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Hunter Biden: Amateur cook and embarrassing dad

Hunter Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, got a chance to hone both his culinary skills and his bad dad jokes at an event for the United Nations World Food Program Wednesday evening. Biden, who chairs the organization’s U.S. fundraising wing, and two of his daughters were the guinea pigs for a cooking demonstration with Cava Mezze chef […]

Rapper Akon’s says Africa needs better branding

In 2014, rapper Akon took on a pretty big task. The “Locked Up” and “Smack That” crooner plans to bring solar electricity to more than 1 million homes in Africa. No big deal, he told us recently. Because of his ties to the continent and commitment to action, the Senegalese singer’s initiative, Akon Lighting Africa, is on […]

Another motorcade?! Blame it on ‘House of Cards’

Sick of motorcades and massive security entourages clogging up the streets this week (and, okay, protecting the dozens of African heads of state in town for the White House summit)? Brace yourself for at least one more rolling detail before Washington shuts down for the August doldrums — but at least this one will be […]

From high hair to status handbags, Africa’s first ladies use fashion to talk about the past and the future

Rarely has the attire worn to a single gathering at the White House spoken so boisterously about the occasion, the guests and the place of an entire continent in fashion’s global marketplace. While more than 50 heads of state and their guests dined al fresco at the White House Tuesday night as guests of President […]

Meet America’s greeter in chief

  Remember that guy at last night’s White House dinner for African leaders — the one who greeted all 50-plus heads of state and many of their spouses outside the White House? You  might also recall him as the man who repeatedly wiped his brow as he sweated it out in a suit on a toasty D.C. summer night. His […]

Hillary Clinton really knows her nursery rhymes

“Here’s what I’d do. First, I’d try to find common ground between ducks and horses. For instance, they both grew up on old MacDonald’s farm. Then, I’d establish a timetable to achieve meaningful horse-duck dialogue. And Stephen, I’m convinced with patience and a strong commitment from our allies–the pigs and the geese–we’d have peace peace […]

Michelle Obama: Stop it with the food selfies

Hey you, you  Instagram junkie snapping a picture of that artisan cheeseburger and arranging those duck-fat fries just so  —  Michelle Obama does not approve! The first lady on Wednesday revealed her disdain for people showing off their meals on social media (a position shared by many a restaurateur and chef, some of whom have banned food […]

The story behind Jill Biden’s wax print dress at last night’s White House dinner

When it comes to the collective hand-wringing of who wore what at the White House, the second lady often takes a well-worn backseat to the first. Not so on Tuesday. At last night’s White House dinner in honor of the U.S.-Africa Leaders summit, Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, wowed in a turquoise wax print dress custom-designed […]

FULL TRANSCRIPT: President Obama toasts the African dignitaries and guests (VIDEO)

President Obama’s toast: Good evening, everybody. Please have a seat. On behalf of Michelle and myself, welcome to the White House. This city, this house has welcomed more envoys and leaders for more than two centuries. But never before have we hosted a dinner at the White House like this, with so many presidents, so many […]

Heat, hair and hankies: the best red-carpet moments from the White House’s Africa summit dinner

Peter Selfridge deserves a standing ovation — or, at the least, a glass of water. On a near 90-degree night Tuesday, Selfridge and his trusty hankie worked overtime as the chief of protocol shook dozens of very important hands, trekking up and down the red carpet as the White House welcomed 51 African leaders and their plus-ones. Beginning […]

U.S.-African Leaders Summit dinner: Not exactly a state dinner but lots of pomp and circumstance

View Photo Gallery —More than 40 African heads of state are gathering in Washington for an unprecedented summit that involves three days of meetings and events. Tuesday night’s formal function at the White House might not have been a state dinner – that apex of entertaining at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. that traditionally sends chefs and […]

Guest list for the African Summit dinner at the White House

The complete guest list for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner provided by the White House on Tuesday night.   His Excellency Mohamed Abdulaziz, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, State of Libya His Excellency Jean-Paul Adam, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Seychelles His Excellency Dr. Show More Summary

LIVE: Watch as African leaders and VIPs arrive at the White House

Tonight more than 50 African leaders (plus their spouses and other VIPs in their retinue) will be feted at the White House in a non-official state dinner that will be heavy on the protocol. Peter Selfridge, the chief of protocol, will great each and every guest as they arrive at the North Portico. “We strive to throw out the red […]

First ladies who lunch at National Museum of African Art … and those who stand around

Johnnetta Betsch Cole, director of the National Museum of African Art, opened Tuesday’s brunch celebrating leading women from African nations with a cheer-worthy line. “We’re here celebrating girl power, woman power,” she said to the guests, who included the spouses (make that all wives) of the African heads of state in Washington for this week’s White House […]

Remember those ‘African’ lyrics in Lionel Richie’s hit ‘All Night Long’? Yeah, they’re just gibberish.

At Tuesday night’s White House dinner “on the occasion of the U.S.-Africa Leaders summit,” hundreds of diplomatic VIPs will dine on aged American beef spiced with chermoula, sip trendy Virginia wine (religion permitting) and be entertained by the vocal stylings of Alabama’s own Lionel Richie. Show More Summary

Where is the real business of the African summit getting done? Hint: check your neighborhood bistro

Forget the official conference sessions with PowerPoints, or that formal White House dinner, complete with its stuffy placecards and multiple forks — it seems the real business of this week’s Africa summit is getting done in far more relaxed venues. On Monday night, the visiting delegations fanned out to a dozen of the city’s chic-er restaurants, dining […]

Tom Sietsema breaks down the Africa summit dinner menu

Heads of state should feel right at home dining on the four-course menu created for tonight’s VIP dinner on the South Lawn at the White House. Every dish is laced with at least one ingredient — coffee, cinnamon and saffron, among others — that can be traced to some of the 50 participating African countries. […]

Amid the Africa summit, a dance-party break at the ONE Campaign bash

While most of this week’s U.S-African Leaders summit is full of pomp and circumstance, the ONE Campaign’s party at the Newseum Monday night was anything but. The all-star lineup including include D’Banj, Femi Kutiand Omawumi Megbele from...Show More Summary

Lionel Richie will perform at the Africa ‘state dinner’ at the White House

It’s the state dinner that’s not really a state dinner but sort of is a state dinner. “The president and Mrs. Obama welcome you to the White House on the occasion of U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit,” reads the official program. But Tuesday night’s formal fete for 51 African heads of state (plus their spouses and other big wigs) isn’t being […]

A playlist in honor of this week’s Africa summit in D.C.

Is it even possible to cram an entire continent’s sound into a listicle? Probably not. With more sovereign countries than the U.S. has states, Africa has too many musical traditions (and modern pop variations) to name offhand. But that didn’t stop C. Show More Summary

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