David Litt, an Obama Speechwriter Author memoir, “Thanks Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years,” is due Sept. 19.

David Litt, who landed a dream job as a speechwriter for the Obama administration at just 24 years old, is not that kind of operative. His new book, “Thanks Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years,” is an amusing, honest and self-deprecating look at being a less-heralded staffer in the White House. While others might exaggerate their access to the president, Mr. Litt, now a head writer at Funny or Die, writes about how former President Barack Obama didn’t even know his name until his second term.

“‘Speechwriter to the president’ suggested access and influence,” Mr. Litt writes in his book, due Sept. 19. “In reality I was a kind of rhetorical handyman, keeping our stump speech up to code.”

He started as a speechwriter for Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama, and other high-level officials, including the chief of staff, William M. Daley.

Eventually, Mr. Litt found himself writing low-profile remarks for Mr. Obama and by the second term, became one of his top speechwriters, especially marshaling his comedic side as the lead writer for multiple White House Correspondents’ Association dinners.

He discussed his book over coffee and explained how in “The West Wing” parlance, he was not the one in the walk and talks, but the one handing the papers to those walking and talking.

Here are edited excerpts from the conversation.

What are the differences between your life in the West Wing and the show, “The West Wing”?

Being introduced to politics by “The West Wing” is like being introduced to sex by “Debbie Does Dallas.” The real thing is more satisfying, but also it doesn’t live up to the fantasy in certain ways. The thing about “The West Wing” was that everybody was extraordinarily clever all the time, and everything leads to a satisfying conclusion at the end of every week. And there’s only like five people in the entire building. I wouldn’t have been in the walk and talk.

I was one of the people giving a piece of paper to someone in the walk and talk and then scurrying out of the frame. And I got to the White House and realized that the White House, in addition to being the most important office building in the world, is also an office building. A lot of your day is spent trying to figure out how to get people to stop replying all to every email or how to make sure everyone is on the conference call at the same time. Somehow, this was never in an episode.

Functionally, why were you not Toby Ziegler or Sam Seaborn (two fictionalspeechwriters on “The West Wing” and top advisers to the president)?


What was exciting about writing a book was that I was not in the inner circle, so that was kind of liberating. I didn’t have to write about all those moments I made history because I didn’t make a ton of history, and that’s totally fine. And most people who work at the White House don’t, and they still do good work and it matters.

Not every speech is going in the history books. Some of the speeches are a video recording saying “Happy Birthday!” to one of the president’s friends in Chicago, or a sports team is coming to the White House and you’re making some jokes about it, and that was a big part of the day to day of the president’s calendar.

You write in your book that “speechwriters are more like personal trainers than puppet masters.” What do you mean?


They can help you present the best, most attractive version of yourself to the world. They can’t turn you into someone you’re not. And that, by the way, gives you more confidence in the role of speechwriters.

Did you ever write a speech in which you disagreed with the content?

That’s a question I get a lot, and I kind of got lucky. There might be stuff where if I really look into it, a policy detail, but, A., I don’t really know because I’m not a policy person and B., on the big picture issues, there was never a moment where I sat down and thought, “I totally disagree with this.” When I wrote in the private sector, this would happen sometimes. READ MORE

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Today is Husband Appreciation Day!

HUSBAND APPRECIATION DAY:  Today is the perfect excuse to take a moment to thank him for all he does. We would love to hear what makes your husband so special!

(For planning purposes, we’ll note here that Wife Appreciation Day is Sept. 17. 😉 


Beauty by Ambokile’: How To Make My Avocado Mask


Okay, so last week I introduced you to the importance of exfoliation and my Miracle Baking Soda Scrub for beautiful glowing skin. Exfoliation is simply removing dead skin cells from your surface layer and allowing your new skin to radiate! We also talked about the importance of using a sun block EVERY DAY. Vitally important for both HEALTH and SKIN radiance is drinking water daily. It will go a long way in providing the essential hydration your body craves and needs. Now, let us to move onto my simple regimen for skin hydration and moisturizing which is (drum roll) my Natural Avocado Mask which I generally apply once per week.

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I love avocados! Avocados offer nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving, including potassium (which helps control blood pressure), Lutein (which is good for your eyes), and folate (which is crucial for cell repair and during pregnancy). Keep that in mind for health benefits, and for external uses try out one of my skin regimens below. But, right before applying any of the masks, open your pores by placing a warm washcloth over your face for 20 – 30 seconds. This will prepare your skin to absorb all the natural nutrients from your avocado mask.

Avocado Honey Face Mask – Dry or Wrinkled Skin: I like to simplify things and this mask is great for dry or wrinkled skin, is easy to make and uses only two natural ingredients which act as moisturizers, yummy avocado and honey. Take the insides of one fully ripe fresh avocado (not including the seed or skin), and mash it up into creamy pulp in a bowl. Add one tablespoon of honey and stir the mixture until it turns into a uniform paste. Apply to skin.

Oatmeal Avocado Face Mask – Damaged Skin: This recipe requires just a little more effort but acts as a great moisturizing mask and helps in restoring damaged skin, you’ll be happy you tried it.

Take 1/2 ripe avocado and 1/2 cup of oatmeal. Cook the oatmeal as per instructions in the label and mix it well with the mashed avocado (not including the seed or skin) until it turns into a pulp-free paste. Apply to skin.

Avocado Yogurt Face Mask – Moisturizer Plus: If you want to plus moisturize your skin then go with this mask. Plain yogurt (especially Greek yogurt with turmeric), works well for acne prone skin because it has lactic acid that kills bacteria. Plain yogurt is a little acidic and works to restore your skin’s pH balance. I’ll talk about benefits of turmeric in a following article.

Take 1/4 ripe avocado and mash it up in a bowl into a smooth paste. Mix in one teaspoon of plain, organic yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon of honey. Apply to skin.

For all of the masks above and after application, leave the mask on your face for 10-15 minutes or until dry and rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry your skin with a soft towel. Feel free to drop me a line and let me know how it works for you! Shine bright and let’s journey together!



Ambokile Blasts Onto West Coast Scene with New Ensemble “Ambolism”

Authors & Artists Magazine


Written by M.D. Caprario: M D Caprario is a free lance writer working in NY, LA, and San Francisco

The City Walk/City Loft at Universal City   has something for everyone. A brilliant-lit carnival for grown-ups, there are dance clubs, movie theaters, and restaurants of every kind imaginable, including- be still my heart- a Starbuck’s combied with a gourmet bakery.  (Can you spell ‘double yum’?)  Said Starbuck’s was still open at 11:30 p.m. on the Saturday night I visited.  There are also a number of very interesting retail shops, including a store devoted to the sale of all things chocolate and a children’s bookshop.

ambokile_ambolism_9.jpgBB Kings House of Blues  is upstairs in the City Loft area.  A jumpin’ hot night spot featuring fine music and good libation and eats, the club’s top floor offers bar style seating looking down onto the stage three floors below.  It’s from this vantage point…

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5-Year-Old Becomes Youngest To Qualify For Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Meet Edith Fuller. She’s 5 years old and on Saturday became the youngest competitor to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Over the weekend, Fuller beat more than 50 children ages 5 to 14 to win the 2017 Scripps Green Country Regional Spelling Bee in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During the competition, she had to spell 37 words, including “jacamar,” “jnana” and “fennec.”


Edith, who is homeschooled, clearly has a real talent for spelling. Her parents told Tulsa World they first noticed it last summer when she spelled the word “restaurant” without ever having learned it.

“We knew there was something special there,” said her mom, Annie.

In a few months, Edith will go to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is set to take place between May 30 and June 1.

The little competitive speller has an exciting time to look forward to. “I feel thankful,” she told…

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Speakers Include Tony Robbins, Glennon Doyle Melton, Wes Moore, Gabrielle Bernstein, Pastor John Gray, Fitness Expert Angela Davis, Gary Zukav and a special musical performance from Do You Speak Djembe?

TICKETS http://www.roycehall.org/calendar/event_detail.asp?id=950

Los Angeles, CA – Oprah Winfrey presents the third “SuperSoul Sessions,” a day of thought-leaders, change-makers and wisdom-teachers taking the stage to enlighten, inform and inspire, on Thursday, April 6 at 9:00 a.m. PT at Royce Hall, UCLA in Los Angeles.

Oprah Winfrey welcomes Tony Robbins, international speaker, entrepreneur, philanthropist and author of the bestsellers Unlimited Power, Awaken the Giant Within, Money: Master the Game and his newest release Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook; Glennon Doyle Melton, bestselling author of Carry On, Warrior and the Oprah Book Club selection and #1 New York Times bestseller Love Warrior, founder of the online community Momastery and the non-profit Together Rising; Wes Moore, war veteran, Rhodes Scholar and author of the bestsellers The Other Wes Moore and The Work, and founder of BridgeEdU; Gabrielle Bernstein, international motivational speaker, life coach and author of six books including the bestseller The Universe Has Your Back and the upcoming The Judgment Detox; Pastor John Gray, world renowned associate pastor at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas and star of the upcoming OWN docu-series The Book of John Gray; Angela Davis, five time All-American track and field athlete, fitness evangelist and motivational coach at SoulCycle and founder of the AMDIO Method; a special conversation with spiritual icon and pioneer Gary Zukav, author of the internationally acclaimed, The Seat of the Soul; and an interactive musical performance by the world-class musicians from Doug Manuel’s show Do You Speak Djembe?

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, March 4 at 9 a.m. EST at http://www.supersoul.tv/sessions. Tickets for the event start at $99.

Informed by the heart of OWN’s SuperSoul brand, SuperSoul Sessions is an extension of the Emmy award-winning series “SuperSoul Sunday” which features conversations between Oprah Winfrey and top thinkers, authors, visionaries and spiritual leaders exploring themes and issues including happiness, personal fulfillment, spirituality, conscious living and what it means to be alive in today’s world. An all-new season returns Sunday, March 16 at 11 a.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.

Session talks will be available on SuperSoul.tv/sessions. Previous Sessions speakers include Elizabeth Gilbert, Deepak Chopra, Janet Mock, Shawn Achor, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Iyanla Vanzant, Rob Bell, Tim Storey, Amandla Stenberg, Caroline Myss, Cheryl Strayed, Eckhart Tolle, India.Arie, Kris Carr, Marie Forleo, Shaka Senghor, Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Marianne Williamson and Kerry Washington.

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand – and the magnetism of the channel.  Winfrey provides leadership in programming and attracts superstar talent to join her in primetime, building a global community of like-minded viewers and leading that community to connect on social media and beyond. OWN is a singular destination on cable.  Depth with edge.  Heart. Star power. Connection.  And endless possibilities.  OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications.  The network debuted on January 1, 2011.  The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com.  For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own.


Ann Curry and Tamron Hall reunite at Polo Bar


Former “Today” hosts Ann Curry and Tamron Hall were spotted hobnobbing at Polo Bar on Tuesday night with the show’s former entertainment booker Melissa Lonner.

“People gasped when they walked in,” said a spy. “Today” contributor “Jill Martin rushed to their table. It looked like they were having a girls night out.”

We hear Diane Kruger even popped over to gab with the ladies.

Curry left the show in 2012, and Hall exited last month.

Lonner, who was one of the industry’s top bookers, left in 2013.


How to Crack Into Sports Marketing, Management, & Entertainment


How to Crack Into Sports Marketing, Management, & Entertainment

 Wednesday, March 15, 2017

 226 S Market St, Inglewood, CA 90301-2306, United States


The Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals (LAULYP) and the Los Angeles Black Investors Club (LABIC) have once again collaborated for what promises to be yet another epic professional development event. On March 15th, LAULYP and LABIC will host “How to Crack Into Sports Management, Marketing, & Entertainment” at the historic and newly restored Miracle Theater in Downtown Inglewood. With Southern California being home to a plethora of professional teams and athletes, two new football teams coming to L.A., the billion-dollar e-gaming industry, All Star Weekend L.A. 2018, and the 2024 Olympics, we thought it only appropriate to pick the brains of the people that make it happen! LAULYP and LABIC have curated an amazing panel of diverse individuals that will share their experiences in the sports industry.

Panelists Include:
Johnathan Franklin, LA Rams
Arielle Moya, BDA Sports
Jaia Thomas, Sports Attorney

Special Guest Performance by Singer Songwriter:
Nia Andrews

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Open bar throughout the night and amazing food trucks will be on deck!

With dynamic panelists, great networking, an amazing guest performance, and special surprises in store, this is one event you don’t want to miss!


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