Actors, Musicians, ambassadors and under-secretaries of state mingled together in the plush Ben Franklin room at State Department Headquarters last night in a reception to honor a Hollywood Star-Washington, D.C. wonk collaboration known as Summit on the Summit. The idea, conceived by Ethiopian-born musician Kenna, brought Hollywood stars, PhD’s and DC-based advocates on a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness about global water issues.
Kenna, Jessica Biel, Santigold, Lupe Fiasco, Emile Hirsch, and the UN Foundation’s Elizabeth Gore, among others, climbed Africa’s largest peak and then visited nearby villages and refugee camps. Kenna, Lupe Fiasco, Emile Hirsh as well as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Partnerships Elizabeth Frawley Bagely were on hand yesterday.
A documentary about the expedition will air on MTV on Sunday. Here’s the teaser: