Last week was one of the most glamorous weeks in Washington with star-studded concerts and the much talked about White House State Dinner. If you missed any of the fun, let’s catch you up:
In honor of Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala, the White House rolled out the red carpet last week for their second state dinner. Celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, Gayle King and Olympian Shani Davis attended the dinner as well as politicos and Washingtonians. The dinner also included a performance by R&B mega-star Beyoncé. She was spotted with her band at the W Hotel hours before her performance on the South Lawn of the White House. DC Fab! Exposed also learned that Jay-Z was spotted at the dinner as well.
??Still, the White House State Dinner wasn’t the only event to roll out the red carpet last week. At the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Angela Bassett, Dan Rather, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Dr. Bernice King were among the notables honored by the U.S. Dream Academy. Founded by Wintley Phipps, a Grammy-nominated vocal artist, the U.S. Dream Academy holds after-school programs for underprivileged youth who are most at-risk of future incarceration. Hosted by ABC 7 anchor Cynne Simpson and comedian Chris Tucker, the evening honored celebrities, politicians and business leaders who make it possible for children to continue to dream.??
And although Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s mother passed away last week, she was still on hand to accept her award for political leadership.??
Other Washington notables in the audience included former Washington Redskin Lavar Arrington and President of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Elsie Scott.??
Charles “Roc” Dutton gave a heart warming keynote address, telling guests how he turned his life around from being in jail. “Roc” discovered acting and drama while incarcerated saying, “If I didn’t follow through with acting all the way to the end, I would’ve been in and out of prison for the rest of my life.”??
NBA player Shaquille O’Neal was also in town last weekend. He dined at Oya on Saturday and Sunday night. On Saturday, he arrived with two women and a man (a double date perhaps?) while on Sunday he dined with his cousin. And across town, former NFLer Jerry Rice was spotted having a solo drink at Mie N Yu in Georgetown. This comes days after Rice ended his quest to become a professional golfer.
??R&B singer Bobby Valentino performed Hogates on the Waterfront during THE SOURCE’s “Digital Dime Piece” Swimsuit Competition. The evening was hosted by Angel Lola Luv and included appearances by reality show personality Autumn Joi.??
All over the nation, people are getting excited for the release of Sex and the City 2 and there are plenty of events and pre-screenings in the District. If you’d like to join in on the fashionista fun, visit http://bit.ly/satcdc.