Musical Tribute to Sean Taylor
What began as a six-foot condolence card to the Washington Redskins last year from WKYS-FM radio personality EZ Street after the murder of safety Sean Taylor has exploded into an all-star tribute this year: a memorial song produced by Jamil "Face" Johnson and featuring local R&B and hip-hop stars Raheem DeVaughn, Wale, Ms. Kim (of Rare Essence) and Anwan "Big G" Glover (of "The Wire" and the Backyard Band). There's also a music video.
At 2:21 p.m. today, (a nod to Taylor's No. 21 jersey) the drive-time DJ on 93.9 FM will debut an original song recorded over the past week called "Every Given Sunday." The song, EZ Street said yesterday, honors Taylor's legacy and projects an anti-violence message.
"It's not a sad song," EZ said. "[Face] got the original fight song from the Redskins and chopped up the horns."
The music video features Redskins offensive lineman Chris Samuels, who co-hosts a Tuesday radio show with EZ on WKYS, and his longtime girlfriend Monique "Hazel" Cox, who raps on the tribute.
The video will go up on the WKYS Web site tomorrow, EZ Street said, and on his blog at http:/
Phelps Brings His Girlfriend Home
Olympic record-holder Michael Phelps, 23, brought his new girlfriend back to Baltimore for Thanksgiving with his family, People reports. She's Las Vegas cocktail waitress Caroline "Caz" Pal, 26.
Axl Rose: Not a Pepper
Soft drink maker Dr Pepper said in March it would give a free soda to everyone in the country if Guns N' Roses' notoriously delayed "Chinese Democracy" album was released this year. The album came out, but the sodamaker's coupon-offering Web site malfunctioned. And though the promotion was extended, Alan Gutman, the band's Beverly Hills attorney, demanded a full-page apology in major daily newspapers and "an appropriate payment to our clients for the unauthorized use and abuse of their publicity and intellectual property rights," according to the AP. No sum was specified.
Spanish Author Honored
Juan Marsé, whose novels describe hardships suffered in his native Catalonia after Spain's civil war, won the Cervantes Prize yesterday, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor, the AP reports.
The prize, created by Spain in 1975 and carrying a 125,000-euro ($160,000) stipend, is presented each April by King Juan Carlos in Alcalá de Henares, the birthplace of "Don Quixote" author Miguel Cervantes.
The Last Thanksgiving Supper
What did President Bush and his family eat at their final Camp David Thanksgiving? The line-item menu, courtesy of the White House Office of the First Lady, is as follows: Free-range roast turkey, cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce, sauteed green beans, Morelia-style gazpacho with spinach salad, zucchini gratin, whipped maple sweet potatoes, buttered mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, fresh clover rolls with honey butter, pumpkin pie with whipped topping, apple pie, pumpkin mousse trifle and fresh fruit platter.
-- Christian Hettinger, from staff, wire and Web reports
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