Earth Kitt: RIP, "Santa Baby," Christmas and Kwanzaa

On Christmas eve, we listened to a Holiday Mix of music made by the host of a 2004 part we attended.

I played "Santa Baby" three times for my wife. Not only are the lyrics clever, the delivery is impeccably comic and sexy. Alyson had never really listened to it, but I'm sure she's heard it a thousand times.

I didn't know it was Eartha Kitt till I heard the news Christmas evening. Of course she's so much more than that song. The New York Times compares her to Lena Horne, Bette Midler, Julie Andrews and yes, even, Barbra Streisand.

Kitt, a native of South Carolina, spoke four languages and sang in seven. Remember when James Brown died two years ago at this time.

Well, Happy New Year.

But first KWANZAA.
TODAY - FRIDAY

The parade from Adams and Crenshaw boulevards already ended in Leimert Park Village, but there's still a celebration of arts and crafts there.

Inglewood's celebration will held in Darby Park. Children's activities will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, including instruction on how to make masks, drums and dolls.

A traditional procession will begin at 6 p.m. Attendees are requested by organizers to wear traditional African or ancestral attire and bring musical instruments and dancing shoes, as well as bringing pictures of deceased loved ones to be put on the Ancestral Altar.

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The seven-day festival of family, community and culture observed by African-Americans across the nation. A number of public Kwanzaa events are planned for tomorrow here in Southern California.

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