Access Pollywood: Sotomayor Mambós at Noche Musicál

Bailamos! The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) hosted their annual gala celebrating Noche Musicál Tuesday night at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

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Justice Sonio Sotomayor and Esai Morales

Supreme Court Justice Sonio Sotomayor and , Photo by Tony Powell

The spicy Pollywood blend of Washington political power players included Supreme Court Justice , FCC Chairman , Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and Reps. , , and mingled with Hollywood’s top Latino entertainers like and Esai Morales. Morales, heartthrob of the classic 80’s film Labamba might have had his most important dance to date when he stepped out to do the Mambó with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (http://www.washingtonlife.com/video/) who, sources tell us, had been practicing her mambo for the past month in preparation for the night. It was Sotomayor’s first foray into the Washington social scene since being appointed the Court’s 111th justice, its first Hispanic justice, and its third female justice. “Justice Sotomayor reinforces the notion that you can be successful and still retain your cultural identity. We all know she is a great judge, but, I think she just proved she has some swift moves on the dance floor as well as in the courtroom,” remarked the effervescent Morales. Music for the evening was supplied by Afro-Cuan jazz drummer as well as La India. Sanabria played a rousing rendition of the “Sotomayor Mambó.”

Justice Sonio Sotomayor and Esai Morales

Supreme Court Justice Sonio Sotomayor and Esai Morales, Photo by Tony Powell

The night raised money for scholarships for emerging Latinos interested in working in arts and entertainment. Writer (Transformers, Star Trek, Fringe) was honored with the Raúl Juliá Award for Excellence. Orci was named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the 50 most powerful Latinos in Hollywood and is a partner in s’ creative team. The Horizon Award recipient was DC-native and Georgetown grad, playwright whose plays include Based on a Totally True Story, Bloody Mary, Rough Magic, Dark Matters, Good Boys and True, The Mystery Plays, and Say You Love Satan. Aguirre-Sacasa, who received his award at a private VIP dinner the evening before hosted at the home of and , was unable to attend the event as he had to be in Los Angeles for the first day of filming of HBO’s “Big Love.”

This year, Joaquin Bacardi III, Corporation President and CEO of Bacardi USA and one of the evening’s Honorary Co-Chairs mingled with guests as they sipped signature Bacardi cocktails. The evening was underwritten by Ford Motor Company for a seventh consecutive year; Barcardi and United Airlines were also underwriters with Latin Concepts Group hosting the after-party at their chic Dupont Circle lounge, Gazuza.

Other guests included: , Senior Advisor to the FCC Chairman; Beth and ; , Director, Multicultural Programs, The Walt Disney Company; Rachel Goslins, Executive Director, Presidents, Committee on the Arts and Humanities; , Co-Founder and Senior Vice President, Promotions, eWorld Media; , Co-Founder and Board Member, NHFA; , President and CEO, Public Broadcasting System; , Chief Human Resources and Public Affairs Officer, The Nielsen Company; , FCC Commissioner; , Co-Founder, President and CEO, eWorld Media; , Executive Director, NHFA; , Commentator, CNN; , Chairman and CEO, Entravision Communications Corporation; , Executive Producer, LATIN MUSIC USA; , Producer, LATIN MUSIC USA.

Justice Sonio Sotomayor and Esai Morales

Supreme Court Justice Sonio Sotomayor and Esai Morales, Photo by Tony Powell

Justice Sonio Sotomayor and Esai Morales

Supreme Court Justice Sonio Sotomayor and Esai Morales, Photo by Tony Powell

Justice Sonio Sotomayor and Esai Morales

Supreme Court Justice Sonio Sotomayor and Esai Morales, Photo by Tony Powell

Joaquin Bacardi, Christine Moll, Daniel Martinez, Enjoli Duval, Photo by Tony Powell

Joaquin Bacardi, Christine Moll, Daniel Martinez, Enjoli Duval, Photo by Tony Powell

Victor Cabral and Texas Congressman Charles Gonzalez, Photo by Tony Powell

Victor Cabral and Texas Congressman Charles Gonzalez, Photo by Tony Powell

Ginny Grenham and Paul Zevnick, Photo by Tony Powell

Ginny Grenham and Paul Zevnick, Photo by Tony Powell

Merel Julia, Roberto Orci, Esai Morales, Photo by Tony Powell

Merel Julia, Roberto Orci, Esai Morales, Photo by Tony Powell

Feliz Sanchez, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Photo by Tony Powell

Feliz Sanchez, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Photo by Tony Powell

Jimmy Smits and Justice Sonio Sotomayor, Photo by Tony Powell

Jimmy Smits and Justice Sonio Sotomayor, Photo by Tony Powell

Deborah Szekley, Esther Coopersmith, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Photo by Tony Powell

Deborah Szekley, Esther Coopersmith, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Photo by Tony Powell

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3 Responses to “Access Pollywood: Sotomayor Mambós at Noche Musicál”

  1. Tiki75 says:

    This is a funny video – good thing she was so serious during her questioning, and not dancing like this!

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