- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 15, 2009

G2 was on location in New York for the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday at Radio City Music Hall along with a throng of reporters and screaming fans longing for a glimpse of their favorite celebs but held back by metal fences.

Alas, most of the celebrities, including Jimmy Fallon, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Megan Fox and Andy Samberg whisked by, leaving unanswered questions in their wake.

D.C. native rap artist Wale, selected to perform during the VMAs with the go-go band UCB, seemed happy to see us, though. “You all are making me feel good,” he said. “I did the red carpet, and [reporters] were just looking at me like ‘Uh?’”

Wale is a star on the rise, but he’s not yet a household name. “It’s fine,” he promised, “because by the end of the night, guess what? They’ll know.”

He will be back in the District on Friday performing as part of the Kia Soul Collective Tour, which is free to the public, but no word on when he will take to the stage. Also slated to perform at the event, at 3300 New York Ave. NE, are electronic musicians Dan Deacon and MGMT on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

‘Norma Rae’ dies

Crystal Lee Sutton, 68, whose fight to unionize Southern textile plants where the pay was low and conditions were poor was dramatized in the film “Norma Rae,” died Friday in a hospice after a long battle with brain cancer, her son, Jay Jordan, said Monday. She lived in Burlington, N.C.

“She fought it as long as she could, and she crossed on over to her new life,” Mr. Jordan said, according to Associated Press.

Actress Sally Field portrayed a character based on Ms. Sutton in the movie and won a best-actress Academy Award.

Miss Field said in a statement that Miss Sutton was “a remarkable woman whose brave struggles have left a lasting impact on this country and, without doubt, on me personally. Portraying Crystal Lee Sutton in ‘Norma Rae,’ however loosely based, not only elevated me as an actress, but as a human being.”

In 1973, Ms. Sutton was a 33-year-old mother of three earning $2.65 an hour folding towels at a J.P. Stevens plant when a manager fired her for pro-union activity.

Gone gospel

Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Arkansas Democrat, and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas Democrat, are hosting a press conference today on Capitol Hill to honor September as Gospel Music Heritage Month for the second year.

Richard Smallwood, Stephen Hurd and Maurette Brown Clark are scheduled to perform.

The women will sing the praises of gospel for “its valuable and long-standing contributions to American culture,” according to a press release.

Amen to that!

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