Wednesday, January 12, 2011

OUT 951--ILLI MO ARTS AND ENT. BITZ--ADDITIONS (Jan. 13-19)

HEY OUTTOWNERS!


ANOTHER WEEK HAS COME!


TIME TO GET TOWNED!!!

Dr. Martin Luther King’s b-day is actually Jan 15 but the celebration is Jan 18.



Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Tuscan , Arizona last Saturday.





Jan 11 commemorates the one year anniversary of the deadly earthquake in Haiti





THE BIG A&E NEWZ STORY is: Things may have be on hold for Chicago talk show queen Oprah Winfrey;s request to have the golden voice homeless man turned Internet sensation Ted Williams on her daytime talk show as well as working as a voice over announcer for her OWN network.

On Monday, headlines surfaced about Williams engaging in a verbal and physical spat with his daughter over money in a Los Angeles hotel room that ended with both getting arrested (but was not charged).. “Fists got flying– none of which were mine,” said Williams in an “Entertainment Tonight” interview, displaying a large scratch on this left cheek. His daughter Janey shared her side of the story with Dr. Phil this week. “He said, ‘You, you fat [expletive],’ and when he said that, I just got angry.” Dr Phil suggested that Williams will enter a "private" rehab facility. Williams and his family members can be seen today on Dr Phil.

Meanwhile, prior to this incident, Oprah was one of many who wants Williams to voice over their products and networks. She has been quoted on Inside Edition that she would love to have the former homeless man with the "golden voice," Ted Williams on her OWN network. The talk show host recently revealed that she thinks Williams would make a great addition to her brand new network.

According to the New York Daily News, Oprah was captivated by Ted Williams story. As a homeless man in Ohio, Williams was discovered by a newspaper reporter who video taped his self proclaimed "golden voice." The video quickly went viral on YouTube, and the job offers started rolling in.

"The reason we're all so fascinated, I think, is because it means you can be homeless on the street, carrying a sign like we've all seen, and this can happen to you," Oprah said.

Let’s hope that Williams can maintain all this exposure so fast because the pressure could easily get him to relapse. But what we cant understand is, why are people starting to backlash against Williams? It wasn't his fault the media created this frenzy for its own prestige and glorious find, the media itself caused this sensation--Williams is just the innocent victim passing through.

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In unrelated Oprah newz, she was been reported as saying her worst career moment
was the box-office failure of her movie "Beloved." It sent her into what she calls a "macaroni-and-cheese-eating tailspin".

Oprah starred as a former slave in the 1998 film based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The movie had the misfortune to open the same weekend as the slasher film, "Bride Of Chucky." "Beloved" was a flop.

Oprah told Piers Morgan in an interview for his new CNN talk show that it was the only time she was ever depressed.Oprah said she told her chef to make some mac-and-cheese to help her cope.

The interview airs on Piers Morgan Tonight on next Monday.

Beloved was Be-hated. LOL



The 11-5 Chicago Bears are going to try to buck a trend that makes experience a premium for the postseason, particularly at the quarterback position. First-time starting quarterbacks have not fared well in the playoffs in recent seasons and the Kansas City Chiefs’ Matt Cassel was the latest to fail in Sunday’s blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Bears will host the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in the NFCNorth divisional round at Soldier Field when Jay Cutler will make his first career postseason start. In fact, this is his first postseason start since high school, the last time Cutler was on a team with a winning record.

Tickets for that game is sold out. Tickets ranged from $107 to $559. For fans willing to pay more, previously-sold tickets cost from $200 to $2,500.













Chicago native actress/talk show host Sherri Shepherd announced on “The View” Monday that she was getting married and showed off a ring finger featuring a 3-carat princess-cut diamond-and-platinum engagement ring from her new fiance, Los Angeles-based television writer Lamar Sally.


Moderator Whoopi Goldberg opened 'The View' with a shout-out to her beaming colleague, who was greeted with cheers from the studio audience and her cast mates, including Barbara Walters, as Shepherd raised her hand, and a screen behind the panel flashed a close-up of her shiny new Christmas gift.

The price of the ring is at approximately $70,000.

She pulled out her engagement ring from a bowl of M&Ms on December 26. Shepherd and Sally are now planning an August 11 wedding in Chicago, Illinois.







THE BIG STL STORY IS:







St. Louis bred rap mogul Nelly's "Celebrity Sweat" fitness DVD was announced last week in a new partnership with the President's Challenge Program, part of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

"Celebrity Sweat" , that was filmed at Lifetime Fitness in Ellisville, Mo. St. Louis, has signed on to become a President's Challenge advocate and to promote the Presidential Lifestyle Award.

"Celebrity Sweat" is also linking up with First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative motivating students to get into gym classes and athletics.

The first edition of "Celebrity Sweat" sold out in a few weeks.

In unrelated Nelly newz, Nelly is set to release the 5th single off his “5.0” CD, his Kelly Rowland duet as his new single, 'Gone', which features on the rapper's latest studio effort 5.0, is expected to be released in the US later this month. According to All Access, the track, which was produced by Lil Wayne has already been added to a number of US radio stations, and is due to impact mainstream channels on January 18. The song marks the second time the pair have collaborated. Their 2002 hit 'Dilemma' which topped the charts in nine countries, including the UK and US.

We got a feeling, that this song will be his next Top 10 hit and would subsequently breathe new life to his CD, "5.0"

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In more unrelated newz, Nelly will headline the 2011 Snowstorm Music Tour on March 4 at the McElroy Auditorium in Waterloo, Ia., on the National Cattle Congress grounds. The March concert also will feature 3OH!3 and Big Reeno. Two additional acts will be announced at a later date. And during the holidays, Nelly performed on the 12TH ANNUAL A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, a TV special that was aired on the CBS Television Network. It also included singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge, Maroon 5, superstar Ricky Martin and opener pop sensation Katy Perry.











Twain scholar Alan Gribben has made newz recently about his upcoming publishing of a planned combined volume of the late Florida, Mo born and Hannibal, Mo raised based humorist Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Tom Sawyer” is expunging the “N-word” from its pages, replacing it with “slave.” The racially charged word appears in “Huck Finn” 219 times and four times in ”Tom Sawyer.” The publisher also is changing the name of “Injun Joe” to “Indian Joe” and “half-breed” to “half-blood” in “Tom Sawyer.” Gribben is working with NewSouth Books in Alabama, which will come out with 7,500 copies of the new edition next month. Gribben said the word has kept the books off lists of literary classics taught in many schools today.

There has been a big debate from U.S. scholars and every day folk on whether the two books should be scrubbed of the N-word. Some say if the Bible and other canons of reading can be revised for certain audiences, then why not Twain’s work moreso his works are in the public domain while others argue that the work should not be touched because it affects the times that it was written and loses its authenticity. We say what is all the fuss? It’s not like youngsters don’t know what the n-word is. It, along with other ethnic slurs, is part of our culture. The publisher has a right to change it, but cuz of the controversy, the changed words will still have the n-word connotation cuz of all the hoopla. Instead of focusing on whether the word should be omitted, how about focusing on getting funds in schools so certain schools could have boosk suchas Huck Finn can be given for the school curriculum.










Chicago bred rap superstar Kanye West’s ”My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy “CD cover artist spilled the paint on the CD cover controversy. According to reports. the hip-hop megastar didn't actually intend for 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' to hit the shops clad in it all its disturbing, blackly humorous glory -- rather he hoped the sleeve image he commissioned from artist George Condo would see the disc censored. The painting in question is now the infamous of a fanged, armless, winged female, naked and romantically entangled with a grotesque caricature of the rapper himself. It was one of five paintings that were used for Ye’s CD. The artist said that the rapper initiated the working relationship after seeing his paintings, and approached him looking for "something that will be banned."

Condo reportedly spent a day in his studio with West, listening to the album, before creating eight or nine images for him to choose from, including the beastly tryst in question. As it happened, West's latest bid for notoriety seemingly didn't come off as planned. Though the hip-hopper took to Twitter in October to announce his creation's impending blacklisting from major US stores, Walmart quickly denied planning any such thing.

All we can say is, told ya so. We said this last fall when all the hoopla came about that Ye may have planned for a buzz to happen in order to get people talkin cuz controversy breeds success.





Speaking of Ye and Twitter, he was pleading the fifth when PETA mongers protested his wearing a floor length fur recently and its pic posted online, offending many PETA-tweeters/

Here were some of the PETA mongers tweets:

“I think its absolutely disgusting that @kanyewest wears a mink fur, leather pants, and gator shoes,” @MsJBRZL tweeted. “How many poor animals did he kill for 1/2 an outfit? Smh!”

Top model Joanna Krupa compared Kanye to the devil with her tweet, and tells FOX411.com exclusively, “If Kanye is wearing a real fur coat -- and that's what it looks like -- then I think he’s a man without heart, soul or any common sense.”

Krupa, an avid animal rights activist, added that “It looks pathetic: He looks like a mutated, two-legged stuffed animal. Anyone who thinks wearing fur is elevating one's sex-appeal or status must have deep rooted self-esteem issues.”

Kanye West has not responded to FOX411.com’s request for comment, and has been uncharacteristically silent on Twitter.

Do you think Ye was wrong? Our thing is PETA wouldn’t be in a furball if the pic was not posted online (see no evil….) What do you think?


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Meanwhile, the first single from the Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration album "Watch the Throne" is out. It's called "H.A.M.” And speaking of songs, Ye;s fourth commercial single off his "Twisted Fantasy" CD, "All of the Lights" re-debuts at No. 88 in its 2nd week on the Billboard Hot 100 charts this week. He also at No. 97 with his third single, "Monster." Also, Ye is nominated for two NAACP Image Awards for male Artist and Album for "Twisted Fantasy." The awards were annoucned Wednesday (SEE other Award nominees below)
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Its been a big news week for St. Joseph., Mo native Eminem. He first signed up rap group Slaughterhouse and artist Yellowulf to his label Shady Records. Next, he was nominated an NAACP Image Award for Best Duo, group or Collaboration for his duet "I Love The Way You Lie" with Rihanna. The Image Awards were annoucned this week (SEE MORE ILLIMOians nominated for Image Awards below at AWARD BITZ) And lastly, it was announced that he will perform at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards that are set for Feb 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast on CBS.

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Chicago native tranney Internet star Sidney Starr has gone into the music biz. She just filmed a music video entitled, “Im Here Now.” From the looks of it, it was done very cheaply in some warehouse, but she looks great. Very Aaliyahish To peep it go to http://stlhiphop.ning.com/profiles/blogs/here-we-go-again-sidney-starr







Former St. Louis Rams Marshall Faulk and Jerome Bettis are among 15 finalists announced Sunday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2011. They are among the NFL's top 10 leading rushers, and are eligible for the first time. The 15 finalists, plus senior nominees Chris Hanburger and Les Richter will be considered for induction Feb. 5, the day before the Super Bowl. Others include running backs Curtis Martin, cornerback Deion Sanders, Tim Brown, Andre Reed and Cris Carter; center Dermontti Dawson; defensive ends Richard Dent, Charles Haley and Chris Doleman; defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy; and tight end Shannon Sharpe, along with NFL filmmaker Ed Sabol. The enshrinement is in August.





WBC super lightweight champion and St. Louis native Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs), and WBO junior welterweight champion Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs), of Palm Springs, collide in “The Super Fight,” Saturday, January 29, at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. Their world title unification will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. They squared-off against each other – from their training camps in Las Vegas, Nev. and Palm Springs, Calif., respectively -- on an international Media Conference Call on Wednesday.

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University Missouri Columbia’s Mizzou Tigers (no. 15 in NCAA) won over the Nebraska Cornhuskers' 77-69 Wednesday night at the Mizzou arena earning their first Big 12 conference win and ending Nebraska’s 11-game winning streak. Mizzou junior guard Marcus Denmon was the biggest scorer with 27 points (making five 3 pointers) The Big 12 win comes after the Tigers opened up conference play last week with a disappointing 89-76 loss at Colorado. The Tigers are now 1-1 in conference putting them at third in the Big 12 North. Missouri has beaten Nebraska four straight times in the regular season, although the Huskers won in the conference tournament last spring. The Tigers have won four straight conference openers and have not lost consecutive conference games under coach Mike Anderson.

The Tigers tip off at noon on Saturday against the 14-1 Aggies. The road game will be their first of three next week as they will return home for two straight in Mizzou Arena after the matchup against Texas A&M.





Kansas City, Mo. native and Emmy Award winning actor Ed Asner is returning to TV in "Working Class," the first scripted comedy for CMT, debuting Jan. 28. Asner will play the neighbor of Melissa Peterman (of "Reba" fame) in the sitcom about a single mom.








Speaking of ILLIMOians on network TV, actress/comedian Melissa McCarthy of Plainfield, Illinois stars in the new sitcom hit “Mike and Molly” as Molly that airs Mondays on CBS. She is one of two ILLIMO stars on the show. Also on the show is St. Louis native Cleo King who plays Nana.







Grammy Award winning Chicago native R&B legend Chaka Khan will be honored on the United Negro College Fund “An Evening of Stars 2011” It will air during the weekend Jan 29 and 30. Check your local listings for showtimes.

Khan is also nominated for an NAACP Image Awrad for Best Duo, Gorup or Collaboration for her work on Herbie Hancock's "Imagine Project." The nominations were announced Wednesday.(SEE other ILLIMOian awardees below)




ILLIMO REALITY




Urbana, Ill native and Chitown resident and ultra bitch diva Calvin Tran survived WEEK 8 on the reality competition show FASHION SHOW. He is one of four contestants left. It airs Tuesdays on Bravo TV.





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STL bars Sub Zero Vodka Bar, Bailey's Chocolate Bar and Eclipse was featured Wednesday on "Drinking Made Easy," an original program that airs on the cable and satellite channel HDNet. In the episode, the host Zane Lamprey takes the vodka challenge at Sub Zero, has a hot chocolate martini at Bailey's and tries the signature Trolley Car cocktail at Delmar Loop bar Eclipse.The program will repeat 1 a.m. Friday and other times over the next few weeks.


ILLIMO CHART BITZ
Other ILLIMOIans along with Kanye are making a buzz on the Billboard charts. St. Louis native singer/producer Akon has the most songs on Billboard's Hot 100 this week with four--and all are featuring spots on other artist's songs. His highest charted featured is with Flo Rida's "Whos Dat Girl" that moves from No. 59 to No. 39 in its 6th week on that chart. His next ranked song is at No. 53 with The Lonely Island's former Top 20 hit "I Just Had Sex," the third ranked is with Dr. Dre and Snoop with "Kush" , a former Top 40 hit, at No. 62 and the last ranked is the duet with Michael Jackson 'Hold My Hand" at No. 70.......Also on the Hot 100, Chicago native singer/musician Jerimih moves up 10 spots up to No. 45 with his single, "Down On Me" featuring rapper 50 Cent in its 9th week on that chart and moves up nine spots up to No. 28 on the Hip Hop/R&B Charts............... Chicago native rapper Twista holds for third week on the Hip Hop/R&B charts with "Make a Movie" featuring Chris Brown and 10 spots up to No. 76 on the Hot 100...................Chicagoan singer/producer R Kelly's title cut from his newest CD, "Love Letter" (that is at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 and No. 5 on the R&B/Hip Hop Album chart) returns to the R&B/Hip Hop Top 40 moving up from No. 45 to No 37. The first single, the 50s throwback, "When a Woman Loves' falls 5 spots from its peak No. 16 to No. 21.
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Along with Kanye West, Eminem and Chaka Khan, there were other ILLIMOians who got nominated for an award for the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards which were annoucned Thursday. In the TV category, Kansas City. Mo native Lavan Davis is nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy for "House of Payne," Chitown actor/comdian Craig Robinson is nominate for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for "The Office" In music, Chicago jazz artist Herbie Hancock is nominated for three awards: Duo, Group, or Collaboration and Jazz and World Music album for his critically acclaimed, "The Imagien Project" Chicago native singer Mavis Staples was nominated for Gospel Album for "You Are Not Alone." In the Movie category, Chicgao rapper Common gets a nod for hsi acting in a Lead Role for "Just Wright."In Literature, St. Louis native poet/author Jabari Asim is nominated for Literary Work: Fiction for, "A Taste of Honey."
The awards will take place live March 4 at and aired on Fox.

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ADD: The 15th Annual Winter Warm Up with the St. Louis Cardinals take place until Jan 15 at the Hyatt Regency at The Arch. The costs are Adult passes: $40 Child passes, 5-15 years old: $10 Under 5: free. Some of the AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS AND COSTS include Hall of Famers Lou Brock and Bob Gibson $75 Every day Cardinals Care Store, Hall of Famer manager Whitey Herzog $60 Monday 11 a.m. to noon, former Cardinals Jack Clark $5 Monday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Ray Lankford $10 TBD., current manager Tony LaRussa $30 Sunday noon to 2 p.m., and current players Yadier Molina $90 Monday 10 a.m.-noon

Jason Motte $5 Monday 12-2 p.m. and Albert Pujols $175 Sunday 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

There are rules. And they are:

• Limit 3 autograph tickets per player — except Holliday, Molina, Pujols, limit is 1

• Dates, times and players may change prior to Winter Warm-Up.

• Some players may be added.

Some players will only sign baseballs and photographs while others will only sign bats, posters or jerseys.

And some pre-autographed baseball that comes with a commemorative engraved name plate and wooden baseball display holder.

There also will be FREE AUTOGRAPHS from many of the current Cardinals players and will not require a ticket. Check www.cardinals.com/winterwarmup for their appearance dates and times.


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ADD: Speaking of Tony LaRussa, he had his annual star studded Annual "Arf-St. Louis Stars To The Rescue" gala Saturday night at the Fox to benefit The St Louis Animal Rescue Foundation . Entertainment included actor Billy Bob Thornton and his band, the Boxmasters, actor and comedian Kevin Pollack, country singers Easton Corbin and Kennett, Mo., native David Nail, St. Louis' Story of the Year and Kim Massie.

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ADD: There was a slave enactment that took place at The Jefferson Memorial Old Courthouse Building Saturday in downtown St. Louis . It was the first time since June 10, 1862, during the Civil War that the steps of the Old Courthouse plays host to a slave auction. will include some fifty reenactors representing the various characters who may have shown up for that last slave sale in St. Louis in 1861. That includes German abolitionists, Bible-thumpers, Union soldiers occupying the city, a Kentucky tobacco farmer and an auctioneer who specializes in nineteenth century bidding. The reenactors will portray actual slaves sold from the courthouse steps as obtained from court records.The slaves auctioned were be shackled in replica irons to the exact measurements of manacles.. It commemorated the sesquicentennial of the start of The Civil War America's bloodiest war that killed some 600,000 people.





Grammy Award winning pop diva Janet Jackson and 2011 NAACP Image Award nominee, is coming to St. Louis. She is performing March 31 at the Fox Theatre as part of her "Number Ones Up Close and Personal Tour," Tickets will go on sale Saturday.





The Ozzy Osbourne concert that is set for Jan 14 at Scottrade Center has gone through another morphing. The concert was originally scheduled for Dec. 10 with opener Halford, but was postponed after Osbourne cancelled for an ear infection. Then it was moved to Jan 14 with a new opener former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash (PICTURED with Osbourne) . Now, Slash has backed out. Hence a new title: “An Eveing with Ozzy Osbourne” From reports, Slash is opening for the heavy metal superstar on his tour but he was reportedly not officially confirmed for the St. Louis date, just assumed. The show is now titled.”


Whats next, some bats will fly out on the Fox stage while he’s on stage and cause Osbourne to stop his set altogether ala pigeon poop to King Leon? LOL






Tickets for the boy band tour featuring New Kids On The Block & Backstreet Boys will go on sale Jan 15. It will take place at the Scottrade Center on July 19.











Country superstars Merle Haggard, who was recently honored at the Kenendy Center Honors,. and Kris Kristofferson are coming to the Fox Theatre with a concert March 9.





The country superstar Kenny Chesney is expected to perform at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on July 28





Country act Sugarland will perform in St. Louis on Oct. 7 during their "The Incredible Machine Tour," with special guests Sara Bareilles, Little Big Town and Matt Nathanson. The venue has yet to be named.









Comedian Rickey Smiley is bringing his hilarious variety show to St. Louis for one night only Jan 15 at The Ambassador.









Rap group Travis Porter added to The State of Emergency Tour at Chaifetz Jan 17 (SEE EVENTZ BELOW)












St Lunatics member Murphy Lee was on Fox 2 with Tim Ezell Wednesday promoting his “Wine, Women & Weed" CD and his alcohol brand Freaky Muscato that he co-owns with blood brother and St. Lunatic Kyjuan.






2011 Grammy Award nominated and Chicago native children’s singer Justin Roberts and the Not Ready For Bedtime Players will perform Jan 15 at Off Broadway on Lemp Ave





Old School R&B group Lakeside will perform at The Ambassador in St. Louis Feb. 14.





Award winning writer Walter Mosley was in St. Louis last week to discuss his books and sign copies of his new book "The Tempest Tales." at the St. Louis Repertory Theatre which is currently staging his play "The Fall of Heaven" (SEE EVENTZ BELOW) that will run until Jan 30.


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Speaking of theater, the St. Louis Black Repertory Company is celebrating 35 years as a company as they ring in its 35th season with the opening of “Pericles” that also runs until Jan 30 (SEE REVIEW at

http://maatology.blogspot.com/2011/01/out-950-stage-viewz-black-rep-presents.html

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Several St. Louis native and current resident authors won notables awards for their works. They are Antony John, who won a Schneider Family Book Award for "Five Flavors of Dumb."; Brian Katcher won the Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, for "Almost Perfect" , Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's "Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring" was named a Sibert Honor Book. (Greenberg is the St. Lousian) And lastly, The Robert F. Sibert Medal for most distinguished informational book for children went to "Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot," by Sy Montgomery.

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This week, the St. Louis concert venue The Pageant was ranked No. 3 by Pollstar Magazine for Top Grossing U.S. Concert Venues of 2010 within its capacity size.

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St. Louis opera singer Marlissa Hudson has released "Libera," with works by Bonds, Hayes, Mendelssohn, Onovwerosuoke and Puccini. She collaborated with pianist Peter Henderson. The project part of the an African Musical Arts, Inc. Program.

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STL group Mo Tre's new music video with Ebony Eyes is out on YOU TUBE. It is called, "Crush".It was directed by Remrod and filmed at Phat Buddha Studios and Moonrise Hotel. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6unpK-M_b1c

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ST. Louis hip hop group Block Boyz’s "Dolla Afta Dolla" will be in regular rotation starting Thursday on Hot 104.1 FM in St. Louis.



STL Radio show personality Mark Bland hosts a webcast called The Q –where he discusses entertainment and worldwide topics and gives callers a chance to voice their opinions. To hear it go to http://www.2guystalking.com/theq/






East St. Louis native actor/director Joel King (PICTURED at his party with friends Christiaan Cofield and Alicia Moseley who’s holding the wishing well) had his going away party at Jade last weekend in downtown St. Louis . King is currently in Los Angeles pursuing his theater stage career.







Speaking of moving on, former Stress Free Fridays promoter Joe Jennings is preparing to move to Atlanta to open a office for his new magazine Elitism. The lifestyle magazine, that is published by Jennings, had an official launch in St, Louis on Jan 22 at the Roberts Brothers new Roberts Towers but is postponed due to the towers not being fully completed to open. For more info go to WWW.ELITISMMAG.COM

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3 Way Promotions is opening up the doors for models in all shapes, sizes, and ethnicity, we believe that beauty is more than skin deep. We will be doing a weekly web girl contest starting February 19 and it will go until the 2011.The rules are simple: the web girl will go up every week on Monday: Email us 1 or 2 photos of your choice by Friday, and a short & simple Bio. You may send pictures as many times as you like, just 1 set per week. Once you have won the weekly web girl contest, you can no longer send pictures in. However, your picture and bio will be placed on the main page of the website and you will also be put into a drawing for a photo shoot to start up your portfolio 3WAYPROMOTION@GMAIL.COM


RIP-BITZ. Lastly, former Black Rep actress/employee Jennifer Beavers (nee Jennifer Wright) died Jan 8 after a lengthy illness.















STL CAPRICORNIANS B-DAZE (Jan 13-Jan 16) Comedian Guy Torry(PICTURED), jazz label owner Richard McDonnnel, female impersonator Dieta Pepsi ,deejay DJ Trife, promoters Niddy Phil Assets, Cornell Boone, and Ill Will Fitz, photographer Michael Barber, Reggie Smith, model Tina Jackson, and socialite Tracey J.











YOURS TRULY is involved in two upcoming projects.

The first is SNAP HONEY, a stageplay about an aging female impersonator who returns home to perform one last time her one woman play and finds out her abusive father is dying and contemplates whether to visit him. The settings will be at a talk show and at the one woman play. The play will take place March 18-20 at The Space, 3016 Locust. It will star Jaron Hicks as Vageena Honey and L.A. Williams as Dr. Welfarus Jones who will reprise their roles from the 2007 stagepoem “Monologues and PENISillin.” For ticket and to get on the list for a discount ticket email snaphoney2011@gmail.com

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MISTA COUTURE NY ’11. We are seeking sponsors as well as models who would like to audition for the New York auditions. The STL auditions will be around March. One STl model will be chosen to audition in The NYC auditions that will be in April. If you are a gent with style, you can email manfashionshow@yahoo.com with a recent head and body shot in your best style of fashion and a brief mp3 video bio of yourself and why you think you are Mr Couture. The show is set for Father’s Day Weekend in NYC. Further details are upcoming.





BLIND PICZ




Who is the guy raising his hand at the Arts Beats and Lyrics event held at the Palladium in St. Louis a couple of months ago?





BLIND DISH

Which STL promoter/socialite was spotted recently getting their fitness on at Life Fitness in the University Loop?

HINT 1. It is a male

HINT 2. He is part of a group who promotes events in the St. Louis area

HINT 3. His first name is the same last name of a famous football player who married a memorable sitcom mother.


WHO's PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS THIS WEEK? Mocha Latte and Loose Cannon Slim / and The Men of Hella Fly Promotions (King Kerry and DanoJohnson) (TIE)


Mocha Latte. This lovely sista, whos been slimmin these days, is starting the year off just where she left off in 2010 as she goes full speed ahead with promoting events. This Monday, she did her hosting duties at Mo Spoon's Marrtini Mondays at Envy, and on Saturday, she will continue her weekly hosting gig at Open Bar Saturdays at The Label. On Sunday, she will host and is promoting singer Lloyd's b-day party at one of the official afterparties for Loose Cannon's State of Emergency concert that Lloyd and other artists are performing.






Loose Cannon Slim .(RIGHT) This hustla is returning to the STL promotion game in a big way as he brings in the State of Emergency Concert featuring Rick Ross, Wocka Flocka and Trina and others at Chaifetz Arena on Sunday. After the concert, he will be the main promoter of several afterparties at different venues with all the artists including Club Amnesia(Rick Ross), the Loft (Trina), Lloyd (The Label) and Travis Porter
(at The Venue). (SEE EVENTZ BELOW) He also has a big feature in this week's Evening Whirl in the entertainment section.

King Kerry and Dano Johnson (FAR RIGHT) . This duo or promotion is bringingin 2011 in their sophomore year of promoting. although they stopped doing Coca Cola Bottle Model EBT Tuesdays at Escalades, They continue to do events at the Broadway on Fridays and The Label on Sundays. This week they have special events at the venues. At the Broadway, the duo has a special $4 Fridays wth a Normandy vs. Pattoville Alumni party and on Sunday, its Sexy as You Wanna Be Sundays that they co-promote with Rckhouse Ent. will be Mogul Night 2 , a big networking aoprty with Delux Magazine, MPAC and I Am clothing as co-sponsors (SEE EVENTZ BELOW)


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

Why are right-wingers trying to play down the fact that the shooter in the Tuscan tragedy was part of a race hating group? Why did Dr. Conrad Murray call his girlfriend during Michael Jackson’s cardiac arrest?And why did Dr. Conrad Murray call a British insurance company to get verification that Michael was in fine health as he went into cardio arrest? Why is Harris Stowe University setting a ban of all smoking everywhere on its campus? Why did someone put up the hoax that Facebook was shutting down permanently March 15?Why did 50 Cent get on twitter page talking about a in debt stock he’s investing in?Why was Justin Timberlake nominated for a NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actor/?Why did some urbanista mother in put a ponytail weave on a toddler’s hair? Why didn’t that uncle beat his nephews ass with that belt longer in that viral video? Why was a baby posted for sale in the Washington area on craigslist? Why are some people hating on Ted Williams’ getting a second chance to better his life? And Why did his daughter think he had money when she was fighting with him? Why did a guy in Colorado expose himself at a Burger King Drive thru? And Why do we NOT care if singer Omarion is bisexual?




EVENTZ THIS WEEK (Jan 13-Jan 19)

Join Stress Free Fridays this Friday, January 14, as they team up with Teddy Blackett's B Free Paparazzi for an amazing evening of networking and fun as we visit The In Spot Dessert Bar & Lounge, located at 5854 Delmar Boulevard...5pm start time!

-Super food/drink specials
-Listening Party (NEXT) featuring the music of Bilal (B Free Paparazzi)
-DJ's JMO and 76kiD


The Rep's production of "The Fall of Heaven" runs through Jan. 30. Box office: 314-968-4925.




Heavy metal superstar Ozzy Osborne’s tour stop in St. Louis is Jan. 14 at Scottrade Center

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This Friday Night Hip Hop Competition $100 to the Best of Show 6 min Stage Time, if you go over you will be cut 3 Judges $10 to get in and perform Sign-in Time 11pm Hosted By Mz.Blacc DJ Oatmeal in the Mix Til Dawn

Event Page
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=142403689151837

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The Loop Carnival Jan 15 6th Annual Loop Ice Carnival at The Loop Neighborhood along Delmar from Kingsland to the Wabash Station; Parking is available on municipal lots, FREE 10 am to 9 p.m.

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Dr.King payed the ultimate price for all of us to come together....This Sat. Jan.15th, I will allow you to pay the price that you choose, to come together in laughter. Pay whatever you choose ! This Sat. before 9:00pm, @The All New Broadway ( Formerly the Wax Factory.) on West Florrisant & Hallsferry). National Comedians, Poets, and so much more ! Followed by a mature after-party.

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Bud Light Presents V2 - Vital VOICE 30th Anniversary Party, Saturday at 7:00pm

Location Lumen.2201 Locust

30 years of Vital VOICE, Hundreds of People, One Unforgettable Night. This is an exponentially-amazing anniversary party. This is V-squared. $25 General Admission

Open Bar & Nibbles 7-9pm Entertainment throughout the night (dance, drag, fashion, multimedia, and more!)Reserve Tickets Here:https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/138589

What will we be celebrating?30th Anniversary of Vital Voice (formerly News Telegraph) in St. Louis, 40th Birthday of Senior Writer Colin Murphy, 50th Birthday of the one-and-only Dieta Pepsi. The launch of our newly-redesigned website Plus, one incredible year as THE premier LGBT Lifestyle Magazine!

Join us for the official after party at Just John!, 4112 Manchester Ave (drink specials for V2 attendees) http://www.facebook.com/justjohnsclub



Grammy Award winning rap/singer Ms Lauryn Hill’s (she change dher name to Ms. Lauryn Hill) concert at the Pageant has been moved from Jan 15 to Jan 16 and the time also changed from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The reason for the changes were because of Hill’s reported lateness to her set hours each time. Ticket for Jan 15 will still be granted at the door.




SUNDAY JANUARY 16 CELEBRATE PHIL ASSETS BIRTHDAY AND Hairstylist GORGEOUS GOING AWAY PARTY MARTIN LUTHER KING WEEKEND AT CLUB AMNESIA .ITS THE STATE OF EMERGENCY PRE-PARTY and BIG CAPRICORN BASH II. A BALLOON DROP AND CHAMPAIGN TOAST AT 1:11, FREE BUFFET ITS NEW YEARS EVE ALL OVER AGAIN! CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS OF ALLEN A.I. BROWN, ALANA MARRIE, IMJOCKING ILL WILLFITZ, TINA MISSKNOWITALL JACKSON, REGGIE D SMITH, NIDDY GRITTY, INDIA BARBIE MARRIE, JENNICES O'MEGA, LEGION LUCCIANO, SUSAN LIL DEBBIE, MICHELLE FREINER, HALEY BUCKNER, TERRY BAMS, DJ TRIFE, KE'LO BRICKS. LADIES FREE UNTIL 11 CAPRICORNS FREE ALL NIGHT LONG AND YOUR FIRST DRINK IS ON PHIL ASSETS.DJ TO BE ANNOUCED HOSTED BY ALL THE CAPRICORNS IN THE BUILDING

AFTER PARTY AT BOTTOMS UP !




SUNDAY JAN 16th (MLK WEEKEND) ROCKHOUSE ENT, HELLA FLY PROMOTIONS, MPAC, DELUX MAGAZINE & I AM CLOTHING PRESENTS MOGUL NIGHT 2 @THE LABEL.

"MOGUL NIGHT" IS A TRIBUTE PARTY TO SOME OF THE MOVERS & SHAKERS IN THE LOU. IF U CAME TO PART ONE THAT FEATURED "CED THE ENTERTAINER" U ALREADY KNO WHAT TO EXPECT!

SPECIAL GUEST'S:

WALT JOHNSON (Owner of I AM BOTIQUE)
COREY CHAVOUS (FORMER NFL PLAYER)
ERIC
RHONE
(CED THE ENTERTAINER'S MANAGER)
SELIM BOUAB (WARNER BROS.)
MIKE KENNEDY JR (PRESIDENT/KAI) & MANY MORE!

LADIES FREE MOSCATO & FREE ENTRY BEFORE 11

ENJOY THE LABEL'S 3 BARS, 2 LEVELS & 2 DJ'S INCLUDING HOT 104.1'S "DJ CUDDY"

SPECIAL GIVEAWAYS FROM ROCKHOUSE, FACE & THE BODY SPA, DELUX MAGAZINE & I AM!

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River Styx at Duff's Reading Series Presents Poets Jake Adam York and Allison Joseph

Monday, Jan 17 7:30p to 9:30p

at Duff's Restaurant, St Louis,


Rick Ross


Wocka Flacka


Lloyd




Trina












Travis Porter



Loosecannion presents the State of Emergency Concert headlined by Rick Ross. Also appearing are Wocka Flacka, Trina, Lloyd and the newly added Travis Porter at Chauifetz arena Jan 17. Soon after, various parties will take place Rick Ross and June Fitfh will be at Club Amnesia , Trina will be at The Loft, Lloyd will be at The Label(who also will celebrate his bday) and Travis Porter will be at The Venue. . The afterparties will be sponsored by Loose cannon, Mocha Latte, Close To Famous, Imperial Events and Sygu.





Chuck Berry will perform Jan. 19 at concert at Blueberry Hill. 8 pm.

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MOCHA's CORNER




Check out Mocha Mondays at Mo spoons Martini Mondays at Envys

Check out Mocha at Open Bar Saturdays at The Label.




Mocha will host the State of Emergency afterparty with singer Lloyd Jan 17




Her poetry showcase Got Lyrics ' schedule will be monthly at Club Exo. (CLICK ON PIC FOR INFO)

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY LITTLE GIRL OR LITTLE BOYS WINTER CLOTHING..SIZE 2T-5T THAT THEY WANT TO DONATE? i KNOW SEVERAL PEOPLE IN NEED OF CLOTHING FOR THEIR FAMILIES ON FB. ALOT OF PEOPLE HAVE FALLEN ON HARDTIMES AND THIS THE TIME TO HELP ONE ANOTHER. EVERY DAY IS A GOOD DAY TO LEND A HELPING HAND.

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LOOKING FOR JOB READINESS AND TRAINING/GED MUST BE 19-21 BETTER FAMILY LIFE CAN HELP!! CALL KIP WILLIAMS 314-679-3376. THEY ARE ENROLLING NOW!! THEY HAVE SO MANY SUPPORT SERVICES:LEGAL ASSISTANCE, CRISIS INTERVENTION/COMMUNITY SERVICES OPPORTUNITIES,DAY CARE,SCHOLARSHIPS AND MORE.


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Mocha's column COFFEE TALK can be seen in the weekly The Evening Whirl newspaper published on Mondays.

For more info on these items, contact Miss Latte at 314.646.9917 or sgalvin26@yahoo.com

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AD's SPOT




Aireez DaRychuss has a show coming up @ The In Spot in St. Louis, MO "TEASE ME THURSDAY'S" Location: 5854 Delmar --- between hamilton & goodfellow Time: 8:00PM Thursday, January 13th

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"

Aireez DaRychuss music available online now

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-music&field-keywords=aireez&x=11&y=21

Join the Mailing List get 9 exclusive free downloads

http://www.reverbnation.com/c/fr5/artist_375108?eid=A375108_6973994_

MORE INFO on AireezDarychuss

http://www.facebook.com/rychuss

http://www.sonicbids.com/rychuss

http://music.blackplanet.com/rychuss

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BLACK REP BITZ




Pericles by William Shakespeare

THRU January 30, 2011

Directed by Andrea Frye

Bordellos & abduction, pirates & fisherman, tournaments & hurricanes, politics & intrigue, laughter & tears, loss & reunion, lies & treachery, death & miracles, exhilaration & sex, royalty & commoners, magic & mystery. Across oceans of time and distance, a royal family is torn apart and reunited in this sweeping epic of love, faith, and perseverance. Pericles moves in time through the Diaspora from the shores of pre-colonial Africa to the Caribbean, to New Orleans and twentieth-century Atlanta among others. With lively original music and dance, some of Shakespeare’s most beautiful language transports us from palaces to shipwrecks and storms at sea, to temples and bawdy houses in a panorama of breathtaking visual imagery creating a stunning metaphor for the African American experience.

The show will take place at Grandel Square Theatre in Grandel Square in St. Louis

For times and ticket info go to

http://ev6.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=BLA05JAN11&linkID=metro

UPCOMING BLACK REP productions:

Ruined By Lynn Nottage February 9 - March 6, 2011

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The Real McCoy By Lynn Nottage March 16 – April 10, 2011

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Black Pearl Sings! By Frank Higgins April 20 – May 15, 2011

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The Montford Point Marine By Samm-Art Williams May 25 – June 26, 2011

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For OUTGOING BITZ GO TO

http://maatology.blogspot.com/2010/03/ongoing-bitz-april-week-one.html


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