Hollywood on the Potomac

What is Light

June 12, 2018

What is Light?  “It’s my love letter to children all over the world. Light comes in many forms. It comes from the sun. It comes from a firefly. It comes from within you and the things that you do. You alone are enough to light up a room. And if kids could just realize that early on, who knows where they’ll go with that information. And so this was really like my love letter to my son that is now in a book.”

“I don’t think I had this fairy tale childhood where everything was perfect and all of my needs were met; but I truly feel that I had something innately in me that whenever somebody tried to tell me I was less than or I wasn’t enough or I didn’t matter as much, I just never ever accepted that,” Markette Sheppard told Hollywood on the Potomac. Shepard is host of Great Day Washington on CBS in Washington DC’s WUSA9. She is also the author of the just published inspirational children’s book, What Is Light?  She has been featured on NBC’s TODAY, ABC’s Live! with Kelly and Michael and on VH1′s national morning show Big Morning Buzz Live. She’s also winner of a 2017 Telly Award and the 2016 CableFAXaward for Best Talk Show Host in the region.


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First Amendment

June 10, 2018

“I have remained involved with The First Amendment Awards since I was responsible for starting them back in 1979,” Christie Hefner told Hollywood on the Potomac just prior to the awards presented at The Newseum in Washington, DC.  “They’re now done under the auspices of the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation rather than the company. This is actually not the first time we’ve been in Washington. We’ve been in Washington at The Newseum twice before and have been in other cities – a lot in New York, Chicago some. One year we were in Texas when Molly Ivins was a winner. Then the last few years in LA where it was possible to do them in the backyard of The Playboy Mansion and [making it] possible for my father to participate. But, of course, now my father has passed away and someone else is living in the mansion. It seemed a particularly good time to come back to Washington with the focus on more than ever the imperative of an independent and free press.”


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Macron! Macron! Macron!

June 7, 2018

We’d like to thank President Macron. Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron, recently elected President of France, is a popular political figure. In Washington, DC, he’s revered and we’ll tell you why. Gérard Araud was appointed Ambassador of France to the United States in September 2014. In May of 2017, Ambassador Araud was scheduled to return to France.  In true French fashion, there was a farewell Champagne blowout at the Residence. It was, of course, an elegant blast – as all parties are there.  Enter President Macron: Amb. Araud was not recalled.  Enter a ‘welcome back’ party in September.  As you can see, if President Macron had not been elected then we would have lost one of the best diplomatic couples ever!  With that in mind, we’d like to again thank The President of France. And to remind us of his recent successful visit to the US – well, they had another party!

Guests gathered mostly on the patio including Marie Royce who was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. She will oversee a wide range of programs that advance US foreign policy objectives through educational, professional, cultural, and sports exchanges that promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other nations and create networks and partnerships to advance US foreign policy goals and address global challenges and opportunities.


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