Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Blog

Last week the Arab American Institute celebrated 30 years of political empowerment of the Arab American community at the seventeenth annual Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Gala. Over 700 guests were present and the event garnered coverage from a diverse array of media outlets.  Much of the coverage highlighted Individual Achievement awardee Salma Hayek Pinault. 

Ms. Hayek only started her foray into social media a few short weeks ago with new Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. The night's events certainly gave @SelmaHayek a big social media boost and the hashtag "#GibranGala" was trending in Washington DC.  


NBC "The Today Show"

Salma Hayek: 'The Prophet' is 'hardest thing I've ever done'


PBS "To The Contrary"

"To The Contrary spoke with actress, producer and activist Salma Hayek about her efforts to help women and children"


Al Arabiya

Originally Lebanese Salma Hayek: "I'm proud of my people"


Lebanese Examiner

Salma Hayek receives humanitarian award from Arab American Institute



Salma Hayek receives Spirit of Humanity award


The keynote address by National Security Advisor Susan Rice at the Gala focused on the administration's foreign policy priorities in the Middle East and generated additional press:


Voice of America

Rice: Obama Administration Firm on Two-State Israeli-Palestinian Solution


Jewish Telegraphic Agency

"National security adviser: U.S. expects next Israeli gov’t to recommit to two states"

(the story also ran in Jewish Daily Forward and Jerusalem Post)


The Washington Times

"U.S. pressures Saudi Arabia to stop bombing Iran-backed rebels in Yemen"



"Susan Rice: ‘No Military Solution’ In Yemen Either"

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