Photos by Ma'atology
In the media room were some of the national celebrities who participated in the weekendz Literary Corner where they sold and signed their respective books to the attendees. LEFT: a media person interviewed Oscar winning legend Louis Gossett Jr. He was selling his book, "An Actor and a Gentleman."
The lovely actress Pam Grier gettin interviewed by a media person. She was touring her book, "Foxy: My Life in Three Acts."
Gossett, Grier and hip hip fashion icon Farnsworth Bentley, who was scheduled to perform on the MBE Music Stage later that day, also was selling his book, "10 Tips for the Well Dressed Man."
The main floor of the Expo .
Actor Mario van Peebles talks with a expo attendee at the Literary Corner booth. Peebles was in rare form tellin his fans to get their asses in pictures when he took them. LOL
Actress Janet Hubert signs copies of her book, "Perfection is not a Sitcom Mom."
CNN news analyst Roland Martin greets expo attendees.
A long shot of the celebs at the Literary Corner.
Co-hosts of the mainstage were singer Silky Sol and Fox 2 News veteran Bonita Cornute.
Bentley and his dance crew on stage performing tracks from his CD, " C.O.L.O.U.R.S."
While tying his own bowtie, Bentley spoke on the importance of staying and eating health and chasing your dreams without fear.
Bentley was part entertainer, part motivational speaker.
Bentley and his background dancer do the classic Morris Day--Jerome Benton mirror antic.
Bentley and crew were dancing fools!
Bentley brought up one of his dancers who was one of his childhood buddies.
Meanwhile, other activities were going on that day including youngsters riding the mechanical bull.
And the amateur boxing tournaments.
A long shot of the boxing tourneys.
Painter Daniel Hodges was painting on canvas a piece at his booth.
One of the popular food booths that has been a mainstay at the annual expo.
DIVA Planning promoter Gina James talks with youngsters about the "Bee"lieving in Excellence Program .
Meanwhile, rap pioneer and legend Dougie Fresh was on stage gettin his rap on.
He performed his classic jams such as "Keep Rising to the top," La-Di-Da-Di," and "The Show." with new school beats.
A highlight was when we did call and response with the crowd during the "Finish The Rhyme" segment of his set.
Fresh also did a four minute beat box non-stop.
The crowd enjoin Fresh.
Bentley also was enjoyin the Fresh set texting and takin pics of it at the same time.
When Fresh left the stage, Bentley continues takin pics.
MBE promoter Jacque Land of Platinum Group addressed the crowd about purchasing Missouri Lottery tickets and placing their losing tickets into a drum for a drawing for prizes.
After Fresh was the G.S. Boyz
They performed an homage to Dougie Fresh as well as their hits, "Booty Dew" and their dance craze single, "Stanky Legg."
And doing the stanky legg.
As did some of the youngsters from the crowd.
STL rap artist Rucka Puff was next on stage.
Puff was in raw form as always with his stage antics.
...and no apologies.
A rep from Walmart emceed the store's fashion show
BELOW are some of the fashions from Wal-mart:
Grandmaster D was up next playin some old and new school jams.
The other members of Whodini Jahlil (in hat) and Ecstacy (behind Jalil) walked on stage as the crowd cheered on.
They started their set with their hit, "Funky Beat."
The old schoolers were jammin with the group.
They also performed, "Friends," "One Love" and "Five Minutes of Funk."
Their crew also included The Educated Rapper (in yellow and black shirt) from UTFO who did a snippet of his former group's classic, "Roxanne, Roxanne." Ecstacy also said that he was the founder of Whodini and the group is working on a new CD and claimed that "the new schoolers ain't really talkin about nothin."
NOTE: The GS Boyz following after Dougie Fresh??? Isn't that kinda sacreligious in the hip hop world? LOL