Tuesday, April 13, 2010

OUT 817--ILLI MO BITZ (UPDATES)

HEY OUTTOWNERS!

ITS THURSDAY--A NEW DAY

TIME TO GET TOWNED!!! Prayers still go out to Port au Prince and Chile. Also the miners of West Virginia and the latest earthquake in China.



HOPE YA GOT YA TAXES IN to the I.R.S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



As we celebrate National Poetry Month , we spotlight ILLIMO poets. This week we highlight newly appointed Missouri Poet Laureate David Clewell

David Clewell who was born in 1955 is an American poet. He graduated from University of Wisconsin and Washington University with an M.F.A. He is Missouri’s second poet laureate is David Clewell, a longtime professor at Webster University (Its first laureate was Walter Bargen of Ashland, Mo.) Clewell's poems have appeared in a wide variety of journals, such as Poetry, Harper's, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, and New Letters. He also has published seven collections of poems--including Blessings in Disguise (a National Poetry Series winner), Now We're Getting Somewhere (Felix Pollak Poetry Prize) and, most recently, The Low End of Higher Things--and two booklength poems. In 2000 Clewell published a 50-page book “Jack Ruby’s America,” a series of narrative poems that include historical facts and dialogue about the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the guy who killed Lee Harvey Oswald. Clewell had said he’d worked on the book for five years, gathering clippings and details about the 1963 assassination in his cluttered office in Pearson House. His “Blessings in Disguise” was a winner in the National Poetry Series. Clewell also teaches poetry workshops and 19th and 20th century literature.



THE TOP A&E NEWZ BIT THIS WEEK IN THE ILLMO AREA IS THREE BIG STORIES ABOUT CHI-TOWN TALK SHOW QUEEN/MOGUL OPRAH WINFREY.


The first was the news that Oprah had a brief relationship in the early 1970s with then unknown John Tesh who became a music composer and broadcast journalist for the long running show, Entertainment Tonight (and hubby to actress Connie Selleca). According to the Associated Press, Tesh has confirmed that he and O were a romantic item. But the reason they split is what is getting folk talking up a storm. According to excerpts from Kitty Kelley 's (NEXT PICTURE BELOW) book "Oprah: A Biography," which were published in the New York Daily News, Tesh and Winfrey lived together in Nashville in 1974 while he was a news anchor at the city's NBC affiliate and Winfrey was the city's first female anchor at the CBS affiliate. But the romance fell apart when Tesh succumbed to the pressure of being in an interracial relationship. Kelley quotes an "ex-girlfriend of Tesh's" saying he told her one night he looked down and saw his white body next to Winfrey's black body and "couldn't take it anymore." The source, one of 850 people Kelley and her staff interviewed for the book, said Tesh later said he felt "very guilty" about it. Winfrey hasn't commented.
WOW seems like someone couldnt handle the swirl!


Biographer Kitty Kellys unauthorized book on the Big O is the talk of the world ever since the book came out this week. It appears thatteh book is trying to dispel the image of Oprah as the Universal Galaxy Mother of TV America. According to Kelly she interviewed more than 800 people (including her step father Vernon Winfrey which we will talk about later in this blurb) and spent four years researching the book. It book talks about her spoiled and diva-ish behavior , how she speaks in first person, how she is asexual and her affair with John Tesh among many other “secrets.”


According to MediaTakeOut.com, Oprah's father Vernon spilled the beans to Kitty Kelly. The man, who raised Oprah, fell out with the talk show queen a number of years ago.And to get her back, he agreed to DISH all the family secrets to author Kitty Kelley. From the report, Oprah does not believe in Jesus, she was asexual, she will never marry Stedman cuz she is a control freak and that her gal pal Gayle King was a street heifer. (Oh my!)


Her book has an initial printing of 500,000 copies, but she said some major news organizations have refused to schedule interviews for fear of Oprah's power and displeasure.

Hmm, go figure, News organizations ain’t gonna risk their chances of doing biz with Oprah especially with the new cable station. OWN, she is launching in 2011. The book will sell and go away from the conversation piece of the day and Oprah will continue on. And you think Oprah is going to talk about the book or any indications of her knowing about it? As in the words of her character Sophia in The Color Purple. “HELL NAAWW.”
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In unrelated Oprah newz, she announced last week that she will host a show on her upcoming network next year titled “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” It is tentatively scheduled to debut in late 2011, around the same time “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” her syndicated hit show produced in Chicago, signs off after 25 years.

Ms. Winfrey made the announcement in advance of a presentation in New York to potential advertisers. Her new show is considered the flagship of the cable network she and Discovery Networks plan to jointly launch in January 2011--“OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.” The network will host 15 original shows, many of which have self-improvement themes or else directly feature Winfrey herself. Mark Burnett, the television producer best known for creating the hit reality series “Survivor,” will be producing for OWN the new series “Your Own Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star.”

Winfrey’s current daytime show will become the star of its own series: “Behind the Scenes: The Oprah Show Final Season,” which will track the show’s final months. Frequent Winfrey daytime contributor Gayle King will also be in the host seat for “Gayle King Live!” a one-hour daily talk show.





In non Oprah newz, the next biggest story was in the STL--the War of the Rams Ownership.
After it seemed as though it was a done deal that after Illinois business tycoon Shaid Khan (RIGHT) entered into the bidding to buy the 60 percent share of the St. Louis Rams franchise in February from the late owner Georgia Frontiere’s children Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez it seemed as though the ownership transition would run smoothly. But this week, that was not the case now that minority owner, Missouri Native and pro-sports franchiser Stan Kroenke(LEFT) now is trying to purchase the Rams 100 percent share.

Kroenke reportedly has decided to exercise his right of first refusal to purchase the 60 percent share of the St. Louis Rams currently owned by Rosenbloom and Rodriguez and bidded by Khan. Kroenke currently owns 40 percent of the Rams, so if he's successful in this attempt, he will own 100 percent of the team.

The issue is Kroenke and his current cross ownership of other pro-sports teams and the NFL’s policy against cross ownership. NFL cross-ownership rules currently prevent owners from having a majority share of an NFL team in one city if they own a majority of another major-league team in another market. Kroenke currently owns both the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association and the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League—and the NFL aint having it and isn’t trying to bend the rules. In February, Kroenke was given 60 days to declare his intentions with respect to the team. He could stay at 40 percent, sell his 40 percent or exercise his matching rights on Khan's bid.
And guess what he chose—BINGO matching rights. So it should get interesting if Kroenke gets his wish to own the total share or that he will settle for 40. We think he will settle with 40.
And another thing, it must be a rule that you must wear a porn style moustache in order to be an owner of a sports team! LOL





St. Louis based rapper/mogul Nelly has found himself as the innocent man to a lawsuit involving a concert scam. According to reports, last week, Taiwanese event producers The Loop filed a suit in Manhattan claiming that bogus promoters Capital Connections Agency asked the Loop for $40 grand to book Nelly for a concert in Taiwan. Well, the concert never occurred and The Loop is crying FOUL. Executives at the Loop also claim the money was wired to CCA that initially denied receiving the
funds, and then claimed it arrived a day late.

But it gets even better.
Although, at first The Loop thought the agency was legit when it contracted with CCA to book Nelly for its Dec. 31, 2009, bash - which was promoted on Facebook (Facebook??? One flag),. Then, as reported, CCC allegedly denied getting the cash, then claimed it arrived a day late so they could keep it for breach of contract (CLEVER but no dice). Also, in the claim, CCC offered to send Ja Rule as a replacement which could not have occurred since The Loop already had booked him through his real reps. Executives at The Loop are suing CCA for the $40,000 booking fee and $250,000 for Nelly's alleged "no-show."

And we know what you are saying—What does Nelly have to do with the suit? Nothing actually. He was an innocent bystander in some ways but was thrown into the mix. We are sure that this case will be settled out of court and Nelly wont have to get a suit to testify against CCC.

In unrelated Nelly newz, we hear that the rap superstar wears the world’s most expensive cologne—Clive Christian No. 1 which is priced at $650. A white diamond bottle in a gold collar is priced at $2,350. Rappers 50 Cent and Diddy also spray it on themselves as well.

We guess its not enough to be rich, but you gotta smell like it too.






CORRECTION: Earlier last week, President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama taped an Idol Gives Back segment for American Idol that will air next Wednesday in the two-hour Idol Gives Back charity show.. Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, The Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox and Jeff Beck will perform (We originally had that the special Idol aired this Wednesday but that is incorrect) .
ADDED: In unrelated newz, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have doubled their income since he took office, declaring a joint gross income of 5.5 million dollars for the 2009 fiscal year, the White House said Thursday.

Obama earned an annual salary as president of 374,460 dollars since his inauguration in January 2009, according to his tax filings released Thursday.
But most of his income came from his books, which have leaped to the top of the bestseller lists since he first started running for the White House.

In 2008, Obama and his wife, Michelle, declared a joint gross income of 2.65 million dollars, most of which also came from royalties on his books "Dreams of My Father" and "The Audacity of Hope."

According to his 2009 documents, the Obamas paid 1.79 million dollars in federal taxes and 163,303 dollars in state taxes to Illinois where the couple owns a home in Chicago.

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The Opening day ceremonies for the St. Louis Cardinals first home game took place at Busch Stadium Monday.
The game was against the Houston Astros









First baseman Albert Pujols launched a three-run homer as the Cardinals kept the Astros winless with a 5-0 victory in the 2010 home opener at Busch Stadium. Skip Schumaker scored three times and. Adam Wainwright struck out seven over eight innings .



















BEFORE THE GANE, there were the opening ceremonies. Former manager Whitey Herzog(BOTTOM) , who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this July, threw out the ceremonial first pitch, with Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith (TOP) on the receiving end behind home plate. Smith was present as part of the Cardinals seven Hall of Fame members, which included an appearance by Stan Musial. Bob Gibson, Bruce Sutter, Lou Brock, Red Schoendienst, and Herzog.

Smith, who was part of the 1985 World Series , was also honored before the game 25 years later. Former slugger Jack Clark who also was on that 1985 also was on hand (Hmm, wonder if the McGwireheads booed him?)



Before the game started, Sikeston native opera singer Neal Boyd, 2007 winner of “America’s Got Talent,” sang “The Star Spangled Banner.”
















The ILLMOians continue to get real on TV.









On Celebrity Apprentice, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich got fired two weeks ago in the show's most unusual settings in the history of the show. As part of the team RockSolid and their project creating an interactive display plugging the
Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the new theme park attraction at Universal Studios that opens in June, . The entire finished product was basically left up to Poison frontman Bret Michaels, who Trump desperately wanted to fire. He kept asking Blagojevich if he was sure he didn't want to bring the Michaels into the boardroom with him. Then he asked him again. In a last-ditch effort to keep the ousted governor on the show, Trump even tried to convince Michaels to fall on his own sword. None of this worked, so Trump couldn't do anything but send Blagojevich into the good night. Well, in a couple months, Blago will be at a federal court in Illinois to see if the judge will say YA GUILTY or not.


Chitown native WWE diva Maria Kanellis (RIGHT) who’s part of Team Tenacity is still in the running on Apprentice and is using the publicity to her advantage by releasing her debut EP, ‘Sevin Sins’ now available on iTunes.




The other ILLMOian doing their thing on reality TV is actress Niecy Nash who is on Dancing with the Stars this season. Nash, who spent her teen years in St. Louis, performed a Rumba this week with her dance partner Louis Van Amstel in what Louis called a very spiritual dance. She dedicated her performance to her deceased brother. He died seventeen years ago in an act of gun violence As for the performance itself, the couple performed to Taking Chances, a song by Celine Dion and covered by Glee!
The judges gave them sixes all the way through in both technique and performance for a combined total of thirty-six. The judges felt the emotion in the dance, but they didn't feel the dance itself.


It also was an Internet rumor going around that Nash had questioned Amstel's sexuality during their rehearsals, but according to reports no comment was given on both parties on those allegations.







Legendary basketball player Kareem Abdul Jaabar will headline the Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundations annual Illumination 10 gala on May 10 at the Chase Park Plaza in CWE to benefit the Siteman Canter Center and Wash u School of Medicine.




St. Louis’ own Gabrielle Michelle, a finalist on this season’s edition of
“America’s Next Top Model,” will be involved in two modeling contests in St. Louis this weekend. On Friday, she hosts The DOYOUSOCIAL.COM Swimsuit Model search at one of St.Louis' newest nightclubs, Europe (behind Sugar Lounge downtown STL) . There female models compete for a chance to win a grand prize of a expense paid trip to Southbeach Miami, and a extensive feature on Doyousocial.com shot by Photographer Stephen Garnett. Each winner each week with have her own interview & studio photoshoot. Open tryouts will begin at 9pm. Please bring nightclub wear & a 2 piece swimsuit.
On Saturday, she will be on board for the local casting call for next season’s “America’s Next Top Model” sponsored by KPLR Channel 11 Ladies from 18 to 27 can audition for the show beginning at 8 a.m. at Patricia Stevens College, 330 North Fourth Street in downtown St. Louis. Auditions are set to conclude at 4 p.m. Auditions will be taped and sent to the casting director of “America’s Next Top Model.” A panel of judges will determine the grand prize winner, who will win a trip for a chance to meet with the show’s casting team in Los Angeles on April 19 through 21.
Michelle is the first woman from a St. Louis casting call to ever make it to the show’s finals. She was selected at a casting call at Patricia Stevens College last July.









Rock legends the B 52s and Grammy Award winning R&B singer John Legend will perform at Fair St. Louis this summer, and the air show returns to Fair St. Louis after an extended absence.

Legend will perform July 3; B-52s will perform July 4. Both acts will perform on the Budweiser Main Stage.
The air show will take place on both dates, for two shows each day. The last time the air show took off was 2005. after heightened security concerns after 9/11.
More information is at
www.celebratestlouis.org.
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The national acts that will perform at Live on the Levee news will be announced in May.

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Other national acts who are coming to the STL are:







R&B sex symbol Mario will perform at 5 Star Fridays at Home Nightclub April 23






















R&B vets Ron Isley and Teena Marie will perform at The Fox Theatre in St. Louis June 5


























Li'erre Productions Presents Praise Party 2010 Featuring gospel artist Canton Jones, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. at Kennerly Temple 4250 West Kennerly Avenue Tickets $15 General Admission VIP $ 25 with Meet N Greet with Canton Jones








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Roscoe Dash Live in Concert @ Home Nightclub
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STL native and New England Patriots Laurence Maroney is hosting FreeTime and Liquid Assets’ “NFL MONEY” (DRAFT PARTY) and all his NFL friends. LADIES FREE TILL 11, April 23 at Lure Nightclub.











STL Singer Aloha Mi-sho is featured in an article in this week’s Riverfront Times talking about her experience on American Idol and her upcoming career. She also revealed ,that she would like to audition for the second season of the hit show Glee. For the interview go to
http://www.riverfronttimes.com/2010-04-14/music/aloha-world-former-american-idol-competitor-aloha-mischeaux-return-spotlight/




And speaking of the auditions, the auditions for Glee are officially open online with and ending date of April 26. The show is casting for its second season and using an online submission form so hopefulls from all over the country can audition from home. Glee is accepting online submissions on their
MySpace page.




Congrats are in store for three ILLMO comedians.
First is G Thang who will be taping his first HBO comedy show this weekend at Nokia Theatre in Hollywood. It will be hosted by comedian Mike Epps (No info on when it will air as of this blogging) . Also, in May, he can ben seen in limited run urban stageplay "Cheap Her to Keep her" starring Vivica Fox and Brian McKnight (there is no dates for any ILLMO shows) .








Also, congrats to East St. Louis native Willie Lynch, Jr(LEFT) and Chi-town native Marcus Combs (RIGHT) who were one of 10 semi-finalists who made the finals in the 2010 Bay Area Black Comedy Competition & Festival. They will compete in the finals Saturday April 17 @ Paramount Theatre in Oakland. It will be hosted by Don "DC" Curry.



ADDED: And speaking of comics, what is this we just heard about Darius Bradford in jail? In Delores Shante's Partyline column in the St. Louis American this week, she talked about how Bradford was supposed to host his b-day party at Lure on Friday titled, "Sprung" (SEE EVENTZ BELOW) but got locked up this week for missing two court dates and apparently for the lack of child support payments to his baby mamma (Oh boy). Shante said said, " I got the note about the Free Darius Bradford movement and “Sprung” event going down tomorrow night at Lure. Okay, will y’all be mad when I say that I’m a little uncomfortable with this concept, even though more than likely I will be there to support it? I’m all for the “by any means necessary,” especially when it applies to one’s freedom, but I just…I don’t know. You know what…never mind. A quote from the plea reads, “This is his Birthday weekend the best present we can give him is his freedom, we have until 2:30pm Friday. If you can help, contact Kim @ 314-337-7829.”

On Facebook, Kim ( Kimberle Anne Young) commented on Bradford's ordeal. She said "I'm tired of the courts coming down on good fathers, like it don't matter that he takes care of all his kids, and he's been there for them,why and when do we allow a good father to be a good father, and not allow the courts to be able to change that! I'm going to start a supportgroup for men that go through this beca...use believe it or not, we are finding another way for our brothers to get lost in the system! sleep on that! if you aint trying to help keep your comments to yourself this aint the time for all that! we trying to get him out now that's what needs to happen ASAP! Donate to the cause, because you never know when it will be your own!"
Well we hope he gets out at least to host his b-day party.





MMA Model/ promoter Ashley Salazar will be interviewed for Chillin’ with Jeff and Kenny-C, May 1. Topics of discussion will be her upcoming MMA fight cards and her latest magazine publications. For more info go to
www.chillinbroadcasting.com

















STL comedian C C Lovelace(LEFT) , who taped an episode of the Jon Erickque Show Sunday at Survivor Sity Lounge during the Bar Talk segment, is going on the road with STL author Jack A Daniels (what a name!!!! RIGHT) on his book, “The Man’s handbook.” Their tour began Tuesday at the Inspot Dessert Lounge on Delmar. Oh and do you know that Lovelace lost over 200 pounds? She said she did it through fasting for nearly a year starting last year!.












Majic 104.9 radio personality/poet Selena J (BOTTOM) will host Exo Nightclub’s new Summer Soul Series starting this Friday that also doubles as a big 3-0 party for J. The series; first act will be Grammy Award nominated indy soul singer Eric Roberson(TOP) . For info on the series go to
www.exostl.com (SEE EVENTZ BELOW)








Congrats to soul/blues singer Silky Sol who’s going on a promotional tour in Milano, Italy beginning in May 10 for the whole summer.
















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Congrats to Showroom Shine’s Sylvester Chisolm and Arthur Shivers were recognized in this month’s Ebony Magazine as one of the nation's top young entrepreneurs.














STL rappers Gotta Be Karim(who now lives in Atlanta).......................















...........Vandalyzm, Black Spade, and Nato Caliph will perform..............

















.............with NYC dee-jay J Live in concert at Lenny’s Bar in the ATL April 29.















East St Louis native singer Deandre Perryman will debut his new single, “Let Me” at Fubar on Locust May 7.





















Mrs. St. Louis/designer Ola Hawatmeh (PICTURED) of Mommemakeover and model/talk show host Jon Erickque were guests on My 46 TV Wednesday morning talking about their various projects. SEE MA'AT BITZ BELOW FOR MORE INFO ON BOTH OLA AND THE JON ERICKQUE SHOW.

















JPEK Creative Works held auditions for its upcoming stageplay , The Real Life" last Tuesday at the Space on Locust. Pictured are members of the existing cast which include Willena NV Vaughn, L.A. Williams, Sir Earvin, Cody Lashae and Angela Moseley. (PHOTO by Erica Brooks)


And speaking of JPEK, its CEO, the East St. Louis native actor/director Joel King is mentally recuperating from a double accident involving drunk drivers (on the same day) during his first week in Los Angeles, as he works on various projects. He will be in the city fior about a month then return to St. Louis to get back onto the audition process of his stageplay ”The Real Life.” Currently they are Looking for a Caucasian and Black American female singer/dancer/actress for show this summer. Email King with headshot and resume if you think you fit this category:
jpekcreations@yahoo.com

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The website, The Examiner interviewed members of Soul U (Xplict and Dj 76 Kid) recently about their projects. Go to
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Soul Stylz is gearing up for yet another event series. This go round they are collaborating with Upskale Promotions for , ESSENCE NÂș1* THURSDAYS at the City Lounge beginning April 22.

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STL club owner John Burns is telling fans on Facebook that his newest club venture Envy will be opening soon at the old Knockouts venue in St. Louis County.








BDAZE to radio personality/ poet Selena J, comic Willie Lynch Jr., poet Xplicit (PICTURED) and socialite Yemi Adewunmi















NEW: LOOK-LIXE PICZ. Last time we attempted this, of comparing socialites and their likenesses, we did it between STL movers and shakers King Kerry and Niddy from the way they wear dark shades in the club, but thi stime, we think we have an actual look a like going on for ya!






STL model Ali Delan (BOTTOM) is a well known model here in the St. Louis area who was last seen modeling at Revolution/Jecca nation at Lumen. We think she may have a twin if she had a fraternal brother--Freetime's Roy Robinson! (TOP--Whos group is teaming up doing it up with Koncpets this Friday for, "Spring Training" at Sleek Lounge) Check out their facial features! They could pass for brother and sister! What do you think? Email us at
maat.atkins@gmail.com





MA'AT BITZ







photo by Carl Helenkamp
UPDATE:YOURS TRULY got a mentiion by Delores Shante' in Partyline this week bringing back my now infamous white mesh tank short sleeved hoodie I wore last summer for the Superjam concert at Verizon Wireless Ampitheater. Teh clothing item I wore was reffered to as teh peiece fo clothing she wished she wore to keep cool in the sauna-felt atmosphere at Kyjuan's bday event at Karma last Friday.
Here is what she had to say in Partyline, " Folks had that “Good Lawd it’s Hot” look frozen on their faces as soon as they busted up in there, but they cared enough to commit to kickin’ it regardless of the heat index. I’ll see you next year “Ky-Weezy even if I have to borrow Maat’s mesh Super Jam outfit to beat the heat. What? He knows that I don’t mean anything by it!
Its all good. And as I always say, any publicity is good publicity and thanks Delores for keeping my mesh hoodie alive! LOL

YOURS TRULY was a guest on the Jon Erickque Show Sunday that wa staped at Survivor Sity in Baden. I was part of the Bar Talk segment with comic CC Lovelace and beautician Toni Smalls (I hear they want me back after my hilarious comments on the topic. How Much Sex is Too Much Sex? ). Other guests on the show (who were actually interviewed) were singers Bradd Young and J Var and husband wife team comic Ms Funy and promoter Know thems.


My company, Ma'atology Productions and Mommeakeover have their co-hosts for the upcoming MISTA COUTURE contest. They are Scott Rucinski, manager at Mandarin Lounge and Ola Hawatmeh of Mommemakeover. Keep your eye on when the show will take place (its tentatively slated for June 19--Fathers Day Weekend) but it will take place at Mandarin Lounge in the Central West End.






Over 20 potential MR COUTURE contestants came to Jecca in West County Mall last weekend (we had to move it from the Chesterfield Mall due to a scheduling conflict ) to get signed up for the auditions for MR COUTURE. One of them was Alex Michael Day (PICTURED)

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We will have callbacks and 2nd auditions tentatively scheduled for May 8 at Mandarin Lounge.

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Check out Out and About with Ma'at every Monday in the Evening Whirl Newspaper.


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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 http://www.notifiradio.com/



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If you know anyone who is seeking employment as a security officer, email me at
maat.atkins@gmail.com.


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IN THE M.I.A. FILE. Where is model Carmen Currie?


















BLIND PICZ. Who were these sisters who were wearing liquid and printed leggings at Karma last Friday?










Did the one with the blue liquid leggings participate in the Leggings Contest held at Karma?








BLIND BITZ. Which STL rapper got so overwhelmed by the heat from the stacks of people inside Karma Nightclub last Friday at Kyjuan's b-day party during Friday Night Fixx, that they had to be rushed out of the club to get some air, and was last seen sitting on the steps in front of Karma with their head down resting it on their folded arms that were resting on their knees? (HINT. It wasnt Kyjuan or Murphy Lee. This rapper wa slast seen at a big event held recently honoring a "special kind" of STL performer, theri name is associated with their "skin" and they are associated with another STL rapper's camp who's company can be associated with what happens to clothing when they are ready to get laundered.)





PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Which promoters/socialites got it in this week? Radio personality/poet Selena J and poet Aireez Darychuss.





Selena J. This lovely sister always gets it in as a radio personality at Majic 104.9 wher she just picked up the weekly show (Sunday thru Thursday) Rhythm and Life, then she can heard on her popular spoken word show Soulternative on Saturday evenings and on sister station Hallelujah 1600 she hosts a weekday program . Fresh off her appearance at Xplicit's CD listening party at Legacy Books and Cafe, she will be the center of attention this week as she has copped the hosting gig with Exo's returning Summer Soul Series beginning this Friday and starting off with indy soulstar Eric Roberson. She also will be celebrating her big 3-0 at the event.




Aireez Darychuss. This brotha who has the weekly section A.D.'s Spot on OUTTOWN is constantly grinding and on the move self promopting and booking at various venues in the St. Louis area. The Poetry Awards nominated artist will get it in this week on both sides of the Mississippi performing at Legacy Books this Thursday at Immortal Soul Era Band Showcase, then on Friday he does double duty as a host of an open mic at the Schmidt Art Center at SWIC Belleville Campus then crosses the bridge to perform at Cafe Soul at the Loft.




WORDZ TO THE WHYZ????????????
Why did KFC create the Double Down sandwich using chicken in place of the bread? Why is Liz Taylor getting hitched for a 9th time? Why does it seem as though American Idol treats contestant Mike Lynch like the character in the Green Mile? Why does pop artist Kesha even have a career? Why did Ryan Seacrest tell Adam Lambert that his tongue was more talented his? Why does Souljah Boy have a tatt of the Illuminati on his back? Why now are folk trying to throw Oprah under the bus with gossip and tell all books? And why now we are finding out Oprah and John Tesh slept together? Why did Jim Carrey call Elin Woods a whore? And why is Elin getting divorced from Tiger Woods?



EVENT BITZ



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 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



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Scott Joplin's Turn of the Century African American Neighborhood THRU May 30, 2010. 314.340.5790 for more info. Scott Joplin House, 2658 Delmar, St. Louis, MO 63103‏

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Parties in the Park has lined up its programming for the 27th season of live music and more at Shaw Park in Clayton.The season continues on the second Wednesday of the month through August and the third Wednesday in September, on the Southwest corner of Brentwood and Forsyth boulevards. The events are free and open to the public.











Join Stress Free Fridays this Friday, April 16th as they visit EXO Lounge...They will be celebrating the birthday of Andrea Rodgers. Also, Selena J and Majic 104.9 will be celebrating Selena J's birthday AND Eric Roberson will be in the house performing inroducing Exo’s Summer Soul Series....ARE YOU READY?













Mint Condition will perform April 16 at the Pageant

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Koncepts, LLC and Freetime, LLC have partnered to produce an exclusive event..."Spring Training" @ SLeeK Ultralounge, April 16 ocated in Lumiere Place Casino & Hotels, 999 N. 2nd St.
Doors at 10PM. Ladies free til 11PM. Attire: Fly & Fashionable.
For table reservations contact
info@koncepts-stl.com



ADDED: SPRUNG " ULTIMATE ARIES AFFAIR" HOSTED BY DARIUS BRADFORD
Friday, April 16, at 9:00pm, LURE NIGHTCLUB. LIQUID ASSETS, ROC OUT PRODUCTIONS, AND THE F.R.E.S.H. GROUP HAVE COME TOGETHER TO BRING U "SPRUNG" THE ULTIMATE ARIES AFFAIR HOSTED BY THE BIRTHDAY GUY HIMSELF, DARIUS BRADFORD!!
LADIES FREE TILL 11
DRESS CODE ENFORCED
$10 UNLIMITED MOSCATOS ALL NIGHT FOR THE LADIES
BUY 1 BOTTLE GET 1 HALF OFF2 FOR 1 MARTINIS FOR THE LADIESFOR MORE INFO OR TO RESERVE A BOOTH
PLEASE CALL CARLOS AT 314 337 8222



On April 17, wresting fan will have a treat as Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling’s “An Evening with the Legends” event will take place at the Family Arena. The autograph signing event will feature the three biggest names in the modern era of professional wrestling Hulk Hogan, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and “The Icon” Sting. “An Evening with the Legends” caps an exciting day of fan activities that begins with “TNA Fan Inter Action” starting at 10am on April 17, at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri. The main event of the evening will be the two-hour “Legends” event, beginning at 6pm.
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Also on April 17, Harlem Globetrotters will battle the Washington Generals at Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University at 2p.m. Tickets are $22, $28, $39, $68 and $103 and are on-sale now at MetroTix.com, the Chaifetz Arena Box Office, MetroTix outlets at select Schnucks and Macy’s stores, and charge by phone at 314-534-1111. Group Discounts are available by calling (314) 977-5008.
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ADDED: A Poetry Meet and Greet with Professor Eugene B. Redmond, poet and much more Sat. April 17, 3-5pm , Afro World, 7276 Natural Bridge, St. Louis. FREE. Info: 389-5194 or www.afroworld.com . On April 24 is author Dr. Carletta Washington who will read and sign her book, "A Mothers; Reflection."
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STl promoter Larry Blue is having a "Still 30 Something" BIRTHDAY PARTY
April 17, at BAR ITALIA'S...LUNA LOUNGE. He also will be celebrating with socialite .DEANNA CARROLL






Jennifer Hudson will headline the Bob Costas Benefit to aid SSM Cardinal Glennon Medical Center at 8 p.m. at April 17 at Fox Theatre.



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Solidified Ent. Presents:MC J-Biggs & Eaze (Solid) Concert Live @ Blueberry HillApril 17, Doors open @ 9pm For FREE tickets call or text 314-805-8554 or email wjaimeprice@gmail.comConcert also features performances by DJ Snow, Calhoun, and Phat Pheezy.


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Mocha will host Sutra Saturdays at Karma
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FOR MOCHA’s TALENT SPOTLIGHT GO TO

http://maatspear.blogspot.com/2009/04/out-594-stl-tidbitz-and-more.html

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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...


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IF YOU WANT TO DONATE CLOTHES TO HAITI , HOLLA AT MOCHA!\

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


For more info on these items, contact Miss Latte at

314.646.9917 or
sgalvin26@yahoo.com



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AD's SPOT


Thu Apr 15 10 08:00 PM St. Louis, MO US
Venue: Legacy Books & Cafe
Address: 5249 Delmar Blvd,
St. Louis, MO, 63108, US
Details: Immortal Soul Era Band Showcase @ the Legacy


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Fri Apr 16 10 9:00 PM Belleville, IL US
Venue: Schmidt Art Center,
SWIC Belleville Campus
Address: 2500 Carlyle Ave
Belleville, IL, 62221,
Details: Open Mic Hosted By Aireez DaRychus

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Fri Apr 16 10 08:00 PM St. Louis, MO US
Venue: Cafe' Soul @ The Loft - St. Louis MO
Address: , St. Louis, MO, 63103, US
Details: April Edition of Cafe Soul.


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Sun Apr 18 10 07:00 PM Louisville, KY US
Venue: Nai's 1st Impressions
Address: 4111 Murphy Ln, Louisville, KY, 40245,
Details: Nai's 1st Open Mic, Featuring Aireez DaRychuss (A.D

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Thu Apr 22 10 08:00 PM Saint Louis, MO US
Venue: Big Moe's
Address: 1072 Tower Grove, Saint Louis, MO, US


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Fri Apr 30 10 08:00 PM East St. Louis, IL US
Venue: Word Therapy @ Club Paradise
Address: 812 Martin Luther King Dr,
East St. Louis, IL, 62201, US
Details: Spoken Word Open Mic Hosted by Aireez DaRychuss

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.Sat May 01 10 08:00 PM Cincinnati, OH

Venue: TABU NightClu
Address: 305 E Wyoming Ave, Cincinnati, OH, 45215, US

Details: Spoken Soul Saturdays @ TABU Nightclub Featuring Janine Nash & Aireez DaRychuss


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Sun May 02 10 08:00 PM Louisville, KY US
Venue: The Soul Lounge
Address: 124 W Main St,
Louisville, KY, 40202, US
Details: SoulLounge Derby Weekend showcase Featuring A.D.
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Repeating Series:
ThundaGrownd Presents: Open Mic $5 to watch $1 to spit

Rhythm & Words Wednesdays 2nd & 4th Wed every month
Meshon's Bar & Grill
410 N Tucker Blvd
St. Louis MO

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ThundaGrownd Thursday Variety Showcase:

Final Thu. of every month $5 cover


Big Moe's 1072 Tower Grove St. across from Sweetie Pie's on Manchester) St. Louis MO


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Word Therapy @ Club Paradise
: Open MicFinal Friday of the month
$5 cover first 10 on the sign-up list free
812 Martin Luther King Dr, East St. Louis, IL


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Vote for A.D. at this years Poetry Awards in June at SOUl U's website!
http://www.rychusswurd.com/




BLACK REP BITZ









Five Guys Named Moe, Musical by Clarke Peters, featuring LouisJordan's Greatest Hits
THRU - 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

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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.


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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 renewal emerged.

For more information on any of these upcoming events contactThe BlackRep Box Office at (314) 534-3807.+


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Finalists in CinemaSpoke screenplay competition were announced. The five screenwriters' screenplays will receive partial readings, one a month from April through August, with the winning script receiving a full reading at the 19th Annual SLIFF, held from Nov. 11-21, 2010.
The finalists and the titles of their scripts, with the reading date:
April 20: Dan Kelley’s “The Violets in the Mountains”


May 18: Tom Kopp’s “On Ice”


June 22: Vinay and Sona Kamat’s “Juggernaut”


July 27: Paul Brandon Polaski’s “Mike and the Sinister”


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Aug. 17: David Stiffler’s “The Inheritance”
All readings will be held on a Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Dana Brown Rehearsal Hall/Rialto Ballroom on the fourth floor of the Centene Center for Arts & Education, 3547 Olive St. in Grand Center. The readings are free and open to the public. On each evening, the first 30 pages of a script will be read by actors, with judges offering critiques and the author responding to questions from both the judges and audience members
















Pop singers Jay Sean and Jason Derulo will perform April 21 at UMSL’s Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center as part of Mirthday, the school’s annual spring celebration.











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.






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






Grammy Award winning Contemporary Christian artist Amy Grant will perform at the Touhill Center for the Arts April 25.





Folk rock duo Indigo Girls will perform at the Pageant on April 25.
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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
618-567-7418
oholt1@slu.edu
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Legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck’s will perform at the Fox Theatre April 29.
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Nite Owl got new music going with the song, "What's Goin On." produced by DJ Sno. and on April 30 he along with the group Academy Hill (including James Critsos and Dj Sno ) will perform at Circero's on Delmar April 30
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Kevin Hart will be at the Pageant, April 30.











2010 Grammy Award nominee R&B heavy weight Charlie Wilson and smooth jazz artist Will Downing will perform May 7 at The Fox Theatre.
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EASTBOOGIE ENT PRESENTS"BRUH MAN', '"HONEST JOHN"..and "JAY"...
Saturday, May 8, 7:00pm At AINAD SHRINE TEMPLE 609 ST. LOUIS AVE. EAST ST. LOUIS, IL, LEGENDARY DJ 618 nda BOX WIT DAT MUSIC YOU LIKE!!!!THIS IS AN ADULT AFFAIR GROWN AND SEXXZZZY...NO PANTZ ONDA GROUND!!!THIS SHOW WILL SELL OUT GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY IN ADVANCE!!!!!Tickets $20 in advance / $25 @ Door..SECURITY INSIDE AND OUT!!!!!!CONTACT: ARMOND WILBOURN 618.581.0536 ROBIN BARNES 314.323.1237 MIKE HILL 618.616.9182 CHARMAINE SAVAGE 618.210.5339 EDNA WILLIAMSON 314.307.7438 and your BOYEE DWAYNE ACOFF ("DA") 808.561.6513






Grammy award-winner and native St. Louisan, Sara Sant’Ambrogio, who's the daughter of John Sant’Ambrogio, former principal cellist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, will be in her hometown on May 11 performing in “Cellofest” at The Sheldon Concert Hall.




2007 American idol winner and Grammy Award nominee Jordin Sparks will perform at the Pageant May 15.


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Promoter Big Tah is up and at em again with the bus trip excursions (last month it was the ATL) when next month his promotions company 3 WAY PROMOTIONS- PRESENTS MEMPHIS IN MAY on May 21. he is seeking a bus load of folk to party with him for 3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS HITTING UP THE HOTTEST CLUBS, THE MALLS- THE RESTAURANTS- LANDMARKS, ETC.


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FASHION FR8 MEMORIAL DAY FASHION SHOW

This event will take place May 23, 2010 from 4:00p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum
1315 Chestnut St. St. Louis MO 63103.
This is a family friendly event. Admission is $10, Vendor booths are available.
Please contact Fashion Fr8 at 314- 621-1253 or visit
http://www.fashionfr8.com/

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STL native singer Lynne Fiddmont of the group Lynsey, is coming home to perform The Sheldon Concert Hall May 23 to promote her latest CD, "Lady" A Tribute to Billie Holiday. The event will take place at 4 p.m. For ticket info goto
http://lynnefiddmont-efbevent.eventbrite.com/








Legendary guitarist Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers band will perform, May 26 at the Pageant.














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

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Rib America Festival at Soldier’s Memorial Plaza a May 28-31.

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St. Matthews Lodge presents an "Evening of Jazz & Poetry"
Featuring The Bosman Twins
Saturday, May 29, 2010
7:00pm -Missouri History Museum - Lee Auditorium
5700 Lindell Blvd






Maxwell and Jill Scott will perform May 29 at
Scottrade Center,

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Sometimes Do you Feel Like Just Running away From It All?
Come Join Shirley Valentine
On A Hysterical Adventure of A Lifetime!!

A Comedy by
WILLY RUSSELL

GET TICKETS NOW
http://www.straydogtheatre.org/ / 314-865-1995

APRIL 29 - MAY 15, 2010
Thursday - Saturday at: 8 PM
(Sat. 5/15 at 2 PM & 8 PM)

Tickets:$18-Students/Seniors / $20 Adults

10 PERFORMANCES AT
TOWER GROVE ABBEY
2336 TENNESSEE AVE. / SAINT LOUIS, MO 63104

FEATURING:
TERESA DOGGETT
as Shirley Valentine

Directed by: EDWARD COFFIELD

http://www.straydogtheatre.org/


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The Memorial Day Old School Jam with SOS Band and Midnight Star is May 30 at the Ambassador














The rescheduled concert of FRANKIE VALLI& THE FOUR SEASONS will be Friday, June 4 at The Fox Theatre.. All tickets purchased for the original date of February 27 will be honored for the new date of June 4.






Jazz superstar and actor Harry Connick Jr will be at the Fox Theatre June 11.



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