Wednesday, October 13, 2010




Again, we forgot to place our regular segments IN THE MIA FILE and BLIND PICZ in its regular spot this week, so we had to place it here:

IN THE M.I.A. FILE. Where is STL photographer Erica Brooks?

MIA FOUND. Soul Stylz promoter Cornell Boone who posted a Facebook blurb on his page saying that he was back in the STL after a few months in Kansas City.

BLIND PICZ. Who was the guy wearing a foot brace and putting his foot on the wall of the stage at Jessie Taylor’s b-day bash at Nights on Broadway last Saturday?



We recently loss a legend in the music game from the ILLI MO area.

Chitown native Albertina Walker, a Grammy-winning singer known as the "Queen of Gospel," died last Friday from respiratory failure at age 81 at RML Specialty Hospital in Chicago. As a young woman, she formed her own gospel group, the Caravans, and was a protege to gospel star Mahalia Jackson. She began singing in the youth choir at the West Point Baptist Church at an early age, and joined several Gospel groups thereafter, including The Pete Williams Singers and the Robert Anderson Singers. Albertina was greatly influenced by Mahalia Jackson, her friend and confidante. Mahalia Jackson took her on the road when she was just a teenager.

In the early 1950s Walker founded her own Gospel music group The Caravans, enlisting fellow singers from The Robert Anderson Singers (Ora Lee Hopkins, Elyse Yancey and Nellie Grace Daniels). The Caravans' membership has included: James Cleveland, Bessie Griffin, Shirley Caesar, Dorothy Norwood, Inez Andrews, Loleatta Holloway, Cassietta George, and Delores Washington. Her discovery of these artists resulted in the nickname "Star Maker". Walker retired The Caravans in the late 1960s, performing as a solo artist.

In the mid 1970s, Walker signed with Savoy Records then Benson Records, Word Records, A&M Records, and other record companies, recording a series of solo projects, many of them with big church choirs including The Evangelical Choir, The Cathedral of Love Choir, The Metro Mass choir, and her own church choir, The West Point Choir. Albertina recorded her first solo project Put a Little Love in Your Heart in 1975. She also recorded several projects together with Reverend James Cleveland. To date, she has recorded over 60 albums, including gold selling hits "Please Be Patient With Me", "I Can Go to God in Prayer", "The Best Is Yet to Come", "Impossible Dream", and "Joy Will Come". These albums have yielded multiple Gold records and Grammy nominations.

Walker sang for United States presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and South Africa's president, Nelson Mandela. In 1995, Walker joined Thelma Houston, CeCe Peniston, Phoebe Snow and Lois Walden to record a gospel album in common, Good News in Hard Times, as the quintet called The Sisters of Glory.

Walker recorded a reunion album with her group The Caravans entitled Paved the Way, which was released by Malaco Records on September 5, 2006. Performers included Walker, Dorothy Norwood, Inez Andrews, and Delores Washington. The album was dubbed by Billboard magazine as one of the most memorable releases of 2006[3] and entered the Billboard charts in the top ten and remained in the top forty for sixteen weeks. Paved the Way was recently nominated for a Grammy, Dove, Soul Train Music Award and two Stellar Awards.

Albertina earned many awards and honors over her six decades of music ministry. Among them, a 1995 Grammy Award for the Best Traditional Gospel Album (Songs of The Church); 10 Grammy Award nominations; 5 Gold Records; 3 Stellar Awards; 3 Dove Awards; several Gospel Music Workshop of America Excellence Awards; an induction into the 2001 Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.

In 2005, the Grammys honored her contributions to the Gospel music industry. She was also the recipient of a National Heritage Fellowship. President George Bush honored Albertina Walker for her contribution to Gospel music May 31, 2002.

Walker was lifelong Chicago resident and member of the West Point Baptist Church.

Here is information for Walker's visitation and funeral.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
Public Viewing – 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

West Point Baptist Church

3566 South Cottage Grove Church

Chicago, IL 60653

Musical Tribute – 7:00 P.M.

Apostolic Church of God

6320 S. Dorchester

Chicago, IL 60637

Friday, October 15, 2010

West Point Baptist Church
3566 South Cottage Grove
Visitation 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Celebration of Life 11:00 a.m.

Rev. Dr. L. Bernard Jakes, Officiating

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, tax deductible donations be made to:The Albertina Walker Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 496021 – Chicago, IL 60649

In related newz, President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama made a statement about Albertina Walker’s passing:

" Michelle and I are saddened by the passing of gospel great Albertina Walker. Ms. Walker was known for her Grammy Award winning voice and recognized by many as the ‘Queen of Gospel.’ Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, she started singing in her church youth choir at just four years old where she learned to spread the ‘Good News’ through song.

"She also performed before President Bill Clinton and was honored at the White House by President George W. Bush for her contributions to Gospel music. And she never forgot to give back, impacting her community through the Albertina Walker Scholarship Fund and many other charitable endeavors. Ms. Walker’s voice and message has touched congregations across the nation. Though we have lost an American icon, her influence on gospel music will continue for generations. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and the countless lives she touched. "



It was reported by TMZ last week that Chitown talk show mogul Oprah Winfrey spent last weekend with Katherine and Joe Jackson, the parents of the late music icon Michael Jackson in Encino, Calif. for a taping an episode on her daytime talk show.
Production trucks were reportedly spotted on the Jackson compound.
So far, no announcement has been made regarding the date when the episode may air. In fact, Oprah is yet to confirm she’s met with the Jacksons to tape it, so it might be another while before it comes out.

In related newz, it was reported that The King of Pop's youngest brother Randy Jackson is upset that his parents allowed Oprah onto the complex and that Winfrey is the last person Michael Jackson would have wanted around his kids.

He vented in a series of posts on Twitter on Wednesday. He said: "I know how Oprah feels about my brother and family." He noted that when the jury was deliberating Michael Jackson's fate on child molestation charges in 2005, Winfrey did a show on pedophilia. Randy Jackson said it wasn't a coincidence.

Randy Jackson added he disagrees with his parents allowing the interview but still loves them.

We think Randy is really stretching for publicity dont cha think?


In unrelated O newz, and speaking of being upset, she is highly P.O.d that the former headmistress at her South African school for girls was acquitted for any wrongdoing at the school. She was accused of abusing teenagers at Oprah Winfrey's school for girls and Winfrey said she was "profoundly disappointed" by the trial's outcome.

Prosecutors had accused former school matron Tiny Virginia Makopo of trying to kiss and fondle girls at the school soon after it opened in 2007 outside Johannesburg.

Makopo also had been accused of assaulting one of the teens, as well as a fellow supervisor.
Mthunzi Mhaga, a spokesman for South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority, said yesterday that Makopo had been acquitted of the charges and that prosecutors wouldn't appeal.

Winfrey had called the allegations crushing, given her own stated history of childhood sexual abuse, and promised an overhaul of the school.

Speaking of filing suits on the Big O, the case involving an ex-flight attendant on Oprah’s private jet who claimed Oprah is racist, Gayle King had sex with pilot, and that Oprah binges on drugs.
According to National Inquirer, the sensational court papers contain charges that on a 2008 flight on Oprah’s jet, King slept with a male flight attendant.

Myron Gooch: “On that flight, as the jet was traveling from the Canary Islands to Chicago, Gooch accepted King’s offer to share the jet’s double bed with her.
“Winfrey knew of, but did nothing about, this highly intimate and un-professional flight conduct by Gooch.”'

The flight attendant responded to the charges – confirming to the court that he had indeed shared the sleeping accommodations with King – but he maintained that nothing improper took place.

The court records, filed in Chicago, also reveals a racist streak: “Winfrey commented…’white folks don’t know what southern food should taste like’.”

Top New York defense attorney Bruce Baron believes Oprah will have to pay to keep flight attendant Gehrls from exposing more secrets.

“She will try to have the case settled as soon as possible because of what is known as the ‘fear factor.’ As a person who clearly values her privacy, Oprah would hate to see embarrassing details revealed about her. As a flight attendant working on her private jet, the plaintiff would have been privy to what she did and said. It could be very damaging to Oprah.”

The suit also alleges Oprah bullies her employees and guzzles sleeping pills.

We are sure Oprah is be OK from these allegations. Doesn’t she have enough money to buy the word silence anyway? LOL

Doloth, Ill. native and Emmy Award winning star of :”Glee” Jane Lynch got high marks for hosting and her skits on last Saturdays Saturday Night Live.
The 50-year-old actress, who plays mean-spirited Cheerios coach Sue Sylvester in the show, got buff in one sketch where she played a creepy therapist who ended up naked in front of her client, played by regular cast member Andy Samberg.
She also dressed up as a saucy ice cream vendor, wearing a black bra and bow tie - and at one point fed Samberg an ice lolly.
Jane even poked fun at the all-singing, all-dancing show alongside the rest of the SNL cast as they took part in a parody of it.
She even gave castmate Kristine Wiig a run for her money in sketches including Password.

St. Joseph. Mo native and award winning rapper Eminem also made newz being on TV when he got interviewed by TV journalist Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes” Sunday. There, he talked about his parenting and family life. In the interview, he said that he banned cursing in his house, can’t understand why his father walked out on his family when he was an infant, won’t neglect his children akin to his father,
He said: "I never knew him, never met him, never knew him. I don't know if I want to see him. Some people ask me that, and I don't think I do.

The hip-hop superstar has a 14-year-old daughter Hailie, his child with ex-wife Kimberley Scott, and two adopted girls Alaina, the child of Kimberley's sister, and Whitney - Kimberley's daughter from a previous relationship.

He is also the legal guardian of his younger half-brother Nathan.

Eminem also talked about being bullied while in school because he moved around so much.He explained: "I would change schools two, three times a year and that was probably the roughest part. I got beat up in the bathroom, beat up in the hallways, shoved in the lockers, just, for the most part, being the new kid."

Lastly, he spoke on hip-hop and race. He felt that he may be singled out for the language used in his lyrics because of his race, since there are other hip-hop artists who use similar words that don't garner as much attention.


In unrelated Em newz, he, along with country duo Lady Antebellum led nominees for the 38th annual American Music Awards with five nods each as they were announced Tuesday. He was nominated for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Pop/Rock Artist, Hip-hop Artist and Hip-Hop album. Music fans can choose winners in the show's nine categories by voting online. Nominees were selected based on chart ratings for sales and radio and Internet play. The American Music Awards will be presented Nov. 21 at the Nokia Theatre and broadcast live on ABC.

In more unrelated newz, Eminem's publisher, Eight Mile Style, is
suing Apple for $2.2 million for unpaid money in iTunes downloads and attorney fees. Aftermath Records was also named as a defendant.The company and Apple reportedly settled a lawsuit over royalties a couple of years ago for $2 million, but they say Apple never paid up. The dispute in the original lawsuit was to determine if Aftermath and Eight Mile reportedly ever gave copyright licenses to allow digital downloads through iTunes.

Chitown rapper Kanye West filmed cypher for BET Hip Hop Awards with his G.O.O.D. Music artists was broadcast for the awards show which aired Tuesday on the network. Filmed in France and all dressed in black tuxes and white shirts (Ye had on white sneaks), Ye and his crew ‘s filmed cipher was presented last in the show (and NON arguably the best one)Along with Ye were Chitown native rapper/actor Common, Pusha T, Big Sean, and CyHi Da Prynce. In unrelated newz, his single, “Runaway” with Pusha T is the Hot Shot Debut song on Billboard Hot 100 this week coming in at No. 12.
To see the cipher go to


St. Louis native music producer/artist Akon is scheduled to perform at the taping of the "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" on Tuesday, Nov. 30 on CBS, . Akon will play "Angel" off his upcoming album "Akonic," due out Nov. 29. This is the first he has played the fashion show. Also on the show is pop diva Karty Perry, her first as well.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra says music director Riccardo Muti has been released from an Italian hospital and is expected to resume his duties in February.Symphony officials earlier this month said "extreme gastric distress" forced the conductor to withdraw from his fall residency and return to Milan for treatment.On Tuesday, the orchestra said tests determined Muti is suffering from extreme exhaustion as a result of prolonged physical stress. Abdominal pain and other physical symptoms resulted.Doctors have recommended a month of rest, which Muti has begun at his home in Italy.The 69-year-old Muti was scheduled to conduct fall concerts from Sept. 19 to Oct. 17. He is still scheduled to return for a winter series Feb. 3 through Feb. 19.

Grammy Award winning Chitown singer/prodcuer R Kelly’s latest single, the 50s throwback "When a Woman Loves”off from his latest CD Love Letter is spending its 3rd week in the Top 40 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop charts moving up from No. 34 to No. 28.

St. Louis based rap mogul Nelly has hinted at plans to perpetuate his controversial adult-themed 2003 "Tip Drill" music video into a full-length, theatrical release in the near future.
"We talked about doing Tip Drill: The Movie," Nelly revealed in an interview with DJ Vlad. "Who knows. Tip Drill: The Movie. [laughs] We got something, we got something...It's just something along those lines of trying to come up with something that's a little bit creative and like I said again, everybody's not gonna love it. It goes hand in hand, man. You can't tell me I'm like 'this,' when you don't even know me." (Vlad TV)

Wonder who will play the part of a sista getting the crack of her ample butt cheeks slid with the credit card? LOL

Speaking of hits, Nelly’s single, his comeback hit has reached the Top 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 as it moves up one spot from No. 4 to No. 3. in its eighth week on the chart.

Now we at OUTTOWN predicted two months ago when the song debuted at No. 12 that it would peak at No. 3. and so far it has. Its competition is the current No. 1 song “Just the way you Are” by Bruno Mars for a fourth week and the No. 2 song, “Like A G 6” by Far East Movement that’s holds another week at that spot. We will see if it peaks at No. 3. The way it looks, it could leap frog up to the Top spot soon, or bump “G6” No. 2 peak to the No.3 spot to reach No. 2. It’s hard to predict cuz Nellys; song still is holding its string bullet. We will see soon in a couple of more weeks what will happen!


Nelly isn’t holding back on the momentum of his comeback as he releases the third single off his as yet released CD, “5.0” (which will be released Nov 16) entitled, “ Move that Body” featuring T Pain and ST. Louis native Akon. The song was released this week on I-Tunes. Also, Nelly has released an I-Tunes only set "6 Pack," a greatest hits EP available exclusively through iTunes until Oct. 19 before being released in stores. And speaking of his greatest hits, The Smooth Jazz All Star has released a smooth jazz tribute CD to Nelly The 10 song disc will have his greatest hits including hits “Hot in Herre,” “Dilemma, “ “Grillz,” and “Country Grammar.”

Oh, and Nelly has been going around saying that he and R&B singer Ashanti had a more friendship than relationship when they were together. Can we say YAWN and Ho hum?

ADD: Nelly will be inducted in to the St. Louis Walk of Fame today in front of Blueberry Hill in the Delmar Loop this afternoon, Friday at 4: 30 p.m.. He's already on the walk, but was not officially inducted due to his busy schedule until now. He will be inducted by Delmar Loop mogul Joe Edwards and soon after the ceremony he, along with his bandmates the St. Lunatics, will perform a free concert inside Blueberry Hill in the Duck Room around 5 p.m. The surprise concert is part of the music video site VEVO's Go Show Music Series presneted across the country with various artists.

So you better hurry up and find a spot. Although its short notice (the release just came through at 2 p.m. today) we are sure its been tweeted enuff that folk will show yet alone people in the Loop area eyeing the ceremony and checkin it out.


We hear that STL rapper Chingy’s newest CD will be titled “No Risk, No Reward” coming out before the end of the year. Its lead off single wlll be titled, “Superhero.” Meanwhile, Chingy’s mixtape, “Success or Failure” that was released Sept 7 did more of the latter than the former. It didn't manage to break into the
Billboard 200, reportedly selling 683 copies it's first week of release.

Chitown native and The First Lady Michelle Obama called in to the Tom Joyner Morning Show Wednesday about getting the vote out on Nov, 2 as well as other interesting tidbits (e.g. picking collard greens in the White House garden. LOL) . To hear the interview COPY and PASTE the link:


IN ILLIMOreality :

Last Thursday, Lifetime’s “Project Runway" brought back the ousted contestants from this season’s competition for one challenge with the remaining six contestants in Week 10. ILLIMOIans Peach Hall (FAR LEFT) , and St. Louisans Michael Drummond and AJ Thouvenout as well as the others were brought back to help the contestants on their challenge. The challenge was for the contestants to make three outfits for host/model Heidi Klum’s activewear collection. The winner had their outfits manufactured and sold on

Former St. Louis Rams QB and city fave Kurt Warner and partner Anna Trebunskaya survives Week Five on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars". The result show was this Tuesday where . They were one of the three couples that had been in jeopardy of going home on Tuesday night.

St. Louis native and current Venice, Calif resident model Jud "Fabio" Birza survived Week FIVE of “Survivor: Nicaragua “ and so did Kansas City, Mo native Yve Rojas. The show aired Wednesday on CBS.

Rockford, Ill native Kayla Ferell survived WEEK SIX on Cycle 15 of “America’s Next Top Model” but she was in the Bottom Two. The show aired Wednesday on the CW.

Speaking of Top Model, last season’s finalist, St. Louis native Gabrielle Michelle went on Facebook to blast STL promoters tagging her to attend club events and she responded on her page this comment: “ I WON'T BE AT YOUR GHETTO PARTIES...SO QUIT TAGGING ME IN PROMOTIONS THAT SHOW ASSES W/ CELLULITE PHOTOSHOPPED...THANK YOU”

Wow, she puttin them on blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaast!

St. Louis native comedian and health guru Dick Gregory celebrated his 78th b-day Oct 12.


St. Louis native, and current resident singer/producer Angela Winbush’s story will be aired on the documentary series Unsung Oct 25 on TV-One. There, she will talk about her musical career, marriage to current St. Louis resident Ron Isley, and surviving ovarian cancer. They will also show her performing at The Ambassador Nightclub earlier this year.

The big STL story this week is:

Still no decision from the head offices of the St. Louis Cardinals on whether manager Tony LaRussa stays with or exits from the organization as of this posting. Currently at his residency in Alamo, Calif. (near the Bay Area) , Larussa, who celebrated his 66th b-day recently is awaiting the deciison.

The club reportedly made a formal offer last week, and La Russa told reporters at Busch Stadium that he hoped to have answer for the club by early this week but did mention that an organziation does need freshness,.

Accopridng to reports, he signed a one-year extension on October 26, 2009.

Hmm, maybe the decision will take place Oct 27. That would make sense cuz he still has a week and some days left as the manager of the Cardinals. But we think the decision will happen over the weekend which we think will be ADIOS AMIGO.

In unrelated newz, La Russa can be seen on local TV campaigning for the Nov. 2 ballot measure Proposition B, one that imposes new regulations on dog breeders.

The St. Louis Rams are 2 and 3, losing against Detroit Lions (1-4). The next game will be at Edward Jones Dome Sunday playing against San Diego Chargers.

Mizzou alum and newly signed St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danario Alexander is eager to start in Sunday’s game with the Chargers. Signed with the Rams in August, he has been waiting for his chance to start since rehabbing his left knee after a fourth operation on it.

STL native cruiserweight boxer Ryan “The Irish Outlaw" Coyne scored a second-round knockout, continuing his undefeated status, against Shane Steele at Boxing at the Park in Forest park last Saturday. The fight was broadcast on ESPN and 140-pound champion Devon Alexander "The Great" and his manager-trainer Kevin Cunningham were out in support of fellow undefeated fighter. The fight was promoted by Bill Brown of Fight Night Promotions, in association with Don King Productions.

Ryan. Here's a link to a video of the final round:

As soon as Lure Nightclub closes shop Oct 17, another club owner and name will go into effect soonafter. It will be called Club Amnesia and it is scheduled to open Halloween weekend (with a soft opening Oct 23) And speaking of Lure Nightclub, it will finish off its final weekend with Liquid Assets’ events including the last Red Hott Thursdays before the club closes its doors. Rapper Playboy Ro is also slated to perform.

St. Louis native poet/educator Quincy Troupe was honored recently with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oakland based Before Columbus Foundation in its 2010 American Book Awards.

St. Louis native rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry will perform at The Pageant’s 10 year anniversary Oct 16.

Budding rap superstar Drake was in concert Tuesday at the FoxTheatre one of his stops in his Light Dreams and Nightmares Tour. From the reviews, he was a hit. According to Kevin Johnson on, “The charismatic Drake performed with a full band (a distinction always worth noting at a rap concert). He ripped the stage from the moment he sullenly walked in to his finale almost 90 minutes later when he dramatically dropped to his knees and thanked the crowd.” He also did a tributes to his label mentor Lil Wayne and the late R&B singer Aaliyah in his set as well. Partyline columnist Delores Shante of the St. Louis American wrote: I love his stage energy (sans the Tourette facial ticks) though, so checking him out at the Fox Tuesday night was a no-brainer. Aside from the scattered parental supervision, I was 10 years older than the most elderly member of the pierced, tatted and racially harmonious crowd. Yet for the first 20 minutes of Drake’s show I had a blast – especially enjoying his Desert Storm pants and Barbara Streisand inspired microphone!"

His label mate Tyga ,who opened the set joined him on stage on the song, “Bed Rock.”
What also made newz was the balcony at the Fox Theatre swaying to the beat—literally. The number of people upstairs caused the balcony to move, but from reports, it was built for that expectation.

After the concert, Drake hit up The Label and Tyga hosted a party that was held at the 360 formerly the Skybox.

The next KMOX/Fontbonne University Book Club will feature the Emmy Award winning Marlo Thomas, actress/comedienne and author of Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny. The event will take place Thursday, October 28th at the St. Louis County Library. Free and open to the public. For reservations, call 314-444-1827 or e-mail at

Comedian and TV talk show host Chelsea Handler is coming to perform at Scott Trade Center Nov.6.

Country music star Josh Gracin will perform Nov. 4 at Harrah's VooDoo Lounge.


Metal band Godsmack will perform at The Family Arena Oct 20


The first Big G Bently Bash will take place Nov. 5 at the Gateway Center, Scheduled to perform are Grammy Award nominated rapper Paul Wall and Charlei Boi.


And speaking of hip hoppers coming to the ILLI MO area, Lincoln University had its homecoming last weekend and at its half time, performing were rappers Waka Flocka and Roscoe Dash...........

 well as STL performers and Rockhouse Ent's Aloha and June Fifth. And speaking of Aloha, she posted on Facebook last week that she was not scheduled to perform at comedian Jessie Taylor’s b-day bash as advertised last Saturday at Nights on Broadway. She was in Jefferson City for Lincoln U’s homecoming.

The Rep Yo City Tour is having concerts every Friday until the end of the year at the Imperial Palace, 2543 N Grand, and later to Club Casino in East St. Louis . This Friday, rapper Shawty Lo will perform Oct 15 promoted by Trill Ent. For more info go to 314.750.4828. Also, The Rep Yo City Tour will present Uncle Luke’s Grown and Sexy Halloween Freaknik Oct 30 at Imperial Palace and Club Casino.


2009 Grammy nominated urban alternative artist Janelle Monae will perform at The Pageant Oct 21

Local station KSDK won big at the annual Regional Emmys held recently. The Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) awarded the 34th Annual Mid-America Emmy® Awards Saturday night at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in downtown
St. Louis. NewsChannel 5 won 14 awards. Its anchor Mike Bush (PICTURED) won 6 of the 14 awards. They were:
Feature News Report-Light Feature, "Senior Prom," Mike Bush, Eric Voss, Tom Stasiak

Arts/Entertainment: News Story, "Variety Club Musical," Mike Bush

Historical/Cultural - News Story/Feature, "World War II Diploma,"Mike Bush

Sports - Feature, "DeKalb Sportsmanship,"Mike Bush

Journalistic Enterprise, "Making a Difference," Mike Bush

On Camera Talent: Commentary/Editorial, "I'm Just Sayin,"" Cornbread
Writer/News, Mike Bush

KSDK reporter Leis Zigman also won an award on Environment, "A Failure to Protect,"

Other local personalities who won on competing stations were Shirley Washington and PaulSchankman (KTVI) and Dianne Casey and Sean McLaughlin (KMOV).

Martin Duggan from KETC and Suzi Schrappen from KPLR were two of the five inductees in the STL area into the Silver Circle which honors those who have contributed 25 years or more in TV news.

The mistress of ceremonies was St. Louis native Ellie Kemper, of the ht show "The Office.”

Due to her battle with cancer, STL jazz legend Mae Wheeler will perform her last concert of her career during her beenfit Unforgettable Legends, taking place at 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. The event, will feature STL singers performing tributes to other legendary artists.
Some of the STl artists will include
-- Kim Massie (Etta James/Aretha Franklin)
-- Satin (the Supremes/the Pointer Sisters)
-- DeAndre Perryman (Gerald Levert)
-- Crystal Haywood (Billie Holiday) and -- Gregg "Happy Guitar" Haynes and Donnie Brown (B.B. King)
Doors are at 4 p.m., with a silent auction 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Get more information at

On Sunday, Granite City, Ill. opened its new cinema Granite City Tri Plex and there it screend "I Am" a faith based film starring stars Granite City native Amy Holland Pennell, a former captain of the Rams cheerleaders, who also attended the premiere. The film was co-produced by former Cardinal Todd Zeile. The film with its interconnected storyline has been dubbed "a faith-based 'Crash'." The website for the film ( Before the year’s end, "I Am" will be screening at various StL area churches.

ILLI MO dee-jays be battlin:

Last Thursday, Red Bull Big Tune competition took place where regional prroducers/dee-jays competed for the best beat to be used on a national recording artist. Music producer Trifeckta (LEFT)and Em80 won first and second place respectively. The producers took turns playing their best original beats for the crowd, whose applause and cheers determined the winner. The crowd's choice was Trifeckta, who heads on to the finals in Chicago Nov. 18. There, he stands the chance of having his winning Big Tune beat cut with a A-list artist. Also featured were D-Que, Bo Bo, Foxx Starstrukk, J. Rhodes, C. Los, Nodzilla, Bennie D, Tech Supreme, Rio and Abnormal.

One of the attendees at the event posted on Facebook his opinion about the competition:

Had a BLAST last night at the Red Bull Big Tune! However, I'm HUGELY disappointed with the audience because they weren't being honest! FOUR contestants didn't make it because they were from out of town when they CLEARLY beat their STL competitors! Example: Chi-town's "Rio" SHOULD HAVE WON vs. DJ Needles! KEEP IT REAL ...YA'LL! I prooduce as well and for the sake of my integrity I'll always be HONEST!


DJ Mahf, winner of the summer's Red Bull Thre3Style DJ competition at the Old Rock House, heads to the finals in Denver and the winner there will compete in France.

KSDK weatherman Anthony Slaughter will be celebrating at the monthly showcase Café Soul this Friday at the Loft..


Two STl native rappers are gettin it on on the national level. First rapper Ludy was recently signed with Network Ent and .
STL rapper T Man released his 2nd single thru JB Ent. 'Grown Man' To view it go to

Speaking of Café Soul earlier, the promotion team is working with McDonald's McCafe in "Sounds of Soul Jingle Contest" in which a local artist's jingle could be heard as part of a local McCafe advertisement. Jingles should be 30 or 60 seconds long and must be submitted to entry only per artist.The contest begins Friday and runs through Dec. 17.

Just in time to correlate with the upcoming Tyler Perry film, Unity Theatre Ensemble’s production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange will run October 21 – November 2. Advanced tickets are available at Afro World (314-389-5194) or by visiting . For more information about Unity Theatre Ensemble, call (314) 355-3586.


Stylist Ola and blogger Ma’at Atkins are collaborating on a bookended event. On Nov, 4, Ola will have an OLA STYLE fashion show showcasing her designs that were originally showcased at NYC Fashion Week in August. And Ma'at will have a viewing party for the annual MISTA COUTURE style contest, the event he and Ola co-produced this summer. Both events will take place at The Babylon near Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters, Mo. The event is promoted by Tanked Party Promotions.
A portion of the cover charge goes to Makeover for a Cause to help benefit those individuals with cancer.After party will be hosted by Tanked Party Promotions presenting the International DJ's "The French House Mafia", so come party to the sounds of International House music and get down with The Tanked Party Girls.21+ to enter . Proper Dress required . No tee shirts , jeans or sneakers or baseball caps.

Speaking of Ola, congrats to her for being one of 20 finalists in ALIVE Magazine’sTop 20 St. Louis' Most Wanted! She along with the other 19 chosen are now vying for the Top 4 . The online voting contest began Monday and will end on Friday, November 19th and the Final Four will be revealed at its annual event_Nov 24 . hosted by Shiver Vodka Bar and Champagne Lounge in downtown St. Louis. Some of the Top 20 are Michel C Barber , photgrapher; Teresa Dumas, salon owner; Danielle Ford, of Brown Shoe Company; Douglas Hall, Talent Plus; Angela Kelly, photographer; Ashley Puryear of 714 Entertainment; and Nicole Shurk Perkins salon owner. To vote go to


The International Science Festival will take place at the St. Louis Science Center
October 14 thru Oct 17 from 9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Event Phone Number:
314-286-4621 More info
The Riverfront Times’ Best of STL party celebrating the winners in its recent poll edition of its paper will take place Nov. 4 from 7 till 11 p.m. at the City Museum downtown. The $10 ticket price includes admission, three drinks, plus entertainment and food courtesy of Best of St. Louis winners. (Must be 21 to attend.) For more information and to reserve a ticket, visit:


Atomic Cowboy is celebrating its 5th anniversary Oct. 16 with a special event Circo Atomico -- A Jumbo Outdoor Circus Fun Fair celebrating Circus Flora's 25th anniversary.

There will be auditions for extras for the local film, METHOD produced by
Ashley Lam, Maximilian Reid Sunday, October 17 · 5:00pm - 7:00pm
At Parkway South High School
801 Hannah Rd.
Manchester, MO
The scene takes place in a theater and you'll be the audience. So what I'll need is dark semi-dressy clothing. There aren't any speaking parts I can offer but you'll definitely be listed in the credits. Bring your friends, be in a movie, pretend you're famous.

The Label recently opened its Glow its venue.

The Jazz Spot on 4th and Washington in downtown St. Louis is about to change names to Love Club with a grand opening OCT 23. Same owners, different name.

STL native and former Ebony Fahsion fair model Carmen Currie was spotted at James and Tiffany Fields Glasco’s wedding last Friday at The Jewel Box in Forest Park. There, she told OUTTOWN that she is currently residing in New York City getting her modeling career on the ground and has been coming back home to take care of her father who is ill. Congrats to you and your career and prayers go out to your family.


STL promoter Jackie Phillips is seeking a part time assistant for research and follow-ups on events covered. Weekly pay ($150) plus an allowance and travel pay at events. For inquiries email

LASTLY, as alluded above, congratulations to newlyweds STL producer James Glasco and singer Tiffany Fields who tied the knot last Friday at the Jewel Box in Forest Park. Their reception was held at Windows Off Washington. The handsome couple is currently on honeymoon this week traveling several countries, including Jamaica, for eight days. (TO SEE PICS GO TO

STL B-DAZE LIBRA-IANS (Week 3) Legendary comedian Dick Gregory, KSDK personality Anthony Slaughter, activist Jamala Rogers, promoter Jacque Land, politician Antonio French, comedian Ms Funy, WHHL personality C-Note, educator Jarred Moore, rapper Vandalyzm, and model Alli Nicole (PICTURED)



BLIND BITZ. Which STL comedian asked an STL socialite at a recent event if they like to get their arse licked and wear thongs as a joke? (HINT. The comedian is a popular comedian in the STL area who also does radio on ocassion and was on a popular nationally broadcast TV show. The socialite, for those who follow OUTTOWN was named best dressed at Nelly's Black and White Ball last year and he shares the same last name with a legendary Motown artist.)


PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Which STL promoters/socilaites are gettin it in this week? Monopoly Promotions' Mocha Latte and the Ladies of Cafe Soul (Nichol Stevenson, Tendai Morris and Angela Brown) (TIE) and Phil Assets of Liquid Assets and the Men of Hella Fly Promotions (King Kerry and Dano Johnson) (TIE)

Mocha Latte.(FAR LEFT) Although she was out of town last weekend, this owner of Monopoly Promotions' events were still goin on and will be going on this week. Just this past Monday her reprise of the newly returned weekly Best Damned Happy Hour was going down at The Label during Monday NightFootball where she hosts, but she will be set and ready to host back in her position with her popular Open Bar Saturdays that is also taking place at The Label. (SEE MOCHA's CORNER BELOW) .

Nichol Stevenson, Tendai Morris and Angela Brown (LEFT). The Queens of the Music Showcase are at it again this Frdiay with its monthly R&B showcase Café Soul at the Loft where Morris hosts and this month KSDK personality Anthony Slaughter will celebrate his bday. Also, the group, along with McCafe has teamed up to put on a Soul Jingle Contest that launched this week where contestants can enter to have their winning jingle placed in a local McDs ad. (SEE BITZ ABOVE)

Phil Assets (RIGHT). The CEO of Liquid Assets is always in the paint regardless if the doors are closing. At Social House his group does Best Damn Happy Hours weekdays with specials, including Monday Night Football nite. The group has also been holding it down at Lure Nightclub since the city gave them four extra weeks in September to get it poppin before the doors get shut--and they have done that. This Thursday, the group will have its RE-FINAL celebration of Red Hott Thursdays with a performance by rapper Playboy Ro titled LET'S DO IT AGAIN (the sequel to its farewell party in August) at Lure as well as its last , Fancy Fridays and We Love Lure Saturdays before the venue closes its doors Oct. 17 .

King Kerry and Dano Johnson (FAR RIGHT). This group keeps it goin each week and thsi week is no excpetion. On Tuesdays, Dano hosts the popular EBT Tuesdays with the Coca Cola Models at the Junkyard Bar and Grill and this Frdiay will be a special $4 Fridays at The Broadway when they will host the Ferguson Florrisant School District Alumni Party and, along with Rockhouse gettinit in with the well attended Sexy as You Wanna Be Sundays at The Label where this Sunday, model Alli Nicole is celebrating her b-day.

WORDZ TO THE WHYZ???????????????????????

Why did someone throw a book and someone streak naked in front of Obama at two separate public appearances? Why are we still celebrating Columbus Day?
Why folk makin a big deal with Diddy performing recently in Scotland in a kilt? Why are folks trying to give First Lady Michelle Obama the nickname Chelly O? Why hasn’t singer Kelly Rowland gotten any pub for her solo career?Why are banks robosigning foreclosures when homes were not even foreclosed?Why did Bret Fauvre send a pic of his weenie to his mistress?
Why is there a man running around St. Louis wearing a Superman outfit? Why is Raz B calling Marques Houston a pedohpile? Why has Toni Braxton filed for a second bankruptcy?
Why was there a naked man in East St Louis carjacking someone? Why did Kanye really cancel his appearance with Oprah? Why did a South African community group ask rapper 50 Cent to adopt a black rhinoceros to save the endangered species from poachers?Why is Nelly doing a movie based on his controversial music video “Tipdrill?” And why is there a sex tape about to come out on Tiger Woods?

Why was Farnsworth Bentley a part of one of the cyphers? And why was a snippet of Bentley ciphering shown on 106 and Park and not actually shown on the award show? Why did the banter between Trina and Trey Songz and between Kelly Rowland and Nelly seem uncomfortable to watch? Why were shoes thrown in the crowd? Why were there no rappers from the STL repped during the cyphers? Why, again, was Antoine Dodson allowed to perform The Bed Intruder Song ? And why did all the crowd got hype when he performed even knowing all the words? Why was Wocka Flocka screamin through out his performance? And why did he run out thru the crowd? Why did Rick Ross shout out, “Free Weezy?” Why did the reunion between Camron and Jim Jones seemed a bit thirsty? Why did it look like Jermaine Dupri was standing on a block to reach the mike on the podium? Why did Kanye wear white sneaks during the cipher while his protégés wore black shoes? Why did Nicki Minaj when People’s Champ over Eminem and Jay Z? And why dodnt Eminem win anything? And why was this show a train wreck?


STL photographer Katherine Bish will have an exhibit for some of her photos she had taken in her Oil Crisis Project Exhibition October 1, 7 p.m., at the Mad Art Gallery 2727 located at South 12th Street THRU OCT 31

Photographer Lance Omar Thurman and hair stylist Everett Johnson has teamed up for the mixed media project, "How I Dream You" at Thurman's newest studio located at 1308 Washington Ave. in downtown THRU Oct 31

St. Louis educator/painter Solomon Thurman is featured in an art exhibit, “Blues Style: Imaging Improvisation.” The exhibit will be held at the Chesterfield Arts at the Chesterfield Center (near Chesterfield Mall) . The exhibit will run until Nov. 13

Shows are selling out for the highly anticipated, world premiere of
High, being performed thry —November 7 at The Rep. starring Springfield, Mo native and Academy an Tony Award nominee Kathleen Turner. Purchase through the online Box Office or call (314) 968-4925 today!


El Borrachos in downtown STL are having a HappyHour presented by B Free Paparazzi Oct 14 starting at 5 p.m. • $4 B Free Blue "MutherPhucking" Margaritas• Free food samples (while they last) starts at 6pm• Buy one get one free on all well drinks• $2 Beer & $3 Sangria

Former Saturday Night Live alum and comedian/actor Rob Schneider will perform at Ameristar’s Bottleneck Blues Bar Oct 14.

Hip hop artist King Louie will perform at Heartbreakers on Lacledes Landing Oct 14 during Thursday Throwdown. FREE entry.


Stress Free Fridays Friday at 5:00pm
The Avenue
1901 St. Louis Avenue (Highway 70 to St. Louis Avenue, down the street from Crown Candy)
Join Stress Free Fridays this Friday, October 15, 2010 as we visit The Avenue, 1901 St. Louis Avenue...this is a very lively venue that offers 1/2 off on drinks, $3 Martini's, FREE FOOD, LIVE MUSIC and a 50/50 Raffle...EARLY ARRIVAL IS A MUST...5pm start time!

Common Thread: Life/Work Balance for the Visual Artist Opens at GYA Gallery and Fine Crafts October 15

Join YeYo Artists Collective on October 15, 2010 · 7:00pm - 8:00pm
2700 Locust Ave
Reception is free and open to the public, all art for sale. Proceeds and all donations go to first scholarship recipient Doris Marie O’Kain to help make the future a little brighter for one little girl. Attend the opening exhibit/ fundraiser: A Common Thread: Life/ Work Balance for the Visual Artist to help nine year old Doris Marie O’ Kain attend the school of her choice. The display runs October 15-November 8.

Grammy Award winning R&B superstar Mary J Blige comes to ST. Lousi along with Grammy nominees Jazmine Sullivan and El DeBarge Oct 16 at The Fox


The 100 Black Men St. Louis presents its Black Tie Masquerade Ball Sat. Oct 16 at Hyatt St. Lousi Regency Hotel 7 p.m. 314.367.7778



NEW: The Label presents Monday Night Football home of the best Damned Happy Hour Period hosted by Mocha .

NEW: Mocha Latte is hosting Kels da Poet book signing at Oct 19 at Big Moe’s (SEE BITZ BELOW).

NEW: Mocha Latte is hosting the Kings Party at the Loft Oct 22


NEW: Mocha is bringing back her popular monthly poetry showcase Got Lyrics Oct 28th debuting at Harris Stowe. she is hosting an open mic with six STL star poets 16 Bars,Kels,Sir Ervin,Knowledge,Lightning and RobDillard at Harris Stowe. 7 p.m.


Mocha is on the mic at the Label on 758 S. 4th STin downtown St Louisat Open Bar Saturdays






For more info on these items, contact Miss Latte at 314.646.9917 or



LMNOP hosted by Aireez Darychuss

Doors Open at 8:00 PM

Wednesdays at

Jesse's Place

Address:103 Collinsville Ave East Saint Louis


Rhythm & Words Wednesdays

2nd & 4th Wed every month

Meshon's Bar & Grill

410 N Tucker Blvd


ThundaGrownd ThursdayVariety Showcase

Final Thu. of every month

8:30pm - 10:30pm

$5 cover

Big Moe's1072 Tower Grove St

across from Sweetie Pie's

on Manchester


Word Therapy @ Club Paradise :Open Mic

Final Friday of the month

$5 cover first 10 on the sign-up list free

812 Martin Luther King Dr,East St. Louis,


New CD "ThundaGrowndPresentsA.D. Fire & Adrenaline"

MORE INFO on AireezDarychuss



Two New "Mynista" Songs Uploaded & Official "Devoted" Music Video! is just an invitation to an ONLINE listening & viewing session, this is NOT a physical event. Come thru the sites and be blessed!

My new album "Generations" is AVAILABLE NOW!-The Official "DEVOTED" Music Video (click on the link below/Youtube):
(click on the links to listen now! Lyrics will be added to my blog shortly)-


The Missouri History Museum continue sits Twilight Tuesdays Concert Series showcasing St Louis area music talent. The Free concerts take place outisde in front of Missouri History Musuem. This week's showcase is HoneyVox on Oct 19. Get more information at

Where You Want To Be Ent Presents "Tatted Up" The Writing Lab Series Book written by KelsDaPoet
Big Moes
1072 Tower Grove

Saint Louis

October 19

Time: 6 pm

$20 admission will pay for your very own copy of Kels new book, your food along with the awesome show lined up for the evening including Kels DK, Mocha Latte (who is hosting) , comedian Tahir Moore, spoken word artists TripleOps Franks, Aireez DaRychuss, Robert Robby Dill Dillard, and Tim El Thought Anderson.


NBC's show America's Got Talent will be live Oct 21 at the Fox Tehatre.


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