Hollywood on the Potomac

Food Diplomacy

February 16, 2017

“Lidia is an immigrant to this country who is living the American dream,” President & CEO of Corporation for Public Broadcasting Pat Harrison said about Lidia Bastianich when introducing her at a dinner at The Library of Congress in her honor called  Lidia Celebrates America: Salute to Heroes. “She’s an internationally known chef, an award-winning public television host, a best-selling cookbook author who runs a culinary empire including Eataly and renowned restaurants from New York City to Kansas City. She is CEO of Tavola Productions, producing programs such as Lidia’s Kitchen and Lidia Celebrates America which are continually nominated for a James Beard Award. But Lidia was not always a chef, author and entrepreneur. The journey was that of an immigrant, defined by hardship and patience. Lidia and her family spent two years in a former Nazi concentration camp in Trieste while waiting to come to this country. I visited that camp with Lidia and it was no place to raise children.”  The event was co-hosted by Jon Abbott, President and CEO WGBH and Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress.


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'I Am Jane Doe'

February 12, 2017

Backpage is not what you think it is. It’s not a catchy name for a local bar, nor is it a place for footnotes in a book.  According to Cindy McCain, Backpage is an “absolute scourge…….it’s an online site selling children for sex. It hides behind the Communications Decency Act and The First Amendment. We’re enacting change in that and also enacting the ability to make sure that these guys can’t do this anymore and keep our children safe,” she told Hollywood on the Potomac at the DC Premiere screening of I Am Jane Doe at The Naval Memorial.

 

Joining her on The Red Carpet was Senator Claire McCaskill who added: “I have been involved in investigating Backpage for years now on the permanent subcommittee on investigations in the Senate. In fact, our investigation required the company to produce documents that had never been produced before, and we had to take that fight all the way to The Supreme Court. So, what we were able to do, by forcing those documents from them, we were able to uncover that they were complicit in selling children for sex on Backpage. And the night before the day they were finally going to have to appear, they shut down the site. So, obviously, this is one of these moments that’s incredibly rewarding for somebody who was a sex crimes prosecutor for years to be able to have a role in shutting down the most egregious location for the marketing of people, human beings, much less children is really exciting. I think trafficking goes on in every city in America. And I think that is one of the things about this movie that’s important is that there are way too many families out there that think this can never happen to our child. …..  this could never happen to someone that we know. In fact, it is happening all over our country.”


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It's Complicated

February 6, 2017

“Ellie’s transition brought us together because it was a choice we made together, something we had to do together,” Ellie’s mother Vanessa Ford told Hollywood on the Potomac at National Geographic’s DC Premiere Screening of “Ellie’s transition brought us together because it was a choice we made together, something we had to do together,” Ellie’s mother Vanessa Ford told Hollywood on the Potomac at National Geographic’s DC Premiere Screening of Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric. “We thought we had a son who really liked dresses. On our son’s fourth birthday I told our child ‘you are my favorite princess boy’ and he looked at me and said, Mom, I’m a girl in my heart and my brain.  “We live in Washington, DC in the Brookland-Woodridge area. We have a beautiful daughter Ellie who is almost six,” said Vanessa’s husband JR who have been together for eleven years and have a really strong bond.  “We wanted to participate in the documentary because we felt that we could share our story and portray a good understanding of what it means to be transgender – our story as parents with a transgender kid.”. “We thought we had a son who really liked dresses. On our son’s fourth birthday I told our child ‘you are my favorite princess boy’ and he looked at me and said, Mom, I’m a girl in my heart and my brain.  “We live in Washington, DC in the Brookland-Woodridge area. We have a beautiful daughter Ellie who is almost six,” said Vanessa’s husband JR who have been together for eleven years and have a really strong bond.  “We wanted to participate in the documentary because we felt that we could share our story and portray a good understanding of what it means to be transgender – our story as parents with a transgender kid.”


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