s Green Berets who are profiled in the film, is to work “by, with and through” local forces on the ground to act as force multipliers. That means that Special Forces embed with local forces and work with them to achieve their common goals.


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