Wednesday, November 10, 2010




This Thursday is VETERANS DAY. Let’s remember regardless of your feelings about wars of conflict—celebrate the human beings who served by force or by choice.

THE BIG NEWS STORY in the bitz is: Kanye West and Oprah Winfrey dominated the big storiez.

Grammy Award winning Chicago bred rapper Kanye West’s tweeted his thoughts after his interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show Tuesday which will have aired today.

According to an article from, On Tuesday night, Kanye West took to Twitter to proclaim that he's done with all future press, after taping a "Today" segment with NBC anchor Matt Lauer that rubbed the MC the wrong way. However, on Wednesday, The New York Times reported that, in unedited footage of the interview, West's account of the sit-down appears somewhat inconsistent with what the video shows.

"While I was trying to give the interview they started playing the 'MTV' under me with audio!!!!!!!," West tweeted Tuesday, referring to video of Yeezy's much-ballyhooed drama with Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs. "I don't mess with Matt Lauer or the Today Show ... and that's a very nice way for me to put it

HE TRIED TO FORCE MY ANSWERS. IT WAS VERY BRUTAL AND I CAME THERE WITH ONLY POSITIVE INTENT ... I feel very alone very used very tortured very forced very misunderstood very hollow very very misused ... I don't trust anyone but myself! Everyone has an agenda. I don't do press anymore. I can't be everything to everybody anymore ... I can't be everybody's hero and villain savior and sinner Christian and anti Christ! ... I can't take anymore advice!!! I create, I'm creative, I have a good heart, everyone will see and understand one day."

According to the Times, 'Ye gets testy when footage of the incident is played during his interview, but Lauer obligingly reduces the audio.

"Yo, how am I supposed to talk?" West says. "I'm hearing it while I'm trying to talk."

Yeezy also appears irritated when footage is played of Lauer's recent interview with President George Bush, in which the former head of state dubs West's 2005 declaration that the leader "doesn't care about black people," one of "the most disgusting moments in my presidency."

"I didn't need you guys to prompt my emotions," West tells Lauer during his taping. "I don't need all the jazz."

"Today" show representatives confirmed to the Times that the interview is slated to air Thursday (November 11) and said in a statement, "We look forward to airing Matt Lauer's interview with Kanye West."

ADD: Kanye is supposed to return to the Today Show on Nov. 26 for a live concert on the plaza. Following the hoopla with this interview, it is yet to be seen if he'll actually show.

Uhhh, Ye may be a bit uncontrollable with his antics, but he gotta sell records and Roc-a-fella, his label, and Jay Z, his boss, aint havin' his disc not sell!

The Today Show knew exactly what they were doing and Ye is smart enough, we hope, to know what they were doing. They were exactly trying to rev him up emotionally in order to get the buzz going meaning more ratings for the show. The way things are going, these two incidents (The Bush comment and the Taylor Swift incident) will unfortunately be the events that will define Ye’s career and his legacy.

Chicago talk show mogul Oprah Winfrey was given an airplane for the final season of her popular daytime talk show. The Boeing 757 had been newly painted from its nose to its tail last Thursday and designated the official Oprah Winfrey Farewell Season jet.

The 182 passengers had no idea what they were in for when they boarded the United Flight Thursday morning in Chicago.

Once on board, instead of watching the standard safety instructional video, passengers were surprised to see an address from Oprah herself. They were given some of Oprah's favorite flight accessories - fleece blankets and bags of Garrett popcorn.

The biggest surprise was unveiled in the middle of the flight when 26-year-old Michael Faulman was awarded a free round-the-world flight.

The Oprah Winfrey Farewell Season United million mile giveaway will continue through May with one lucky winner chosen each month. The winner will be selected at random and there's no way to know which flights will be on the Oprah jet.

So basically, if you get on the Oprah plane, the safety procedures will include that they may win a free round trip somewhere. LOL

In unrelated newz, Oprah and her gal pal Gayle King’s camping adventure was broadcast last Monday and Tuesday on her daytime talk show. In the shows, they headed to Yosemite National Park in California to help out park ranger Shelton Johnson who wrote to Oprah about his concerns of the lack of African Americans camping in national parks. As a result Oprah and Gayle went to visit him and his park. On the shows they showed Oprah and Gayle beginning their trip at Fresno Airport, where they hopped into a Chevy Tahoe. Their first stop: REI, to stock up camping gear. During their adventure they lean safety in camping, mix it up with fellow campers and cameras showing them without makeup waking up in the morning and addressed the long-standing rumor that the two are lesbians.

"Let's just add to that lesbian rumor," King said to Winfrey as the two women headed to bed in their Coleman Pop-Up Camper after a night of entertaining other campers. She then beckoned, "Come on in baby!"

Oprah laughed hysterically and in her famous tone often reserved for when she gives fabulous things away to her viewers she yelled: "lesbian ruuuuuuumorsssssss."

Oprah says she enjoyed the whole experience of being at Yosemite. "Just the beauty of the park. Everything about it's spectacular...being surrounded by the cathedral of stone," she says. "Now I want to see all the other national parks."

Well, we can say one thing, Oprah knows how to self promote herself and she and gal pal has a sense of humor about the rumors. Now let’s see how many black people will trek to Yosemite.

In unrelated Oprah newz, she made an appearance at the Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Awards in New York Tuesday where she introduced one of the honorees, Oscar winning actress Julia Roberts, and said prior to bringing out Roberts revealed that she's partnered with Roberts' production company on a new show called Extraordinary Moms. "Because that is what she loves the most." Oprah said Roberts is most alive as a mother and wife.

In related newz, a homeless man in New York City says he stopped Oprah over last weekend asking for some funds. Winfrey who was in New York for the Glamour Magazine Awards this past weekend, caught dinner with friends last Saturday night in the trendy Meatpacking District. Julio Bazen is the homeless man who tells the "New York Post" that as Oprah sat outside the Soho House in a limo, he approached her and asked her for some cash.

At first, Bazen says, Oprah opened her purse and told him she was short on money...but when he whipped out this joke, he got a nice tip in return: "Hey, Oprah," the man says he told her, "why is it good to date a homeless man?" Why? "When you're finished [with the date], you can drop him off anywhere."

Bazen reports the joke went over well -- "She laughed!" -- as Oprah's hand emerged with five $20 bills. How did Bazen spend his hundred bucks? "On booze, underwear and a steak dinner," the "Post" reports.

We are sure next up for Bazen—a trip to the Oprah Show, no doubt or at least autographs at his resting stoop. LOL


In more unrelated Oprah newz, Forbes Magazine listed Hollywood’s Highest-Earning Women and Oprah topped the list, earning $315 million between June 2009 and June 2010. Not only is she the highest-earning woman–she is the best-paid entertainer period, regardless of gender.

Kanye West's is back in the newz as his upcoming CD"My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” leaked online this week via Torrent and other MP3 download pirate sites. Many are already raving about what they're hearing too (Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield gave the album a 5 out of 5 star rating).

The CD, which is set to be released Nov. 22. has a total of five album covers, The initial one(PICTURED) is the most controversial one (a portrait by George Condo) that shows West being straddled by an armless winged female (a phoenix). Both characters are depicted nude, and one nipple of the phoenix's breasts and her buttocks are visible. The painting is centered on a red background with a thin yellow border. The artwork follows along the apparent theme of the album, as well as West's music film "Runaway".[38] According to an interview with MTV News, this is one of five album covers; all of them will be included with its purchase. A pixelated censored version of the cover is used on iTunes Store.

Kanye revealed all 5 different covers via a UStream conference.

A second cover, with a painting of a ballerina by Condo, was posted on the pre-order page. It was intended to be the original artwork for "Runaway," but West used a photograph of a ballerina instead.

The third album cover.

The fourth album cover.

The fifth album cover.

In unrelated Ye newz, last Friday, Ye stunned passengers on a Delta flight from Minneapolis to New York by hopping on the plane's public address system and performing a stripped-down mini-concert.

According to Hollywood Life, West, who was seated in first class, jumped on the plane's loudspeaker system about a half hour into the flight and performed clean versions of his hits "Good Life" and "Gold Digger."

"I had to pass through first class to get my seat in economy, and I saw Kanye sitting there with a little drink in his hand," a passenger who witnessed the impromptu show told the website. "I wouldn't have even thought it was him, but he was sitting with a very PR-looking lady. He was like, "Yo, this your n---a, Kanye." Then he couldn't decide if he wanted to do "The Good Life" or "Gold Digger," so he was like, "I'll just do a little bit of both." It was awesome ... but I still have no idea how he got into the cockpit."

Long as he didn’t try to touch the sky on the plane, I think it was harmless. LOL

To see him performing in the friendly skies go to


In more unrelated Ye newz, West made a surprise jump-up on Sunday night at the MTV Europe Awards in Madrid, where he made an unannounced appearance alongside 30 Seconds to Mars during their pre-show performance of "Hurricane."

In more unrelated Ye newz, Judge throws out Suge Knights lawsuit against Ye Marion "Suge" Knight is set to appeal a decision made by a Miami judge involving a lawsuit he has against fellow rap star, Kanye West. The Suge Knight lawsuit against Kanye involves a shooting that occurred at a 2005 Miami Shore Club party hosted by West where Suge alleges the security wasn't heavy enough, resulting in him getting shot in the leg. reports that Knight is seeking over $1 million in damages from the rap producer. Reportedly the judge dismissed this lawsuit for insufficient evidence saying a shooting at the party was not foreseeable, but that won't cause Suge Knight to rest his case. West’s attorney didn’t want Ye to settle because he said the lawsuit was "ill-conceived" ever since its start. .

And we agree. Knight is eager for cash—bottom line. That’s just like saying, Someone can sue Mother Nature for rain and they forgot to bring their umbrella!!!!!


And in even more unrelated Ye newz, his songs “Monster” and “Runaway” are resting back to back in the Top 50 on Billboards Hot 100at No. 49 (falling 31 spots in its 3rd week on the chart peaking at No. 18) and No. 50 (moving up one spot inits 5th week on the chart peaking at No. 12) respectively.

St. Joseph, Mo. native and award winning rapper/producer Eminem is on the cover of the December issue of Rolling Stone. In the cover story, Em talks about his trust issues with women, his long battle with prescription drugs, and the pain of being abandoned by his father at six months old, as well as his incredible musical comeback and his quest to score the highest score in the history of Donkey Kong.

In unrelated newz, Em won the Best Hip Hop Award at the 17th annual MTV Europe Music Awards which was presented live Sunday at the Caja Magica Venue in Madrid, Spain.

In unrelated newz, his third single from his platinum CD, “Recovery”, “No Love” featuring Lil Wayne continues its rebound as it moves up seven spots to No. 40 landing in the Top 40 of this week’s Billboard Hot 100 in its 10th week on the chart, The song originally peaked at No. 23.

St. Louis native actor Jon Hamm was in a skit that aired on the debut episode of Conan O’Brien’s new talk show Conan Monday on TBS. O’Brien opened with a very funny segment that featured cameo appearances by Hamm and CNN’s Larry King. The bit parodied NBC’s ousting and Conan’s foray into the working world. He gets rejected by Mad Men, works at Burger King and is hired as a clown. In the end Larry King shows up as Conan O’Brien’s guardian angel and advises him, “I have two words for you – basic cable.” Hamm was an actual guest on the show Wednesday.

Oak Park, Ill native and multi Emmy-Award winning actress Betty White received another honor recently—honorary U.S. Forest Ranger. On Tuesday, White was named an Honorary Forest Ranger by the US Forest Service at the Kennedy Center in Washington Tuesday. White has stated in numerous interviews that her first ambition as a young girl was "to become a forest ranger, but they didn't allow women to do that back then". White was in Washington for a ceremony to honor comedian Tina Fey who received the nation's top humor prize.

Chicago native and Internet sensation Antoine Dodson is on the fifth minute of his 15 minutes as he appeared on George Lopez Show recently talkin’ about his newfound fame from the web viral creation, “The Bedroom Song.” The Internet superstar and entrepreneur Antoine Dodson flew to Orlando, FL to create a new line of voice greeting cards for Antoine's fans will be able to select from a variety of personalized birthday cards, Christmas cards, motivational messages and funny greetings to be sent directly to anyone's voicemail or through a live call, email as an ecard or social network page like Facebook and Twitter. "We expect Antoine's greeting cards to be extremely popular this holiday season. He is very charismatic and people love him around the world," says CEO Andre Forde.

We wonder if the cards will be popular next Christmas(or even exist)—that’s the question.

Did yawl know that renowned pet/playwright Ntoazke Shange aka Paulette Williams was raised in St Louis during her pre-teen years? She and her working class parents moved from her birth town Trenton, NJ to the STL at age 8 and stayed til the age of 13 when they moved Back to New Jersey. Shange is receiving a boost of interest in her works from the commercial success of her choreopoem, “for colored girls who considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf” was adapted to film when Tyler Perry write and directed the film version, “For Colored Girls” (that opened in theatres nationwide Nov 5—SEE OUTTOWN REVIEW at ) When asked about whether she had doubts on Perry adapting her classic work she said, “I had a lot of qualms. I worried about his characterizations of women as plastic." In reference to the film post-production, she said that she was “85 percent pleased with it” and stated "I think he did a very fine job, although I'm not sure I would call it a finished film."

Hmm, that’s a nice way of saying she was glad of the publicity but not too happy with how the film was adapted.


St. Louis country station WIL 92.3 FM that was nominated for Station of The Year (Major Market) for the 44th Annual Country Music Association Music Awards did not win They lost to - KWJJ, from Portland, Ore. KWJJ was a first time nominee and winner. The winners will be announced on the CMA Music Awards program Wednesday on ABC-TV

It appears as though syndicated radio talk show Tom Joyner(RIGHT) let the cat out of the bag on a surprise performance when he had St. Louis resident R&B vet singer Ron Isley on his show Wednesday via Atlanta where he, as well as Joyner, were in town for the taping of the 2nd Annual Soul Train Music Awards later that day where Isley received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Joyner, who did the background voice overs for the show, told his radio crew that Isley told him, in confidence, that Chicago native and Grammy Award winning

singer/producer R Kelly will make a surprise appearance to perform during the Isley tribute as well perform his Top 30 R&B hit, “Whan A Woman Loves” (which is currently at No. 25 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop Chart) . Guess we will find out this week from reports long before it actually airs Nov 28 on BET and Centric.

In unrelated Isley newz, his newest CD, “The I” will be released Nov 30.

In related newz, Ton Joyner mentioned on his morning show today, Thursday, that the Soul Train Music Awards started an hour late (starting at 9 p.m. EST) Wednesday nite due to security checking folk at the front and taping lasted til 2 a.m. EST Thursday morning! And to make matters worse, Ron Isley was scheduled last on the show and from Joyner's report, the legendary singer was "cussin up a storm" for the length of the taping. He finally got on stage at 1 a.m. CST to tape his segment.


In unrelated Tom Joyner Morning Show newz, St. Louis native comic/actor Guy Torry was on the show this morning, Thursday, to pub a show in Arlington, Texas, but he did a hilarious bit about his father, a Vietnam vet, during his tribute to Veteran's Day. To hear the segment go to

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St. Louis bred Grammy Award winning rap mogul Nelly will perform on Saturday’s Manny Pacquiao – Antonio Margarito World Super Welterweight Championship pay-per-view broadcast. Nelly will sing his platinum hit single “Just a Dream” for the first time live immediately prior to the ring entrances of Pacquiao and Margarit , in front of a live crowd at Cowboys Stadium.

In unrelated Nelly newz, he co-hosted 106 and Park with hosts Terrence and Rocsi during Fridays show before Halloween.

To see the video go to

Nelly released the final track listing of his upcoming CD, “5.0” which will be released Nov. 16.

The listings are

-- "I'm Number 1," featuring Baby and DJ Khaled

-- "Long Gone," featuring Plies and Chris Brown

-- "She's So Fly," featuring T.I.

-- "Just a Dream"

-- "Making Movies"

-- "Move That Body," featuring T-Pain and Akon

-- "1000 Stacks"

-- "Gone," featuring Kelly Rowland

-- "Don't It Feel Good"

-- "Broke," featuring Yo Gotti and Sophie Green

-- "Liv Tonight," featuring Keri Hilson

-- "Nothing Without Her"

iTunes Bonus Track

-- "Giving Her the Grind," featuring Sean Paul

Deluxe Album Bonus Tracks

-- "Go," featuring Talib Kweli and Ali

-- "If I Gave U 1," featuring Avery Storm

-- "k.I.s.s.," featuring Dirty Money and Murphy Lee

“Tippin in the Club” did not make the cut.

In related Nelly newz, his comeback single “Just A Dream” continues its slow slide down in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 this week falling down one spot from No.5 t No. 6 in its 13th week on the chart. Again, the song keeps it bullet and has sold over 2 million digital loads on I-Tunes. It peaked at No. 3. Also this week, Nelly extends his lead for most Pop Songs No. 1s among rappers, as "Just a Dream" rises 2-1. The song is the hip-hop star's fifth No. 1, distancing him further from Eminem, who ranks second with three rap toppers. He trails only Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga and Rihanna, each with six leaders in the Nielsen BDS-based chart's 18-year history.


St. Louis native Chingy is hoping his rap comeback will be soon as he released a new single entitled "Down Thru Durr", produced by Swift. A video was also released for the single. It will be featured on Chingy's upcoming album that will be released sometime in 2011.

IN ILLIMO reality:

The second season of The Fashion Show has two ILLIMOians in its 12 member cast. The designers that are competing to make the ultimate collection and working in fashion House teams are Tamara Jones from Chitown and Calvin Tran (who is the ultra diva on the show) from Urbana, Ill. It airs Tuesdays on Bravo TV. Both designers who are in the same group survived Week One.

Former St. Louis Rams QB and city fave Kurt Warner was voted off Dancing with the Stars on the Results Show last Tuesday in Week 8 of “Dancing with the Stars.” Warner and partner Anna Trebunskaya got some of their best scores in a double-performance show on Monday but still landed near the bottom because so many of the other dancers were outstanding.

Warner was always praised for his personality and charm but rarely for his dancing ability, and flaws showed up in his performance of the slow-paced waltz.

"With only five left, you definitely feel like it's playoff time," Warner said last Monday on the competition portion of the show . "The competition has tightened. You definitely know that one slip-up and you're going home."

Rockford, Ill native Kayla Ferell survived TEN on Cycle 15 of “America’s Next Top Model”. The show airs Wednesdays on the CW. She is now in the Top FOUR.

Survivor St. Louis native and current Venice, Calif resident model Jud "Fabio" Birza survived Week TEN of “Survivor: Nicaragua." The show airs Wednesdays on CBS. The remaining 10 contestants are merged to one tribe.

Chitown native chef Trev McGrath will survived WEEK TEN of Hell’s Kitchen. He is one of six contestants left. The show returned to its regular spot on Wednesdays at Fox after being preempted y the World Series this week episodes 9 and 10 were aired back to back.


St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols hopes to get a new extension on his one year contract renewal with the team. Last week he offered a deadline for the extension as he is relaxing in his native Dominican Republic. The team was on record that Pujols’ contract will be top priority and will discuss it during the off season long before he becomes a free agent after the 2011 Season. According to an Associated Press report from the Dominican, Pujols told reporters there that he would like to spend the rest of his career with the Cardinals.

"But," he is quoted as saying, "that is something that I cannot control."

Less than a week after the end of the 2010 regular season, the Cardinals reportedly exercised their $16-million option on Pujols' contract for 2011. By triggering the option, the Cardinals brought the total value of the contract Pujols' signed in February 2004 to $116 million over eight years.

In related newz, Pujols is one of five contenders the for National League MVP Award. The others are Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies, Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego Padres, Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds and Carlos Gonzale, Colorado Rockies. The critics are saying, Votto will win. The award will be handed out Nov 21.


Speaking of awards and the Cardinals, catcher Yadier Molina won the Best Defensive Player and Pujols won the 2010 National League Rawlings Gold Glove Award announced Wednesday. Its Molina’s third consecutive award and Pujols’ second—his first was in 2006. For Molina, his win put him into a tie with the two other Cardinals' catchers who won that many for the club -- his mentor Mike Matheny (who’s won four) and former catcher Tom Pagnozzi. Molina is the first catcher in Cardinals history, however, to win the award in three consecutive years. This is the ninth season since 2000 that the Cardinals have had at least two Gold Glove Award winners.


ST. Louis Rams rookie Sam Bradford is vying for the NFL Offensive Rookie Award. He is up for the award along with Dez Bryant, Dallas, Mike Williams, Tampa Bay, Javhid Best, Detroit, Ryan Matthews, San Diego and Aaron Hernandez, New England. The award, which is selected by Associated Press along with the Defensive player, is presented to the winner during a press conference in the host city of the Super Bowl (thi s year at Cowboy Stadium) as part of the week's festivities. The Superbowl will be Feb. 6


The St. Louis Blues winning streak was sidelined Wednesday by a crushing blow to one of its star players at its home game with the Blue Jackets at ScottTrade Center when forward T.J. Oshie left during the third period after breaking his left ankle. As a result, Oshie would need surgery and would be out indefinitely. The Blues also lost 8-1 ending its winning streak of games won (seven). According to reports, OShie will be re-examined Thursday on the severity of the injury that occurred when, midway through the third period, the Blue Jackets’ Samuel Pahlsson fell awkwardly on top of Oshie when the two were involved in a skirmish in the corner.


A St. Clair County Associate judge last Thursday lifted the temporary restraining order he issued against the Illinois High School Association after the association had reportedly ruled days prior to the restraining order that East St. Louis High used an ineligible player. The ruling knocked the Flyers out of the football playoffs for the second time after winning their game against BellevilleWest (41-10) played after the judge Okd their eligibility and record(On Oct. 26, the IHSA told the school it would have to forfeit its first five games of the season which were all wins, putting the team on the sidelines before the temp order was granted to the school under the argument that the school didn’t have time to respond to the change).

The player in question was senior defensive lineman Charles Tigue because Tigue did not reside in the East St. Louis school district(a requirement clause in IHSA’s policy) The team also will have to forfeit its 10 wins from 2009 for using Tigue and two games (both wins) Tigue played in 2007, his freshman season. As a result, Belleville West won by default and played rival Bellevile East (who won 29-13)last Saturday. It is the first time in association history that a school has had to forfeit a postseason football win while the playoffs were in progress. East St. Louis can appeal the judge's decision, although the district has not announced its intentions.

Wow bummer for E--Side.


A couple of St. Louisans are set to appear in a dubious case on "Judge Joe Brown," the syndicated half-hour reality courtroom series broadcast locally on KTVI (Channel 2). The judge was scheduled to hear the case of Amber Rook, who was suing her former boyfriend, Jason Stock, for over $900. The show aired Monday.


Chicago natives-Comedian P.K (PICTURED RIGHT) and actor Todd RaSean, actress Brittany Wilkinson, actor/model Richard Gallion (PICTURED FAR RIGHT) and actress Angela Evans will star in the gospel stageplay “Love Me or Leave Me” that will make its world premiere on the Gospel Music Channel Nov. 13. Its main stars are actresses Elise Neal (“All of Us”) and Terry Vaughn (“Steve Harvey Show”) and actors Clifton Powell (“Next Friday”), Carl Payne (“Martin”), and Tyler Perry stageplay actors Christian Keyes and singer Terrell Carter . The Gospel Channel can be seen in the St. Louis area Cable: CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS channel 126 and Satellite: DISH NETWORK DIRECTV channel 338


Hit techno pop singer Ke$ha stops in St. Louis Feb. 22, 2011, according to her touring schedule released today. The itinerary says she'll perform at the Pageant for the local stop of her "Get $leazy" tour, which begins in Portland on Feb. 15, 2011.The Pageant hasn't released information on the show, and ticket information isn't available.


STL Today columnist Deb Peterson reported this week that teen hearthhrob Justin Bieber hit the St. Louis Science Center Monday morning before his big show at the Scottrade Center. From her report, while tooling around the center, Bieber stopped to conduct some experiments in the Life Science Lab, visited "Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body" exhibit and piloted a Segway through Forest Park.

The Science Center's social media conscious Mr. T. Rex (twitter: @slsc) tweeted about it: "Guess who I just saw in our Life Science Lab?

@justinbieber Do you think he'd be OK if I went to his concert? Are dinosaurs allowed to go?"

Bieber also tweeted with Nelly (twitter: @nelly_mo) who told him: "they luv u in da lou!!"

Veteran Grammy Award winning singer/actress Patti LaBelle will perform at Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis' 2011 Dinner with the Stars Annual Fundraiser. It'll take place May 7, 2011 at the Chase Park Plaza's Khorassan Ballroom.

Comedians Sommore and Tom Joyner Morning Show political analyst DL Hughley is coming to Chaifetz Arena Feb 25, 2011.


R&B veteran group Zapp will perform at the Ambassador Dec. 10 and Blues legend Latimore will perform Nov. 26. Both shows are part of Foxy 95.5's Concert Series.


St. Louis native rock legend Chuck Berry will perform Dec. 15. In the Duck Room at the Blueberry Hill.


The St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame will enshrine 16 new members at The St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame's Second Annual Enshrinement Ceremony takes place Nov 16 at the Millennium Hotel in Downtown St. Louis. The members are Brett Hull (PICTURED) , Jim Hart, Bob Broeg, Hale Irwin, Ted Simmons, Dizzy Dean, Marshall Faulk(PICTURED), Dick Vermeil (PICTURED), Cliff Hagan, Steve Stipanovich, Al MacInnis, Joe Garagiola, Don Carter, George Sisler, Pat McBride, and Butch Buchholz.


St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson will host a party to celebrate two events in his life: his team rushing record-setting accomplishment and the launch of 39 Wishes, SJ 39 Foundation's holiday program during the season of giving helping give 39 families a wonderful Christmas. The event will take place Friday, November 12 at Mandarin Lounge. The vent is promoted by SYNERGY, Crown Royal, Mandarin, and the SJ39 Foundation. Music By DJ Big D. For more info call: 314-367-4447, or

The Game Network’s “The Newlywed Game” has two ILLIMOians involved on the show. Its new host Chitown native talk show host/comedian Sheri Shepherd of The View and University City, Mo. native writer Ari Yolkut who also wrote for the hit game show, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”


Left Bank Books and Vintage Vinyl will present a live telecast with rapper Jay Z and poet/educator/activist Dr. Cornell West Nov 15 at Vintage Vinyl, 6610 Delmar. West will interview Jay-Z at the New York Public Library about his book “Decoded,” a narrative journey through the lyrics and life of one of the most prolific artists of our time, multi-platinum, 10 time Grammy Award winning entrepreneur and icon, Jay-Z. At the event, Vintage Vinyl will feature Jay-Z's music, and Left Bank Books will sell SIGNED copies of “Decoded.”FREE entry.


NPR host Michele Norris will be a guest lecturer at Maryville University’s Talks Books Series, Nov 17 at Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust, at 7 p.m. She will talk about and sign copies of her new book “In The Grace of Silence,” about race in this country and her own family's racial history. Free. Also, Friends of Left Bank Books Literary Society members are invited to join her for a special pre-event reception at the Four Seasons (999 N. 2nd St.). RSVPs are required. Friends may RSVP by emailing or calling 314.367.6731


Popular culinarian and New York Times columnist Harold McGee will be part of a panel discussion of good cooking , Nov 16 at the Mad Art Gallery on 2727 S. 12 th Street. McGee also will discuss his latest book of “Keys to Good Cooking,” providing the answers to many kitchen conundrums. Plus, McGee will be joined on stage for a discussion on Keys to Good Cooking by local chefs John Womick (L'Ecole Culinaire), Josh Galliano (Monarch), Anthony Devoti (Five Bistro), and Kevin Nashan (Sydney Street). St. Louis's culinary monthly magazine Sauce, is co-sponsoring the event. Books for signing must be purchased from Left Bank Books. FREE.

There will be a launch for the new STL based mens golf and lifestyle magazine titled, "Avid.” It will debut Nov. 17 at a launch party featuring pro-golfer Steve Elkington at Bar Napoli in Clayton. The magazine’s editor-in-chief is Dan Michel, a Mizzou J-school grad formerly with


The popular crime paper St. Louis Metro Evening Whirl is featured in the November issue of St. Louis Magazine.


NYC native/St. Louis resident stylist Ola will be representing both her native and current residency with events she is either hosting, producing or being the “face.” On Thursday, she will have fashion shows at Harrys and on the 18th she will have a Model 101 Boot Camp at her studio both starting at her Ola Styles Studio which will have its grand opening party Dec. 2, located at 18173 Edison, Suite C in Chesterfield as well as the debut of her Ola jeans for men and women; plus, her work with Vera Wang as the Spokesperson for Vera Wang Dec 6-8, on Dec 11, she will have a fashion show and toy drive at Mandarin, and lastly, she will have a Ola Style Fashion Show Preview on Dec 18 at The Thaxton Speakeasy.


Singer and world traveler Silky Sol will have a b-day bash Sunday at Janae’s West at the weekly Slow It Down Sundays where she performs (SEE PROMOCIALICIOUS BELOW)


Beautiful singing duo Az One is re-releasing its holiday album, “Christmas With Az One” Listen to the album on Itunes or

You can download the album or order a hard copy of the album at


Rapper Lil Harvey will have a video shoot Sunday, November 14 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm at ST.Vincent Park in Pagedale.


Another one of the Big Three Clubs involved in the club violence probe this summer was back in the newz. Last Saturday, three men reportedly robbed several women outside popular downtown nightclub, Club 15. According to St. Louis Police, six women were standing in front of Club 15 on Locust Street around 11:00 p.m. when three men, one armed with a gun, approached them, demanding their purses. Witnesses say after the robbery the men jumped into a white vehicle and sped off. This was the second incident of crime that has occurred with the Big Three within weeks. Soon after the end of Halloween weekend, a 20-year-old man Travis Parker, was shot and killed by a gunman outside of Sugar’s Lounge. New reports indicate that he just left the lounge after attending Erotic Energy Sundays promoted in part by socialite Ashley Puryear (which was an 18 and over weekly event which has now been cancelled ) and reportedly after he had an argument with the gunman over a woman allegedly inside the bar or near it.

It seems as though the reprieves that Club 15 and Sugars Lounge got from the city board could be in jeopardy the way things are going. So, as Freeman Bosley Jr., the attorney for the owners of Lure Nightclub( the other third of the Big Three that got shut down by the city for complaints from outside violence), crime is still gong on near the other two clubs even with Lure closing. We are sure this is not the end of this.


Also during last weekend, on the East Side of the Sippi, an early morning blaze destroyed the strip joint Soft Touch Lounge early Saturday. No one reportedly was injured and it took 13 fire departments from the metro-east 45 minutes to bring the intense blaze under control, Assistant Fire Chief Ken Perry said.

Perry said a call reporting a fully involved fire was made at 6:18 a.m. Saturday. The business had been open Friday night into Saturday morning and had closed at 5:30 a.m.

Hmm, sounds like someone was planning a nice bonus check for an insurance company—and the fore just so happens to set ablaze after the club closed. Okay. Gotcha.


There will be VIDEO SHOOT & AFTERSET FOR DONNIE BANXX "LET DAT GIRL BREATHE" FEAT. ALOHA MI'SHO THIS SUNDAY 11/14 @ THE LABEL during Helly Fly Promotions and Rockhouse’s weekly event Sexy As YoU Wanna Be.


Socialite and event promoter Sonia Branscomb, who manages the building where Club Amnesia is now housed, is back in the event game again. She is catering toward the over 30 crowd with a new networking night at the venue, It Is What It Is Fridays. It will take place every second Friday and the first one will start Dec. 10. Branscomb’s past endeavors at the spot included running it when it was Club Isis and Club Formula back in the early 2000s.


Event planner Alice Prince is also back in the event game also in the same spot at Amnesia. There, she will host “Live, Work, and Unwind” a Happy Hour event every Frdiay starting November 12 starting at 05:30 PM and ends before midnite Prince administered events at the old Club AJs at the former Adams Mark Hotel in downtown St. Louis (which is now the Hyatt).

For more info :310-691-0128


Promotion group Soul U has moved its new monthly poetry showcase within a month after moving to a new venue which has now closed. The group held its event at Sweet Basil on Locust last month after moving it there from the weekly spot St. Louis Bar and Grill (ala “Death of Soul Stage”) but the venue closed this month and the promotion team now has moved it to Legacy Books and café on Delmar. The next one will be Nov. 20, and every third Saturdays thereafter. The showcase also will rotate to different venues.

Did yawl know that promoters King Kerry (RIGHT) of Hella Fly Promotions and Darryl Oliver (FAR RIGHT) are cousins? Who knew? We found out from Oliver’s Facebook entry last week when they shopped on Michigan Avenue in Chicago where Oliver had the comedy show featuring Earthquake, Sheryl Underwood and St. Louis native Lavell Crawford at Arie Crown Theatre (Kerry attended) Oliver wrote “had to take a nap after my cousin king kerry and i tried to hit every store on mich.”


We got word that Delux Magazine is planning an anniversary party that will be the party of all parties (With a helicopter entrance and everything!). So far all we heard was it will be Dec 4. We will keep you informed as to all the details!

LASTLY, good news for Fox 2 News personality April Simpson . She is currently resting at home with her family who came from her native state of Arkansas after having major surgery to remove a tumor from her brain*which was benign) last Friday. Simpson documented her journey to surgery through videos she posted on her Facebook page last month.


STL B-DAZE –SCORPIO-IANS (week 4) actor Edwin Morrow, singer Silky Sol, Hollywood agent Sheila Morrow (Edwin’s mother—PICTURED), painter Carlos Rodrigus singer Katrina Reece, photographers Nicholas Powell and Chantell Overton, promoters Roy Robinson, Sonia Branscomb, and club owner Jason Spain, and boutique co-owner/graphic artist Brooklyn Kingsboro

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IN THE MIA FILE. Where is STL based playwright Marty K Casey?

BLIND PICZ. Who was driving this vehicle that had the writing LOVE BUG on the side of the car parked at the Crown Foods BP Station in downtown East St. Louis recently?

PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Which STL promoters/socialites are gettin’ it in this week? Mocha Latte and Silky Sol (TIE) and comedian Maurice G and The Men of Freetime ( Adrian Saddler, Daryl Frierson, and Roy Robinson) (TIE)

Mocha Latte.(FAR LEFT) This vibrant sista is always getting it in each week with her hoisting duties at The Label on Mondays for her Best Damned Happy Hour PERIOD during Monday Night Football and the popular Open Bar Saturdays

Silky Sol. (LEFT)This vibrant sista is making soulful sounds at two popular ongoing events: This Friday she guest hosts the monthly SOULFUL SOUND FRIDAYS " at Klub Klymaxx at the Ambassador (SEE EVENTZ BELOW) and on Sunday, she will celebrate her bday at the weekly SLOW DOWN SUNDAYS at Janae’s West, 7555 Olive Blvd (starting at 5 p.m.) where she and her band performs(SEE OUTGOING BITZ).

Adrian Saddler, Daryl Freirson and Roy Robinson. (RIGHT) These upscale brothas always keeps it classy with their networking events. On Friday, they, along with promotion group SYGU are joining forces with Gentleman Jacks to present Art, Beats and Lyrics that will take place Friday at the Palladium (SEE EVENTZ BELOW) and on Saturday, Freetime member Robinson will join forces with Jason Spain of the City Lounge for Robinson’s b-day celebration that is celebrating with Spain as well Internet radio personality Craig Blac at The City Lounge.

Maurice G.(FAR RIGHT) This handsome gent always gets it in with the comedy in through his promotion company, Fun E Katz. This Friday, he will host and perform at the special comedy show called The Scorpio Comedy Jam at the Ambassador Nov 12 (SEE EVENTZ BELOW) and this Sunday, host and perform at his weekly event, So Funny Sundays also at the Ambassador(SEE OUTGOING BITZ) .

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

Why did comedian Charlie Murphy cuss out students at Grambling State during a comedy show when they booed him then walked off ?(STL folk should remember he did the same thing at the Fox Theatre in 2002) Why does the city of Dallas wanna sue The Dallas Cowboys? Why did Kim Kardashian get a record deal? Why did Kanye do an impromptu concert on a recent flight? Why does it seem as though Tyler Perry is fascinated with having Janet Jackson in his movie s(She’s been in three)? Why haven’t we heard a new CD from rapper Jibbs? Why does Mo’Nique wear skinny girl heels on her talk show that hurt her feet? Why did actor Idris Elba kick out his girlfriend from his house a few months after their child was born? Why does model Iman come off as an ice queen on her Project Runway ripoff show “Fashion Show?” Why did Ashley Puryear shut down Erotic Energy Sundays at Sugar’s Lounge? Why isn’t singer Aretha Franklin’s illness been disclosed? Why do celebs take nude or semi nude pics of themselves with their cell phones and send them out to whomever knowing sooner or later the pics will be leaked on the Internet? Why did the art department for Michael Jackson upcoming self titled CD pull the “symbol” that was used by Prince back in the 1990s off the original artwork from the CD? Why did the Soul Train Music Awards finish taping the show in the wee hours of the nite until the next day? And why does the new Michael Jackson song, “Breaking News” sound very average? And why now does Katherine and Joe Jackson reveal on Oprah that Michael had too many nose surgeries and that he was given beatings respectively?


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


The production Next Fall will play through November 14 at the Grandel Theatre, 3160 Grandel Square.

SMIRNOFF VODKPRESENTS MASTE OF THEMIX HOSTED BY STL native DJ CHARLIE CHAN SOPRANO Each Friday in November at 609, The Junkyard, Imperial palace and The Loft respectively. The sets will be filmed and aired on Bet and Centric until the end of the year. Check your local listings for times.


The super welterweight bout between Pacquio v Margurito will be shown at Love Nightclub, located on 4th and Washington (formerly The Jazz Spot) this Saturday. Everyone free til 11 p.m.


The 19th Annual Stella Artois St. Louis International Film Festival, presented by Cinema St. Louis, will take place November 11-21. Over 300 films will be screened at venues across the St. Louis area; around 100 guests, including actors and filmmakers, will be present at many of the screenings to discuss their work. More than 70 filmmaking guests will accompany screenings, and SLIFF will present major awards to Stacy Keach, Harry Shearer, Rob Nilsson, Stanley Nelson, and Jenna Fischer. Because of the tragic, unexpected death of native St. Louisan George Hickenlooper (PICTURED) on Oct. 30, SLIFF is altering its plans and mounting a tribute to the filmmaker. The festival is slated to open with the St. Louis premiere of “Casino Jack,” directed by Hickenlooper.

The “Casino Jack” screening – at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Tivoli Theatre – will continue as planned. But SLIFF is cancelling the cocktail party that was to precede the film and is instead devoting a tribute program to Hickenlooper, a former Cinema St. Louis Award winner. The tribute will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Tivoli. SLIFF’s main venues are the Hi-Pointe Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, and Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium.


Join Stress Free Fridays this Friday, November 12, at Studio Blu, 8909 Natural Bridge starting at 5 p.m.


Fun E Kats presents The Scorpio Comedy Jam Nov, 12 at the Ambassador.

Hosted by Maurice G. Doors open @ 7:30PM / Show @ 8:30PM

Starring: K – Dubb (Comic View,MoNique Show, Ricky Smiley Morning Show)

DeAndre Whitner & More; Hosted By Maurice G Scorpios FREE / All others $5

w/ ticket before 8:30PM $10 General Admission

Gentleman Jacks SYGU and Freetime present Arts, Beats and Lyrics

Friday at 7:00pm - November 12

The Palladium

1400 Park Ave

AB+L is an urban art exhibit that highlights graffiti, photography and paintings fused w live music, djing and breakdancing..

Free entry, Free drinks, dope art and good music...there's nothing to lose but time.




Hella Fly Promotions & Grand Finale Presents The Riverview/Normandy/

Pattonville Alumni Reunion Friday Nov.12th At The Broadway. Home Of

The 5$ Drinks.Yall Asked For It Now Lets See Who Gonna Rep The Hardest

The Vikings, Rams & Pirates.We Got Derrty Dj Cd On The 1s & 2s


Midnight Musical Extravagazna

Location America's Center Saint Louis

10:30 p.m. Nov 12.


Country group The Nitty Gritty Dirt band will perform at the Argosy Nov 12.


Rapper/producer Playboy Ro is one of the featured STL acts who will perform at the next showcase SOULFUL SOUND FRIDAYS " Nov 12th. Also performing are Theresa Payne, C Jay Conrod, TaSha Ryan, Cheron Brash, Tiffany Elle, and Sineta. Hosted by singer Aloha. Klub Klymaxx inside the Ambassador, 9800 NEW HALLS FERRY ROAD Friday at 8:30pm


The Cinematic Titanic will be live on stage at the Family Arena Nov 13


Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles will perform Nov. 13 at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center.


Walter Hawkins Tribute

Saturday, November 13 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Location St. Luke Memorial Baptist Church


















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


Mocha has brought back her popular poetry showcase Got Lyrics. It is now monthly instead of weekly. This month it will be at Club Envy on New Halls Ferry Nov, 24 at 7 p.m.


Mocha is on the mic at the Label on 758 S. 4th ST in downtown St Louis at Open Bar Saturdays






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





Aireez performs open mike hosted by LMNOP at Jessies Place

Doors Open at 8:00 PM Wednesdays at 103 Collinsville Ave East Saint Louis


Rhythm & Words Wednesdays 2nd & 4th Wed every month Meshon's Bar & Grill 410 N Tucker Blvd


ThundaGrownd Thursday Variety 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!

This 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):

"Me and Her" (Ft. Dahn B.) -

"Ghost On Deck" -[BLOG[BLOG) [Official site) [Artist FB Page]


NV Showroom Boutique is presenting the Creative Couture Fall Fashion Preview on Nov 14 at the NV Showroom Boutique , 1909 Washington at 4 p.m.


TProduction presents STl Hip Hop Showcase

Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00pm


1403 Mississippi Ave.

Sauget, IL


The Saint Louis Poetry SLAM! at The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton, November 17 • 8:00pm. Featured will be Dasha Kelly from Milwaukee, Ws.


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