And to those who are either unemployed, underemployed or “in between jobs,” you all are counted in the labor pool as well.
But for many, Labor Day is really to celebrate the last official day of summer, eat BBQ
and have a parade the first Monday in September. And according to historians, The first Labor Day Parade was held in New York City, on September 5 1882,
In the ILLI MO areas, various Labor Day parades had taken place.
In CHI town, The Calumet Memorial park district parade took place. There were floats, fire trucks, and marchers in costume. Kids along the route got some candy and there was even a Miss Illinois sighting. In Schaumburg it had a weekend-long September-Fest celebration. Folks lined the streets to watch floats and different groups march along the parade route with a handful of politicians. Organizers say nearly a quarter million people attended over the course of the three-day event. This was Schaumburg's 40th annual September-fest. (Info provided by WLS –TV)
In Belleville, Ill., its parade rolled through the streets of Belleville on Monday. According to KSDK.com, The Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, estimated that 74 units participated in the annual event; up slightly over last year.
One official said several thousand people took part in the annual event. There were marching bands from Belleville West and Belleville East High schools.
In St. Louis, thousands gathered on the streets of downtown for this years annual parade. According to stltoday.com. the theme of this year's parade, sponsored by the St. Louis Labor Council, AFL-CIO, was indicative of the tough times: "($1) Buck Up for a Union Brother or Sister!: Share & Care for One Another."
During Labor Day weekend, the traditional Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon was broadcast. Locally, in St,. Louis , the telethon, which was held and televised on KSDK at Grants Farm raised just over $2 million during the Labor Day weekend. NewsChannel 5's Mike Bush and Heidi Glaus hosted the event.
THE BIG NEWZ STORY THIS WEEK IS: Chitown talk show mogul Oprah Winfrey is one of five recipients of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Winfrey will be honored for her 25 years in entertainment. The Kennedy Center Honors medallions will be presented on Saturday, December 4, the night before the December 5 gala, at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.The President and Mrs. Obama will receive the honorees and members of the Artists Committee who nominate them, along with the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees, at the White House prior to the gala performance. The others include singer/composer Sir Paul McCartney, singer Merle Haggard, choreographer Bill T Jones and Broadway composer Jerry Herman. The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on the CBS Network for the 33rd consecutive year as a two-hour primetime special on Tuesday, December 28 at 8 p.m. (CT).
Chicago bred Grammy winning hip-hop star Kanye West is twittering swiftly on his infamous stage snafu with country singer Taylor Swift at last years MTV Video Music Awards. Last Saturday, West reportedly tweeted his sorrows about the incident tweeting that he was wrong for jumping on stage, grabbing the microphone from Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards and saying her trophy should have gone to Beyonce.
He has been quoted before as saying since the Swift debacle he has experienced enormous pain, been the subject of death wishes and suffered tremendous setback to his career.
"How deep is the scar ... I bled hard ... cancelled tour with the number one pop star in the world ... closed the doors of my clothing office," he tweeted.
After the incident, he said, "People tweeted that they wish I was dead ... No listen. They wanted me to die people. I carry that. I smile and take pictures through that."
West said he's now "ready to get out of my own way. The ego is overdone."
He also apologized to Swift again, and said he has written a song for her that he hopes she will perform.
"If she won't take it then I will perform it for her," he said.
In regards to Twitter, West, who has close to one million followers said,. "Man I love Twitter ... I've always been at the mercy of the press but no more ... The media tried to demonize me.”
But doesn’t Ye realize that the media uses Twitter too to report what celebrities tweet?
In unrelated MTV Music Award newz, St. Joseph, Mo. native and Grammy/Oscar winning rapper Eminem will open up the 27th Annual ceremonies that will take place at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. He is one of the big nominees this year with his video "Not Afraid" (Hip Hop Video, male video and Video of the year) and a nod in the Collaboration Video category for "Forever" with Drake and Kanye West.
Dolton, Ill. native and freshly lauded Emmy winning actress Jane Lynch will host Saturday Night Live Oct. 9.
And speaking of Saturday Night Live, the show’s Fall season begins Sept 25 in its 36th Season. Four new cast members are added this season and two have ILLIMOIAN roots. They are Vanessa Bayer and Paul Brittain (PICTURED)who are improv and sketch artists from the famed iO Theater in Chicago.
And speaking of ILLIMOians and the Emmys, we were remiss by not mentioning ST,. Louis native and Bravo TV exec and host of "Watch What Happens Live" Andy Cohen who won a Prime Time Emmy as executive producer of "Top Chef," as Outstanding Reality Competition Series, beating out long standing seven-peat winner "The Amazing Race." He did not attend the ceremonies.
ST. Louis native and fashion mogul Kimora Lee Simmons is continuing her battle against Kellwood ousting her as the CEO of Baby Phat as of Sept 1.
According to her tweets and other reports, Lee blamed executives at the Kellwood company—which bought Phat Fashion in 2004 and is headquartered in Chesterfield, Mo.—for being behind the decision not to show a collection at September’s upcoming Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
The NY Post reported that that Lee was "dumped," and is considering a lawsuit because she was “blindsided” by the move.
However as previously reported, it was alleged that the reason Lee was fired was because of her lavish spending she did for her and her daughters and the company spending money on body doubles for Lee after photo shoots for ads for Baby Phat.
Lee addresses these issues on her Ustream which will be part of her upcoming season of her hit show Life in the Fab Lane on the Style Network. To see it go to
Speaking of fashion and reality shows, the 15th Season of Americas Next Top Model debuted Wednesday on the CW. Thirty-two models arrived in Palm Springs for the competition. Fourteen were chosen and of those, two are from Illinois. Kayla (from Rockford ABOVE) and Lexie (from Geneva).
The big STL A&E newz story thisweek is St. Louis country station WIL 92.3 FM that got nominated for Station of The Year for the 44th Annual Country Music Association Music Awards. The nominees were announced recently on “Good Morning America” on ABC. The winners will be announced on the CMA Music Awards program Nov. 10 on ABC-TV
Former St. Louis resident and Grammy Award winning singer Ron Isley is featured in a story in the September issue of Vibe Magazine where the 74 year old talked about his jail time and his upcoming CD.
St. Louis bred and Grammy winning rap mogul Nelly is riding on his music comeback as he finally makes it to the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 as his single, “Just A Dream” climbed four spots to No. 9 on the chart in three shorts weeks out of the box. It is the rapper’s first Top 10 hit since "Grillz," featuring Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp, topped the list for two weeks in January 2006.
Last Saturday was the Arch Rivalry Game, the Season Opener between the Fighting Illini and Mizzou at the Edward Jones Dome Saturday. Mizzou beat the Illi 23-13. Mizzou has now won six straight in the series -- all in St. Louis -- and leads the overall series 17-7. The last Illinois victory was a 42-0 trouncing of the Tigers in Champaign in 1994. The attendance however made numbers that was not that winning. According to reports from illinihq.com., the attendance was 58,060, the first time the crowd was under 60,000. In related newz, Mizzou opens its 2010 home schedule this Saturday, September 11, when the Tigers host McNeese State. The home-opener kicks off at 6:00 p.m. CDT and will be televised on a pay-per-view basis.
Last week, Rasmus was telling reporters that everything was fine and there was no riff between he and LaRussa. But the spin has finally spun and the truth is dizzying as the Cards lose two out of three in the series against the Brewers and still six games out of 1st place in the NL League as they fend the Braves this weekend in the ATL in a three game series.
On Oct1 thru Oct 3 the US Autism & Asperger Association launches its fifth annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel. One of its keynote speakers will be author Dr. Temple Grandin, PhD who’s current best selling book is The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's. Dr. Grandin’s life was documented on the small screen in an HBO movie called, “Temple Grandin” that recently won five Prime Time Emmy Awards including Outstanding Made for TV Movie. Actress Cliare Daines, who won an Emmy for Best Actress in a Made for Tv Film--portrayed her in the film.
It was announced this week atht Grammy Award winning singer Usher’s upcoming 25 date OMG Tour will make a stop in St. Louis at Scott Trade Center Nov. 26. Details of ticket pricings was not yet announced.
Rock legend Todd Rundgren and 80s rock band the Fixx will perform at Roberts Orpheum Theater Sept 10.
R&B singer Case will perform at Cafe Soul’s 4th Anniversary Showcase with an Old School 90's Throwback theme. It will take place at the Loft Sept. 17
Grammy Award nominated group Barenaked Ladies will perform at the Pageant Nov. 7.
Renowned author and speaker DR. MICHAEL ERIC DYSON will be the keynote speaker at the NAACP’s ANNUAL BANQUET, Sept., 10 at the Hilton Garden Conference Center, at the 360 Regency Park in O'Fallon, IL. Call 618.622.6740 for tickets.
The 9th Annual Route 66 Film Festical will take place in Springfield Illinois. Full schedule is available at http://www.route66filmfestival.net/.Get passes & tickets at http://www.scfta.org/ or by calling 217-523-2787
The inaugural St. Louis Blues Awards were Sunday at the Old Rock House where lifetime achievers from the St Louis area in blues were recognized. The Lifetime Achievement Award winners were Big George Brock, Rudy Coleman of Silvercloud, Fontella Bass(PICTURED), the late Henry Townsend, Oliver Sain (PICTURED in RED SHIRT) Johnnie Johnson (PICTURED), Albert King, Peetie Wheatstraw & Lonnie Johnson, and Bennie Smith. The Blues Advocate Award went to Lou "Fatha" Thimes. The awards culminated the week long festivals during St. Louis Blues Week.
Speaking of honors, Grammy Award winning Fifth Dimension singer Florence LaRue will be honored at The Classic First Ladies Luncheon Sept. 24 at Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark.
314.621.1994 for tickets.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis opens its new season with You Can't Take It With You at 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 8, on the Browning Mainstage of the Loretto-Hilton Center The play continues every day except Monday through Sunday, October 3 http://www.repstl.org/
St. Louis jazz singer Denise Thimes will perform a tribute to Barbra Streisand at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. The concert is a Mildred Thimes Foundation Benefit for pancreatic cancer research.
Three notable figures in the STL hip-hop world sound off on the STL rap game.
First up is STL hip-hop legend and 1-04.1. dee-jay Charlie Chan got his opinion on recently on stlhiphop.com where he talks about St. Louis rap industry. To peep it go to
St. Lunatics member Murphy Lee (PICTURED RIGHT) has started a Fuck You Movement regarding those who have opinions about him and his crew and the rap industry. A theme song for his movement was produced by Derrty ENT’s dee-jay Trife. planned. Dee-jay Sir Thurl (PICTURED FAR RIGHT) also talks on the movement as well in regards to radio politics. Also in the movement is Titty Boi, and Shawty Da Prince to name a few. To see the video go to ,
Go to http://stlhiphop.ning.com/video/intro-to-murphs-fuck-you
Abesi PR's T-MAN appeared on BET’s “106 and Park” earlier this week to debut his video, “100” which DEBUTed Wednesday on MTV-U. On that channel, he is among the finalists for the MTVU Freshman of the week for his new video. The winner will receive global broadcasting of their video on MTV. To vote for it go to
To peep the video go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WfZyrlaUIQ
Dj Needles will spin at ART Haus Design Sat. Sept 11, starting at 9 p.m. at Lola’s, 500 N 14th Street. $3 Cover.
A couple weeks ago STL native and former blogger Lisa Rose was on the Q,T when she filmed a show out of town from her current residency in Los Angeles. And she promised to tell OUTTOWN what show it was --and she did. She filmed an episode of the 3rd season of the hit A&E reality show, “Hoarders” depicting the real-life struggles and treatment of people who suffer from compulsive hoarding. She said she will keep us informed as to when the show will air.
ST. Louis will comepte with Indianapolis. Not in sport, but in spit with the fianle in the rap compettion Nap vs STL that will take place at Club 500 in Naptown. Sept 12 WINNER RECIEVES A KOCH RECORDS CONSULTATION, COVER OF H.Y.P.E. DIGITAL MAGAZINE, & FEATURED ON A NATIONAL MIXTAPE!! SPECIAL GUESTS IN THE BUILDING INCLUDE A&R REP FROM KOCH RECORDS, MUNKIBOI, RUKA PUFF & MORE!!
Seems like Lure Nightclub is doing business as usual as thought the owners don’t have a rescheduled hearing with the city commissioner on Sept 13 that could shut them down. But in the meantime, Lure is doing a makeover of sorts with one of its nights—Mondays. Starting on Monday, the day of their rescheduled hearing, they debut the weekly poetry showcase Love Jones with “rapoet”(rapper and poet)”Corey Black. The show starts off with a happy hour at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.
The Ambassador's second Friday music showcase “Soulful Sound Friday” at the venue’s Klub Klymaxx, and hosted by aloha (PICTURED) will have a special STL American Idol edition this Friday with perfomances by Nikko Smith, Sineta Roker and DeAndre Perryman!!! In related newz, Aloha’ mad ean instor appearnce Monday at Vintage Vinyl in the Delmar Loop to promote her new EP, "Badd" that is being sold there.
Live Hip Hop @ the 2nd Story!
Saturday at 9:30pm Sept 11.
Location Llywelyn's Pub
LIVE PERFORMANCES include-J. BIGGS and SPACE (PICTURED)-CASETHEJOINT , and -AURELLIUS THE SAINT
to name a few plus DJ KARMA ON THE WHEELZ!
Three festivities are taking place within days from each other, with two on the same day.
The St. louis Art Fair will take place Sept 12 in downtown Clayton. On the same day, the inaugural Hispanc Festival will begin at 11 am on Sep\t 12 at Soldiers Memorial Park (Downtown STL) Also, First Hispanic Festival Lowrider Car & Bicycle Exhibit will take place. Five days after these events, St. Louis American presents its The 23rd Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship & Awards Gala, that will take place at the America’s Center Sept. 17
MPAC's Mo Spoon will begin Monday Night Football @ Envy on New Halls Ferry starting next Monday.
Woo Child Performs today, Thursday at Fubar at 7:15 p.m. Tickets: www.aftonshow.com/woochild
BDAZE—VIRGOians 2nd week—Jet Magazine editor Margene Christian, producer Jo Capo, visual artist Is’mima Nebt’kata, dee-jay/radio personality Deevine Soundz, singer Tendai Morris, PR rep Sarah Thompson (PICTURED) , and promoter Meka Wilson
BLIND PICZ. Who was the model wearing these high lifters at the opener fo St. Louis Fashion Week Tuesday at the 3rd Degree Glass factory?
BLIND BITZ Which venue had an event where a guy said out loud, “There’s no way I would take pictures of this shit!.” (HINT. The venue is part of the Olive Street hub in downtown St. Louis and the event featured a “automobile-last named” performer who was recently in St Louis for an annual event)
PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Which promoters and socialites are getting it in this week? Promoter JoAnn Smith and singer Aloha (TIE) and promoter/magazine publisher Keith Griffin and radio personality/dee-jay Charlie Chan Soprano (TIE)
JoAnn Smith(ABOVE). This lovely mover and shaker gets her social life goin on a regular. Last seen at the opening of St. Louis Fashion week at the 3rd Degree Glass Factory, she also has time to promote several artists whom she also manages through her company KeepLiving Entertainment Management. This Thursday, her group Woo Child will perform at the Fubar (SEE BITZ ABOVE) on Locust and her other artist K,.D, will perform there on Sunday.
Aloha. This sexy siren of ST. Louis R&B has been on a roll these days. Coming off of a well jam-packed b-day and/EP release party for her disc, “Badd” at The Label, she made an in-store appearance at Vintage Vinyl at the Delmar Loop on Monday, where her CD was shipped, to sign her CD, and perform Then, this Friday she will host as well as perform at the American Idol themed edition of the monthly showcase soulful Fridays at the Ambassador’s Klymaxx Room. (SEE BITZ ABOVE)
Keith Griffin(RIGHT). This handsome entrepreneur keeps the promotion and social scenes poppin. As founder and editor-in-chief of the year birthed upscale mag, Delux, his magazine will sponsor a free networking party in conjunction with St. Louis Fashion Week on Thursday with the event, “Recognoscene” that will held at Lola’s (SEE EVENTZ BELOW). Also, along with Liquid Assets, puts on Select Saturdays at Ozzie’s on Washington Ave in downtown St. Louis.
Charlie Chan Soprano(FAR RIGHT). The King of Classics is a legend in the (STL) hip-hop industry Currently the dee-jay at Hot 104.1. and DMC of Run-DMC fame, he is coming off of a surprising social visit to Exo Labor Day weekend sans dee-jaying as attendance. But he will maintain his dee-jay gigs as Chan spins the mp3s at two new special events at two popular night spots. They are Wine Down Tuesdays at the Label and Back Then Thursdays at The LOFT.
WORDZ TO THE WHYZ???????????????????????????
Why does singer Rihanna have a tattoo of a glock on her thigh? Why do people try to lie with another lie when they are caught in a lie? Why has the Quoran become a book of burning for Sept 11 protest? Why does R Kelly wanna be Jerimih’s voice sounds so whiney and annoying? Why isn’t Alive Magazine the head sponsor of St. Louis Fashion Week this year? Why were there some neighbors of the Washington Ave area clowning at the Lure hearing with nonsensical testimonies? Why is usher going more in a techno-electronica vibe with his music lately? Why is rapper Nicki Minadj the only female rapper out there these days? Why hasn’t STL native youngster Christian Ferguson been found? Why is the Betty White comeback starting to get old? (No pun intended)…Why is Will Smith’s daughter Willow signing a record deal with Jay Z? Why did Chris Browns mom posta tweet on Twitter saying Michael Jackson died so Chris Brown can live? Why 50 cent calling Fabolous a f*ggot over the Souljah Boy cocaine rumors? Why is Precious star Gaby Sidibe playing an angry, fat kid tryin’ to lose weight for money bribed by her teacher in the new “The Big C” show? And why do holidays that fall on Mondays feel like Sundays?
EVENTZ this WEEK:
Bud Select Magazine Fashion Week will take place THRU Sept.11 2010. For more info go to www.alivemag.com
Delux Magazine will host I AM ME Collective’s Recognoscene Fashion Soiree during STL Fashion Week Sept 9 at Lola’s at 8 p.m. . The event WILL BE SHOWCASING SOME OF THE BEST PIECES OF LOCAL FASHION DESIGNERS and double as a FASHION NETWORKING SOIREE FOR DESIGNERS, MODELS, BUSINESS OWNERS, and PHOTOGRAHPHERS. And the event is free.
SFFJoin Stress Free Fridays this Friday, September 10, starting at 5 p.m. as the promotion grpup re-visits (due to popular demand) IL Bel Lago, located at 11631 Olive Boulevard in The City Place Development
Guitarist Mario Pascal will perform at GYA 2700 Locust
Sept 10 at· 7:30pm
SOCIAL STATUS AWARDS & PARTY @ FOREST PARK GOLF HOUSE Sept 11
6141 LAGOON DR
Starting at 10 p.m.
From Doyousocial Media the creators of The White Party & Social 25 Magazine Release present Summer's Last Big Party: The Social Status Awards & Party featuring over 400 of St.Louis' biggest socialites, athletes, and models.
FoxyFest 3 will take place is Sept. 11 at Central Fields in Forest Park with national recording acts Con Funk Shun and Mel Waiters, Local acts jazz artist Lamar Harris and R&B trio, LLC.
The festival runs from 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Vendors will be on the premises.
Free tickets are at Wingstop locations and by listening by Foxy 95.5. Advance tickets will be available online at http://www.foxy955stl.com/
Mocha is on the mic at the Label on758 S. 4th ST
in downtown St Louis
at Open Bar Saturdays
Cool Summer Job!! Missouri needs 1000 "Outdoor Ambassdors" ages 17-24 pay is 7.25, thru Sept 30th 2010. Eligible for up to 240 hrs. Call 1800-592-6020 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or go to http://www.mo.gov/
NEW: If you know of anyone looking for alternative or new housing arrangements, please pass the word. . looking for a tenant for the 2nd floor unit at 7049 Dartmouth in U. City. The apartment has 2 bedrooms and a sunroom that could be used as a third bedroom. We expect the place will be available by Oct 1. The rent is $775 per month. The amount could be negotiated
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LMNOP hosted by Aireez Darychuss
Doors Open at 8:00 PM
103 Collinsville Ave East Saint Louis, IL 62201
Rhythm & Words Wednesdays
2nd & 4th Wed every month
Meshon's Bar & Grill
410 N Tucker Blvd
Final Thu. of every month
8:30pm - 10:30pm
Big Moe's1072 Tower Grove St.
across from Sweetie Pie's onManchester
Word Therapy @ Club Paradise :Open Mic
Final Friday of the month
$5 cover first 10 on the sign-up list free
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New CD "ThundaGrownd Presents,A.D. Fire & Adrenaline"
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My new album "Generations" is AVAILABLE NOW!-The Official "DEVOTED" Music Video (click on the link below/Youtube):
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Carsbluesbbq Festival September 12 downtown Alton across fron the Argosy casino on 3rd & Belle there will be a BBQ competition, car show, live entertainment throught out the day featuring Cole Davis, and inflatables for the kids.
Rapper/producer Playboy Ro will kickoff his promotional tour for his CD, “Prodical Son: Sept 12 at the Ambassador’s Klymaxx Room at 7 p.m. For more info on the Sept 12 event go to http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=148012495227404&ref=mf
The Black Rep presents an African-American theatre symposium entitled “Uncovering/Discovering the Other”, Sept 14 – 17 on the campus of Washington University . On Sept 14, at the Hotchner Studio with Ontario-based actor /playwright/director Andrew Moodie. This event is free and open to the public. On Sept 15, at the Edison Theatre, a Poetry Slam On September 16 at Edison Theatre a screening of the documentary, The 25th Anniversary of the Black Rep. This event is free and open to the public.with “An Evening with Stephen McKinley Henderson”. The Symposium culminates Sept 17 in the Hotchner Studio, at with a panel discussion entitled “The Collaborative Process”. This stellar all-star panel will include Antonio Fargas and Award-winning actor/director Stephen McKinley Henderson, this year’s Tony Award Nominee for Best Performance by a Male in a Supporting Role for August Wilson’s Fences starring along with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. For more information contact Drummond K. Crenshaw, Director of Marketing/Sales at (314) 534-3807 or firstname.lastname@example.org. or Cindy Khan at Washington University Performing Arts Department at (314) 935-5858.
More Info Parties on the Plaza is the new FREE outdoor after work party featuring live entertainment, food and drink.Join us on September 15 as St. Louis' Best Dance Band, Groovethang rocks the last Party on the Plaza of the year! The party is being held at the Old Post Office Plaza (8th & Locust) from 5-8pm. Prize packages will be given away at the event as well.