Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Still keep the people of Haiti in your prayers!

For Black History Month this week we spotlight ST. Louis native actor/singer Robert Guillame.

Born as Robert Peter Williams, he studied at
St. Louis University and Washington University and served in the United States Army before pursuing an acting career. On leaving University, Robert joined the Karamu Players in Cleveland and performed in musical comedies and opera. He toured the world in 1959 as a cast member of the
Broadway musical "Free and Easy".
He made his Broadway debut in Kwamina in 1961. Other stage appearances included Golden Boy, Tambourines to Glory, Guys and Dolls, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Purlie!. Added roles were in Katherine Dunham's "Bambouche" and in "Fly The Blackbird". In 1964 he portrayed Sportin' Life in a revival of "Porgy and Bess" at New York's City Center..

Some minor controversy was stirred when Guillaume replaced
Michael Crawford as The Phantom in the National tour of Phantom of the Opera in the 1980s.[citation needed] Guillaume is the first, and to date only, black actor to assume the role. No recording of his performance exists except for a brief excerpt captured on a "Sunday Morning" episode on CBS shortly after his debut.

In TV, Guillaume made his series-regular debut began on the ABC series Soap, playing Benson Du Bois, a butler, from 1977 to 1979. Guillaume continued the role in a spinoff series, Benson, from 1979 until 1986. He also appeared as marriage counselor Edward Sawyer on The Robert Guillaume Show (1989), Detective Bob Ballard on Pacific Station (1991), and television executive Isaac Jaffe on Aaron Sorkin's short-lived but critically acclaimed Sports Night (1998–2000).

Guillaume won an Outstanding Supporting Actor - Comedy Series primetime Emmy Award in 1979 for the series Soap, and an Outstanding Lead Comedy Actor primetime Emmy Award in 1985 for the series Benson, making him to this day the only African American actor to win the Lead Comedy Actor award. Guillaume has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

THE BIG A&E STORY THIS WEEK was the New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl 44 over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday.
There were several people from the ILLIMO area who were a part of the Superbowl, directly and indirectly.

Members of the winning New Orleans Saints included University of Missouri alum and Saints quarterback Chase Daniel (in yellow shirt and although he didnt enter the game, he still receives a ring) and lansing Illinois native/Univerity of Illinois alum and Saints running back Pierre Thomas (black guy).

Before the SuperBowl game started, Kansas City Chiefs guard Brian Waters received the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, given annually to a player for accomplishments on and off the field.

Indirectly, Chicago talk show queen Oprah Winfrey was involved in her second Superbowl commercial with David Letterman (the other was in 2007). The 18-second promo for “Late Show With David Letterman” was one of the highlights of the commercials during Super Bowl XLIV. The spot, taped last week at the Ed Sullivan Theater, got a one-time-only airing, as Winfrey, Letterman and rival talk show host Jay Leno sharing the couch as Winfrey tries to bring peace to Letterman and Leno.
According to the LA Times, the taping was a surprise to most of the staff at CBS. Leno flew secretly to New York on the NBC jet and managed to sneak into the Ed Sullivan Theater undetected wearing a hoodie, sunglasses and a fake mustache.
Few at CBS were in the loop of what was going on for what was easily the most unexpected Super Bowl ad of the night.

Letterman reportedly came up with the idea and wrote the script himself after CBS told him they were giving his show a brief promo during the Super Bowl. Letterman pitched the idea to Winfrey and said YES and Leno as well. To peep the hilarious ad go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcEx767TIas
Talk about unexpectedness, in unrelated Oprah newz, a first occurred on her long running show when a lady went into labor while she was taping her show last Friday. A Toronto woman who was 27-weeks pregnant was rushed to the hospital after her water broke as Oprah ran off set to the ambulance which was taking her to the hospital. The lady had a boy and phoned into the show during the taping. Oprah promised to fly McCrindle back to Chicago for another taping of the show.
This lady and her child are going to be famous. She will have stories to tell to him for sure!

Getting back to the ILLIMO's on the Superbowl, another ILLMO person was part of the commercials, another memorable one was one for Snickers that involved Emmy Award winning actress and Oak Park, Illinois native Betty White. To peep it go to
Also President (and former Chicago resident) Barack Obama was rooting for the New Orleans Saints in the Super Bowl and said that the Indianapolis Colts "had to be favored."

Locally in St. Louis, the big newz is the upcoming Mardis Gras celebrations this weekend. Visitors who travel to St. Louis by air this week will be welcomed with a Mardi Gras celebration. Lambert Airport will host its first Mardi Gras Day on Thursday as a run-up to the city's celebration this weekend.
Friday marks the Mayor's Mardi Gras Ball and Saturday is the River City Mardi Gras Grand Parade.New Orleans-style music will be performed live from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday in both terminals. Passengers will be welcomed by Lambert Airport's Mardi Gras team.

To see a list of official activities go to


OUTTOWN EXCLUSIVE. STL photographer Erica Brooks gave us some first hand scoop about a native former Secret Service man who's life story may become a Hollywood movie. Last week Brooks was staying at The Le Montrose Suites Hotel in Hollywood where many directors and producers were discussing movies (we are assuming it was a conference) and she attended it to support family friend Abraham Bolden (PICTURED older man), an East St. Louis native and current Chitown resident who became the first African-American White House Secret Service agent appointed by Pres. John F. Kennedy (1961). He was there to discuss his life in a documentary and to meet the possible lead actor that will be playing his role. One strong candidate is "Great Debaters" actor Nate Parker (PICTURED) for the lead role as Bolden. He and Parker had an extensive 45minute conversation and Mr. Bolden seem to be very receptive to his character according to Brooks. The possible film will be adapted from his book, "Echoes from Dealey Plaza" (

Bolden is currently seeking a pardon from President Obama and hopes the documentary and film will help influence it. Bolden was locked up in prison after he knew of various accounts of secret agents trying assassinate Kennedy when the government denied his information. As a result, he was fired form his job, locked up and was discredited of his honor.


For those who are fans or who watch the new award winning ABC comedy "Modern Family" (PICTURED FAR LEFT) saw a couple of weeks ago in an episode titled, " Not in My House" that two of its characters had dialogue about St. Louis native/award winning poet-educator Maya Angelou that gave reference to Angelou's gender and sexuality indirectly, but tastefully done (and pretty funny). OK here's the backstory, rival teen sisters Alex and Haley (Get it, ALEX HALEY? LOL) get even with each other. Haley was upset Alex read her journal. To get even, Haley defaced her signed Maya Angelou poster. The following dialogue is when after Alex scorned Haley for defacing her Angelou poster:

Haley: Oh, it’s just some dude with weird hair.

Alex: (holding up poster) That’s Maya Angelou , you idiot.
Haley: Sorry, I don’t follow the WNBA.

Hmmm, interesting to say the least. Sio, did the writers on the sly make reference that Angelou looked like a man and was a lesbian especially with the WBNA where there are assumptions made that open and closeted lesbians play on the WNBA as well as its fans who follow the league.
Wonder what Angelou had to say, or if she even saw the episode?

Last Saturday was the Fresh Frest at the Chaifetz Arena with old school rappers including Salt N Pepa. During Dougie Fresh's set, he introduced unannounced rapper Kurtis Blow (PICTURED) who wasnt scheduled on the bill. From reports, Blow was a last-minute replacement for no-show Slick Rick, who is a regular performance partner of Fresh.


Country stars Martina McBride and Trace Adkins’ will be joint headlining on the “Shine All Night” tour, March 26 at Scottrade Center. Tickets go on sale Saturday.

Award winning jazz artist Vanessa Rubin will be in town starting Feb 24 to star in the St. Louis Black Rep next show of its 33rd season, “Yesterdays: An Evening with Billie Holiday.” The musical will be staged at Grandel Sqaure Theatre until March 24 (SEE BLACK REP BITZ BELOW FOR MORE INFO) She also will perrom at teh Balck rep's fundraiser Black Ties Gala Feb. 27 @ The Living World - St. Louis Zoo (SEE EVENT BITZ BELOW) .


Congrats to Mizzou alum./CBS News correspondent and former host of “Show Me St. Louis” and Miss America, Debbye Turner Bell, had her first child(at the age of 44!) , last week, a girl named Lynlee,.

Grammy Award winning Rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will perform March 26 at Pop’s in Sauget., Ill.
Tickets go on sale Saturday.

Hot 104l.1 personality and TMA nominee Young Dip recently interviewed Bad Girls Club star Natalie Nunn when she came through the Lou to host and guest judge MPACs' Eye candy event last month at the Loft. Checkout the Natalie Nunn interview on MPAC TV at


Actress Meagan Good was a no show at Loose Cannon’s weekly Friday Night Fixx event last Friday at Karma Nightclub. She cancelled out last Monday four days before she was to appear. There was no reason given as to why she cancelled.

Two national comedians are coming to the Lou to perform.

Kym Whitley will perform at the St Louis House of Comedy Feb. 12-14 along with STl comics Jovan Bibbs and Matt Collins. For ticket info go to


Joe Clair will perform at the Imperial Palace Sun. Feb. 14 and
& hosted by STL comic Jaylee Thomas. For ticket info go to


Veteran jazz singer Dianne Reeves was in town last Friday at the Sheldon Concert Hall accompanied by pianist Peter Martin. From reports, the show was outstanding but was too much chattiness, two intermissions and a bit long but the show was pleasing to her fans.

Reality star Tila Tequila will not appear at Home’s Pink Party this weekend due to scheduling conflicts, according to a representative from Home. It is likely her appearance will be rescheduled.


There has been campaigns going on to save STL-TV from closing shop. The public access channel is on the verge of closing due to Mayor Francis Slay wanting to make cuts in its 2010-2011 budget (SEE
http://maatology.blogspot.com/2010/02/2010-february-ongoing-bitz.html for MORE INFO) However, when talking to a personality at STL-TV at a recent party, they said that the station was OK and that the station was not going of fair.
Hmmm, we will see.


The Venue Nightclub had a celebration recently for the 65th b-day of the late reggae superstar Bob Markley who died in 1981. Held last Friday, its organizer James Heich, who has coordinated similar events in other cities. Three bands performed at all three levels of the club. On the main level was St. Louis reggae band the Yard Squad. The top level featured DJ Brian and the basement level was Maddness Crew with DJ Trixx.


Also last Friday, Hi-Pointe Theatre began screening the blaxploitation spoof “Black Dynamite, ” that was released on a limited run in selected cities last fall. Starring Michael Jai White (PICTURED), who also produced and wrote the film, as the urban vigilante who gets payback against the Man for flooding the ‘hood with heroin and malt liquor. The film is playing during its midnite time slot. The film also stars St. Louis native actor Mykelti Williamson.


The Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club will discuss poetry and arts as paths to black history. Panelists will include Roscoe “Ros” Crenshaw, Susan “Spit-Fire” Lively, Charlois Lumpkin, Patricia Merritt, Darlene Roy, Treasure Williams, Jaye Willis, and Club namesake Eugene B. Redmond (PICTURED). Participants will also read from their own original works. An open mic segment, moderated by Roy, and a book signing by Club members,will conclude the evening. The event will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 in Room 2083, Bldg. B, of the SIUE/East St. Louis Higher EducationFor more information about the Writers Club or areacultural-literary activities, call SIUE English at 618 650-3991


The Ambassador NIightclub is presenting "Comedy For A Cause", with STL comics in battle with CHITOWN comics. St Louis comics are Arvin Mitchell & McGriff vs Chicago comics B Cole and Jay Deep with Hosts Maurice G and Princeton (Yung One) Dew. The event is scheduled to raise funds for Haiti. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Please call 314-780-9414 / 314-732-7963 or just go to The Ambassador box office for advance tickets!


Two STL artists are gettin theri gig on a regular basis.

STL group LLC will perform every Friday starting Feb. 19 at the Venue’s new weekly networking event Fabulous Fridays. It starts at 5 p.m. with a Happy Hour and 8 p.m. with the show. The venue is located on Skinker and MLK. It is presented by MARVO WALLACE PRODUCTION, ALLEN JACKSON PRODUCTION AND TALONDA JOLLEY.


Jazz artist Lamar Harris will perform throughout the month of February at Urban Lounge (Feb 13), The Omega Center (Feb. 14), Delmar Lounge for its Take Back ya Tuesdays Series (Feb. 16 and Feb 23), a Multicultural Black History Program at Crossroads College Prep with singers Theresa Payne, Kenny Dehsields, and Mario Pascal and poet Floyd Boykin, et. al (Feb 18), and at Lola's (Feb. 20 and Feb. 26). For more info go to

And Log In to www.DJNune.com to view live show broadcasts.

Several local rappers made newz this week with their music and themselves.

Underground STL rapper Nite Owl will perform live at the Pageant on Feb 12


There was a beef on Facebook that started with STL rappers Gotta B Karim (FAR LEFT) and former 106 and Park free style champ and SLU CRU's Big Will.


It was reported on by stlhiphop.com editor B-Gyrl (PICTURED) who also chimed in on the beef.

THE following below is what started this Facebook Beef:


I seriously doubt Karim knew that when he issued a declaration that his crew "has consistantly ran the STL music scene for a decade" he was opening a pandora's box that would pit him against one of the best to ever pick up a mic in St. Louis, a true legend with credentials to prove it, an mc Kool Herc (the man credited with inventing hip hop proclaimed as great)...but that's what happens when you believe your own hype, you forget that hip hop, like everything else has a litmus test...well, actually several. Take a look at how the back and forth went down...and of course with pretty much urrthing involving our city, b had to post her two cents...
It all got started when Gotta Be Karim posted"Yo real talk my crew has consistantly ran the STL music scene for a decade...early...Easy... @Vandalyzm @blackspade @tefpoe @djtrackstar soul tyde, Meta 4 Experience, Honors English, Soul Rebels, Coultrain (Seymour Liberty), Steve West -- These are all brands...Is there anybody that disputes my thoughts on this matter?"
Then all hell broke loose on FB....lolBut before we get into that...We're not taking away from the accomplishments of Karim and his crew, its just that many, many, many people can lay claim to doing this and that on so many different levels. Had he not asked if anyone disputes his thoughts it probably would have been left at that...but he did and that in itself takes hella nerve... he gets hella props for being willing to put himself out there whether you agree or disagree with his stance.
With that said, this is pretty much how it went down:
Big Will initially said"umm... da SLU CRU????"
Then Karim"Yeah the Slu Cru did they thing - but the key word here is decade...At least"
Then Big Will"but yall didnt RUN st louis when we were on the scene. Maybe blueberry HILL, but ST LOUIS??? dont think so"
Then Karim"I dont rap about niggas on songs. Homie yall was only there for 6 months..Yall did yall thing but you tryna tell me that slu cru accomplished more than everybody that I just named?"
Then Will"I mean he's entitled to think what he wants but facts are facts. We did TV, we did RADIO, we did battles, We had successful MIXTAPES, we charted on BILLBOARD for independent music. We set TRENDS. ALL without a DEAL. In fact, some of your guys was in the Hard Rock Cafe battle that I won, right???"
Then of course b (Karim) reponded with the response posted (on stlhiphop.com) with a few amendments... The original can be found on Karim's facebook:
B GYRL to both Karim and Big Will:
Coupla things, it depends on your def of "ran"... your definition of "crew" and your def of "brands"... i consider all the artists you listed as individual artists/crews, so individually no, if we apply your standard across the board (for individual artists or as a collective) it would be the Lunatics since Nelly has been hailed the best selling rap artist of the decade and the Tics appear on all of his albums, plus their album reached platnium status as well as Murph's...even if we throw sales out the window and based on things like show attendance, releases, collabos, downloads, mixes, etc they still win...the same can't be said about the artists you listed.You can't say STL music scene without factoring in Nelly & St. Lunatics.
Even if you limit it to the underground, you still got Jia Davis and Bits-N-Pieces who have been holding it down well over a decade. I could throw in a bunch of others in their mix, even some of the cats you mentioned who piggybacked of that movement. You cant' dismiss Da Slu Cru, Big Will and Ty are still very active, D-Mac is a legend...Big Will won Freestyle Friday which made the world take cats like Verb more seriously. Nite Owl's been consistant for well over a decade, still competing from winning Blaze battle back in the day to Koch just a coupla years ago...not to mention running with the whole live band aspect.
I'm talking impact, cats who opened doors or impacted the game.Then you got cats like Joka who's been in it for a minute and just now getting his shot, not to mention solo artists who got on before him who didn't have the benefit of other artists cushioning them, others may have brought them in, but they had to sink or swim on their own, ie Ebony, Jibbs, J-Kwon, Penelope, Huey, etc.Even gotta mention Da Hol 9 who sold more independently and whoa, look at the whole BOBQP movement: The Allstars, Vic Damone, Bleezy...the list goes on and on...
All this is off top, my apologies to anyone I forgot to mention, trust it's not intentional...As for brands, I think a lot of St. Louis artists would be surprised at how many people (even other artists) in their own city have never heard of them.Bottom line Nelly & St. Lunatics set the bar for the past decade and until "the next" reaches it or raises it higher all our convo while entertaining, is moot.Interesting tho...
Then Will: "I agree with that... and i'm not knockin nobody mentioned cause TEF is my NIGGA and one of my favorite rappers in STL. but COME ON. We made HISTORY! Pepsi Smash, Roc-da-Mic concert. Billboard Independent charts (without PAYOLA) and you can say we was only THERE for 6 months (not really sure what THERE means) but how many months were YOU "there"? I have never been one to run down my list of accomplishments because I'm humble.
But if I did, your rap sheet cant compare to Da Slu Cru as a whole! And since you mentioned OG's (Black Spade) Lets not mention Odie and Luqman who, along with the St. Lunatics, set the foundation for the local scene in ST LOUIS. A lot of the ppl whose name you mentioned got HOT off Hi Point which Luqman help BUILD!"
Then Karim"And b girl Im not talking about nelly. And what the fuck is you trippin on homeboy, I did not diss none of the people either of you mentioned -- im talking about my crew"To which b's response was" I'm talking about St. Louis, if you're selectively picking and choosing what you're talking about please clarify, but you wrote "STL music scene", which is what I'm talking about..."
BIG WILL WRAPPED IT UP WITH THIS"People KILL me.... I'm aint the one.. I aint GOTTA have a Dick Swingin Contest with you POTNA! Men lie, Women lie, NUMBAS DONT LIE!!! If it WAS for 6 months, I did more in 6 months for my city then you did in 10 years. REAL NIGGA RAP.. you like this hip hop shit??? KOOL HERC (the nigga that invented HIP HOP) told me I was GREAT! maybe you'll catch me in ANOTHER 10 years, lolour legacy is something I put my LIFE into, you act like i'm SUPPOSED to allow somebody to downplay my achievements. And i'm mannish on or off the PC. Lets not start disrespecting each other because at the end of the day, this is rap. We both are proud of our accomplishments. But at the end of the day, I feel I accomplished too much in my career to hear you say your team was dominate for a decade, sorry"Aiight St. Louis, settle this? Agree or disagree, what's your take?
UPDATE: BGYRL got an email stating Karim reponded, but Gotta Be Karim deleted BGYRL on FB because she reported on his status challenging anyone to dispute the claim that his crew ran STL music scene for the past decade.
She said on her website: "Wow, I had respect for dude having the gumption to make such a claim, now he's giving a whole new definition to the word run."
OUCH. Wow talk about more beef than a cow on this one. All we gotta say is, at OUTTOWN is that this is why the STL cannot get along in the hip-hop rap game and that we have fallen off since Nelly's success. Too many riffs, too many kings and no followers and less cohesion for the common cause: to build STL as a music city. Maybe the saving grace is STL based R&B artist/producer (and non rapper) Bradd Young. LOL.


Rap female trio June 5 recently released its first mixtape "Herstory" last week and they had a release party for it presented by Delux Magazine at the Black label Lounge. Info: go to its myspace page and type in June Fifth


Phat Pheezy will perform live at Blueberry Hill in U City Saturday, February 27, Call and get your tics free at 314 599-5402. Also at the concert, he will be talkin about his new movie TRAP IN THE HOOD and selling his CD, "Coke Hyena' lets go!! You can also CHECK out Phat Pheezy's video on youtube "My Pockets Flooded."

Wassup with these recent shootings at Imperial Lounge, the Loft and teen club Club 1212?
SOul U's popular weekly poetry showcase Soul Stage at St. Louis Happy Hour Bar and Grill has a new night. It will move from Thursdays to Sundays starting this Sunday (under the themed Fuck Love Valentine's Day Edition). There also will be no SoulSTAGE This Thursday (SEE PARTY EVNTZ at

AQUARIAN (B) DAZE: Celebrating b-daze this week are STL journalist/model Cynarra Madison (RIGHT), who celebrated at the Delmar Lounge Tuesday; Notifi Radio personality Kiki the 1st Lady (FAR RIGHT) who will be celebrating her b-day next Friday during Cafe Soul's event at the Loft; Derry ENT assistant Veronica Mousie Haley, Stress Free Friday's Joe Jennings, Notice Me Award nominee photographer Teddy B Free Blackett and socialite Teddy Anderson.


Last week former OUTTOWN columnist and socialite Senora Robinson welcomed a bundle of joy into her life when:

....she gave birth to her a baby boy named Teddy. Congrats!


IN THE MIA FILE. Where is actress/dancer/educator Andrea Hayes?

MIA FOUND: Andrea on Facebook and looks liek she has moved to NYC!


Who is the brotha gettin his hug on at 1st Friday last Friday at Exo?


Who's shapely legs are these at Maranda Spoon's prom styled b-day party at Thaxton's last Saturday and the brotha gettin his grind on at 1st Fridays at Exo?

BLIND BITZ. Which STL mover and shaker was drunk at a recent event and had to be held up by someone when their pic was taken by out OUTCAM? (Hint. The mover and shaker is pictured on one of of our newest posts OUT 778 and 779. It is a female and her name begins and ends with a consonant. )

There is no CELEB SITE this week.

PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Which promoters/socialites got it in this week? Promoter Ashley Puryear and singer Silky Sol (TIE) and poet/promoter Aireez Darychuss and comedian G Thang (TIE)

Ashley Puryear (FAR LEFT). This sista is been doing her thing for a minute here in the STL. The Notice Me Award nominee for Miss facebook is a marketing/Promo Specialist for 7fourteen Ent (and an assistant at Hot 104.1) and model has two nites going: On Wednesdays she hosts "Xposure" at Aqua Bar Lounge on Gravois and on Sundays host Erotic Energy at Sugars Lounge on Washintgton (SEE PARTY BITZ AT
Silky Sol (LEFT OF PURYEAR). This singing STL diva is moving speed ahead of her career as both singer and booker of her own shows in and out of the STL. Often the no holds barred one, the "Red Afro Queen" is going to tone it down this weekend when she performs a love show that in her words, " Christians can enjoy." The concerts will take place FEB. 12 & 13 AT JMRJ RESTAURANT on OLIVE in U City (SEE EVENT BITZ BELOW) Sol also is steady fast at work on her long-awaited, debut CD, "Grown Woman Talkin."

Aireez Darychuss (RIGHT). This award winning poet and spoken word artist is fast becoming the "male Mocha Latte" of the STL when it comes to booking and hosting poetry events and overall self promoter. With a byline in OUTTOWN every week (AD's Spot), this brotha is doing his thing onn both the ILLI and MO sides with Rhythm & Words Wednesdays @ Meshon's Bar & Grill, this Thursday at Cigar Inn in Belleville, Ill., Kappa Alpha Psi's poetry event at SIUE on Saturday and Binion's on Sundays (SEE AD's SPOT BELOW).
Gary "G Thang" Johnson (ABOVE Darychuss). This funny guy, of "Coming to the Stage" and teh film, "Disaster Movie," is coming back home to the Lou from the Hollywood scene to host and perform three different nights for two shows at Playhouse at Westport Plaza on Friday, Feb. 12, Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Playhouse at Westport Plaza. He was last seen in the limited released film, "The Mail Man."


YOURS TRULY, Ma'at Atkins was nominated in the Mr. Facebook cateogory in Liquid Assets' Notice Me Awards. If you want to vote for him, go to

From a request from a fan of ours, we heRRE at OUTTOWN decided to add a FAn PAGE to Facebook for those who want extra tibitz and exclusives. To join, First, JOIN FACEBOOK. LOL then, go to http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?folder=[fb]messages&page=1&tid=1257353112930#/pages/OUTTOWN/296086789504?ref=search&sid=513902725.3666682295..1

NEW: His production company, Maatology Productions is seeking male models for his upcoming Spring untitled fashion show contest for charity. For an audition, e-mail him a recent head and body shot, bio and contact info to maat.atkins@gmail.com He is also looking for sexy females to be escorts for the gents and hype dancers.

WORDZ TO THE WHYZ???????????????????????????
Why did First Lady Michelle Obama get ribbed in the media about her comments about obesity concerning her own children? Why is Sarah Palin still around on the scene? Why are these car plants gettin all these recalls (First Toyota now Honda)? Why have there been several shootings going on at some of the nightclubs in ST. Louis? Why is it hard to take new American Idol judge Ellen Degeneres seriously as a judge? Why isn't actress Jackee Harry on someone's sitcom? and Why was there a radio commerical about lowering taxes made off of "Pants on the Ground?"


Master Minded Events presents Lyricists Nights
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KSDK anchor and documentarian Art Holliday will have a benefit to raise funds for the completion of his documentary of the late STL rock and roll pioneer and pianist Johnnie Johnson with the film, of Johnnie Be Good The Movie” written and directed by Holliday. The benefit will take place Feb 11 at Pujols 5 Grill, 342 Westport Plaza . It will start at 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m and will feature music by Feat The Diverse Trio . Please R.S.V.P. to Amber Gruenloh at 314-454-1728 or
events@pelopidas.comand reserve your tickets today: Individual $125 / Couple $250

Grammy Award winning performers Kenny Rogers (Feb. 11) and BB. King (Feb. 18) perform at the Family Arena in St. Charles.


GLEE meets a modern day NANCY DREW & THE HARDEY BOYSas three teenagers find themselves on a fiercely funny adventurefilled with sex scandals, the Internet, and self reflection!Check out Diwata's Hilarious Video Blog @ Freemonoblog.com!GET YOUR TICKETS NOW For SPEECH & DEBATE!Online: StrayDogTheatre.org / By Phone: 314-865-1995FEBRUARY 11- 20, Thursday - Saturday at: 8 PMAll Tickets:$156 PERFORMANCES ATTOWER GROVE ABBEY2336 TENNESSEE AVE. / SAINT LOUIS, MO 63104WITH:ALEX MILLER / DREW PANNEBECKER / MATT REDMOND&LESLIE SIKESDirected by: CHRISTOPHER OWENShttp://www.straydogtheatre.org/

Join Stress Free Fridays this Friday, February 12 as we visit a hidden treasure in North County, C-Dubb's, located at 9181 West Florissant Road (across the street from Ponderosa)...enjoy FREE FOOD, PREMIUM 2 for 1 DRINK SPECIALS and the lively atmosphere that makes C-Dubb's such a lively place...bring your business cards and bring a friend or two...kick-off your well deserved 3 day weekend with Stress Free Fridays...ARE YOU READY?

Jazz artist/actor Branford Marsalis is coming to at Touhill Arts Center at UMSL on Feb. 12

Patti LaBelle and the O'JaysFebruary 12, 8:00pm at Fox Theatre ANDR&B legend Eddie Levert will sign his book, "I Got Your Back" with co-author and STL native TV producer/author Lyah LeFlore (Shirley LeFlore's daughter)at the THE JAZZ SPOT on the corner of 4th and Washington. DOORS OPEN 10PM IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE Patti Labelle/OJays Concert at the Fox Theatre Feb 12.


Dennis DeYoung will perform music from his former band Styx at theFamily Arena in St. Charles on Feb. 12.


Rick Springfield who will now headline this year Boogie Ball, taking place Feb. 12 at the Amerisar Casino.Advanced tickets can be purchased online at http://www.liverfoundation.org/ or http://www.tickets.com/


"SWAN & THE FURY! @ TRIBECA BISTRO AND LOUNGE FEB. 12TH 8 PM!" on Friday, February 12 at 8:00pm

Silky Sol will perform at "A LOVE SHOW THAT CHRISTIANS CAN ENJOY" ! DINNER & LIVE MUSIC for - 2 SHOWS FEB. 12 & 13 AT JMRJ RESTAURANT 2800 OLIVE (next to the HERITAGE HOUSE) INFO CALL 314-531-4111 or

Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member and comedian Norm MacDonald will perform at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 12 and 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 13 at the
Funny Bone at Westport Plaza. Get tickets at http://www.funnyboneusa.com/

Comedian G-Thang will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 12, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Feb. 13, and 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the
Playhouse at Westport Plaza.Tickets are $20, available at MetroTix outlets, http://www.metrotix.com/


Ron Wilkinson recording artist Jazz singer @ Afroworld Sat. Feb. 13, 3-5pm 7276 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis, MO 314.389.5194 or www.afroworld.com
for more info.‏



Mocha is counting the days to her b-day and party Feb. 27 (Party locale TBA)!
Mocha hosts Friday Night Fixx and Sutra Saturdays at Karma

If you Are female and at least 25 and have the time(max.6hrs amonth) and the extra love to spare please call us asap! 314-877-2016. Or please send me your name, address, email and cellnumber to my inbox. Thanks in advance...


Check out Mocha Latte’s weekly column COFFEE TALK every week in theEvening Whirl .

For more info on these items, contact Miss Latteat 314.646.9917 or sgalvin26@yahoo.com



Wed Feb 10 10 07:30 PMVenue: Rhythm & Words Wednesdays @ Meshon's Bar & GrilAddress: 410 N Tucker Blvd, St. LouisDetails: Cater to you Edition======================
Thu Feb 11 10 08:00 PM Belleville, IL US ****A.D. will be headlining this event performing, poetry, original songs for 30mins****Venue: Cigar InnAddress: 119 W Main St, Suite A, Belleville, IL, 62220, USDetails: Featured poets A.D., Random Thought, Timothy Goldman & Enlitn.

Sat Feb 13 10 07:00 PM Edwardsville, ILVenue: Meridian Ballroom SIUEAddress: Southern Illinois University,


Details: Date: Saturday, February 13,


Event: "Kapture Your Heart with One Mic" -

Semi-formal Valentine's Day>>

poetry night co-sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi>>

Venue: Siue Meridian Ballroom, MUC


Sat Feb 13

8:00 PM

Venue: The Delmar Lounge

Address: 6235 Delmar Blvd


Open Mic and Party w/ Hot Chocolate Soul

Sun Feb 14 10 0

8:00 PM


Address: 5917 Delmar Blvd,

Details: Wildmann, Marvin Michael, A.D. & Alihydro. Binion's / Funky Soul Valentine's Showcase.

Tue Feb 16 10 0

8:00 PM

Venue: Black Label

Address: 758 S 4th St,

Details: Soul Sessions the Remedy,

Open Mic with Wildmann & The Funky Soul Band.

Wed Feb 17 10 11:00 AM Scott AFB, IL

Venue: Scott Air Force Base - Scott Club

Address: , Scott AFB,

Details: Black History Program @ Scott AFB

Featuring A.D.

Fri Feb 19

8:00 PM

Venue: Cafe' Soul @ The Loft - St. Louis

Cafe Soul Open Mic Featuring Tendai

Sun Feb 21

8:00 PM

Venue: Cicero's

Address: 6691 Delmar Blvd,

Details: A.D. makes his Sistah Speak open mic debut.

Wed Feb 24 10 07:00 PM Belleville, IL

Venue: SWIC 1st Floor Lounge

Belleville, IL, US

Details: Free Style Wednesdays,

Guest Judge A.D.

Where: Club Paradise, 812 MLK Dr., E St. Louis, IL

When: Feb 25th, kicking off @ 7pm,

(lets not make this a CP time situation, lol)

Brought to you by Enlitn Apparel

Featured Artist: Aireez DaRychuss (A.D.)

more info contact Darris @ 314-497-9533

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The Black Rep presents.....ROMEO & JULIET by William ShakespeareDirected by Chris Anthony THRU February 14, 2010The summer of love gives way to a summer of hate as two families fightto rule the streets. Inspired by social movements and popular musicof the late '60's, The Black Rep's dynamic production of Romeoand Juliet follows the Montagues and Capulets in their tragic dancewith honor and destiny. And in the middle of it all, the world'smost famous couple reminds us that love is the real revolution.For more information contact: 314-534-3810.
Yesterdays: An Evening with Billie Holiday, Reenie Upchurch,featuring Vanessa Rubin as Billie HolidayFebruary 24 - March 14, 2010May 1959. A New York club is the stage for a stunning night ofmusic - the last performance of the soulful, incomparable BillieHoliday. Now critically acclaimed jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubinportrays the legend in a nighMicrosoftBillie's unforgettable classics including "My Man", "StrangeFruit", and "God Bless the Child".
Five Guys Named Moe, Musical by Clarke Peters, featuring LouisJordan's Greatest HitsMarch 24 - April 25, 2010Nomax, whose girlfriend has left him and who is without money,finds Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moeemerging from his 1930s-style radio to comfort him. They sing thehit songs of songwriter and saxophonist Louis Jordan, whose newslant on jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the 1950s.
Art by Yasmina RezaMay 5 - May 23, 2010Art concerns the cataclysmic effect on three friends,Serge, Marc,and Yvan, when Serge purchases and expensive work of abstract art-a large painting consisting of white lines on a white canvas. Asthe three men engage in an ongoing debate over the value of thepainting, emotions run high and the conflict escalates to the pointof nearly destroying a long-standing friendship.
The Me Nobody Knows, Music by Gary William Friedman, Lyrics by Will HoltJune 2 - July 2, 2010A compelling musical based on the anthologized writings of more than200 inner city youth collected by school teacher Stephen M.Joseph. At odds with a squalid setting and a cynical,materialistic view of the world, themes of hope and renewalemerged.For more information on any of these upcoming events contact The BlackRep Box Office at (314) 534-3807.


Boyz II Men at Lumiere Theatre Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. and 8 :30 p.m. 877.459.7711(SOLD OUT)

The 5th Annual St. Louis Blues Festival will take place Feb. 19 at the Chaifetz Arena. Headlining are legendary blues singer Bobby Blues Bland and St. Louis native singer Shirley Brown. Also on the bill are Marvin Sease, Sir Charles Jones, Mel Waiters, Bobby Rush, Floyd Taylor, and Ms. Jody. This year, the show will be a contest amongst the artists (sorta like a blues version of American Idol) as the artists compete for a cash prize ($50 grand we think) and it will be filmed and shown in theatres in the fall. Tickets are $49.50-$59.50, on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at MetroTix outlets,
http://www.metrotix.com/, 314-534-1111, and at the box office.

Rickey Smiley



Sunday, February 14


JRLW Productions presents A special Valentine All Star Edition Body Blast 2010, Sunday Feb, 14 Club Illusion, 526 E Broadway. See some the hottest male exotic dancers in the world. First 50 ladies will receive free box of candy, Doors open at 6 p.m. and showtime at 7:30 p.m. Admission $20. VIP $25. Info 314.868.9564.
Jazz artist Freddy Cole will perform at Jazz at Bistro 3536 Washington Blvd Feb 17 - Feb 20 Tickets Information go to

St. Louis American Foundation presents Healthy Happy Hour, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. at Vashon, 3035 Cass. Yoga, line dancing, health tips, healthy food, music and prizes. FREE
Country stars George Strait, Reba McEntire, and Lee Ann Womack will perform there Feb 18. at Scott Trade Center. Tickets are currently on sale at various outlets.
Fastlane Music Group and J-Howe Promotions presents up and coming Artist Rello live in concert at T Billy Buffets in Overland Plaza Feb. 18.


Uppity Theater Company & The DisAbility Project Presents:
"The Assorted Short Adventures of Tom, Huck, and Becky" FREE ADMISSION Thursday, February 18th & 25th at 11:30amWashington University's 560 Trinity Music Center To RSVP contact Erin at (314) 863-2865 or

The Hip-hop Exposure Showcase Series
Friday, February 19
at 8:00pm
8370 N. Broadway

Heartthrob Pauly D of MTV’s hit reality show “Jersey Shore” will be at
Home nightclub on Feb. 20 dee-jaying the event..

Liquid Assets presents The 2nd annual Notice Me Awards , Sunday, February 21stLure Nightclub, 1204 Washington Ave.Event Information:· Red Carpet· Reception (complimentary drinks & hors d'oeuvres)· Meet 'n' Greet· Live performances· Fashion Show· Appreciation Celebration & Awards CeremonyPRE-SALE TICKETSGeneral Admission $15.00VIP $25.00Tickets available at:I Am! , Top Shelf or Online Buy Tickets Now (+ $2.50 surcharge)For Information Call 314.337.7571

Mesmerizing, dazzling and exhilarating are adjectives audiences continuously use to characterize the Bosman Twins. Florida A&M musicscholars and masters of several woodwind instruments, the Emmy Award winning duo are true ambassadors of music. Whether performing as aduo or accompanying jazz greats, their renditions of jazz, R&B,funk and gospel have gained them international notoriety.Friday, February 26, and:Saturday, February 27, at the:Jazz at The BistroTwo Shows each night @ 8:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.Tickets: $20 - Jazz St. Louis available through MetroTixOR

REP TIES AWARD GALA 2010Come celebrate as we honor Ms. Debra Denham & Mr. J. Kim Tucci with the Gloria Waters White Award.Saturday, February 27 @ The Living World - St. Louis Zoo.
6 P.M. -
Exclusive V.I.P. Reception with Vanessa Rubin, Debra Denham & J. Kim Tucci.
7 P.M. -Cocktails, food & music.
Jazz set by Vanessa Rubin
THEN Gloria Waters White Award Presentation
Tickets: $150/person
Patron Couple: $1,000
Suggested Attire: Festive!
Hall of Fame quartet Franklie Valli and the Four Seasons will perform at The FOX THEATRE FEB 27. The show is presented by KETC Channel Nine.

STL singer/producer and multi TMA nominee Bradd Young will headline The White Ice Event , Feb 27 at the Ambassador. Also on teh bill is STl rappers Ludy and KB. A Couture Fashion Show also will taek place featuring the Sexy Ice Angles.$20 GEN ADM$35 VIP Advanced$50 VIP @ the doorGet your tickets now!


STl native actor/singer Duane Foster will perform spirituals titled “The Spiritual Victorious” at Normandy United Methodist Church (800 Natural bridge) on Feb 28 starting at 3:30 p.m. Thomas--who wa slast seen in the Muny's Othello" last season-- will take the crowd on journeys and celebrate the works of composers such as, Hall Johnson, Moses Hogan, Uzee Brown and many more. He also returns to his Broadway roots and shares songs indicative of the African American experience. "The Spiritual Victorious" is a theatrical presentation that incorporates narration, audience participation and true accounts from Duane's extraordinary performance career. Featured on this concert will be the Normandy High School Orchestra and Chorale. Mr. Foster will be accompanied by Deborah Antoine.Admission-10$

At The Old Rock House in Soulard will be Grammy Award winners Paula Cole (March 4 )and legendary blues artist John Lee Hooker ( March 19).

Blue Collar and Grammy Award nominated comic Ron White will perform at the Roberts Orpheum for two shows. He’ll perform at 8 p.m. March 5 and 7:30 p.m. March 6. Todd Sawyer opens.

STL boxer will fight
Juan Urango on March 6 . HBO will televise.Alexander (19-0, 12 KO) won the vacant WBC strap against Junior Witter in August, and that same month. Urango (22-2-1, 17 KO) won his IBF title against Herman Ngoudjo in January 2009.

The 2010 Traffic Music Awards (TMAs) March 7. hosted by WHHL perosonality, "Traffica" TonyJ Time:Sunday, March 7, at 5:00pm at the AmbassadorPhone:3143376468Email:


The Temporary Theatre Company presents Gutenberg! The Musical” - a goofy spoof musical about the life of Johannes Gutenberg, 15th-century inventor of the printing press. It will play the Ivory Theatre in Carondelet March 11-28.

Arnez J


Sheryl Underwood

Jay Lamont

National comics Arnez J., Earthquake, Sheryl Underwood, and Jay Lamont are coming to the STL with “Superstars of Comedy’ March 12,at the Chaifetz Arena.


Newbie R&B singer Laura Izibor will perform March 14 at the 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Ave. Tickets at MetroTix outlets,
and by calling 314-534-1111.


Jay Z

Young Jeezy

Trey Songz

JAY-Z BLUEPRINT 3 TOUR COMES TO THE SCOTTRADE CENTER FRIDAY MARCH 19TH, 2010 7PM with special guests Young Jeezy and Trey Songz.

The 5th Annual Kevin Kline Award Ceremony will be held on Monday, March 22 at 7pm at the Loretto-Hilton Theater. For ticket info go to


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