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It was an all-male affair at the White House Correspondents Dinner until 1962. 
Despite the fact that some of its dues-paying members were women, it took more than 40 years to integrate the dinner. Efforts had been made earlier, and in 1950Undersecretary of the Navy Dan Kimball had hosted an event for female reporters unable to attend the WHCA party. In 1961,
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Helen Thomas, a UPI reporter and the first woman to cover the White House, publicly protested the continued exclusion of women. The following year, she pressuredPresident John F. Kennedy into agreeing to boycott that year’s festivities unless women were invited. Kennedy agreed, and the WCHA (which Thomas herself became president of in 1975) allowed female journalists to attend for the first time.
It’s a pretty important night for the organization. 
While many people think of it as simply a party, the WHCA uses the event (and its pricey tickets) as a fundraiser for a series of scholarships it provides to aspiring journalists. It’s also an opportunity for them to reward their fellow writers with a series of awards for regional and national journalistic excellence in print, broadcast and digital media.


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​Cecily Strong, comedian from Saturday Night Live hosted the 

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  • In 1992, comedian Paula Poundstone made history by being the first woman to host the event on her own.
  • The next year, 1993, marked the first (and only) time the dinner had two consecutive hosts who were women — Poundstone was followed up by fellow comedian Elayne Boosler.
  • In 1999, Aretha Franklin helmed the show, notable in that the job usually goes to comedians, not people from a musical background. It’s not unheard of —Frank Sinatra co-hosted back in the 50s, among others — but it’s noteworthy all the same. Franklin was also the first black woman to host the show solo.
  • Ten Years Later
  • In 2009, comedian Wanda Sykes hosted the dinner, becoming the second black woman to do so.
  • And; of course, in 2015, comedian Cecily Strong makes No. 5.
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President Obama enjoys delivering his pitch perfect jokes during the 

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​At the end of his set, the president was joined at the podium by his outspoken anger translator, Luther, played by Keegan-Michael Key on Key & Peele.

First Lady Michelle Obama laughs at the jokes during the 2015

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My Favorite picture on the Red carpet​
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​Gabourey Sidibe (black gown) had some fun on the carpet 

posing it up with her good friend actress Bailee Madison 
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Best story I came across in researching this post
Gabourey Sidibe has been nominated a staggering forty-nine (49) times for outstanding performances including a nomination for Best Actress at the2009 Academy Awards for her title role in the movie Precious.  
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Gabourey has won a stunning total of twenty (20) awards since 2009..
During an interview, Gabourey Sidibe reported that before landing her role in the 2009 film, Precious, Joan Cusack advised her that the entertainment industry was not for her and to quit, leaning over and stating: “Oh honey, you should really quit the business. It’s so image-conscious.”
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Currently Gabourey is starring in the ratings block buster Lee Daniel’s Fox seriesEmpire as Becky Williams alongside Terrance Howard.  She portrays an executive assistant in the Empire company. 
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