Celebrities — not all of them have had it that easy. An occasional look at the stars bringing hard-earned knowledge to Washington. Tuesday’s guest: Chaka Khan
Venue: Longworth House Office Building.
Concern: The recent uptick in autism diagnoses among African American and Latino boys.
Bona Fides: 10-time Grammy winner, aunt of an autistic boy.
Backup: Her sister/manager Tammy McCrary, actress Tisha Campbell-Martin, D.L. Hughley’s wife LaDonna — all moms of autistic boys, who’ve made a documentary, “Colored My Mind,” about their struggle.
What she wants: For Congress to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act, set to expire this year.
How she looked: Simple black pantsuit, heavy gold bling. When asked for a photo, she struck a pose with a black-and-red fan.
Quote: “It’s a struggle for mankind. This transcends everything, all the little petty groups.”