TIME TO GET TOWNED!
BLIND PICZWe don’t know what is goin on in this pic, but we are sure that the OUTCAM just took this pic in a weird angle. But anyway, who were these two brothers holding a convo at Lola’s recently?
As Black Music Month came to a close in June, we wanted to tag on one more featured artist from the ILLIMO area . And that person is Grammy Award winning singer Billy Davis, Jr.
Born in St. Louis, Davis is an African American musician, best known as a member of The 5th Dimension. Along with his wife, Marilyn McCoo, he had hit records during 1976 and 1977 with I Hope We Get to Love in Time, Your Love, and You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show). Davis and McCoo were married in 1969 and were the main entertainers of a television program, The Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. Show, in 1977. That same year, You Don't Have to Be a Star won a Grammy Award.
During the 1990s, they performed a concert tour called It Takes Two, consisting of covers of old soul successes. He was recently inducted on the St. Louis Walk of Fame, along with the survivors of the Fifth Dimension
Here is a snippet of his biggest hit, “You Don’t Have to be a Star,” with his wife Marilyn Mccoo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieBSBIuFuN8
This week in the ILLMO newz the big newz story is:
The Blago trial moves on as the FBI tapes are continuing to be played on former Illinois Governor’s alleged senate seat bribe case. The biggest find was where he had a discussion about having Chitown talk show mogul Oprah Winfrey fill the open Senate seat once held by now President Barack Obama.
According to reports, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich called Oprah Winfrey a kingmaker who could influence voters as he mulled naming the talk show host to President Barack Obama's former Senate seat, according to an FBI tape played Monday at his corruption trial.
"She made Obama, she's up there so high nobody could assail this pick," Blagojevich is heard telling his chief of staff, John Harris, who is now a prosecution witness.
Blagojevich had mentioned in TV interviews last year that Winfrey's name had come up in discussions about the seat. Winfrey said last year that she was "amused" by the revelation and that she was unaware at the time that she was under consideration.
On the tape played Monday, Harris says picking Winfrey would be a mistake and he is "not sure what she stands for." Blagojevich brushes such concerns aside, saying she was obviously a Democrat and her support in the 2008 election had "made Obama."
But a few minutes later, Blagojevich is heard complaining that he needs more potential candidates. Like Obama family friend Valerie Jarrett, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.,
Man talk about scheming. Politics is a dirty business, but hey, Blago isnt the only one ever to get his hands dirty, right?
And speaking of Oprah, there have been rumors that her contest to choose a talk show host for her upcoming network OWN was rigged. She has been accused of fraudulent conduct in her ‘Search for the Next TV Star.’ Reports have been running rampant on the web-o-sphere suggesting how Oprah’s network, OWN, manipulated vote results.
But it has been found that a set of spam blogs is actually behind that vote-rigging.
People were asked to vote online and choose one capable candidate on ‘Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star,’ who would get to host a show on OWN.
Over 10,000 hopefuls participated through online audition tapes and open casting calls at four Kohl's stores. The number would eventually go down to 10 finalists chosen by online votes and by judges from the live castings.
According to the online votes, the two top contenders were Phyllis Wick-Turner, an African American Florida college professor, and Zach Anner, a white 25-year-old from Austin.
Then the race card came about through Anner fans. As long as Anner stayed on the top, everything was running smooth but when Phyllis’ votes started surging, Anner fans accused the network of foul play. They accused the show-makers of racial discrimination.
Well, well, well, I must say anything can be called what its called based on who think is there. We think that Oprah is not doing anything with this and onliners just need to get a life.
In unrelated Oprah news, she was recently named the most powerful person in the world by Forbes Magazine.
Chitown native and award winning singer/actress Jennifer Hudson’s “Behind the Music” aired Monday on VH1 chronicling her rise to stardom and her tragedies with her family and her personal life. On the show she finally opened up about her family tragedy with her mother, brother and nephew in Oct 2008.
“It was surreal,” she said. “It was like I was outside of myself.”
To watch the episode go to
The big STl newz stories are sports related.
Award winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and his producing partner, Lynn Novick, were in St. Louis for a few days this week to pitch "The Tenth Inning," a four-hour extension of their massive series "Baseball." During his stay, Burns, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Busch Stadium Monday night before the Cardinals' game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He reportedly wore a Cardinals game jersey with "Burns" and "10" (for "The Tenth Inning") on the back. And on his jacket was pinned a "Stand for Stan" button marking the campaign to get a Medal of Freedom for Stan Musial.
The "Baseball" documentary aired in 1994, but the extra footage from 1994 to the present will include more on Latino players, the Mark McGwire-Sammy Sosa home run race and the steroid-use controversy. The extra footage will air on PBS Sept. 28-29.
Speaking of baseball., Cardinals first baseman and three-time NL Most Valuable Player Albert Pujols will not participate in the All Star Home Run Derby this year that will be held July 13 at Angles Stadium in Anaheim despite of leading in the fan vote.
"I did it three times and I enjoyed it," Pujols said. "I don't feel like I want to do it this year."
Last year, the all star game was held in St. Louis and Pujols was torn as to whether to participate in the derby or not, but did it anyway just because it was held at his Cardinals home, Busch Stadium but a a result, it caused his performance at the actual game and post All Star games to suffer.
Hmm, peer pressure is a mutha. If he didn’t do it in his Cardinals home, then he would have been ridiculed by his fans and never would have lived it down. And having people say, “If Stan Musial or Ozzie Smith were playing, they would have done it.”
Newbie hip hop artist B.o.B. will perform Aug. 3 at Six Flags St. Louis.The concert is free with park admission or season pass.
In other sports newz, tennis superstar, Venus Williams, will make an appearance in St. Louis for two events,. First, a book signing. On July 10, she'll be in St. Louis to promote her just-published book "Come to Win," about how playing sports helped people such as Condoleezza Rice and Vera Wang later in their careers.
Here are some of the event guidelines from Left Bank:
and this is a book signing only; there will not be a talk.
Got it? We guess. But we are sure someone will forget. LOL
Two establishments had their grand openings on the same block at different dates, one at its original spot and the other moved to another spot.
Copia had its Re-Grand Opening sneak peak June 17 where invited guests Guests got a glance of the all-new restaurant before the doors open to the public on June 25. Located at 11th and Washington in downtown St Louis, Copia burned down in December 2007 causing couple million in damages after a disgruntled ex-employee set it on fire (who was sentenced to five years for the blaze in 2009) .
Ozzies Sports Bar and Restaurant had its grand opening June 21 where the namesake, Cardinals baseball legend Ozzie Smith, did a live remote broadcast with KMOX and ESPN with Demarco Farr. Located at 15th and Washington Ave., the spot had a soft opening in April. It moved from its original spot in Westport Plaza in 2008 after Pujols 5, Albert Pujols Sports Bar and Restaurant brought in forced competition and its lease was expiring which resulted in a lawsuit from the owner of the property (not Ozzie Smith) regarding bringing in a competitive sports bar.
HERE ARE SOME CONCERTS OF ST LOUIS PAST AND FUTURE
80s rock band REO Speedwagon and rocker Pat Benatar will perform July 10 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. 80s rock band Night Ranger is also on the bill.
We hear that Tony Award winning singer/actress Jennifer Holliday brought the house down at the Pride fest concert last Saturday at Tower Grove Park to the point where she almost passed out out in the heat. And for those who have seen her frenzied performances, we can believe it!
St.Louis native and R&B singer Angela Winbush will perform July 16 at the Ambassador. The show is part of Foxy 95.5's Concert Series.
Grammy Award winning Gospel singer Vicki Winans will perform July 10 during the 2010 Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Forum Midwestern Conference that will be held at the Renaissance St. LouisGrand Hotel St. Louis, Missouri July 8-11. Go to http://www.mlbcf.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38&Itemid=52 for more info
Former St. Louis Rams player Roland Williams had his annual Night of Heroes Auction and Gala for his charity, Youth Lifeline. This year it wa sheld at the Marriott Union Station. Go to OUT 847 for pics and a recap. http://maatology.blogspot.com/2010/06/out-847-roland-williams-night-of-heroes.html
St. Louis author and former St. Louis Post Dispatch photo editor Bill Keaggy, whose collection of found grocery lists became the weirdly enthralling book "Milk, Eggs, Vodka," will be a guest on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Thursday, July 1. Jimmy Kimmel Live" airs at midnight weeknights on KDNL (Channel 30). Oh and another itidbit, his wife is Post-Dispatch arts and entertainment reporter Diane Keaggy.
STL baed/nationally known music artists are gettin on the party throwin scene
St. Lunatics and blood brothers Kyjuan and Murphy Lee have created a summer event series called UCME Thursday's "The Summer CHILL" which began last month.
The series takes place at The Label (758 S. 4th Street) where they host and everything is free including admission (for the ladies) , drinks (until a certain hour) and BBQ. The duo teamed up with local promoters Close to Famous for this series.
NOTE:Kyjuan and Murphy Lee will also host the special Eye Candy Party 4th ofJuly Edittion at the Loft this Sunday.
Getting on the event wagon is Stl native rap artist Chingy who is throwing a 4th of July Bad Girls of Summer Bash at Lure Nightclub located on 12th and Washington. Promoting the event is Liquid Assets and its hosted by Mocha Latte. He is also searching for that special Bad Girl of Summer to be featured in his upcoming national video. along with a spread in Delux Magazine, Feature in Liquid Assets Video and last but no least a trip to Atlanta for a photoshoot Doors open at 9 Ladies FREE until 11 and drink FREE until 11 (guys free until 10).For more information call (314)480-2912
NOTE:MochaLatte is not hosting this event.
NOTE:During HellaFly Promotions and Rockhouse'sSexy as You Wanna Be Sundays this 4th ofJuly at THe LABEL, Come out and ladies can get a chance to star in Abesi PR client, National EMI Recording artist' Huey's new video "Smile & Wave! in a videocasting call there at the venue!
Chicago native and Seventh season LAST COMIC STANDING semifinalist COMEDIAN LIL RELwill performed at @ TAYLORMADE Tuesday hosted by comedian Jessie Taylor.
Since June, the popular Whitaker Music Festival continues to spotlight local talent in the jazz fields at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The free Wednesday evening outdoor concerts will be held through Aug. 5 at 7: 30 p.m.; Dizzy Atmosphere debuts on July 1, the Tony Simmons Band returns on July 8.. On July 22 is Farshid Etniko and July 29, is Ralph Butler. The summer concert series draws to a close on Aug. 5 with Anita Rosamond.
The Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd.
Significant parties are comin and have come through the Lou for the STL stars.
Mrs. St.Louis Ola Hawatmeh is having a party for a purpose for her non profit organziation Makeover for a cause July 15th at The Prime Bar in West County where there will be free food, drinks and a fashion show from 7-10pm. Details are posted on www.olastyle.net. She is also looking for female models for July 15th fashion show to benefit Makeover for a Cause. email email@example.com
There was a tribute party concert for the late nightlife fixture Lee "The Rose Man" Nixon titled, “A Rose is Still A Rose: The Tribute Party for Lee "The Rose Man" Nixon, Tuesday at the Ambassador. Th event honored the long-time fixture who sold roses and teddy bears in clubs and events throughout the St. Louis area. Entertainment was provided by Piece of a Family featuring Marvin "The Hit Man" Rice.Nixon was killed in 2008 in a Washington Park, Il., Lounge
STL Comic Hot Sauce recently taped an episode of the Comedy Central's comedy showcase, “Russell Simmons Presents Stand Up at the El Ray.” There will be a watch party for the episode on July 11 at Club F15teen at 8 p.m.
Lastly, a new club has opened on 10th and Washington called Shivas.
NOTE:We just got word that Karma Nightclub has been closed.We didnt get why and what happened yet but we will investigate!
B-DAZE to CANCERIANS. STL representative Maida Coleman (PICTURED), veteran dee-jay Tossin Ted, STL TV personality Gilberto Pinella, Drummer/Africanist Kelly Wimbley, club owner Antwann Binion, Block DVD;s : Lamont Roszell Alexander and YOURS TRULY, Ma’at Atkins
BLIND BITZ. Which local media person also works for the St. Louis Fire Department? (This person is a male, and their first and last name’s initials are used for those who are a “doctor.” And their first and last names both share the same amount of letters: 4 )
Mocha Latte. The Queen of Promotions is at it again. Coming off of hosting MCl;s mixtape and b-day bash at 609 and her debut at the Label’s Open Bar Saturdays, she is getting it in as always at Karma at Loose Cannon’s Friday Night Fixx, then Saturday its off to the Label for Open Bar Saturdays and this Sunday, she will co-host with Chingy his Fourth of July bash at Lure Nightclub (SEE ILLI MO BITZ ABOVE). And she just informed OUTTOWn that she is helping to promote the Vickie Winans concert that will take place during the Black Forum Conference July 8-11 at the Renaissance Grand in downtown St. Louis.
NOTE:Mocha is no longer at Karma because the club closed down recently.Actually she stopped working for Karma June 11.Man are we slowwwwww on that info.LOL Also she is not hosting Chingys event but hosting HellaFly and Rockhouse's weekly Sunday event Sexy as You Wanna Be Sundays this Sunday at the Label.We have to check if its every Sunday,too.
Cornell Boone,. This suave brotha is getting it in not only in St, Louis, but also in Chicago and Kansas City (Chophouse Fridays). Every Friday, his group puts on Sizzle at Sleek inside Lumiere Place and he will compete with himself as he presents the after party for the Kid N Play House Party 20th Anniversary at Exo (SEE EVENTS BELOW)
Phil Assets. This self assured promoter is gearing heavy as the No. 1 promoter this year as he continues to juggle days with events on Washington Avenue. Every Thursday his group puts on Red HottThursdays and on Saturdays his group doubles up with Threesome Saturdays at Lure and, with Delux magazine, has brought back Select Saturdays at Ozzie’s. This Sunday, his group along with Chingy is putting on the rapper’s 4th of July bash at Lure Nightclub.
I am having a three for one party at Freetime’s Chocolate Thursdays at The City Ultra Lounge July 8 where I will celebrate the Mr Couture show, my 5th year anniversary of my blog OUTTOWN and my born day (Age—NUNYA. LOL) .
Pics of Mr Couture were in this week's Entertainment section of the Evening Whirl where I am chief contributor. .
Homecoming: Fluxus and Visual Poetry Homecoming presents the work of four artists active in the artistic traditions of Fluxus, Intermedia and publication who each have ties to St. Louis. They are part of the "Eternal Network," an underground affiliation of artists, poets and anti-artists who deal with text, image, sound, object and performance.The exhibition promises to both challenge viewers and encourage their interaction. Featuring works by John M. Bennett, Keith A. Buchholz, Larry Miller and Cecil Touchon. Curated by Keith A. Buchholz:Running THRU July 11
This **Wednesday they had Cakes, CHAMPAGNE & Coffee with live art, on Thursday is a Puppy Happy Hour with a patriot twist.Red, white & Indigo Bandannas will be provide for each pet,treats and water provided by Wolfgang’s Pet Stop from 5- 7pm.On Friday The Indigo welcomes new guests with drink specials and happy hour appetizers.On Saturday, Saturday is a Courtyard BBQ
THE CHOCOLATE ROOM
Thursday, July 1
7:30pm - 11:00pm
The Inspot Dessert Bar & Lounge
5854 Delmar Blvd.
University City, MO
The Chocolate Room: A LaidBack Sophisticated Evening of Spoken Word & Smooth Jazzy SensationsFeaturing:Poets: Teddi B. Poetic, Kels Da Poet, Brother Ting & Singer Theresa PayneSoundscape Provided By: DJ 76kiD
STRESS FREE FRIDAYS (SEE KID N PLAY AFTER PARTY BELOW)
The 20th Anniversary House Party Concert Tour featuring Kid ‘n Play, will take place at the Chaifetz Arena July 2. Also on the bill are Montell Jordan Full Force, MC Lyte and Force M.D.’s .
Afterwards, Hip-hop duo KID 'N PLAY will host the "I AM LEGEND"party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the hit film, “House Party (which was written and directed by East St Louis natives the Hudlin Brothers) at Exo Lounge July 2. It also will double as a b-day party for Grammy nominated female rapper Monie Love who will also host. Invited celebrities are Montell Jordan" Next" Full Force" MC Lyte & Force M.D.'s It is produced by Soul Stylz. RSVP FOR FREE ADMISSION UNTIL 12P:
NOTE:THE HOUSE PARTY EVENT IS STILL GOIN ON BUT THE CONCERT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO AUGUST 6.
Lil Duval ft Jovan Bibbs and Hosted by Darius Bradford
Friday, July 2 at 7:00pm
9800 Halls Ferry Road St Louis MO 63137
1stFriday & Budweiser Select present 'ROCKSTAR CELEBRATION'
Friday, July 2 at 9:00pm
HOME Nightclub Ameristar Casino
Hosted by DJ Charlie Chan and DJ Reminise...
JULY 3-4 SHOW CASE
11:00am - 10:00pm
DOWNTOWN COLLINSVILLE AVE
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For more info on these items, contact Miss Latte at 314.646.9917 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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