Every year I find myself wondering why Hollywood celebrities would want to fly East to sit in a cavernous hotel ballroom in a town famous for its lack of style. But then I find myself in conversations with random celebrities, many of whom are clearly extremely interested in specific issues and in the overall political landscape.
The most surprising conversation I had at a dinner was a few years back when I was introduced to Kim Kardashian and she became intrigued by last name’s Armenian heritage. She began to educate me about the Armenian genocide well beyond anything I had ever known prior to meeting the Hollywood starlet. It was a good thing she steered the conversation and informed me all about this issue near and dear to her because I had never seen her reality TV show and didn’t know what we would talk about. Who woulda thunk?
—David Chalian, DC Bureau Chief, Yahoo News
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