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Celebrities heading to Washington, D.C.

Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx, and Forest Whitaker are among the celebrities joining three presidents this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Soledad O’Brien and Hill Harper will host the ‘‘Let Freedom Ring’’ commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘‘I Have a Dream” speech Wednesday. President Barack Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are also joining the tribute at the Lincoln Memorial. Georgia Representative John Lewis, who spoke at the 1963 March on Washington, will speak at this year’s march, along with Winfrey, Foxx, and Whitaker. Musicians including LeAnn Rimes and BeBe Winans are scheduled to perform.

Damon, Panettiere lauded

The Environmental Media Association is honoring Matt Damon and Hayden Panettiere for their dedication to ecological causes. The organization announced Monday that the actors will be honored at its 23d annual Environmental Media Awards this fall. Damon, 42, will receive the Ongoing Commitment Award for his work with, the organization he cofounded that aims to bring safe water and sanitation to people around the world. Panettiere, 24, will accept the Futures Award, which recognizes younger entertainers for their potential to be environmental activists. The ‘‘Nashville’’ star is active with the Whaleman Foundation, an oceanic research and conservation group.

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“Just saw a couple performances from the VMAs last night. 2 words. . . . #pitchystrippers.” — Kelly Clarkson, on Twitter, weighing in on Sunday night’s MTV video awards.

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