ITS THAT TIME AGAIN!!
TIME TO GET TOWNED!!!
The Groundhog didn’t see his shadow (cuz it was sleeping) Wednesday, so we guess Spring is coming early. LOL
Our Black History Month Spotlight this week is
Grammy Award nominated Chicago native gospel/R&B singer Mavis Staples
Mavis Staples began her career with her family group The Staples Singers in 1950. Initially singing locally at churches and appearing on a weekly radio show, the Staples scored a hit in 1956 with "Uncloudy Day" for the VJ Label. .When Mavis graduated from what is now
With Mavis' breathy alto voice and Pops' songs, singing, and guitar playing, the Staples evolved from enormously popular gospel to become the most spectacular and influential spirituality-based group in America. By the mid-1960s The Staple Singers, inspired by Pops' close friendship with Martin Luther King Jr. , became the spiritual and musical voices of the civil rights movement. . The group signed to Stax Records in 1968, joining their gospel harmonies and deep faith with musical accompaniment from members of Booker T and the MGs. The Staple Singers hit the Top 40 eight times between 1971 and 1975, including two No. 1 singles, "I'll Take You There" and "Let's Do It Again."
Staples made her first solo foray while at Epic with The Staple Singers releasing a lone single "Crying in the Chapel" to little fanfare in the late 1960s.[ Her first solo album would not come until a 1969 self-titled release for the Stax label. After another Stax release, Only for the Lonely, in 1970, she released a soundtrack album, A Piece of the Action, on
THE BIG A&E STORY THIS WEEK IS:
The Democratic Party announced this week that Charlotte would be the home of their four-day nominating convention in 2012, and the news came via First Lady Michelle Obama in an e-mail, where she said Barack and her want a “people’s convention.”
More than anything else, we want this to be a grassroots convention for the people. We will finance this convention differently than it’s been done in the past, and we will make sure everyone feels closely tied in to what is happening in
To help us make sure this is a grassroots convention — The People’s Convention — we need to hear from you. We want to know what you’d like to see at next year’s convention, how and where you plan on watching it — and the very best way we can engage your friends and neighbors.
WOW The First Lady’s challenge with exercise and health and Oprah with the vegan challenge, we must say, the Top2 Black Ladies of America, with
ILLIMOIANS were repped at this years Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Last Sunday, the Screen Actors Guild Awards were given out and, again, Best Actor went to St Louis junior high school grad and British born Colin Firth for his role in The Kings Speech. The ensemble cast of "The King's Speech" also won an award for Ensemble (equivalent to Best Picture) On Saturday, the film's director, Tom Hooper, won top honors from the Directors Guild. Its pretty much a shoo in that Firth will win the Oscar for Best Actor later this month (Feb 27 to be exact)
The Betty White Fan Wave is continuing for the octogenarian from Oak Park, Ill. She took home the SAG award for outstanding female in a comedy series for her role as Elka Ostrovsky in the TV Land comedy Hot in Cleveland.
She was noticeably shocked as she got a standing ovation for winning and was helped to the podium by presenter and
The always-entertaining White even managed to crack a few jokes about herself during her short speech, saying, "They had to get the old broad up those stairs and that's not easy," as well as commenting on her vast popularity in old age, when she quipped, "You didn't applaud when I turned 40!"
White managed to edge out four of Hollywood's top comedic actresses for her first SAG win, including Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Jane Lynch (Glee), Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Sophia Vergara (Modern Family).
In related Betty White newz, The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie "The Lost Valentine," that starred White with Jennifer Love Hewitt, was seen by just under 15 million people on Sunday. The Nielsen Co. said that was the most-watched Hallmark movie in four years. Hewitt portrayed a reporter interviewing White about her undying love for a husband declared missing in action in World War II.CBS was showing the movie, around the same time as the Screen Actors Guild Awards was being aired on TBS and TNT. White picked up a SAG award as best actress in a TV comedy series for TV Land's "Hot in
What’s next Betty White’s recording a rap CD? LOL
Speaking of Jon Hamm, for fans who though the Emmy Award nominated hunk was going to put on a Superman uniform to play in the next film, think again. Speaking to MTV on the red carpet of the Golden Globe awards,
Then, when 'The Social Network' star Arnie Hammer said that he heard the studio was looking to cast an actor age 35-40 for the role, speculation hit a fevered pitch with
Emmy Award winning Chicago native comedian/actress/talk show host Sherri Shepherd is still soaking in the bliss of her recent engagement but realizes she has a lot of planning ahead her. 'The View' co-host admits she hasn't started shopping for her wedding dress because she plans to drastically slim down before tying the knot with her fiance, Los Angeles-based television writer Lamar Sally.
"I still have this fantasy that I'm going to be a size two. I'm hesitant to give everybody my real size," Shepherd lamented to PopEater while flashing her 3-carat princess-cut diamond-and-platinum engagement ring.
Shepherd wants to slim into a "single digit" size before she finds her dream strapless dress. She has hired a personal trainer, who has her doing squats, lunges and lifting weights, to tone her curves in time for her big day.
We applaud Sherri, but isn’t her breasts the biggest part of her?
In unrelated Sherri newz, besides her funny role on 30 Rock and her upcoming appearance on Hot in Cleveland, Sherri will be starring in a TV Land pilot, which co-stars Christine Taylor. Sherri will play a woman working at the Rip City Cola office who is curious about the new boss, played by
We think she should just get her own 30 rock spinoff instead cuz the mock reality show that was aired on a recent episode of 30 Rock was gutbusting funny.
ST. Louis native boxing champ Devon Alexander (21-1, 13 knockouts) lost by HBO televised, 10th-round, technical decision to WBO king Tim Bradley (27-0, 11) Saturday , winning a unanimous decision after their junior welterweight unification title fight was stopped in the 10th round due to an accidental head butt. After he was unable to continue as a result of cuts suffered in the aftermath of the fight's fourth from accidental head butt, there was concern for Alexander, but after another head butt from Bradley to Alexanders face in the 10th was seen as a possible permanent injury.
The fight’s attendance was over 6,000 at the Pontiac Silverdome in
Alexander was unable to continue, All three judges gave it to Bradley (27-0, 11
Alexander (21-1, 13
Ring physician Peter Samet said he stopped the fight because "he (Alexander) literally could not open his eye. I was worried that it was a nerve and that his eye was paralyzed."
Bradley, 27, wearing throwback short shorts reminiscent of Marvelous Hagler, one of his boyhood heroes, was clearly upset that the fight was stopped, stomping around the ring. The crowd booed at the decision as well.
"If that's the best in the world, that's weak," Bradley said. "He just didn't want to get hit with the big shot. Both of us were coming in and going back and forth.
"(But) he's a warrior, he"ll be a champion again. Give Alexander time and he'll box you to pieces. I didn't give him that time."
Alexander and his trainer, Kevin Cunningham, said the head butts were his undoing.
"You can't work in the gym on head butts, only skills," the 23-year-old from
Said Cunningham: "I told the referee before the fight that Timmy's last six opponents have been cut by head butts. I told him, I told him, I told him."
Referee Frank Garza said he ruled it an accidental head butt. "It was completely different from any previous head butt," Garza said. "I stopped the figfht after consult with the ringside physician."
Samet said he asked Alexander to open his eye three times, "and he couldn't. He said his eye was burning."
Alexander said he couldn't see after the head butt. "He's got a big head. He came at me full force," he said. "My eye was burning, I could not see.
"He didn't stop me from using my skills. I have no excuses."
Alexander said, "there's a rematch clause. And I want a rematch with Timothy Bradley."
It was reported that Alexander actually threw more punches, 475 to 419, and landed one more, 129 to 128. He also landed more power punches, 98 of 304, while Bradley landed 89 of 257. Yet Bradley appeared to be the busier fighter and land the harder punches throughout the fight.
Bradley opened up a cut over Alexander's right eye in the fourth round, and he appeared to have trouble seeing out it the rest of the fight.
This was the first time in nearly 24 years that two undefeated American fighters met in a title match. The last time was in august 1987, when Mike Tyson (30-0 at the time) won the unified title with a 12-round unanimous decision against Tony Tucker(34-0).
Rematch was already in the cards even before the two boxers touched gloves. Hmm, Don King aint no fool, he knows what’s up. But as far as the fight and how it developed, we would have stopped the fight as well if there was clear and present danger to Alexander’s eye.
UPDATE: HBO reported that it is unlikely that a rematch will happen due to the nature of how the fight ended, poor ticket sales and that Alexander wasn't a box office draw. HBO also reported that he has one more shot with a deal with HBO. Promoter Don King also put on hold a possible Thrilla in Manilla 2 with Alexander fighting Manny Pacquio, but after Alexander's loss last weekend, that also doesnt seem likely. Alexander's next fight may be with 2nd lightweight contender Amir Khan.
As the song says" Nobody Wants you when you're Down and Out" but he's still the city's champion!
According to reports, the new short film is based on Lakers star Kobe Bryant and will be directed by Robert Rodriguez. This will all be a part of a promotional campaign for a new line of sneakers called the Nike Air Kobe Zoom VI's. One of
In the Nike movie, West will play a villainous character trying to get
In unrelated ye newz, he— along with the likes of the Black Keys, Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B and Mumford & Sons — has just been announced as a nominee for the 2011 Woodie Awards, which will air live from Austin, Texas, during the South by Southwest Music Festival March 16. West is nominated for the "Left Field Woodie," handed out to the year's "most original artist." As in previous years, all the winners will be determined by the public. Voting in all categories for the 7th annual Woodie Awards opened Tuesday (February 1) at Woodies.MTV.com, and runs through March 1. Voting for the "Breaking Woodie" award will continue all the way up until the show. Performers and presenters for this year's show will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2011 mtvU Woodie Awards will air live March 16 at midnight ET/PT on MTV, mtvU and MTV2.
We were remiss on the ILLIMO represenation on the TNT comedy drama Men of a Certain Age. St. Louis native actor Scott Bakula has been reported on the show, but we forgot to mention that co-star Andre Braugher is from Chicago so there’s two ILLMIoians on the show. The show is in its second season.
The upcoming season of Americas Next Top Model’s contestants have been announced and some are from the ILLIMO AREA. They are age 26 from Wheaton, Illinois and age: 19 from Hebron, Illinois. The new season starts Feb 23 on the CW.
ILLIMO CHART BITZ
Theres not much rising movements for the artists charting on Billboard charts this week (Akon, Nelly, and R Kelly on the Hip Hop/R&B chart). The three artists who had some rises were Chicgao rapper Lupe Fiasco's single, " The Show Goes On" that moves up 20 spots to No. 51 on teh Hot 100. Kanye West with his single, "All of the Lights" that moves up 5 spots to No. 55 in its 5th week on the Hot 100. It is the 4th single from his former No. 1 CD, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy." The other is Chicago native singer Jerimih who moves up two spots to No. 28 in its 12th week with "Down On Me" feat. 50 Cent(it falls six spots to No. 28)
THE BIG STL STORY THIS WEEK is:
Beside the unheradled bizzard of 2011, the other big story was St Louis not becoming the site for the 2012 Democratic Convention. From reports,
The decision came down to electoral politics, several officials said, evidence that President Barack Obama plans to aggressively compete in traditionally Republican states in the South. Three Midwestern cities —
Missouri Democratic Party Chairwoman Susan Montee said the final decision came down to
“There are some things that we didn’t have going for us that Charlotte does — like the president won North Carolina” in the 2008 presidential election, she said. Obama lost
The decision is more than a blow to the city’s ego. The 2008 Democratic convention in
Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, said she was “bitterly disappointed,” but “incredibly proud of the bid put forth by
Russ Carnahan, Democratic congressman from
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s chief of staff, Jeff Rainford, said
Late last week it was announced that
But after student protests soon after the announcement, the school was pressured into renigging Palin’s appearance and $20 K speaker fee from the school’s health budget to bring her. From reports, growing controversy among undergraduates over the decision to pay for her talk with student-generated funds" prompted Palin and SHAC to mutually cancel her appearance, the school said in a statement Friday.
The former finalist, who became pregnant with now two-year-old son Tripp at age 17, and became a national issue during her mother's Sarah Palin’s 2008VP run , was to have made a 25-minute speech on her life story to be followed by an hourlong panel discussion and a half-hour question-and-answer session, the campus newspaper said Tuesday, with a reception afterward at which students could "interact with Palin one-on-one."
We knew that this wasn’t going to fly. But what’s interesting is, her mother Sarah Palin who came to Wash U in 2008 during the Republican debates, also got protests, but because it was about running for the highest office in the land, the protestors seemed a bit like the albatross.
Meanwhile, PETA is suggesting that the organization's , which promotes a lifetime of abstinence for cats and dogs, be aired in place of 's canceled talk about teen abstinence at
As the talks between St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols and the organization continues, a new book has come out on Pujols life.
Ellsworth and fellow Union alumnus Scott Lamb teamed up to write “Pujols: More than the Game,” which was released Feb. 1.Both Ellsworth and Lamb are avid baseball fans who grew up following the St. Louis Cardinals.
Thomas Nelson Publishers in
St. Louis Rams rookie QB Sam Bradford made the news for cutting off his mane recently. As of Wednesday he cut his hair. It was done after he got an endorsement deal with AXE Hair . As the new spokesperson for AXE Hair,
Is it us or does it seem as though
In regards to
The NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2011 will be announced Saturday a day before Super Bowl XLV. or the first time ever in on "Road to
Future NFL Hall of Famer and current St. Louis Rams receiver StevenJackson’s NFC side in the Pro Bowl 55-41 over the AFC last Sunday in
"The Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan will be in St Louis Feb 9 to screen the film, The Ride, the movie he made about his cross-country bicycle ride in 2009. He's premiering the movie in 10 cities, including Chicago and St. Louis. The film will be shown at St. Louis Mills cinema. To buy tickets in advance, go to Phil's website, www.noopportunitywasted.com, and click through to Fandango.
Rock band Bon Jovi will be performing May 22 at Scott Trade Center on its last leg of its tour.
2011 Grammy Award nominee R&B singer Kem is headlining the Intimacy Tour March 5 at the Fox Theatre in St Louis. Also on the bill are 2011 El DeBarge (making this his 4th appearance in a year in St. Louis) and Grammy award nominee Ledisi are also on the bill.
Although Wednesday night of Grammy nominated jazz guitarist Stanley Clarke's four-night stand at Jazz at the Bistro was cancelled due to the impending snow in St. Louis, it will be rescheduled. The remaining dates are two shows on Thursday thru Saturday nite. Tickets for Wednesday's shows may be returned to the point of purchase for a refund, or can be used for the new date once announced."Clarke is expected to perform at 8:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.
Comedian Adam Carolla will perform April 2 at the Pageant.
The STL based talk show Girlfriends will be taped Thursday Feb 17 at The Jazz Loft on Olive. It is produced by promoter Daryel Oliver. Television hosts are Marsheena Hall, Mocha Latte , Lauren Vogt, Ola Hawatmeh, and Ashley Miller with three rotating alternates hosts TBA. Audience participants must have a free ticket for taping. http://girlfriendslivethetelevisiontalkshow.yolasite.com/contact-us.php
Speaking of Ola, she is one of two STL mover and shaker ladies who are having bday parties this weekend. Ola is haviong hers this Friday at Madarin (SEE EVENTZ BELOW) .and MPAC’s Maranda Spoon will have hers Saturday at The City (SEE EVENTZ BELOW). So Diverse promoter Lisa Rodgers was expected to have her bday party at Binions on Friday night but her party has been postponed to March (Details TBA).
East St. Louis native and current Chitown resident comedian Willie Lynch has a weekly comedy showcase every Thursday at Cigar Inn in downtown Belleville,. Starts at 7 p.m.
STL AQURIANians BDAZEs . Former Clear Channel exec Carol Mayfield, politician Robin Wright Jones, stylist Ola, former STL model Alvin Jackson, actress Willena Vaughn (PICTURED), and promoters Lisa Rodgers and Maranda Spoon.
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 PENSI illin.” Fro ticket and to get on the list for a discount ticket email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.
Who was the sagging guy wearing the motorcycle jacket and who were the sisters' legs spotted at Eye Candy's 5th Anniversary party at The Loft last Saturday?
Which STL model was gettin' frisky with their friends feeling them up up in VIP at a recent STL event?
HINT 1. The model is female.
HINT 2. One of the model's initials is an "H"
HINT 3. This model was a big winner at last year's Notice Me Awards
HINT 3. And the event was a celebration of this event's "sweet" success
Who was PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS this week in the STL? Singer Coco Soul and promoter Phil Assets.
Coco Soul. Coming off of attending and performing at Cafe Sioul co-creator Angela Brown's bday party last Saturday at the Jive N Wail, this lovely singer is working overtime on her vocals. This Sunday, she fronted Soul Alliance at Lola's, on Wednesday, she was a guest on Tim Ezell's, and on Friday, she returns back to Lola's to front the band, Free.
Why are reports out that Halle Berry is concocting the story that her ex Auburey called her the n-word? Why was QB Jay Cutler spotted walking fine with his girlfriend in the mall? Why did former Chicago Senator and current mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun call one of her opponents a crackhead? Why did St Louis think they were gonna win the Democratic Convention with Republican majority? Why are folks pissed in St Louis that the supposed winter storm of 2011 did not happen? Why are people so fascinated with the Hollywood bad boy Charlie Sheen and bad girl Linsay Lohan? Why did the rock sister brother duo White Stripes break up? Why is Lady Gaga coming out with a perfume that smells like body fluids? Why is PETA tryin to ban using the groundhog to predict the Spring and replace it with a animatronic replica? And why did Tracy Morgan call Sarah Palin "good masturbation material?" And why are there rumors that Tracy ditched his ex who gave him a new kidney for a new GF?
EVENTZ THIS WEEK
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Featured Charity- Makeover for a Cause ---all donations will help support the charity.
The Jagermeister Music Tour with Buckcherry comes to Pop's on Feb. 4. 2011
Grammy Award nominated St. Louis based rock group Story of the Year playing "Page Avenue" in its entirety and more. Feb. 4
BUZZ LIST LAUNCH PARTY PRESENTED BY GUINNESS
02/05/2011 Time: 9pm-midnight
Location:Lola, 500 N 14th St
Price: $10 online pre-sale; $10 at the door
Come see what St. Louis is buzzing about on Saturday, February 5. Join ALIVE magazine at the hottest event of the year--The Buzz List event--where we celebrate the most influential St. Louisans of the year. From politicians and nonprofit leaders to artists and entrepreneurs, these are the movers, shakers and rainmakers of STL. Don't miss your chance to mix, mingle and party all night with other VIPs at this event hosted by Lola.Admission is $10 online pre-sale or $15 at the door. Ticket purchase includes one free sponsored drink and drink specials all night.
Please join promoter Maranda Spoon for her HOLLYWOOD HANGOVER bday bash on Saturday, February 5, 2011 @ The City Ultra Lounge located at 1917 Washington Ave in downtown St. Louis Doors open at 9pm and ladies are free until 10:30.
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The Pioneer Youth Contribution Group is cordially inviting you to the "1st
Annual East St. Louis Pioneers: Taking the Time to Smell Their Roses Banquet". It will be
For more information, you can call Erica M. Brooks (Founder/Gen. Chairperson)
at 314-327-4161 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hot 104. 1’s Mickey J will host a Super Bowl party at The Label. Doors open at 3 p.m.
Check out Mocha at Open Bar Saturdays (now Ladies Night Saturdays) at The Label.
Check out Mocha at her monthly poetry showcse Got Lyircs at The Loft
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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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 email@example.com
Check out Aireez DaRychuss at Big Moes on Thu
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
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BLACK REP BITZ
BLACK REP BITZ
By Lynn Nottage
February 9 - March 6,
Directed by Ron Himes
Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Ruined transports us to a small mining town in the midst of civil war-torn
The show will take place at Grandel Square Theatre in Grandel Square in St. Louis
For times and ticket info go to
UPCOMING BLACK REP productions:
The Real McCoy By Lynn Nottage
March 16 – April 10, 2011
Black Pearl Sings!
By Frank Higgins
April 20 – May 15
The Montford Point Marine
By Samm-Art Williams
May 25 – June 26
For OUTGOING BITZ GO TO http://maatology.blogspot.com/2010/03/ongoing-bitz-april-week-one.html-30-