CARRIE DEVORAH > CELEBRITIES, Political and Otherwise
CHUCK LEAVELL LOVES TREES BUT IS NO TREE HUGGER It's a passion shared with the first love of his married life. She inherited a 1200 tree farm. He caught her bug. Together they advocate for preserving our nation's trees. Discover alternate energy he warns... before trees are any more endangered....
JUDY WOODRUFF'S TRUE FRIEND Barbra Walters The Woodruff considered themselves lucky when their firstborn was a son. When Jeffrey was diagnosed with spina bifida, they considered themselves blessed, albeit challenged with a son who only knew to soar and show the world how life can be lived.
EMILIO ESTAFAN AT THE WHITE HOUSE CELEBRATION OF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH The room was jovial waiting for the President to arrive. Alberto Gonzales entered the room to a standing ovation. Then the President welcomed America's Hispanic Community to the Casa Blanca....
THE ROYAL NEWLYWEDS PRINCE CHARLES AND CAMILLA COME TO WASHINGTON DC The Prince and his wife of 6 months, Camilla, spent three whirlwind days visiting sites of DC familiar to the Prince's interests- youth, culture and military. Camilla spoke at the NIH. Charles spoke at Georgetown. Together they presented a united front.
SHARON STONE ACCEPTS NORMAN LEAR'S SPIRIT OF LIBERTY AWARD The star brought an entourage, her mom, her grandmom, great uncle Murray and more. A breath of fresh air to stars that travel with strangers and staff. Stone gathers no moss just accolades as Basic Instincts build in her merged role as mom and singer.
PETRA NEMCOVA ADRESSES THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB One guest said it is not fair for someone to be as beautiful kind and nice as Petra Nemcova is. After she spoke about her devotion to tsunami children post the tragedy that took her love away, the person said, isnt it amazing God knew to create Petra.
WREATH LAYING AT PRESIDENT WILSON'S TOMB He is the only President buried in Washington. Once a year a wreath is layed at his tomb. The military are there. Accidental tourists are there. Friends he has made from Washington National Cathedral staff where he lies were there....
VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY SPEAKS AT THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION Heritage Foundation is a convervative voice in world politics. It speaks solidly to issues in America. The Vice President arrived prompt. He spoke well, curtly. Then he left. Fifteen minutes later. No questions. Short on words, he made his point.
SHEIKH MAKTOUM AND HIS BROTHER SHEIKH MOHAMMED AND THEIR WIVES The wives are beautiful and young. In keeping with tradition, a wife can be there one race season. And not the next. Sheikh Maktoum is the older brother. The ruler when he passes on will be Sheikh Mohammed, the proponent for tourism and technology to rep
STAR JONE REYNOLDS OUT SHINES THEM ALL It is a rare woman to bare her soul putting forth her foibles before the world. But to love herself as step one in learning to love others, Star Jones Reynolds did what all lawyers do, she prepared her case for her client- herself. She rests her case now.
ACTOR RICHARD DREYFUS SPEAKS AT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB Dreyfus is moving on in years, beyond his role in Jaws and more. Now politics seems to appeal to him. During his speech at the Press Club, Dreyfus felt it is ok to let the world know his feelings on the Presdient. Some things are best left unsaid....
NEW TANG DYNASTY TELEVISION'S 2006 GALA New Tang Dynasty's gala raises awareness of China's attack on the Fallun Gong, Fallun Dafa proponents of the art form's Tai Chai now popular in parades and performance protests. The colorful event distracts from Fallun Gong's warning of torture....
THIS OLD HOUSE COMES TO DC Mi Casa buys houses for $1. They fix them up to sell below market value to a deserving family. The house valued at over $500K will be turned over to a low income family for less than half.....
GOVERNORS TRY THE WHITE HOUSE ON FOR SIZE First Lady Laura Bush and President Bush hosted governors from America's states and territories at a, truly, state dinner. Tim Kaine felt good inside America's house. Mitt Romney, other governors chatted. It was Arnold Schwarzenneger, cameras sought...
MICHAEL J FOX HEADS UP THE FIRST EVER WORLD PARKINSONS CONFERENCE TAKING PLACE IN WASHINGTON DC We all remember him as Alex Keaton. Some would still prefer to remember him that way but Alex has grown up into Michael J Fox the man leading a world wide advocacy against the disease he and Mohammed Ali share, a battle they can win. The key is optimism.
ANNA NICOLE SMITH DOMINATES THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES The Press office was told there would be a media zoo. The Vermont attornies teased they knew press wasnt there for their arguments. Ms Smith all of a sudden found no time for media she clamored for a month or two before her 1.6 billion was in question
PATTY DUKE ASTIN PEARCE SPEAKS PUBLICLY ON THE STATE OF MENTAL HEALTH WITHIN THE STATES NAMI decided to put mental health to the test in America by grading the mental health care as done in school. Unfortunately, schools in America fared better than mental health blazing a caution as warriors return from Iraq in need
THE RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER His day was rushed. Most American media left after the Oval Office handshake with the President. The Russian media crowded the microphones on the driveway. In case. He did stop before heading to the Capitol. To Russians, no one is not important.
BG PARKS IN DUPONT CIRCLE DC He is also known as BG. His moniker stands for B. Giz also known as the man who coined the phrase "bling bling" a hip hop synonym for flash in jewelry. His crew was waiting for him to wake up, emerge. He did holding up both crackers and his beltless pants
DIONE WARWICK AND ELMO ARE HONORED AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS Elmo was a perfect gentleman until Kevin his puppeteer has his way with him and the choir. Dione was focused on photo ops with donors to music's charity. Mrs. America, a southern belle, shared her smile with the attendees amidst arts celebrating women.
NABOB NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK OWNED BROADCAST STATIONS GAL The guest list was stellar- Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Terence Howard, Al Sharpton, Etta James. Steve Harvey hosted the dinner. And then the rafters rocked the night away
BB KING SINGS THE BLUES WITH SHEMIKA COPELAND AND BOBBY BLUE BLAND It was a night of friends come together. Old friends and new. But when the king hit the stage, all knew they were gathered in the presence of musical royalty. Long live the King. Long and loyal, BB.
IRISH PRIME MINISTER BERTIE AHERN COMES TO THE CAPITOL FOR ST PATRICKS DAY Bertie is one of those men who can make the most of a day. Sharing shamrocks with President Bush the wee hours of Paddy's Day before tying one on back home in Dublin that same night after wishing leprachaun luck to the Capitol of the world.
JESSICA SIMPSON LOBBIES ON THE HILL She wouldnt meet with the President. She wouldnt answer questions. She arrived late to the impatience of the Press. She spoke for a few minutes. Then left. So much for wanting to benefit her cause of choice Operation Smile.
GERRY ADAMS The IRA The PLO And Why He Isnt Invited To The White House Senators Kennedy Leahy and others fete Adams when he comes to DC. President Bush will not. Still heal dragging on the peace accords there is the side of Adams mainstream media overlooks. Northern Ireland does not. Witness, Adams and PLO flags in Derry
SHEIKH MAKTOUM Crown Prince of DUBAI The Royals The Ports and RACING Sheikh Maktoum is a legend in racing. As is Rashid his son rumored to let his father win at endurance, from respect, of course. England, France, Ireland, America, his bloodlines impact are felt everywhere. A race of a thousand years and culture.
AL JARREAU CHARMS THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB TO SUPPORT WOLFTRAP'S MUSICAL LEGACY Terrence Jones was the lead speaker at the National Press Club luncheon, on behalf of Wolftrap. The arts must live. To live the arts need money. Show me the money asked Jarreau before he scatted to please a luncheon member.
EARL SCRUGGS TAPS TOES AT THE KENNEDY CENTER MILLENIUM STAGE He is a legend in his '80's. February he receied his star on the walk of fame. Three days later his best friend manager and wife of a lifetime passed on. And then he waved to a capacity hall at the Kennedy Center's daily gift to America.....
LARRY KING'S ANNUAL CARDIAC FOUNDATION GALA AT THE RITZ CARLTON IN DC The annual affair began in 1987. Larry King had a heart attack. Then St Jude's party for the hearty began. And in 2006, Patti Labelle, Vanessa Williams, Wayne Brady, Joe Gibbs, Quincy Jones, his wife Shawn King.......
OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL SKATER JOHN CHEEKS SHARES THE CHARITY STAGE WITH OLYMPIC HERO Right To Play was founded by Norway's own gold medallist for speed skating. He started the charity believing sports can bring children together in play. When Cheeks donated his $50,000 win check it was to his hero's charity showing he is a real golden boy
PRESIDENT SIRLEAF ADRESSES WEBCASTS THE WORLD WITH HOPE FOR LIBERIA'S FUTURE President Sirleaf adressed the world with hope for a people 60 years young. Rulers come and go. Leaders in lace lead maternally with an eye on their young knowing children at the hope, the future.
JOACHIM NOAH Olivier, I had no idea who he was but that he looked like a bum and arrogant as to how he was holding on to the two girls. These are unedited.
AKEELAH AND THE BEE Laurence Fishburne wanted a movie made. So he put his money up and starred in the male lead of a black man who achieved the American dream which comes complete with potholes. And then he met a black girl with promise. But a white man wrote the script.....
SCOTT BAKULA ADRESSED THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB He said little. He spoke for a short time. He didnt say much more than he could. NPC President Jonathan Salant had said much of his speech. So he talked about Shenandoah, the show he was in, it seems throughout his acting career from ingenue to star in DC
THE CLINTONS ARE FOREVER JOINED IN PORTRAIT IN THE SMITHSONIAN'S NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY The former President and future presidential candidate came together in the Castle. The Smithsonian unveiled their official portraits. Hillary Rodham Clintons family joined her on stage for a family photo. William Jefferson Clinton stood alone.
FOR ME ITS YOU, TRAIN TOUR 2006 DAR Constitution Hall Washington DC Sometimes the best part of an evening out can be the show off the main stage in the corridors especially if the opening act is unknown. Fans fill the floor refreshments in hand and make new friends.
GEORGE CLOONEY CONQUERS THE MEDIA FOR DARFUR IN THE MURROW ROOM AT THE PRESS CLUB There was no question the Murrow Room at the Nationl Press Club was filled to capacity because George Clooney was going to be there, talking about Darfur, admitting his celebrity is a calling card. He didnt mention the Muslims as cause for the genocide
THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS DINNER WASHINGTON DC 2006 It is an annual roast of the sitting President. Guests included Joe Pantalion, American Idol star Ace, Saudi Prince, Hill Harper, Ludacris, Fred Thompson, Steven Colbert and more.
THEY CAME FOR CLOONEY WHO CAME FOR DARFUR He Left They Left The crowds on the National Mall roared against genocide, slaughter, hatered. They bore with speeches from politicans and others. Then came the Clooneys, Nick and George who defered to his dad. When Clooney left so did the crowd. The "Cheeks" stood alone..
A TALE OF TWO RALLIES IN SENATE PARK The Chris Reeves Foundation and Democracts Arguing Fuel Two rallies separated by grass a child and mother walk on. Senator Hillary Clinton and Susan Sarandon remembered Dana Reeves and her husband Superman. Pelosi, Schumer, Reid and others argued fuel prices are being jacked by profit mongers.
SCOTT BAKULA WARPS SPEED INTO SHENANDOAH Bakula said this role was his long before he was selected to appear in it in Washington DC. He worked his way up in the roles to lead in the civil war piece in which he broke his own mold from hunk to history.
ANDY GARCIA FINDS CUBAN HERITAGE IN HIS MOVIE The Lost City Garcia is one of those film makers with a passion. His passion is his people, his heritage and his latin blood. He shares his roots in his newest film focused on a Cuban family's struggle. Senator Mel Martinez was his angel.
CHUCK NORRIS KICK STARTS TEXAS FOR CASH TO FUND HIS PROGRAM FOR T RISK YOUTH It does make one wonder when a man who made millions in the movies asks his country for 1/2 a million dollars to fund his pet project. Celebrity opens doors easier for his program which most Americans find ways to pay for from already overburdened pockets
JIMMY SMITS HOSTS THE RED CROSS GALA AT THE NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM IN WASHINGTON DC American Idol's Fantasia sang one song, "I Believ." Jimmy Smits introduced Jane Seymour to the audience. The British Beauty told of the Red Cross' gallantry through its decades. Jimmy Smits was sensational close up and far away on the oversized Red Cross.
JOHN AND REVE WALSH HONOR THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR SON ADAMS MURDER WITH LEGISLATION Name: JOHN AND REVE WALSH HONOR ADAM 25 YEARS AFTER HIS MURDERED An Act Was Signed (published) unpublish
John Walsh became criminals worst nightmare after his son was abducted and murdered. 25 years later President Bush signed legislation
AMERICA'S TOP MODEL EVA PIGFORD STRIKES A RUNWAY POSE IN DC FOR THE WHITE & BLACK AFFAIR FUNDRAISER The reality of television is that superstars are given chances for their fifteen minutes of fame. Eva Pigford was selected on Tyra Banks America's Top Model now using her high profile to stride runways for charity.
BB KING COMES TO THE WHITE HOUSE A wish uttered in Constitution Hall was all needed to make BB King's dream come true. Diabetes poster child, the octogenarian wanted Lucille to join him in the White House, one more time.....
CHER SHEDS MEDIA LIGHT ON OPERATION HELMET On Behalf of America's Military Rumors abounded on Cher at 60. She came to the Hill, not to testify but to draw media attention to her charity of choice- Operation Helmet improving safety of soldiers helmets. She looked as lovely as ever
CLINTON AND WESTHEIMER SET THE PACE FOR THE ISRAEL DAY PARADE Rumor was the Israeli Embassy took over managing the parade in 2006. All blue and white there was no orange of support for the evacuated of Gush Katif just Shomrim, Jewish police officers with tri-state area jewish schools. And the Neturai Karta. Duhhh
GARY SINISE WORKS ALONGSIDE MILITARY TO SUPPORT AMERICA Sinise is a fixture in the nation's Capitol whether he is entertaining troops at the Pentagon or holding a press conference outside the West Wing of the White House. All in support of America's warriors
GORE's Book Signing One never knows who will show up at book signings. Friends or foes or political nemesis that cost an opponents election as did happen with Gore signed books in DC. Nader took a book and gave a book- on how to save America. Some lessons are never earned
ORMOND ON THE HILL Actors come and go to the Capitol. Julia Ormond was reluctant to leave. Her job was just beginning. People are sold for sex and slaves. People struggling to survive, victims for the perfect crime of society.
ROBERT REDFORD GREENS IN DC He came to present an award to a merchandiser. For a fee. Senate Minority leader Harry Reid spoke. And then Redford reminiscent of A River Runs Through it...
SAM HORNISH JR FASTRACKS TO THE WHITE HOUSE Winners of all types come to the White House when coordinated by the social secretary at the request of individuals. Even Sam Hornish Jr winner of the Indiannapolis 500 along with his racing angel Roger Pinski
SPONGEBOB AND DORA BRING THEIR FRIENDS TO HEADLINE THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB Romeo was not the star. Nor were Tom or Mavis nor the actors brought along to illustrate Nickelodian's value to youth around the world. One father with his 2 poppets cornered produce Tom Lynch in the down elevator. Tom says impromptu auditions are old hat
WONKETTE FETES WEXLER'S STAFFERS Wonkette's claim to fame was outing an intern on the Hill. At Robert Wexler's coming out within politics framework, Wonkette let slip she agreed to become an editor for Time.com
ARIANNA HUFFINGTON WRITES ON BECOMING FEARLESS Becoming fearless, Arianna says, is becoming free to be...
RUN DMCs DARRELL McDANIEL DISCOVERS THE FILIAL BOND OF Darrell McDaniel may be almost 40 but as an adopted child, so he discovered late in life, without blood to connect the ties to those born into families, sometimes the greatest family is the one you choose and belong with
FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON ADRESSES NLEOMF AND AFRICARE IN ONE NIGHT I guess the hardest part of having been president is just that, the love of the people stays long after the role has been set aside. One could say, after watching William J Clinton at both events, once a president, always a rock star.
REICHEN LEMKHUL READS IN NW DC He read at Lambda Rising. He said the story he told was the story of many others just using his name on their words. He teared as he read the verse dedicated to his flight teacher. His grandmother gave him wings. The world knows he won The Amazing Race. A