We celebrate three notable events days apart from each other. First, June 19th is Juneteenth to commemorate the freedom of African American from inservitude in the early 19th century, June 20 is Fathers Day and June 22 is the official first day of Summer.
As we continue our celebration of Black Music Month by spotlighting ILLMOian artists, we highlight Chicago bred singer/songwriter Jerry Butler.
Born in Mississippi and raised in Chicago, Jerry Butler ( is an American soul singer and songwriter. He is also noted as being the original lead singer of the R&B vocal group, The Impressions, as well as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
Tony Orlando and Dawn revived "He Will Break Your Heart" in 1975, with a new title, "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)," and it was more successful than Butler's original, going to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.
THE BIG A&E NEWS STORIES THIS WEEK ARE:
Two Chicagoians in the politcial field made with ties news this week. First, Presdient Barack Obama More than 32 million Americans watched U.S. President Barack Obama address the nation on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Tuesday -- a 33 percent drop in audience size for his first State of the Union speech in January.
Figures from TV tracker Nielsen on Wednesday showed that 11 network and cable channels carried Obama's national address live from the Oval office, drawing an overall audience of 32.05 million people.
In comparison, just over 48 million Americans watched Obama's State of the Union speech on television in January, while 40.7 million tuned in to hear him announce his Afghanistan strategy in December 2009.
Blago is facing several counts of trying to sell teh former Sentaor's seat of Presidnet Barack Obama
OTHER CHITOWN NEWSMAKERS in the mix :
Gary Coleman's remains were cremated privately in Utah on Thursday, according to the lawyer for his estate.
The Diff'rent Strokes star specified in his 2005 will that he did not want to have a funeral service, and his body was cremated in accordance with his wishes at Lake Hills Memorial Mortuary in Salt Lake City on Thursday afternoon.
Robert L. Jeffs, a lawyer representing the late actor's estate, tells ETOnline.com, "The proceeding was conducted in accordance with Mr. Coleman's desires as expressed in his Will, that no funeral service, wake, or other ceremony (was held to) memorialise his passing."
Coleman's ashes will be securely stored away by Jeffs until a final decision is made on who will take control of the star's estate.
The attorney is overseeing Coleman's estate while his ex-wife Shannon Price battles Anna Gray, an old friend and business partner of the actor, for control.
Jeffs will remain in charge until the validity of the two women's claims are determined.
Gray recently revealed she is organising a private memorial for the tragic star to celebrate his life, along with his TV brother, actor Todd Bridges.
Mial was named in Coleman's 1999 will and was informally appointed as the estate's special administrator. But that appointment was challenged by Coleman's ex-wife, Shannon Price.
On Friday, an attorney for Coleman's former girlfriend Anna Gray filed documents with the court saying she was named in a 2005 will.
Chitiown native modelactress Jenny McCarthy is set to follow in the footsteps of talk show queen OPRAH WINFREY after signing a deal to develop her own TV series with the media mogul.
The Playboy model-turned-actress has landed a development deal with Winfrey's Harpo Productions.
Harpo executives have not elaborated on the content of MCCarthy's series, but they insist it won't be in a similar format to the TV star's current U.S. chat show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which will go off the air next year (11).
Executives have yet to confirm if MCCarthy's series will launch on Winfrey's new TV network, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
A Harpo spokeswoman tells the New York Post, "We do not have anyone taking over for Oprah. We do have a development deal with Jenny MCCarthy. We are exploring possibilities across a number of platforms."
Uh, the only person we see who would take over Oprah's Show is God Himself and we know thats not happening!!!
Chitown native and Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter R Kelly penned the new song “Sign of a Victory,” the official anthem of the World Cup Soccer Championships in South Africa. he recorded it with the Soweto Spiritual Singers . Kelly performed the song last Friday as part of the World Cup opening ceremonies. Kelly says he wrote “Sign of a Victory” in two days because “I was just so inspired” by the World Cup.
Bentin, Illinois native (wqhich is near Carbondale, Ill) comic Tommy Johnagin was one of nine comics who advanced in the semifinals during the New York Auditions on Last Comic Standing this Monday.
St. Louis born Poet/Author Dr. Maya Angelou recently turned 82, and she is coming out with a new cookbook called Great Food All Day Long.
The big stories from the STL were sports related. The first one was Mizzou will stay in the Big 12. From a report compiled by Fox 2 St. Louis' wesbite, University of Missouri Columbia held a news conference Tuesday .While the financials of the agreement are not officially known and won't be for a while. The financial disparities remain as Texas, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M will still get bigger pieces of the pie. Reports indicate Missouri's television money could double under the new arrangement. Part of the reason, the fact that two fewer teams in the league mean a smaller pie to share.
AND THE OTHER WAS:
Legendary boxing promoter, Don King came to the Chaifetz Arena June 12, 2010 to announce to the boxing match between Cory "The Next Generation" Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs) Vs. Cornelius Bundrage (29-4, 17 KOs). Cory is fighting for the first time under a new coach, James "Buddy" McGirt, a former welterweight world champion before he became one of the top trainers in the sport. Also, St. Louisan, undefeated cruisedweight contender Ryan "The Irish Outlaw" Coyne (14-0, 4 KOs), will return to Chaifetz Arena to appear on the card. (photo by Erica M Brooks)
In related news, Don King met with some of the Top STL promoters in the STl for a Power meeting last Friday to get the word out during his press conference on the Gateway to Greatness: The Homecoming fight taking place Aug. 7 at Scottrade Center.Thsoe local movers and shakers included The Evening Whirl, Delux Magazine, Radio One, SYGU, Soul Stylz, Liquid Assets, Eye Candy, Greedy Genius, Cafe Soul, the Loft, Mocha Latte, Guccio, Greedy Genius, and Ira Isley. The meeting took place over brunch at the Sheraton, a stone’s throw from Scottrade Center. (photo by Erica M. Brooks)
OUTTOWN did not receive access to cover Superjam this year so we will not report on it. (except that Wocka Focka and all of Young Money, not including Drake, did not show up)And we are still trying to figure out the LOCAL ARTIST who KEPT WOCKA FLOCKA AND YOUNG MONEY HOSTAGE IN THERE HOTEL ROOMS SO THEY COULD LISTEN TO HIS DEMO CAUSING ...THEM TO MISS SUMER JAM ENTIRELY???? Thats the rumor on facebook.
Two superstar rappers will perform in the Lou this weekend Rapper Mystikal will make a appearance at the Car Show at Americas Center this Sunday (SEE EVENTZ BELOW) and Rapper BUN B will perform at Club Flava this Saturday (SEE EVENTZ BELOW)
And who is Miss Hennessy? Whoever she is, is coming to the St. Louis area this weekend.
Laugh with Comic View's Shaun Jones Tuesday Night
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 8:30pm
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Highlights of this year’s SLFS include the following:
* Rebecca Ormond’s “Gateway Guardians”,* Ryan Eslinger’s “Daniel and Abraham”: * Niyi Coker’s “Pennies for the Boatman”: and * Mark Smith’s “Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture”:
In addition to the screenings, SLFS offers filmmaking seminars for anyone interested in the moviemaking process. The programs feature Q&As with working filmmakers and are held on Saturday, July 17, at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd. Admission is free.
SLFS hosts a closing-night awards party on Thursday, July 22, at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Blvd. Cinema St. Louis will announce the films chosen for inclusion in the St. Louis International Film Festival. Awards for the best films will be given by the St. Louis Film Critics. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
For tickets go to http://www.cinemaztlouis.org/
Check out a great interview filmed by OUTTOWN photographer Erica Brooks with poet/educator Eugene B. Redmond’s on the late music great Miles Davis during a homage to the jazz legend at his b-day at East St. Louis City Hall rotunda may 26. Go to
Tuesday, June 22, is the second @rftmusic tweet-up for the winners of the RFT Music Showcase. The tweetup's taking place at the Schlafly Tap Room 2100 Locust St Saint Louis, -- where their having the music awards presentation. Everyone will find out the winners in the June 24 issue of the RFT. But you can get a sneak peek at the winners there: The free event starts at 7 p.m. and will feature performances from Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine, the Blind Eyes and Funky Butt Brass Band, and awards given out by yours truly and other fine RFT freelancers.
Soul and Blues singer Silky Sol is getting it in with her Grown Ass Woman European Tour. She recently posted a new video: ""YOU CAN HAVE MY HUSBAND" 2010 IN ITALY " http://soc.li/8OoEXal
Earl Austin Jr., Sports Columnist for the St. Louis American will have a book signing June, 19, 2-4pm and Author, Carletta D. Washington, Ed.S, Sat. June 19, 4-6pm at Afroworld, 7276 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis MO
The Rockhouse family has been getting it in recently:
Check out Bradd Young Levi Commercial at http://stlhiphop.ning.com/profiles/blogs/bradd-youngs-levi-commercial
Rap female trio June 5th filmed a music video for their single “Pretty Girl Swag” shoot at The Label last Sunday. The group also recorded with hit rapper Waka Flocka in ATL recently.
There was a video casting for Vega’s video "DOING WHAT U DON'T" this week at SHOCKCITY STUDIOs on GRAVIOUS
AND LASTLY, WE HEARD THAT T Billy Buffetts in Overland closed all of a sudden. Does anyone know what happened?
CELEB-SITE. Hit rapper Drake was spotted at Macy's in the Galleria last Friday, the day before performing at the Superjam 3 show. From our source, he came with an entourage and immediatley people recognized him, and started turning on the cam phones to take a snap. From our understanding, he was cool about it, even signing a few autographs.
The Mr COUTURE crew was on Tim Ezell’s show on Fox 2 Tuesday morning.
HEY OUTTOWNERS, here is a pic of YOURS TRYULY (far left) and Ola Hawatmeh (seventh from left) after our MISTA COUTURE SEGMENT on Fox 2 personality Tim Ezell's (FAR RIGHT) morning show Tuesday. Pictured are four of the 11 MR COUTURE contestants. They are (from left) Avery Brascomb, Jeremy Day, David Hatch (an assistant with MR COUTURE), Matthew Watson, and Marshawn Watson. (photo courtesy of Fox 2 News)
Check out the video at: http://www.fox2now.com/videobeta/e1983ae6-1d63-42fd-8255-0b88a7cf45c6/Entertainment/Mista-Coture-Charity-Style-Contest
Ma'atology and Makeover for a Cause present the 2nd Annual MISTA COUTURE STYLE CONTEST where 10 gents compete for MR COUTURE--who got style and swagga--and the grand prize of a $2000 grooming package! Hosted by Mrs. St. Louis Ola Hawatmeh and photographer Stephen Garnett. STL native and America's Next Top Model finalist Gabrielle Michelle and Mrs. Missouri Carrei Hruza will be the celebrity judges with special appearances by rap stars Huey, Tydis, Young Cilla and are working on rapper Bun B to make an appearance.
VIP Reception at 5 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. For more info and ticket info call 314.456.3936 or 314.686.1790
Check me out with Dwight Stone Tuesdays thru Thursdays in Notifi Radio from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. CSt at http://www.notifiradio.com
Check out my entertainment write ups in the Evening Whirl every Monday!
MIA FILE. Where is socilaite/singer Sineta?
BLIND BITZ. Which STLian had bucked naked pics of himself, showing the "roota to the toota," this week plastered on Facebook but hours later, the pics were taken down? (Hint. This person is not part of the social circles, but if you are from, St. Louis area on Facebook and in St. Louis, yawl should know who this person is. But or all who are clueless, his first name is the same as the comic who had a popular TV show in the 1990s that featured up and coming comics including some of his "bretheren." And his last name he shares with a R&B female singer from the 1990s who had a popular woman's anthem song involving her "gender.")
PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Which socialites/promoters are gettin it in this week? Mocha Latte and Nichol Stevenson (TIE) and King Kerry and Dano of Hella Fly Promotions and Phil Assets (TIE)
Mocha Latte,(FAR LEFT). The Queen of Promotions is back in her regular spot this week as she was part of the STL power people luncheon recently held at the Sheraton with Don King and hosting the weekly Friday Night Fixx at Karma.
King Kerry and Dano Johnson (LEFT). This swagged out promotion duo from Hella Fly Promotions is continuing to get it crackin on a weekly basis and this week is no different. They will start off the weekend with its popular $4 Fridays at The Broadway, then on Saturday, they, along with 3 Way promotions and Grand Finale are going back to the Crown Winery in St. Genievieve for their Toast To Success Crown Valley Winery Trip Pt.3 where they will also clebrate its One Year Aniversary. Then in Sunday, they return for its weekly So Secy Sundays with Rockhouse at The Label (SEE ONGOING BITZ)
Phil Assets (RIGHT) . This promoter head of Liquid Assets is always on point on the regular with the weekly Pitcher and Gong Show Wednesdays at Social House in Soulard, the popular Red Hott Thursdays and Threesome Saturdays at Lure and starting this Saturday, his group is teaming up with Delux Magazine for the return of Signiture Saturdays at Ozzie’s in downown St Louis (See ONGOING BITZ)
EVENTZ this WEEK
:Homecoming: Fluxus and Visual PoetryHomecoming 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
Stray Dog Theatre Presents
OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder
GET TICKETS NOW
www.StrayDogTheatre.org / 314-865-1995
June 26, 2010
Thursday - Saturday at: 8 PM
(Sat. 6/26 at 2 PM & 8 PM)
Tickets:$18-Students/Seniors / $20 Adults
10 PERFORMANCES AT
TOWER GROVE ABBEY
2336 TENNESSEE AVE. / SAINT LOUIS, MO 63104
STL rock legend Chuck Berry will perform at 9 p.m. June 16 at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room. An opening act will be announced.The show is general admission, with very limited seating.Tickets are $30, on sale at 5 p.m. Friday at Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, and at the venue.
Bizzy Bone of Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony is coming to Pop's June 17.Also on the bill are Ta Smalls, K9 Squad, Unorthodox, Raw Elements, the Vibe, Ghetto Children, and J R
Thursday, June 17, 2010
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Taylor Made Lounge and Restaurant
7217 N. Lindbergh @ HWY 270 in the Hazelwood Office Park
Stress Free Fridays this Friday at Miso, 16 N. Meramec Avenue in Clayton...we are celebrating the birthday's of Tiare Vaughn and Mike Carroll...HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ARE YOU READY to NETWORK-SOCIALIZE-PARTY. 5 p.m. FREE
"BLACK ENVY FRIDAY" ENVY PLUSH ULTRA LOUNGE ABSOLUT BLACK VODKA & 13 BLACK KATZ CROWN ROYAL BLACK THIS FRIDAY ONLY!!! JUNE. 18TH. 2010
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Blues man Jimmie Vaughan will perform June 18 at Beale on Broadway.
80s R&B singer Cherelle, Blues icon David Dee and Judge Judy Baliff Petri Bird will make appearance and/or perform at the Metro East 2010 Celebration of Men June 18-020 at various venues in the east St. Louis Senior High School . For tickets get info at 618.482.6789
Friday Night Fixx every Frdiay at Kar,a Nightclub.
Mocha Latte got a kissy with boxing promoter Don King this week at a power luncheon held at the Sheraton downtown STL. Latte was one of several power players in the STL area who were invited to the luncheon with boxing promoter Don King to talk with promoters about getting the word out about teh upcoming Gateway to Greatness: The Homecoming fight taking place Aug. 7 at Scottrade Center. (photo by King Yella)
or go to http://www.mo.gov/
For more info on these items, contact Miss Latte at 314.646.9917 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Me Nobody Knows, Music by Gary William Friedman, Lyrics by Will Holt THRU- 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.
701 CONVENTION PLAZA ST. LOUIS, MO 63101General Admission - $15 online through ticketmaster (Buy 3, get 1 free) / $20 at the doorVIP Admission - $50 online through ticketmaster. Seating by the stage and free admission to after parties at The Loft.Cars- $50 in advance/ $75 at the doorBikes- $30 in advance/ $40 at the doorTrucks- $60 in advance/ $80 at the door http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/1327642?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name