TIME TO GET TOWNED!
THE BIG NEWS STORY THIS WEEK IS: The President of the United States Brack Obama giving his second nationally televised Oval Office speech in 11 weeks Tuesday night to mark the scheduled end of U.S. combat ops in Iraq after seven years. The speech lasted 18 minutes.
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In other Obama newz, he is on the cover of the Septmeber issue of Ebony Magazine where he talks about America’s challenged public educational system and his $4.35 billion “Race to the Top” education reform plan. In this timely exchange, the President offers his solutions to the many issues plaguing our educational system, as well as his personal advice to parents.
Obama's wife, The First Lady Michelle Obama also is featured in a popular magazine, Essence , in the publication';s 40th Anniversary edition ("40 Fierce and Fabulous Women who are Changing the World") where it celebrates the 40 African American women who have changed in the world in entertainment, sports, politics and education. Other noted ILLMOIANs who made the list were Author Maya Angelou, media Mogul/Philanthropist Oprah Winfrey,
“It just feels like the right time” the Daily Star quoted her as saying.
“The show hasn’t been a big part of my life. It’s been my life. I didn’t have children. I had the show,” she added.
And she has hinted she wants to move the production from her Chicago, Illinois studio to the city's 61,500 capacity Solder Field - the home of the Chicago Bears football team - in a bid to pack in a bigger audience.
But Winfrey has admitted the notoriously unpredictable climate in Chicago could scupper plans for an open-air finale, telling TV Guide, "I don't know if that's going to happen. You can never count on Chicago weather."
The star is stepping down from her syndicated talk show to run the Oprah Winfrey Network.
It looks like Chitown's rap superstar Kanye West may be going to trial for the club shooting and security endagerment of former Death Row CEO Suge Knight. Last week, the A mediation session to resolve a lawsuit filed by Knight against West was not successful.
Knight's attorney, Marc Brumer, says the two sides did not reach an agreement during the meeting in Miami, which West attended by phone. The attorney says the case will likely go to trial.
Knight is seeking more than $1 million in damages from West and his companies. Knight was shot in the leg at a 2005 Miami Beach party hosted by West, whom Knight blames for lax security.
The shooter has never been identified, and the case is unsolved.
West's attorney, Adam Josephs, said he couldn't comment on the case.
Hmm, wonder what couldnt be agreed upon? More than likely Ye argued it wasnt his fault and wasnt going to cough up one milli for Suge's bills and a diamond stud he reportedly lost in the shooting. When this goes to trial, who do you think will win? We think Ye. He had no control over the security and their lack of securing the area. Nonsense.
The film “Takers” overtook the No, 1 spot at the Box Office last weekend away from the film. "The Last Exorcism.” "Takers" debuted with $20.5 million to grab to grab a narrow win over "The Last Exorcism," which opened in second-place with $20.4 million, according to final studio numbers Monday. Based on studio estimates Sunday, "The Last Exorcism" had a thin lead over "Takers." But the movies switched places once final weekend numbers were released. The film, inving bank robbers planning am armored car heist, has Chitown native Steve Harris (PICTURED) in the film. He plays Lt Carver. It also stars Idris Elba, Matt Dillan, Chris Brown and T.I.
ILLMOIANS got some of the Emmy gold last Sunday at the 62 nd Annual Prime Time Emmy Award Show that was aired on NBC Aug 29.
Along with Oak Park, Ill, native Betty White (who won Best Guest Actress on a Comedy last Saturday at the Creative Arts Emmy Show for her hosting duties on the finale of “Saturday Nigt Love” in May)......
Kansas City, KS native Erc Stonestreet won for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for his role in the mocku-dramedy, “Modern Family”: (which also won Best Comedy).
Dolton Ill. Native Jane Lynch won Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for her role in the show, “Glee” (which was nominated for Best Comedy).
As far as the STL natives Jon Hamm, although did not win Best Actor in a Drama, his show, :Mad Men: did pick up Best Drama Series for the third consecutive year.
Unbeknownst to OUTTOWN, STL production team Starstrukk(Aleric Banks and Monique Hinds) was nominated for an Emmy for Best Original Music and Lyrics for their work in the Saturday Night Live skit, Shy Ronnie with cast member Andy Samberg and pop superstar Rihanna in the Dec 5, 2009 skit (they lost to the show “ Monk”). From an article in the St. Louis American where they were interviwed, Banks had worked with Samberg before, producing a song for his album – which went platinum in Australia – and produced another skit, “Like a Boss.”
ILLIMOIAN rappers and Grammy Award coveted Eminem, (born in St. Jospeh, Mo) and St. Louis raised mogul Nelly made the countdown for having the most strangest recorded duets—not together but with other artists. Entertainment Weekly magazine's publsihed its list of the 15 Most Surprising Duets and Eminem topped it with his duet “Stan” with pop legend Elton John in 2000. Nelly came in at the last charted position at No. 15 with his country crossover hit, “Over and Over: with country superstar Tim McGraw in 2004. In unrelated newz, Eminem lodges a seventh week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 Billboard 100 with his song, “Love the way you Lie”with pop chaunteuse Rihanna (and is in the Top 30 on the R&B/Hip Hop chart) and Nelly’s single, “Just a Dream”: falls one spot to No. 13 on the same chart.
On the reality tip, STL native Michael Drummond (LEFT--FIRST GUY) and Lake Forrest, Ill, native Peach Carr (FAR LEFT) both advanced to the next round in Week 5 last Thursday of the reality competition show “ Project Runway”. However, STL native AJ Thouvenot (LEFT--SECOND GUY) was kicked off (which know he know why he was able to attend St. Charles Fashion Week last week cuz it was during the week he was eliminated of from the show). He gave an interview to St. Louis Post fashion Editor Debra Bass about his experience on the show. You can read it at http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/fashion-and-style/debra-bass/article_9ca9394c-b19c-11df-81a2-00127992bc8b.html
Also, this Thursday, he recorded an interview with Matt’s Media Meduim on Webster University’s Internet Radio Station, the Galaxy will be aired. The show starts at 6 p.m. Check it out at www.webster.edu/galaxy
The late (East) St. Louis adoptee and rock icon Ike Turner got his props recently in his Mississippi hometown nearly three years after his death. In Clarksdale, officials and music fans gathered to unveil two markers honoring Turner and his musical legacy. The unveilings coincided with the 23rd annual Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival, dedicated this year to "Rocket 88," the 1951 Turner tune often cited as the first rock 'n' roll song.
ST. Louis Rams rookie QB Sam Bradford will finish the preseason as the St. Louis Rams' starting quarterback, at least partly because veteran A.J. Feeley might not be ready to play. Spagnuolo said it's unlikely that Feeley, who has a sprained thumb on his throwing hand, will be ready in time for the preseason finale on Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens at the Edward Jones Dome. Feeley was named the starter before training camp, although it's long been anticipated that Bradford will soon be the Rams' No. 1 quarterback regardless of Feeley's health.
The big newz story in the STL was when St. Louis Cards’ first basemen Albert Pujols received the Hope Award Saturday at the Glenn Beck Restoring Honor rally in front of over 300,000 people of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. After hearing from such Tea Party notables as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and television personality Glenn Beck, a crowd that stretched from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument cheered when Pujols was presented with an honor called the Hope Award.
In other LaRussa newz, outfielder Colby Rasmus and Cardinals manager Tony La Russa both told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Monday that there is no conflict between them. Rasmus was reportedly scratched from Sunday's starting lineup and had not played in 12 straight games before Monday. That situation led to speculation about a possible rift between the two, but all sounds well. "From my side, me and Tony, we're on good terms," Rasmus said. "Everything was good and clear. We talked and decided to give (the calf) one more day."
And lastly, in Cards newz, its organist, Ernie Hays organist is retiring after this season, Hays told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that after 40 seasons, this will be his last as a regular organist for the Cardinals, though he's willing to fill in on occasion. Hays says he wants to spend more time with his grandchildren and "the fishing pole."Hays has long been a fixture in St. Louis sports, not just the Cardinals. At one time in the 1970s he played the organ for seven teams. Hays says he'll continue to teach piano and organ students and will still perform private parties and charity events.
UPDATE: There was fight that happened outside of Lure last Thursday--early Friday. And that was during Liquid Assets' Red Hott Thursdays with special guest the Wocka Flocka. From reports, the fight got so out of control that police had a call for backup and blocked off the area in both areas of Wash Ave. NOT GOOD FOR THEIR HEARING.
NEWEST UPDATE: The judge heard the lawyers of both sides as well as the owners of Lure and the Patrners Against Lure in their Sept 3 hearing (that lasted for four hours) and will decide Lure's fate on Sept 13.
There were many concerts that occurred last weekend, but one in particular caused newz cuz of its set up. That one was the inaugural St. Louis Music Festival with funkmeister and multicolor braidless George Clinton (PICTURED) last Saturday at the Chaifetz Arena. According to reports, folk booed and hissed at the headliner not him in particular but because the sound was off—literally. When Clinton took the stage around 11 p.m., the sound from his mic was out.
Earlier that day, Clinton stopped Vintage Vinyl in the Delmar Loop for a meet-and-greet and received the Honorary Citizen of Delmar Loop presented by Delmar Loop mogul Joe Edwards.
In unrelated newz, from reports actor Louis Gossett Jr, (MIDDLE) actor/director Melvin van Peebles (LEFT) and actress Pam Grier were spotted at the Music fest concert at the Chaifetz Arena and were seen shaking hands and taking pics with fans during the intermissions between each act which we heard was well over 30 minutes long.
IN OTHER CONCERT NEWZ:
Black Crowes sold out the Pageant last Saturday.
R&B crooner Johnny Gill (PICTURED RIGHT) ) and producer Bryan Michael Cox have started work on his upcoming CD with ST Louis based record label Notifi and recording in Los Angeles as well as at Notifi’s recording studio in Clayton. And from what he hear, the CD should be released early next year. It will be his first solo CD in 16 years. Gill signed with the label in June. In unrelated news, Notifi’s first major signee Ginuwine (FAR RIGHT) , who signed to Notifi in 2008, will release his second CD with the label titled “Elgin” in December.
BACK TO CONCERT NEWZ:
Seems like the STL can’t get enough of singer/musician Lyfe Jennings who will perform Sept. 25 at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room. He recently performed at the Ambassador and earlier this year at the Loft.
Grammy Award nominated singer Pleasure P will perform at Club Envy this Friday.
Rapper Bun B will have his CD release party for his CD, “Trill O.G> “ during Greedy Genius Fall Fashion Launch fashion show Sept 3 at Spruills. It is promoted by AE Inc.
Jazz/R&B singer/guitarist JONATHAN BUTLER and STL based saxophonist TIM CUNNINGHAM will perform Smooth Jazz at the 560 Music Hall, 560 Trinity (Trinity & Delmar), Sept 24.
The Hoodie Awards took place in Las Vegas last Saturday and three ILLMIMOIANS won awards: STL based company Showroom Shine Express (PICTURED are Sylvester Chisolm and Arthur Shivers) won Best Car Wash/Detail Shop for the third consecutive year; Chitown based Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church won Church Choir; and Kansas City’s Joey Cuts Barber Salon won Best Barbershop.
Several local event promoters will be celebrating anniversaries this month .
The men Free TIme (Adrian Saddler, Daryl Frierson and Roy Robinson) will celebrate its 5th year as a promotions team and to celebrate they will have a concert with neo soul artist Dwele at The Hark Rock Union Station Sept 18.
STL-native rapper Huey, who’s second CD, “Redemption will be released on OMG/EMI Sept 14, released his official video for Smile and wave feat Durrough this week on YOUTUBE. The video was filmed in July at Cass Ave. in St. Louis and club Lure. The music video features guests appearances by STL natives rapper Chingy, New England Patriots footballer and STL native Laurence Maroney , STL music personality Tydis as well as socialites Niddy and the owners of Lure Nightclub. To peep the video go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujVJoys7JKI.
UPDATE: Huey's video premiered on 106 and Park yesterday Thursday and will premeire on MTV Jams Monday starting at 9 a.m. CST.
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.
Soul U’s Poetry Awards will be Sept 18 at Legacy Books on Delmar passed Union @ 7pm. The big nominees are Ms. Interpretation (FAR LEFT) and Corey Black both of whom received four nominations and are up for Poet of the Year. Tied with three nods are Xplicit, Teddy B. Poetic and 16 Bars.
Congrats are in store for two STL socialites who had two milestones in their respective lives.
First Hot 104,1, radio personality Staci Static had her second child last weekend, a baby girl named Kylie. She also has a 16 year old daughter named Aisha.
BDAZE—LEOIANS—week 3 –Rappers City Spud and Luey V, singer Denise Thimes, comedian STL SLym, socialites Cynthia Rose, Tim (Slater) Cortez, and Corey Hellems, and photographer/promoter Jae Edwards.
BLIND BITZ —Which event recently had to break up a fight which involved a guy getting “pimp slapped” and not knowing who slapped him? ( Hint,. The event was one of many events that happened last Saturday in St. Louis and was located near Busch Stadium area.)
PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Which STL promoters/socialites got it in this week? The Ladies of Café Soul (Nichol Stevenson and Angela Brown) and Mocha Latte (TIE) and the Men of Hella Fly promotions (Kiong Kerry and Dano Johnson) and The Men of 1st Fridays (Harry Michel and Fred Finey) (TIE)
Nicol Stevenson and Angela Brown. (RIGHT) Coming off of two successful promotions events (August’s Café Soul at the Loft and the pre-party to the Budwesier Superfest), the ladies of Café Soul is promoting the premiere for the second season of the concerts series’ Rising icons. This Saturday, it will take place at the Ambassador with singer Melanie Fiona.
Mocha Latte.(FAR RIGHT) Coming off hosting Derrty ENT’s fashion stylist Shaki aka Brickhouse’s b0day party at The City and making an appearance at Young Dips party at the Loft, Latte, of Monopoly Promotions will get it in as always wither popular Open Bar Saturdays at The Label (SEE MOCHA’s CORNER BELOW)
King Kerry and Dano Johnson. This tag team duo of Hella Fly Promotions are always getting it in. Coming off of its Day Party at Envy, they are doing it up every Friday at The Broadway with its $4 Fridays and on Sundays with the Sexy As you Wanna Be Sundays with Rockhouse at The Label. At this Sunday’s weekly party, singer Aloha will have an EP release/b-day party for her EP “Badd.”
Fred Finley and Harry Michel . These vet promoters always get it in as co-owners of the popular upscale nightclub Exo every Friday and Saturday. This Friday, it will celebrate its 15th year as promoters of the long running 1st Fridays, a monthly networking party with a special 1st Fridays at the Ritz Carlton (SEE BITZ ABOVE). ADDED: Also, their establishment at Exo will be the spot Sunday for Labor Day event SUMMER OF LOVE hosted by Farnsworth Bentley and promoted by STL Socialite (SEE EVENTZ BELOW)
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EVENTZ THIS WEEK
$10,000 MIDWESTCOMEDY COMPETITION AND FUNDRAISER
September 2 at 6:00pm - September 5
Holiday Inn Hotel Select St. Louis-Dwtn (Conv Center)
811 N 9th STREET
SEE COMEDIANS BATTLE FOR A $10,000 GRAND PRIZE !!!! FOR INFO AND TICKETS PLEASE VISIT THE WEBSITE AT http://www.midwestcomedycompetition.com/
Stress Free Fridays will be held this Friday, September 3, 2010 at Nick's Bar & Grill, located at 7907 North Broadway in the Baden Neighborhood...FREE FOOD, 2 for 1 DRINKS and DJ MONEY await you...CASH ONLY VENUE!We are teaming up with Malik Taalib and his "Big A** Labor Day Celebration" and EARLY ARRIVAL IS A MUST...5pm start time!
Rap pioneer Kool Moe Dee, R&B singer Michel'le and rapper Yo-Yowill be at the Ambassador Sept 3 for the Old School Class Reunion Party. 8 p.m.
The Arch Rivalry with Mizzou and the Fighting Illini will take place Sept 4 in the Missouri football team's 2010 season opener at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis Missouri has won five straight in the series -- all in St. Louis -- and leads the overall series 16-7. The last Illinois victory was a 42-0 trouncing of the Tigers in Champaign in 1994
There will be a concert paying tribute to Kansas City legendary jazz saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen who died Aug 15.. A concert of Alaadeen's music is planned Sept. 4 in the Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. For more information, go to http://www.americanjazzmuseum.com/.
Newbie Grammy Award nominated singer Melanie Fiona will perform at the Ambassador Sept 4 during LABOR DAY WEEKEND PRESENTED BY GREY GOOSE ENTERTAINMENT "RISING ICONS"DOORS OPEN @ 8PM. $10 or free with school supplies.
Heart at the Family Arena Sept 4
The Big Muddy Blues Festival on Laclede's Landing will take place Sept. 4. Scheduled are Booker T. and the MG's Eric "Guitar" Davis, Nick Curran and the Low Lifes, Moreland and Arbuckle, and Freedom. To get more information on this free event go to http://www.lacledeslanding.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 email@example.com
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
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103 Collinsville Ave East Saint Louis, IL 62201
Rhythm & Words Wednesdays
2nd & 4th Wed every month
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Final Thu. of every month
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My new album "Generations" is AVAILABLE NOW!-The Official "DEVOTED" Music Video (click on the link below/Youtube):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGeb2jgP5bc-Songs (click on the links to listen now! Lyrics will be added to my blog shortly)-
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Today · 11:00am - 5:00pm
Forest Park(Langenberg Field)
The Gathering annual barbeque in the park, lots of fun for the entire family, plenty of good BBQ, games, and live entertainment
Today · 2:00pm - 8:30pm
Over/ Under Bar and Grill
911 Washington Ave
Saint Louis, MO
The Missouri History Museum continue sits Twilight Tuesdays Concert Series showcasing St Louis area music talent through October. The free concerts take place at the Museum’s front lawn starting at 630 p.m. . Sept. 7, Jeremy Davenport