WHCD is for celebrities and the usual “un-Diverse” media
At the Emerging Voices in Media reception the day before the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, held on the roof of the Hay-Adams hotel in Washington,DC a stone-throw away from the White House, there were lots of celebs, lobbyists, lawyers, journalists and politicos of color. It was great to be among so many smart, pretty and connected people.
At other events, such as The First Amendment Party, held at the Longview Gallery and hosted by The Atlantic and The National Journal with VIP lounges sponsored by the likes of Google, for example,..not so much. Me and my two girls were the only chicks of color in the VIP tent at one point.
…it was a very real reflection of the lack of diversity in newsrooms across the country…or the fact that the inner circles are still full with the usual suspects.
Apparently, there were all these celebrities there, but I only saw Sean Penn. The others (none of whom I saw or noticed) included Jon Hamm (from “Mad Men”), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (from “Modern Family”), Ian Somerhalder (from “The Vampire Diaries”), Zach Galifianakis (from “The Hangover), Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys quarterback), Chace Crawford (from “Gossip Girl”), Maria Bello (from “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), Patricia Arquette (from “Medium”), Bradley Cooper (from “The Hangover”), and Dustin Lance Black (screenwriter, director, film and television producer extrordinaire).