Wednesday, March 24, 2010




TIME TO GET TOWNED!!! Still pray for those in Port au Prince and Chile!

We continue on our celebration of WOMEN HISTORY MONTH with ILLI Mo A&E women.

This week we highlight the late award winning poet/educator Gwendolyn Brooks.

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks (June 7, 1917 – December 3, 2000) was an American
writer. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1985.[1]Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas. When Brooks was only six weeks old, her family moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she grew up. Brooks eventually attended an integrated school, Englewood High School. In 1936, she graduated from Wilson Junior College. These four schools gave her a perspective on racial dynamics in the city that continued to influence her work.Brooks published her first poem in a children's magazine at the age of thirteen. When Brooks was sixteen years old, she had compiled a portfolio of around seventy-five published poems. Aged 17, Brooks stuck to her roots and began submitting her work to "Lights and Shadows", the poetry column of the Chicago Defender, an African-American newspaper.In 1943 she received an award for poetry from the Midwestern Writers' Conference.Her first book of poetry, A Street in Bronzeville, published in 1945 by Harper and Row, brought her instant critical acclaim. She received her first Guggenheim Fellowship and was one of the “Ten Young Women of the Year” in Mademoiselle magazine. In 1950, she published her second book of poetry,Annie Allen, which won her Poetry magazine’s Eunice Tietjens Prize and the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, the first given to an African-American.

John F. Kennedy invited her to read at a Library of Congress poetry festival in 1962, she began her career teaching creative writing. She taught at Columbia College Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, Elmhurst College, Columbia University, Clay College of New York, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 1967, she attended a writer’s conference at Fisk University where, she said, she rediscovered her blackness. This rediscovery is reflected in her work In The Mecca, a book length poem about a mother searching for her lost child in a Chicago housing project. In The Mecca was nominated for the National Book Award for poetry.In addition to the National Book Award nomination and the Pulitzer Prize, Brooks was made Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968.

In 1985, Brooks became the Library of Congress's Consultant in Poetry, a one year position whose title changed the next year to
Poet Laureate. In 1988, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. In 1994, she was chosen as the National Endowment for the Humanities' Jefferson Lecturer, one of the highest honors for American literature and the highest award in the humanities given by the federal government. In 1995, she was presented with the National Medal of Arts. Other awards she received included the Frost Medal, the Shelley Memorial Award, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.Brooks was awarded more than seventy-five honorary degrees from colleges and universities worldwide. In 1995, she was honored as the first Woman of the Year by the Harvard Black Men's Forum.

The big A&E story involved Ch-town talk show mogul Oprah Winfrey. This week, settled a defamation suit filed against her that was scheduled for trial in Philadelphia next week.The talk show queen was sued by Lerato Nomvuyo Mzamane, who was the headmistress of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa until allegations in October 2007 that a dormitory matron sexually assaulted six girls.
Winfrey and Mzamane reportedly met privately in Chicago Wednesday and agreed to settle the case, according to two people with knowledge of the meeting.Their lawyers issued a joint statement saying the dispute was ended "peacefully." There was no mention of any financial settlement
No repeat of Mad Cow for Oprah on this one. And we are sure that Mzamane got a nice piece of the Oprah empire stash for keeping shut on her case against Oprah and her defamatory remarks as ruled by the Philly judge who ws going to try the case.

Regionally,Missouri is out of the NCAA race. It was bittersweet for Mizzou. Last week, they clenched a spot in the NCAA Tourney by beating Missouri knocking off Clemson 86-78. But last Sunday, MU lost in the second round to West Virginia, 68-59.
In related news, although Illinois State didnt advance to the NCAA tourney, the Fighting Illini beat Stony Brook 76-66 last week in a first-round NIT game.

In other sports newz, St. Louis Cardinals' first baseman Albert Pujols was back in the lineup Wednesday in the prelim games in Jupiter, Fla after two days after receiving an MRI and an anti-inflammatory shot injection Monday to calm recurring stiffness and discomfort in his lower back. His return will be based on how he gets through the pre-game workouts. Last week, ee was M.I.A. on the Jupiter, fla. mound due to nagging back problems. Pujols who supposed to start back from injury with Ryan Holliday against the Boston Red Sox and Houston was not in the lineup. A Cardinals official said Pujols was scratched from the lineup so that he could have his back examined after some stiffness Pujols missed a stretch of games with back stiffness earlier this spring, and he had several visits to a chiropractor for adjustments.

In related newz, whats up with the rumors that Phillies wants to do a trade of STL native Ryan Howard for Pujols after his free agency in two years? Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak was reported as saying on the rumors, "We're not trading him ... period."

Hmm, strong words indeed. Wonder if the bases will be ran differently if Pujols continue to have that "nag" in his back.

In non-sports newz, On the heels of her quickly sold-out concert at the Fox Theatre in January came news that award winning performer Lady Gaga will return to St. Louis during the 2010 leg of her North American Monster Ball tour.
It’ll take place July 17 at
Scottrade Center.
She describes the new tour as more in line with a musical and less like a concert. It’s billed as being bigger and better than her recent version of the Monster Ball tour.

Wow, now we see why she's fainting on the stage. Whew! received a SUPER-EXCLUSIVE report this week. According to the site reality star Kim Kardashian has been confiding with Chi-town rapper Kanye West. Kim and Kanye reportedly have been friends and "have feelings" for each other. Our insider is NOT certain whether Kim and Kanye have ever gotten romantic in the past. Its also reported that her ex New Orleans Saints’ Reggie Bush is turning red of Kim's relationship with Kanye. In fact, according to our snitch, the last time Reggie and Kim separated - it was because of a rumored romance with Kanye.The insider explained, "Reggie thought that [Kim] was cheating with Kanye. He found some suspicious texts and he broke it off with her."

Hmm, is it us , or does this sound like more juice for Kardshians’ reality show?
Recently, St. Louis native singer/producer Akon launched a cologne for men and women called , Konvict and, they come in twin handcuff bottles. According to a press release, the "Smack That" singer will donate 10% of all his fragrance's proceeds to his
Konfidence Foundation for underprivileged African youth. Whats next, a Lil Wayne fragrance called Weezey? One whiff and you do just that???? LOL

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Hip-hop mogul Jay Z had the city of St. Louis in trance before a sold out crowd last Friday at the Scott Trade Center during his Blueprint 3 Tour. According to St. Louis Post Dispatch Pop Critic Kevin Johnson, the audience, "witnessed a modern legend at work, one who at 40 years of age should be past his prime. But Jay-Z continues viable and revered with his laid-back but effective presence and clear and distinct delivery." He performed most of his hits including his latest "New York State of Mind" and classics such as "Hard Knock Life" and closed out with "Encore.' Throughout his set opening acts Trey Songz and Young Jeezy joined him on stage to perform with him.

In unrelated Jay Z newz, it was rumored that the rap icon would make a surprise stop at the City on Washington after the concert, but that's all it was. Apparently one of Jay Z's musicians are buddies with STL event promoter and drummer Chris Stixx during Stixx's weekly A List Showcase at The City. It was hoped that through that connection, Jay Z would make a surprise appearance but it did not occur.

Speaking of Trey Songz, the budding sex symbol made an radio visit to Hot 104.1 before his show at Scott Trade Center to talk about his career with personality Staci Static.

And speaking of Static, she was nominated for the Metromix Competition and she is asking her fans to VOTE for her to win. She currently is in the second round of competition . For more info go to

ADDED: Oscar winning comedian Mo'Nique was on Fox 2 News via telephone Thursday talking about her coming to the STL on Friday to get her ha-ha on with her SPREAD THE LOVE TOUR at the Fox Theatre. While interviewed she had one request: asking where to get the best soul food here in the Lou. The Fox 2 News folk told her Sweetie Pie's was the spot to get that goin so you never know, you might catch her at the spot on Manchester gettin her eat on before the concert.

There were six record ties at the 5th annual Kevin Kline Theater Awards held Monday at the Loretto-Hilton Center at Webster University (and where St. Louis Rep is housed) celebrating the production accomplishments of STL theatre last season. One of the six ties was for Outstanding Production of a Play which was given to “Souvenir,” Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and “Amadeus,” Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (BOTH SHOWS PICTURED)

The Rep was the big winner (no surprise) with eight for most of its last season productions. The second big winner was Stages St. Louis with six mostly for the production "Drowsy Chaperone” for Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical:

Other winners include :

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play (tie): Cathy Simpson, “A Song for Coretta,” the Black Rep; Kirsten Wylder, “Wonder of the World,” the Orange Girls

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play: Jerry Russo, “Glengarry Glen Ross,” HotCity Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Neva Rae Powers, “Souvenir,” Repertory Theatre of St, Louis

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play (tie): John Contini, “Barrymore,” Avalon Theatre Company; Jason Cannon, “Doubt,” Dramatic License Productions\

Outstanding Director of a Play: Michael Evan Haney, “Souvenir,” Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Outstanding Production of a Play (tie): “Souvenir,” Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; “Amadeus,” Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Outstanding Musical Direction (tie): Ross Rawlings, “Hairspray,” the Muny; Dr. Diane White-Clayton, “Black Nativity,” the Black Rep

For a list of the winners go to


There are many artists who are coming to the Lou in future months yet their tickets are currently on sale.


Grammy award winning hip-hop/pop group The Black Eyed Peas' will be at Scott Trade Center on Aug. 14.
as a part of “The E.N.D. World Tour 2010.”

Legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck’s will perform at the Fox Theatre April 29.

Superstar groups The Eagles and Dixie Chicks will perform at Busch Stadium June 24 the venue will be the first concert there since Dave Matthews Band, and the Black Crowes played in 2008, thus the first concert ever at the new stadium. .

Controversial heavy metal-hip hop group Insane Clown Posse and rap star Coolio will headline Pop’s special outdoor concert May 28 in Sauget, Ill. Also on the bill are KMK, Kittie, Necro, and JCW Wrestling.

2007 American idol winner Jordin Sparks will perform at the Pageant May 15.

2010 Grammy Award nominee R&B heavy weight Charlie Wilson and smooth jazz artist Will Downing will perform May 7 at The Fox Theatre.

R&b legends Maze and Babyface
will co-headline at Chaifetz Arena June 11.

HOT 104.1 brings The Spring Concert series…Part 1 March 31st..Up Close and Personal with Lyfe Jennings at The Loft Night club

STL native singer/songwriter Kevin Renick, who landed a song on the Oscar nominated film “Up in the Air's” soundtrack recently flew to Tokyo (on the Up in the air ‘s budget) to promote the Japanese release of the acclaimed film. Renick also signed copies of his new CD, “Close to Something Beautiful,” which includes a newly recorded version of the song “Up in the Air.”


Top Chef: The Tour’ will begin its 21-city national run in St. Louis at the
Soulard Market on April 14. Expect live food demos, samples and the opportunity to take part in a Quickfire Challenge

St. Louis native, JET Magazine photographer and former member of the Grammy award winning 60s/70s group The Fifth Dimension, Lamonte McLemore (PICTURED) was in town last week doing double duty. First, he, along with native St. Louisan and band mate Billy Davis Jr and the late St. Louisan and bandmate Ron Townson's son accepted awards for the St. Louis Walk of Fame last Thursday on Dekmar across from the Moonrise Hotel (members Marilyn McCoo and Florence Larue did not attend. McCoo broke her hip). Then , on Friday, McLemore hosted a reception and gallery talk at Vaughan Cultural Center.

Last Wednesday, st. Lunatic member kyjuan hosted an ALL GREEN EVERYTHING party during St Patricks Day at Club F15TEEN. It also doubled as a b-day for Showtime Marketing Group's Chris Creath.

Also on the b-day tip, STL rapper Chingy--who wa scoming fresh off from touring Japan with DJ Sno-- had a provate party recently for his big 3-0 at Mandarin Lounge with familiy and friends. In the house were The Post's Kevin Johnson, Creative Works' Joel King, KSDK personality Jeff Small, and Chingy assistants Mousey Haley and Niddy. Promoter Mocha Latte hosted.


Reality stars Lexie who's from Belleville, Ill) and Kendra from TV’s “Bad Girls Club” are hosting a party at Home nightclub on April 3.

While Jay Z and Jeezy was on stage at Scott Trade Center last Friday, Liquid Assets' brought rapper Ric Ross to perform at Lure Nightclub at its Flirt Fridays event.

Six St. Louis women will be honored for their contributions to the St. Louis arts and culture community at Grand Center Inc.’s eighth annual “
Visionary Awards” ceremony at the Sheldon Concert Hall May 19. One of them is Lee Nolting (PICTURED) who will be honored as an “Outstanding Arts Educator”
Nolting who is the director of COCAdance and jazz coordinator at the Center of Creative Arts, began her as a Golddigger dancer on the Dean Martin Show in the late 1960s. Her CD “Transformateurs” was nominated by the Riverfront Times as one of the top 10 local releases of last year.

Retired Webster Groves professor David Clewell Webster was recently awarded as the new state poet laureate of Missouri.


St. Louis’ own Jabari Asim will sign and discuss his new book A Taste of Honey, at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 29 at Left Bank Books’ downtown location, 321 North 10th St. For more information, call (314) 436-3049.

Recently, Metromix webzine picked 16 of St. Louis' top radio personalities/DJs to go head-to-head for the crown of St. Louis' best radio personality. The competition puts DJ against DJ, with their fans deciding the winner in an online voting competition. DJs were divided by day part, with morning personalities competing against one another and afternoon/evening jocks against one another
Eight pairs of two DJs will be eligible for voting in week one (which was the week on March 15) , and in each week leading up to the NCAA Final Four Championship, half of the DJs will be eliminated based on popular vote. Eliminations will occur on March 21 (already passed) and March 28. Between March 29 and April 5, the top four “vote-getters” will face off via a final vote for the title of Metromix’s Favorite Radio DJ.
One of the noted competitions is between Clear Channel/KMJM personalities Tony Scott and Tammie Holland Vs. RAdio One's/104.1 personality Staci Static.

The winner will be announced on April 5.In addition to winning bragging rights, the winner will also be featured in a :15 promotional spot to air on KSDK-Newschannel 5 and on

To vote for your fave, go to

And speaking of Tony Scott, last Friday, he was on KSDK's segment "I'm Just Sayin" where media personalities in St. Louis get on their sopabox on any topic. He focused on racism.


STL based rap female trio June Fifth made startling comments on its Facebook Page this week on what they felt were the haters in the STL. This is what was said on its page, “Ok so its really confusing me how as woman we have to leave the lou in order to get embraced! Men not woman, men are doing everything in their power to keep they foot on our neck! U don’t think we hear what u sayin? U think ur secrets are kept confidential? U think we don’t know whats behind ur smiles? We will expose u b...itch ass niggas soon but until then its HERSTORY! Big shout out to our RED BOTTOM b$tches! Im out!!!”

UPDATE: June Fifth was in the studios with Akon recently working on their album. They posted a small vid of them with the superstar singer/producer on their Facebook page. They also will be performing with Bone Thugs N Harmony at Pop's Nightclub Friday located in Sauget, Ill. They said on their Facebook page they will debut a new song called, "Fifth of the Month," as an answer record to Bone Thugs' classic, "First of the Month."

But gettin badk to their rant on Facebook, Wow, we wonder who they are talkin about. The radio dee-jays? The club dee-jays? Well, to play devil’s advocate, there aren’t many women in the STL music corporate game to even put a high heel on their neck. Hello?

Speaking of local hip hop, former STL radio perosnality and rapper Shorty Da Kid teamed up with STl dee-jay Sir Thurl for "2 Hot 4 Radio" Vol. 1. For more info go to


The Notice Me Award winning promoters ALL OUT brought back its ALL OUT Monday$ last Monday at The Ambassador's Club Klymaxx and last monday was is The TMG Arrogant Editionwith rapper YOUNG SPIFFY Live In Concert.


Mommemakover promoter/model and current Mrs. St. Louis Ola (Hawatmeh) will be competing for Mrs. Missouri March 26 and 27 at the Tri Lakes Center in Branson, Mo. She has been on a media blitz in recent days promoting it on local news programs . This week she made appearances on CW 11 Local news and "Great Day St. Louis" on KMOV-TV under the Hot Moms segment. she also talked about her upcoming clothes and shoe line Pam Ola Couture that will launch in NYC april 2 and be in STL stores April 9.

(You can see her interview at

Also on the grind on the model and promotions tip, STL based Ashley Salazar can currently be seen in the April issue of
MODEL MAZE MAGAZINE. She is on thw cover (PICTURED) and pics were doen by her hubby, Ian Nathaniel Comer-Salazar. she has 29 pics in teh mag. To see the pics goto 29 page full feature.

She is also in another compteition as she asks her fans to vote for her in the 2010 Miss Rock Saga Model Search (so, in her words, she can go to Jamaica)

Oh, and we didn’t get word on how well she did in that booty contest she was a finalist in. We will get to the bottom of that when we get newz--pun intended. LOL


Just when you though black talk on AM radio was lost again after Urban sports and Talk 1490 WESL was bought and sold (again) earlier this year and changed to WQQZ and an adult standards format, two of its former perosnalities Onion Horton and Hank Thompson have reportedly been re-hired to the new statuion with talk shows. Also on board is former East St. Louis Mayor Carl E. Officer. As of this blogging, there was no official date as far as when their shows would debut.
ADDED: STL-TV will have two of its programs air on local network TV in April. They are the talk show "The Best of The STL"which will begin airing starting April 7 at 6 p.m. and the stand up comedy show "Laugh out Loud" which will air on KMOV TV (the date hasnt been set yet as of this blogging).

Oh, and YOURS TRULY will be on that epsiode of the Best of the STL that originally aired on STL TV March 17 so be siure to check it out!

The Force members Tef Poe, Rep, Corey Black, QBTrifeckta, Tech Supreme, Rome, VandalyzmFinsta, Nodzilla, DJ ReminiseBryant Stewart, Nato Caliph, Lyfestile, Vandalyzm, Eddie Holman, Travis Xroszby, and Shadzilla were photographed, interviewed and/or featured in the new Riverfront Times in a article about a new faces of STL hip hop. To check out the article go to


Congrats to local promoters Mark Anthony Jones and Mario Wayne for reaching the 300th mark recently for producing and promoting its weekly Friday networking and "venue rotating" event Stress Free Fridays.

STL's B Free Paparazzi recently held a soapbox for couples last Saturday at In Spot Dessert Bar on Delmar. There, couples were asked to share their relationship stories on camera to win a free trip to the Caribbean courtesy of Tyer Perry and the winning video shown on BET. The event was a promotion for the opening for the movie Why Did I Get Married Too.

Speaking of judging and B Free Paparazzi, five STL promoters/movers and shakers will be judging Alive Magazine's Iron Bartender Contest March 28 at Flamingo Bowl where bartenders compete for $300 cash and various prizes ( $200 worth of Miller Lite gear, an iPod Touch courtesy of 360 Vodka and a six-month supply of Vitaminwater.) One of them is Teddy Blackett of B Free. Also judging is Cristy Miller (Dining & Nightlife Editor of ALIVE Magazine)
Sharee Galvin Aka Mocha Latte, Graham Kimura (360 Vodka Brand Ambassador) and
Kevin Johnson ( St. Louis Post Dispatch Music & Nightlife Reporter). SEE EVENTZ BELOW.

And speaking of the Iron Bar contestants, the six finalists who will compete are :

Megan "Beams" Bright Bar: Morgan Street Brewery,
James Dunse Bar: Just John,
Dave Ragan Bar: Ice Kitchen,
Jennifer Pratte Bar: Mike Shannon's,
Justin Sampson Bar: Roxane
AND Jason Reed Bar: Eclipse

In unrelated events with contestants, Liquid Assets recently announced the nominees for the People's Choice Award portion of its Notice Me Awards ceremony that was held in Feburray at Lure Nightclub. The nominees were STL models Ashlai Box, Jade Owens and Joe'l Grayson. Send in Your Vote to The deadline is March 31!

OUTTOWN heard that STL area club owner John Burns recently purchased the building where Knockouts was located in North county to construct a new club. We hear that he also is trying to construct a club in the city as well. If that's the case he would have all areas of the STL area covered along with Club Plush that is on East St. Louis, Ill.

And speaking of clubs and venues, we are saddened that the St. Louis House of Comedy recently shut its doors.


ARIESIAN--DAZE shot outs to Phographer Eria M Brooks and promoter Charles Creath



Join me on Notifi Radio co-hosting with Dwight Stone on his show weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6p.m. Check it out at


MISTACOUTURE auditions are coming up. To view details go to


If you know anyone who is seeking employment as a security officer, email me at They must have Illinois PERC card and a firearms card (or at least applying for one), have a clean record, and reliable.

IN THE M.I.A. FILE--Where is model Mr. Levi?

BLIND PICZ. Who were these two sistas bumpin booties up in VIP recently at Friday Night Fixx at Karma?

BLIND BITZ. Which STL mover and shaker demanded OUTTOWN to not report on the blog that they were attending revolve at City Hall last Saturday so they wouldnt get in trouble their boss? (Hint. It is not a female, this person is well "covered" on STL sports and this person's first name initial and last name initial have the same consonant.

PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Which socialites/promoters got it in this week? Promoter/model Ola Hawatmeh and promoter/photographer Teddy Balckett.

Ola Hawatmeh. This beauty is goin' at it hard this week, yet alone this month, on a local media tour making stops by CW 11 news and Great Day St. Louis promoting her projects including her new fashion/shoe line Pam Ola that is set to launch in NYC April 2 and locally, with a party for it April 8 at Lumen for its STL store debut April 9. She also launched her new website highlightng her projects and her promotion company Momme Makeover. Also this weekend, Hawatmeh, who is the current Mrs. St. Louis, is set to promote for Mrs. Missouri 2010 in Branson, Mo.

LAST WEEK's female promoters were Mocha Latte and Chelsea Dawn.

Teddy Blackett. Coming off from promoting a couples tell all event at Inspot Dessert Lounge (SEE ILLIMO BITZ ABOVE), last Saturday, this tall and swagged out brother is also on the move with his projects. When Blakcett is not taking pics all over STL and posting them for the public (with a charge for retrieving them) on his B Free Paparazzi website, he co-promotes every last Thursday the event Fusion at Exo with UPSKALE PROMOTIONS GROUP (this Thursday is the Luxurious Ladies Edition). It also was announced recently that he will judge in Alive Magazine's Iron Bartender conetst at Flamingo Bowl (SEE EVENTZ BELOW)

LASt WEEks male promoter was comedian Tahir Moore.

CELEB-SITE. This week we spotted R&B legend Ron Isley.

YOURS TRULY was in the Notifi Radio Studios Monday gettin prepped to record shows on Dwight Stone's show when all of a sudden, I hear music and singing in another room in the studio. Well, after one of our breaks, Stone and I went to where the music was coming from and opened the door (why ? we will explain later) to the music recording studio and saw two enginereers near the console and behind it was Mr. Biggs himself, Ron Isley, sitting with his pimp cane smiling and rocking to what he recorded. Sounded like some song called, "Sexy Girl" (picture the song "Who's That Lady" hip hopped up ). Oh and the reason why we entered the room? Cuz the engineers "stole" Stone's mic and he had to go out to his van and get another one out (luckilly he had another one) for our show. LOL

WORDZ TO THE WHYZ????????????????????

Why did that teen get on the P.A. mic at the New Jersey Walmart announcing all black people leave the store? Why does it seem tavis smiley has a beef against Obama? Why did STL rap trio June 5th do a blast off of male haters on its Facebook Page and then not say who they were talking about? Why are the Republicans in Congress and the Tea Baggers still trying to nit pick at Obama's signing of health care as the law? Why did singer Usher buy 16 year old Justin Bieber a car for his Sweet Sixteen? Why is Chris Brown begging his fans to call radio stations to play his new music? Why does American Idol look like a train wreck this season, singers and judges? Why does Mo’Nique keep saying she is a comedian and not an actress? Why is Jessica Simpson getting another reality TV show? Why did "106 and Park" co-host Rosci show up late at City Hall to host Revolve last Friday? Why are we just finding out now that the late Michael Jackson's estate had songs in the vault to cover 10 albums? Why are people claiming that Beyonce and Lady Gaga are vajj buddies? Why didn't comedian Joe Torry get a shout out at Karma Nightclub recently? And Why do we have a feeling al will be forgiven for Tiger Woods when he plays in the Master's Golf Tourney?


Back by Popular Demand! The longest running show in St. Louis is making a return visit. Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, "Menopause The Musical" will return to The Playhouse at Westport Plaza thru May 8, 2010.

The entire cast is local to St. Louis and are all reprising their roles from St. Louis' first run. Billed as "The Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change," the original off-Broadway musical begins with four women, "Professional Woman," "Soap Star," "Iowan Houswife," and "Earth Mother," at a Bloomingdale's lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra and hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, chocolate binges, not enough sex,too much sex and day-to-day challenges with aging parents,aging children and aging partners. A bond is created between these diverse women as they realie that menopause is no longer "The Silent Passage"! The women share their ups and downs through a collection of songs from the 60's, 70's and 80's.
Tickets and showtimes, call (314) 469-7529


Join Saks Fifth Avenue and ALIVE Magazine for a night full of fashion. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and drinks while previewing Saks' Contemporary Collection. The first 200 guests receive gift bags and all guests get a 15% off shopping pass good for that night. 5% of all sales will benefit HavenHouse of St.Louis.$10 suggested donation to HavenHouse of St.Louis.
March.25. Time: 5:30pm-9pm
Fashion Show at 7pm
Place: Plaza Frontenac (1701 South Lindbergh Blvd., St Louis, )
RSVP: Please RSVP to


MPAC's Nothing but Net…Working Event Has Been Expanded!

The event opens with a kick-off networking celebration on Thursday, March 25th from 6pm to 12:30am at the Home Night Club in St. Charles featuring the live band, Music Unlimited, along with the sounds of legendary DJ Doc Love. On Friday, March 26th, the net…working continues at Hotel Lumiere on Laclede's Landing from 6pm to 10pm with the sounds of Jazz Guitarist, Brian White. NCAA Games on multiple big screen televisions at both locations.

"Nothing but Net...Working" is one of the premiere Networking Events in the St. Louis Region. There is no other event, like Nothing but Net...Working and it's a must attend event!"

Participating member organizations include the St Louis chapters of:
100 Black Men
Black Data Processing Associates
National Black MBAs
National Association of African Americans in Human Resources
National Association of Black Accountants
National Sales Network
St Louis Association of Real Estate Professionals
St Louis Financial Services Coalition
Urban League Young Professionals
13 Black Katz


STRESS FREE FRIDAYS Friday, March 26, at the Black Label...there are too many amenities to type, but the food, drinks and DJ's are awesome...there will be several other organizations joining us, so early arrival is strongly suggested...remember, we start promptly at 5pm...

*NCAA Basketball will be televised, so do not fret all of you sports fans...

If you are celebrating a special event, let Mark Anthony Jones know via email (
or Mario Wayne (
You can also touch base with us on Facebook.

Afriky Lolo Community Performance! FREE March 26, 2010, 7PM The Mildred Bastian Theater, on the campus of Forest Park Community College, 5600 Oakland Ave., St Louis, MO, 63110 314.276.1913 for more info.

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

STL boxer Cory Spinks (37-5-11KO) who was supposed to fight Cornelius Bundrage on the same bill with Alexander, is now slated to fight Bundrage on the March 26 edition of Friday Night Fight

Comic/actress/talk show host and Golden Globe winner/Academy Award winnerMo’ Nique is spreading love when she stops by ST. Louis on her Spread the Love Tour March 26 at Fox Theatre. We hear she will be at Exo Nightclub after her show as well.

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

Damo Entertainment presents Another Party at Home Nightclub, March 26 and be prepared for the positive things that I have coming up in the future for RnB, hip hop, poetry, etc. For info go to

Washington University's FREE African Film Festival returns March 26-28‏ (CLICK ON PIC ABOVE TO ENLARGE)

St. Louis Alumnae Chapter of DST presents a concert with jazz diva Denise Thimes and Nicholas Brooks at Harris Stowe University March 27

Xclusive Entertainment & Xclusive DreamGurlz Presents....Balls Of Fury Bowling Bash
Saturday March. 27th
Crest Bowl Lanes
650 North Florissant Rd.
Doors: 9pm -1:30am
Hittmen Djs - Dj Shock on 1's & 2'sWorld Famous Mista Dj on Mic
You Don't Have To Bowl To Attend Even
General Admission Available


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Mocha hosts Sutra Saturdays at Karma





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Fri Mar 26 10 07:30 PM, Word Therapy hosted by A.D.
Word Therapy @ Club Paradise

Address: 812 Martin Luther King Dr, East St. Louis, :
Spoken Word Open Mic, hosted by Aireez DaRychuss (A.D.) brought to you by Enlitn Apparel & ThundaGrownd Produckshuns, The Series will repeat Final Friday of every month. Free to all artists who sign up

Also Vote for A.D. at this years Poetry Awards in June at SOUl U's website! (SEE ILLIMO BITZ ABOVE)



Five Guys Named Moe, Musical by Clarke Peters, featuring LouisJordan's Greatest Hits
March 24 - April 25, 2010
Nomax, whose girlfriend has left him and who is without money,finds Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe emerging from his 1930s-style radio to comfort him. They sing the hit songs of songwriter and saxophonist Louis Jordan, whose new slant on jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the 1950s

Art by Yasmina Reza
May 5 - May 23, 2010
Art 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 Holt
June 2 - July 2, 2010
A 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 contactThe BlackRep Box Office at (314) 534-3807.+


Alive Magazine will host and present its 4th Annual Iron Bartendar Contest March 28 at the Flamingo Bowlbeginning at 8pm. Arrive before 9pm and receive two complimentary drinks. In the end, the top bartender will walk away with $300 cash, $200 worth of Miller Lite gear, an iPod Touch courtesy of 360 Vodka and a six-month supply of vitaminwater. The top bartender will also be featured in an upcoming issue of ALIVE magazine. As a courtesy, please RSVP to



Celtic Woman Tuesday, Mar 30 7:30p
at Grand Center: The Fabulous Fox Theatre, St Louis, MO




Start Time: Friday, April 2 at 10:00pm
Young, Fly and Saved In The City (the Good Friday edition)"
Start Time: Friday, April 2 at 7:00pm
FTMBC Youth Center (5544 MLK Drive)

OpenHouse on the Spring opening of Malcolm Martin Memorial Park and unveiling of new Pavillion on April 3 (next to Casino Queen) at 11:230 a,m,. Lunch provided. FREE. To RSVP call 618.346.4905 or

SWG REWIND - Spring Poetry Meet Greet and SpeakSaturday, April 3, 20108:00pm - 11:30pmThe Regional Arts Commission - Community Resource Center, 6128 Delmar Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO 63112Street:6128 Delmar Boulevard
Hosted by: DEREK 'D BROWN'
Music Spun by: DJ WILLPOWER

Accompaniment by: THE BAND WITH NØ NAME (TBWØN)featuring- DAVID A. N. JACKSON - Percussion Ambience Etc. Voice, Poetry, SPW FLOYD BOYKIN JR. - Bass, Flute, Poetry, Spoken WordTRACY MITCHELL - Guitar, VocalsMARCUS LEONARD - Piano, KeysRODNEY THOMAS - Drums
Food Provided by:JUHARI'S CATERING -Mariquita Daniels
Debut Poetry Chap Book Release by new author and SWG FAM - Ms JAZMIN WEBSTER "STUPID STUFF AND OTHER POEMS" -'Reading Enjoyment for Those who Appreciate Life.' OTHER BEAUTIFUL FACES and Familiar SPIRITS anticipated in the house - The Memphis (Florida) Crew -"Q", NAJA EMBRE • West Memphis, Arkansas' - Mikki Hooper a.k.a GRAN GRAN - $10ADVANCE ADMISSION per person may be purchased online via - Subject Line: SWG REWIND TICKETS

Come Join Xplicit & The Rest of his Soul U family for the CD Listening Party for his newest release Spoken Acid .Wednesday, April 7th@ The Twisted Olive (Right Above Vintage Vinyl - In The Loop)Doors Open at 8PMSpecial Guest Performances!This Event is FREE - It's A CelebrationCD will be on sale this night!!! The Actual Release date is 4/11/10

Pamola Launch April 8 at Lumen he Pam Ola Couture line debuts in St. Louis on April 8 at Lumen downtown at the Jecca Nation launch. Doors for the show open at 7 p.m. The show begins at 7:45 p.m. You can buy tickets in advance at Jecca in West County Mall for $10. It's $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit 'Flaw Dogs' an organization that recues from puppy mills.



Grammy Award winning comedian Steve Martin will perform as a musician when he comes to St. Louis to perform at the Roberts Orpheum Theater April 23 in support of his “
The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo” CD.

For the first time in St. Louis, there will be a concert with female artists called DIVA'S OF THE LOU PRE-EASTER HIPHOP AND R&B CONCERT FRI. APRIL 2 . HOSTED BY T-BABY OF OOHWEE ENT AND MZ PRADA OF ONLY IF


FOR MORE INFORMATION : 314-869-9090 OR 314-9727868

R&B group Mint Condition will perform April 16 at the Pageant

Madea's Big Happy Family
Place: Chaifetz Arena
Date: Friday, April 23nd
Time: 8pm

SLU'S UNSPOKEN: FASHION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS FASHION SHOW APRIL 25TH‏ at Bush Student Center Doors open at 5:30 show starts at 6:00p. $7 in ADV; $10 at the door and $15 VIP with goodie bag. For ticket info contact Omari Holt

Folk rock duo Indigo Girls will perform at the Pageant on April 25.


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