September 25, 2013 in Nation/World

First lady praises Harlem’s history

 

Obama
(Full-size photo)(All photos)

Extolling the virtues of Harlem’s rich cultural history, Michelle Obama hosted a luncheon for the spouses of foreign dignitaries Tuesday in the historic New York City neighborhood she described as “quintessentially American.”

The first lady spoke to about 50 spouses of chiefs of state and heads of government who are attending the U.N. General Assembly. The group toured The Studio Museum in Harlem, which was founded in 1968 by artists and civic and community leaders to provide space for modern and contemporary black art.

“There’s a reason why I wanted to bring you all to Harlem today,” said Obama. “And that is because this community … is infused with a kind of energy and passion that is quintessentially American, but that has also touched so many people around the world.”

Obama discussed Harlem’s place in the early 20th century as the heart of black culture in the U.S., pointing to famous writers and musicians like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Louis Armstrong.

Nye treated following ‘Dancing’ injury

Bill Nye “The Science Guy” is also the injured guy.

“Dancing With the Stars” producers said the TV personality was receiving medical attention Tuesday after he was hurt during his most recent performance. No other details were provided.

Nye and his professional dance partner performed a paso doble routine on Monday’s episode that received 17 out of 30 possible judges’ points.

Injuries have been fairly common during the show’s 17 seasons. Olympian Misty May-Treanor had to withdraw from the show after tearing her Achilles tendon during rehearsals.

Dr. Drew recovers from prostate cancer

Dr. Drew Pinsky said he had his prostate removed earlier this year after discovering he had cancer.

The host of HLN’s “Dr. Drew on Call” wrote Tuesday on the network’s site that he returned to work in 10 days after having a robotic prostatectomy in July.

Pinsky said he’s now cancer-free and the only remnants from his surgery are six small scars on his torso.

The 55-year-old TV personality and addiction specialist previously appeared on such TV series as “Loveline,” “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” and “Lifechangers.”

Pinsky said he’s announcing his condition to raise awareness about prostate cancer among men.

The birthday bunch

Newswoman Barbara Walters is 84. Actor Michael Douglas is 69. Actor Mark Hamill is 62. Actor Michael Madsen is 55. Actress Heather Locklear is 52. Actor Tate Donovan is 50. Actor-singer Will Smith is 45. Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is 44. Rapper T.I. is 33. Actor Lee Norris (“One Tree Hill”) is 32.


Thoughts and opinions on this story? Click here to comment >>

Get stories like this in a free daily email