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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

Civil War drama ‘Point of Honor’ pilot to film in Virginia

Virginia better get ready for its close-up. The pilot episode of “Point of Honor,” a drama about a family torn apart by the Civil War, is slated to start filming in central Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday. The show is a joint production of ABC and Amazon Studios; if it gets a thumbs-up, it will […]

Malia Obama debuts festival-chic look at Lollapalooza

Here’s what we’ve learned from reports that Malia Obama caught the the Lollapalooza tour in Chicago: The teenage first first daughter has music-festival chic (no really, that’s an actual sartorial category) down pat. J chillin with Malia...Show More Summary

Six celebs who’ve advocated for Africa in Washington

Leaders of African nations are streaming into town this week for the multi-nation summit the White House is hosting, but the official delegations should rest assured that their interests have long been well-tended to here in the U.S. A legion of A-listers, from Oprah to Madonna to Brangelina, has Africa’s back, making the continent one of […]

The first lady of Cameroon and her hair have touched down in D.C.

The Africa summit is officially underway, which means one very important thing for the District: The first lady of Cameroon’s hair is here. Chantal Biya has single-handedly made mullet the new magnificent. Biya’s bouffant is a beauty school master’s thesis in contradictions. Show More Summary

Parties You Missed: Katy Perry at the White House and Inter Milan taking selfies

This past Thursday night was the night to be seen in Washington. The VIP crowd was out in full force commemorating the 46th anniversary of the Special Olympics and the country’s post-World Cup favorite sport: soccer. Katy Perry stunned in a royal blue gown as she performed her hit “Roar” for the Obamas, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Andy Roddick […]

Actress Cheryl Hines marries Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at Kennedy family compound in Cape Cod

Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and actress Cheryl Hines were married at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, Mass., on Aug. 2. Kennedy, 60, and Hines, 48, were first introduced by comedian Larry David and began dating in 2012. Hines played David’s put-upon wife in the HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” for eight seasons. Kennedy is the son of […]

Meghan McCain has some advice for her future husband

“If I ever meet a guy who doesn’t grill me about politics or my family on the first date — I swear to god I will marry him that night.” — Meghan McCain in an Aug. 2 tweet to her 246,000 followers about the obvious obstacles of dating while political. McCain, the 29-year-old daughter of Sen. John […]

Actor Al Pacino spotted at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner

Hey isn’t that … actor Al Pacino lounging in the wine bar at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner on Friday night? If the packed house at the Entyse Lounge didn’t recognize the 74-year-old Oscar winner at first, the hotel’s music director, Chris Linman, made sure to underscore Michael Corleone’s cameo. Our tipster says she didn’t […]

President Obama ‘loves’ Katy Perry … and these four other singers, too

President Obama likes a good tune … and has even attempted to carry one of his own for a crowd at a campaign event a few years ago. So it wasn’t much a of surprise that the White House brought in pop star Katy Perry for an unannounced performance at a reception honoring the Special Olympics on Thursday night. The […]

After immigration bill’s demise, GOPers dine…at a Mexican restaurant

The dramatic scene at the Capitol on Thursday night, wherein House Republican leaders pulled their own immigration bill in the face of a conservative revolt, apparently worked up not just tempers, but appetites, too. Although their party wants to shore up security on the Mexican border, some House Republicans seem perfectly okay with culinary imports, at least: Just […]

Party Diary: Selfies bridge all language barriers at Brooks Brothers’ bash for Inter Milan

  When a language barrier stands in your way, just take a selfie. That was the motto for party goers Thursday night at the Brooks Brothers’ private reception for the Inter Milan soccer team. Well-dressed soccer stars and Washingtonians, looking more chic than usual, mingled posed for selfie after selfie among the clothing racks at the three-story, Georgetown store. […]

Joe Biden uses Throwback Thursday to offer some fashion advice

Short sleeve button-downs are coming back but health care has always been in style. #Bornin88? Then #GetCovered. #TBT — Vice President Biden (@VP) July 31, 2014     Vice President Biden released his inner fashionista on Thursday with this Throwback Thursday tweet suggesting that short-sleeved button down shirts are cool again. Mr. Vice President, […]

What Congress needs to know about Colbert’s ‘Better Know a District’

It would be a tough sell in any office: Hey boss, between that very important meeting and Monday’s very important vote, would you mind getting roasted on a mock news show? But that’s pretty much what happens when a press secretary on...Show More Summary

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