Wednesday, February 9, 2011

OUT 962--ILLI MO ARTS AND ENT BITZ (Feb 10-16) Additions




This weekend is Valentine Day Weekend. If you got that special one show them you love them not just during this time, but 24/7!


This week’s artist we are featuring is poet/writer Langston Hughes

James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best-known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "Harlem was in vogue".

Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Mo. the second child of school teacher Carrie (Caroline) Mercer Langston and her husband James Nathaniel Hughes (1871–1934). Both parents were mixed race, and Langston Hughes was of African American, European American and Native American descent. He grew up in a series of Midwestern small towns. While in grammar school in Lincoln, Ill. Hughes was elected class poet.

Hughes enrolled in Lincoln University in Pennsylvania earning a bachelor's degree from Lincoln University in 1929

First published in The Crisis in 1921, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", which became Hughes' signature poem, was collected in his first book of poetry The Weary Blues (1926).[30] Hughes' life and work were enormously influential during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, alongside those of his contemporaries, Zora Neale Hurston Claude McKay, Countee Cullen to name a few . Except for McKay, they worked together also to create the short-lived magazine Fire!! Devoted to Younger Negro Artists.

Hughes was unashamedly black at a time when blackness was démodé. He stressed the theme of "black is beautiful" as he explored the black human condition in a variety of depths.

In 1930, his first novel, Not Without Laughter, won the Harmon Gold Medal for literature

In 1943, Hughes began publishing stories about a character he called "Jesse B. Semple often referred to and spelled "Simple", the everyday black man in Harlem who offered musings on topical issues of the day. Hughes seldom responded to requests to teach at colleges. In 1947, Hughes taught at Atlanta U. In 1949, he spent three months at University of Chicago Lab Schools as a visiting lecturer. He wrote novels, short stories, plays, poetry, operas, essays, works for children, and, two autobiographies, The Big Sea and I Wonder as I Wander, as well as translating several works of literature into English

On May 22, 1967, Hughes died from complications after abdominal surgery, related to cancer, at the age of 65. His ashes are interred beneath a floor medallion in the middle of the foyer leading to the auditorium named for him within the Arthur Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. The design on the floor covering his cremated remains is an African cosmogram titled Rivers. The title is taken from his poem, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers". Within the center of the cosmogram, above his ashes, is the line: "My soul has grown deep like the rivers".


Two ILLIMO stars had commercials and shows run during and after this year’s Super Bowl. First, St. Joseph, Mo. native and this years big Grammy nominee Eminem had two commercials run , one in claymation (more like a anti-commercial ad) for Lipton Brisk iced tea..............


one being a two –minute tribute to his raised town, Detroit. According to a poll hosted by the MTV Newsroom Blog, Eminem's two-minute tribute to Detroit (which advertised the new Chrysler 200) was the clear winner. The commercial, which was the longest in Super Bowl history, picked up nearly 60 percent of the vote in the poll, handily beating the Volkswagen ad that featured a kid in a Darth Vader costume (that spot finished in second place with 27 percent of the vote). (Also, the Darth Vader spot finished just behind the top-rated winners in the USA Today poll.) With six percent of the vote, the third place position went to the Bridgestone ad that starred a helpful beaver. Eminem's other ad (for Lipton Brisk iced tea) came in fourth place with three percent and Chevrolet's "Lassie" spoof picked up two percent.

Eminem's appearance in the Chrysler ad — which was kept a secret up until its premiere on Sunday night — has inspired a great deal of chatter. Many people raised their eyebrows at the idea of Eminem as a mouthpiece for a corporation, but advertising experts lauded the rapper for his authenticity. Either way, the commercial was not one that anybody will soon forget and will go down as one of the signature moments of Super Bowl XLV. There are no plans for him to appear in upcoming spots, company officials said. However, Eminem's music and some elements from the initial commercial will continue to be featured

In unrelated newz, we will see how many of the 10 Grammys will pick up Sunday at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards (SEE BELOW our Grammy picks)

Also, Eminem will be among the headliners for Lollapalooza when it returns Aug. 5-7 to Chicago. Others Muse and Foo Fighters. Reliable industry sources confirmed the bookings Tuesday.

The other was Doloth, Ill native and Emmy Award winning actress Jane Lynch and some of her cast members from the show Glee was in that retro-styled Chevy commercial made to look like an episode of the show "The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle" that aired right after the Superbowl.

In the episode her character, Sue, grows disillusioned with cheerleading, and in an effort to recapture her love for it, she plans to fire Brittany from a cannon during their next competitive routine. She has the cheerleading Regionals competition moved to the same night as a football championship game, so her cheerleaders will be unavailable for the halftime show routine which is a mash-up of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" with "Heads will Roll" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The episode had minimal commercials as it is sponsored by General Motors. It allowed for a slightly longer episode (about 4 minutes of extra footage, the actual episode being 49 minutes, instead of the usual 45 minutes)

The episodes title was originally known as 'The SuperBowl Episode' then changed to 'Thriller' but was finally was finalized as The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle by TV Guide

In other Superbowl newz involving ILLIOians

About 150 people attended the business casual Super Bowl party thrown by the Obamas in the East Wing of the White House. The guests included people from Wisconsin and Pennsylvania to watch the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers battle it out. Pennsylvania's U.S. Senators, Democrat Bob Casey and Republican Pat Toomey, attended.Jennifer Lopez and her husband, Marc Anthony, were present, too.

The guests watched the game on five, 63-inch flat screen televisions and dined on a spread of sliders, hot wings, nacho chips and deep dish pizza.

When the Steelers were down early in the game, the president reportedly warned they couldn't be counted out. The team might make a comeback.

The Steelers did come back, but not enough to win the game.

The Obamas were gracious in hosting a party, Brenner said. They could have watched in the privacy of the White House.

"We were right in the middle of it all," Brenner said. "It really was an awesome experience."

We wonder if The Prez let his hair down during the party . Likely he was restrained.

Meanwhile his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama was on the Today Show this week during her press tour about the one-year anniversary of her "Let's Move" anti-obesity initiative, joining NBC "Today" show host Matt Lauer for an interview that bounced from Egypt to hair dye to Facebook.

Lauer then asked her to follow-up on her remarks yesterday that the president had kicked his decades-long smoking habit. "I was asked," Obama said, in defense of her having weighed in on the topic.

"Once he made the commitment to quit, I left him alone" she continued, calling it "a very personal thing."

Asked if the president might occasionally sneak into the Lincoln Bedroom for a smoke, the first lady said it wasn't possible. "I know he's not, you can tell."

Lauer, armed with two photographs of the president--one showing his hair graying, the other with it still looking dark-colored--next asked the first lady whether her husband dies his hair.

"No, he's pretty gray," Obama said, emphatically enough that Lauer seemed to agree that the difference in the photos must be due to lighting.

"I think that if he had known was he was going to be president he would have dyed his hair ten years ago," Obama went on. "... I wish that he would focus more on a different color suit, a new shirt. ... He cares very little about his appearance."

The first lady also revealed that her daughters do not have Facebook accounts (legally they are not old enough to use the social networking tool, although that rule is widely ignored by the pre-teen set).

FLOTUS mentioned "constraints" like the Secret Service, but acknowledged that even without the agents around, she would not likely allow Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, on the site. "I'm not a big fan of young kids having Facebook," said Obama.

We wished Lauer wudda had the guts to ask the First Lady about comedienne Joan Rivers Blackie O comment. But we might’ve saw the Chicago in The First Lady if he wudda. LOL The whole "unhealthy" Superbowl food menu Lauer brought up we thought was blown out of proportion.


Speaking of the Obamas, they are featured on one of three covers Ebony Magazine celebrating black love. The other couples that will be featured are Jay-Z & Beyonce and Boris Kodjoe & Nicole Ari Parker.

This Sunday is the annual Grammy Awards. It is a tradition for OUTTOWN to predict the Grammies and we think this year we may have the right choices. Here are our choices of some of the categories:


SONG: I Need You Now, Lady Antebellum

ALBUM: Recovery, Eminem (PICTURED)


POP VOCAL MALE: Just the Way You Are, Bruno Mars


POP VOCAL GROUP: Don’t Stop Believin, Cast of Glee

POP VOCAL ALBUM: Fame Monster, Lady Gaga

R&B SONG: Bittersweet, Fantasia (songwriters award)

R&B VOCAL MALE: Second Chance, El DeBarge

R&B VOCAL FEMALE: Bittersweet, Fantasia

R&B VOCAL GROUP: Soldier of Love, Sade

R&B ALBUM: Back to’ Me, Fantasia

R&B CONTEMPORARY ALBUM; Raymond V Raymond, Usher

TRADITIONAL R&B When a Woman Loves, R Kelly

RAP SOLO: Not Afraid, Eminem

RAP GROUP: ON to the Next One, Jay Z and Swizz Beats

RAP/SUNG: “Empire State of Mind” Jay Z and Alicia Keys

RAP SONG: “Empire State of Mind, “Jay Z, Alicia Keys

RAP ALBUM: Recovery, Eminem


DANCE RECORDING: Dance in the Dark, Lady Gaga


We think Eminem, Lady Gaga and Jay Z will win 3 and Fantasia and Cee Lo will win 2. Lady Antebellum will do well on the country side: (Album, Group, Song )and the top prize of Song of The Year and can easily be the big winner this year.

The Grammies will be aired Feb 13 on CBS.

ADD:We just found out through reports that another ILLIMOian is nominated not just for one , but two Grammies this year. His name is Chuck Harmony and he is a producer and songwriter from East St Louis, Ill He is nominated for Best R&B Song for co-writing Fantasia's"Bittersweet" and being a co-producer on her CD, "Back To Me" that is nominated for R&B Album. We predicted above with the other categories that two of these categories will be won by who we had chosen so its a possibility that Harmony will get at least one of the awards if not both. And this is his 3rd and 4th shots at the music trophy by the way. In 2009, he was nominated as a producer on Neyo's breakthrough CD, "Year of the Gentleman" that was up for both Album and R&B Album of the year, but did not win.

Former St. Louis Rams Marshall Faulk and six others were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame over last weekend. He was chosen by the 44-member committee to join the ranks of past greats in Canton, Ohio. The Induction ceremonies for the 2011 NFL Hall of Fame are Aug. 6.

Faulk, who made two Super Bowl appearance, winning one with the “Greatest Show on Turf” St. Louis Rams, was nervous about the results of the vote before they became official, according to James Varney of

“I felt nervous for the first time,” he said. “I thought, ‘I haven’t felt this way in a long time. This is OK. I know how to deal with this.’ And then it became a relief I didn’t even know I needed.”

He was named 2000's Most Valuable Player, and amassed more than 2,000 total yards rushing and receiving during that season.He was also named the NFL’s offensive player of the year. During his career, he rushed for more than 12,000 yards, scored 136 touchdowns, and caught more than 6,000 yards passing.

Others inducted were Deon Sanders, Shannon Sharpe, Richard Dent, Chris Hanburger, Les Richter and Ed Sabol. Former St. Louis Rams Jerome Bettis who was a finalist was not selected this year.

Chicago based rap superstar and 2011 Grammy nominee Kanye West spent last weekend tweeting asking his fans to tweet their favorite lines from his latest album, retweeting those he deemed best.
West reportedly spent hours on Saturday retweeting his own lyrics from “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” as followers dashed them out in 140-characters. He started the night off by asking:

“Man wut yall think was the best line on MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY???”

West went on to tweet 9 of his own apparent favorite lines, including a few censored ones. He then began tweeting his followers’ responses, for the next several hours.

In related newz, West only communicates with people over email, according to teen heartthrob and 2011 Grammy nominee Justin Bieber.

West has remixed Bieber's track “Runaway Love,” with the new version available on the 16-year-old's upcoming release Never Say Never - The Remixes.

The Canadian star said he enjoyed working with Kanye, even though the star was sometimes difficult to get in touch with.

"[Kanye] reproduced the Runaway joint, and I'm really excited. It was amazing. He's such a cool guy, and he's just really laid back and just nice, and at the end of the day, he's just a nice person," Justin told MTV News.

"It's funny, because he doesn't even use a phone; he just sends e-mail. It's so crazy. I'm like, 'How can you not use a phone?'"

Hmm, we guess cell phones are no longer use to actually speak on it these days. LOL

Chicago native and award winning singer/actress Jennifer Hudson went on Twitter this week to reveal her upcoming "I Remember Me," due March 22 on Arista Records. The cover finds a svelte Hudson extending her arms ahead of her while sporting a large gold wrist cuff and her hair down back.

Her tweet read: "Wanted 2 get this 2 u first! Here's the album cover for I REMEMBER ME which releases on 3/22! U like? #irememberme"

Hudson also announced that she will be making the television debut of her latest single, "Where You At," produced by fellow native singer/producer R Kelly on the Oprah Show on Feb. 10th.

"I Remember Me" is currently available for pre-order on Hudson's official website,

The lead single, "Where You At ?," is currently at radio and debuted last week at No. 53 the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart


In related newz, Jennifer Hudson was one of several female music artists tapped to perform on Sunday’s Grammy Awards during the tribute to 2011 Grammy nominee Aretha Franklin, who will be tape a video statement that will also be aired as she recuperates from an undisclosed illness. , Grammy organizers have also named Grammy winners country star Martina McBride, Gospel recording artist Yolanda Adams and pop singer Christina Aguilera lined up for the tribute.


Attorneys for former Illinois governor/reality show star Rod Blagojevich filed a pretrial motion Tuesday seeking what they claimed was missing evidence in the impeached Illinois governor's corruption trial, including records of a phone call between a Blagojevich aide and then White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

The motion claims the telephone conversation took place just a day before Blagojevich's December 2008 arrest on charges that include allegations he sought to sell or trade the appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat for personal gain. The motion says details of that conversation could bolster a defense contention that Emanuel, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing, was willing to help with a political deal in which Blagojevich would have named Illinois' attorney general to the seat.A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago, Kim Nerheim, declined any comment on the motion.

Blagojevich faces 23 charges at his April retrial, after jurors at his first trial last year agreed only on one of 24 counts and convicted him of lying to the FBI. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys have been ordered to file all pretrial motions by next week.

The media frenzy that took place last year on this case may be a bit stifled especially with the Dr Conrad Murray case being televised .

Former St. Louis Rams and current NFL sports commentator D’Marco Farr may have tainted his nice guy image when TMZ captured him in cursing out a Dallas valet. Farr reportedly was is in Texas to cover the Super Bowl for St. Louis radio station 101. 1. ESPN. Apparently ex-Super Bowl champ refused to pay a valet at a restaurant and then yelled at him when the parking attendant tried to get him to fork over some cash. Farr, who addressed the incident on the radio show, then said he just needed to "take a piss" and no longer wanted to argue 'cause it was "f**cking cold" outside.

Well, all righty then. Well he did have to pee. LOL


Chicago native "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd will host The Dove Awards.The 42nd annual Doves have been moved to Atlanta's Fox Theatre this year from its traditional home of Nashville and will be taped on April 20 and aired on GMC on April 24, which is Easter Sunday.

Chicago-based filmmakers Jon Siskel, nephew of the late Chicago film critic Gene Giskel, and Greg Jacobs are making noise with, "Louder Than A Bomb," a documentary about going into the world of the annual high school poetry slam contest in Chicago of the same name. The film began a weeklong run last week at the Siskel Film Center.

The resulting film — the first feature-length effort from this veteran TV documentary team — follows a handful of Chicago area poetry slam competitors over the course of the 2007-2008 school year.

The film, first seen last fall during the Chicago International Film Festival, will have its television premiere later this year on the Oprah Winfrey Network as part of the OWN Documentary Club (which will also distribute the movie on DVD).

This year's Louder Than A Bomb events by the way begins Feb. 19, with the finals on March 12 at the Vic Theater.


Two ILLIMOIans will be honored at this year’s BET Honors. One is 2011 Grammy nominee and Chicago native jazz legend Herbie Hancock. The other is Johnson Publishing’s Linda Johnson-Rice, who runs Ebony and Jet magazines that are headquartered in Chicago. Also honored are award winning actress Cicely Tyson, supermodel Iman, and award winning Actor/Comedian/Singer Jamie Foxx. Actress Gabrielle Union returns as host. It will air on the network Feb 21.


ADD: This week a live version of Alton born and East St. Louis raised Grammy Award winning jazz legend Miles Davis epochal recording Bitches Brew was released. The first three tracks were taken from the Newport Jazz Festival in July of 1969, preceding the release of the album by nine months. The last six were recorded at 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, four months after the album hit store shelves.


Chicago native Grammy Award winning singer Chaka Khan will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame May 19.


Chicago native singer/producer and 2011 Grammy nominee R Kelly is already working on another new album “The Return of 12 Play: Night Of The Living Dead.” Originally titled, “Zodiac,” the artist has decided to go with “12 Play” a sequel to his ’93 solo debut.


Rockford, Ill native Kayla Ferell will be a Grammy Girl at this years Grammy Awards that will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Feb 13. Ferrell was on Cycle 15 of “America’s Next Top Model”. She made the Top Four. She received the job as a prize for winning a model challenge on the show.

ST. Louis comedian Gary G Thang Johnson is asking his Facebook fans to inbox him if they want to see him tape a comedy show in his hometown of St. Louis. He wrote on his page: CALLING ALL MY ST. LOUIS FAMILY...BIG QUESTION FOR YOU.......WOULD YOU GUYS COME OUT AND SHOW ME LOVE. IF I SHOOT MY SPECIAL THERE............LEAVE ME COMMENT NOW AND LET ME KNOW.....GOD BLESS. LOVE IS LOVE

He was also seen recently on Mike Epps Presents comedy showcase that airs on Showtime and has taped an episode of the TBS sitcom “Are We There Yet” that will air next month.


Eminem has the highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100 this week as a featured artist on Dr Dre's "I Need A Doctor," that makes it to No. 5. Other artists making notches up this chart are Jerimih's"Down On Me" feat. 50 Cent who falls one spot to No. 29 in its 13th week but maintains its bullet (on the R&B/Hip Hop chart it moves up 5 spots to No, 17 in its 17th week), Lupe Fiasco moves up 6 spots to No. 51 with "The Show Goes On." On the R&B and Hip Hop chart, Jennifer Hudson's makes the Top 40 for the fourth time with her newest single, "Where You At", produced by R Kelly, moves up 16 spots to No. 37. in its 2nd week. Kanye West and R Kelly both have two songs in the Top 40. West's "All of the Lights" moves up 3 spots to No, 25 in its 10th week and his collab with his label CEO Jay Z "HAM" move sup 6 spots to No. 28 in its 5th week. R Kelly move sup 4 spots to No, 22 with "Love Letter" in its 11th week and his Grammy nominated single, "When A Woman Loves' is still holding through falling 7 spots to No, 31 in its 24th week.


ST Louis Rams rookie QB Sam Bradford won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors on Saturday.

It was a clean sweep for the Big 12 as Bradford, the former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback, joins former Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh who won NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors with the Detroit Lions.

“It means a lot to me when you look at this award and see who has won it in the past,” said Bradford . “It reflects what we were able to do as a team this year.”

Sam Bradford joins stars like Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, Marshall Faulk and Emmitt Smith to win the award. Bradford finished the season with 3,512 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He ranked 12th in the league in passing yards.

With Sam Bradford at quarterback, the St. Louis Rams won more games in 2010 than they had won in their previous three seasons combined. Bradford becomes the fourth quarterback in the last seven years to win the offensive award and the second Oklahoma Sooners player in the last four years.


The St. Louis Cardinals announced Friday that they have signed 40 year old outfielder former St. Louis Cardinals player Jim Edmonds to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Edmonds spent eight seasons with the Cardinals from 2000-07, helping the team to reach the postseason six times, including trips to the 2004 and 2006 World Series. He ranks fourth in Cardinals history in home runs (241) and leads the franchise in postseason RBI (41) and games played (61).

After being traded to San Diego before the 2008 season, and playing 73 games for the Padres, he was later traded to the Chicago Cubs during the same season.

After sitting out the entire 2009 season, Edmonds spent last season with the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds. In 86 games, Edmonds hit 11 home runs with 23 RBI while compiling a .276 batting average.

Jim Edmonds surprised many around the game by signing with his former team. The 4 outfielder was limited down the stretch last season due to a left Achilles injury, but he decided to return for his 18th major league season after undergoing surgery to repair the tendon last month.

According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said "Edmonds is not a lock yet.There is still some uncertainty about where he is physically. I’m not writing him in any way yet. It’s an opportunity.”

Edmonds will still have to pass a physical early next week. He could earn $1 million if he spends the entire season with the team.


According to reports, talks between St. Louis Cardinals top slugger Albert Pujols and the organization have yet to reach an agreement after a month of negotiations on a contract extension that would eliminate the possibility of the three-time NL MVP reaching free agency after the 2011 season, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

With a Feb. 15 deadline , the day of Spring Training, the sides reportedly remain in contact with each other. But according to multiple sources, a framework for a potential compromise has yet to take shape.

At Pujols' request, the Cardinals and the player's agent continue to hold to bar the media on any updates.

St. Lousi rap mogul Nelly made newz nationally and locally:

First, he and Kelly Rowland reunited recently on the sunny shores of Cancun, Mexico,(PIC was tweeted on Rowland's twitter page) to shoot the video for “Gone,” the latest single from the St. Louis rapper’s 5.0 album.Marc Klasfeld, who directed Nelly’s “Country Grammar” is at the helm.

The duet, produced by Jim Jonsin and Rico Love, marks the follow-up to the labelmates’ 2002 smash “Dilemma.” “It’s kinda like an extension of the story,” Nelly told, “and still playfully having fun with it like we did with the first one.”

In related Nelly newz, his cameo on the CW’s “90210” will air Feb. 14. In the episode, Nelly stops by the set of 90210 to shoot a music video at Shirazi Studios and character Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes) shows up with her new reality show crew to try and score a guest appearance in the rapper’s video. Snoop is also in the episode.

Speaking of Nelly and Snoop, they assumed the roles of sports reporters at ESPN the Magazine‘s “NEXT” Party during Super Bowl weekend in Fort Worth, Texas, interviewing Reggie Bush, Rashard Mendenhall, Miss USA Rima Fakih, and model Chanel Iman, who was persuaded by Snoop to root for the Steelers.

In other Nelly TV newz, he, along with the St. Lunatics, was back again on the Jimmy Kimmel show this week performing “Just A Dream” once more.

“I wanna thank everybody for making this single four-and-a-half million,” the rapper said on stage. “Talk what you want, say what you want—Nelly’s still selling something.”

The song is still in the Top 40 of Billboard;s Hot 100 at No, 35 in its 25th week.

Last fall, the rapper was on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he performed his singles"Move That Body: and "Just a Dream"


Locally in the STL, Nelly’s tour company Flush Touring Co., filed a suit in Stone County Circuit Court Monday, the suit alleges Branson-area promoter Paul Dunn owes the St. Louis rapper $37,500 for his Aug. 21 show at the Mansion Theatre in Branson.

Both sides agreed the original pact was an oral agreement that called for Nelly to be paid $75,000. Dunn claimed that before the concert, he paid Nelly's associates $37,500 by check and $3,000 in cash.

Dunn, however, contended the original agreement was orally amended to $40,500 when the concert, which was first planned for the parking lot of the Grand Palace theater, had to be moved to the Mansion.

The venue change was necessary after Branson officials, citing concerns about security, noise and parking, refused to issue the necessary permits for the show.

Nelly's lawsuit claims that the $75,000 payment was promised for a concert at the Mansion.

Aside from the financial issue, both Dunn and a Nelly spokesman claim the other side is trying to damage the other's reputation.

In a telephone interview, Dunn claims the lawsuit is aimed at blunting Dunn's contention that Nelly's manager, Abby Cole, physically threatened him after the concert.

"Mr. Cole started asking me for $35,000 more before the concert was even finished," Dunn said, adding that Cole and two others followed him to a hotel and then to a restaurant, where they blocked his car with their vehicle.

"That's when Mr. Cole pulled this gangster scene right out of a Hollywood movie," Dunn said. "He kept telling me how I was going to get my (expletive) kicked. I wrote him a check just to get those guys out of there."

Payment on the check was stopped the next day, Dunn said. He said he filed a report about the alleged assault with Branson police on Aug. 23, the Monday after the concert.

A sergeant with the Branson Police Department could not verify Tuesday the filing of the report, because severe weather had kept clerical employees at home.

Cole declined to comment about any confrontation with Dunn and referred questions to Mike Chaffin, Nelly's business manager.

This is ugly. So the question at hand is, is Nelly due an extra 30,000 for a show that was postponed and moved based on the city’s ordinance and out of the control of promoter? Technically, it isn’t Nelly’s fault that the concert was moved if the oral agreement was for him to be paid 75,000. No written contract was signed on any conditions or possible changes as what just happened so we think the promoter is responsible in paying Nelly the extra money As far as the physical altercation that Dunn had with Nelly’s manager, well that needs to be proven if that was the case. It may have happened, but if there weren’t any witnesses or video to testify or can be used as evidence, then it is technically cant be proven. . All that can be proved is Dunn cancelling the check before it was to be cashed.

2011 Grammy nominee Katy Perry will perform at The Fox in St. Louis Aug. 20

2011 Grammy nominee John Legend has been added to all the the dates on 2011 Grammy nominee Sade's upcoming tour. The St. Louis show is confirmed for this summer, according to tour producer Live Nation. Specifics on the St. Louis show will be released soon.

2011 Grammy nominee Randy Newman Friends will perform at The Sheldon Benefit Feb 25. Proceeds from this special evening benefit Sheldon Educational Programs, which serve over 20,000 St. Louis area students each year.

2004 American Idol first runner up Diana DeGarmo is starring in the stage musical 9 to 5: The Musical that is touring the country and stopping at the Fabulous Fox Theatre thru Feb. 20 . She plays the role of Doralee (PICTURED on the right)that was played by Grammy winning singer Dolly Parton in the film version in 1980.

Comedian and former sitcom star Bob Saget will perform two shows March 19 at Lumiere Place Casino's Lumiere Theater.

Jazz musician Stanley Clarke Feb. 2 concert at Jazz at the Bistro that was postponed because of the snow storm, has been rescheduled for Feb. 28.

NYC native and current St. Louis resident stylist Ola (FAR LEFT) will pair with Tokyo based designer Chiyuki Asano (LEFT)for a combined runway show debuting their A/W 2011 collections at NEW YORK FASHION WEEK on Tuesday, February 15. The show will take place at the NEW YORK SALON in Bowlmor Lanes Times Square in NYC.

East St. Louis native actor/director is featured and has a cover story in this week’s Riverfront Times entitled, “Drama King,” In the story, written by Aimee Levitt, King’s upbringing and budding theatrical production career are spotlighted .

ADD: New York transplant K. LaMonte, known as Kevin Jones during his days as an actor and poet in St. Louis, is bringing a scaled-down version of the music showcase Gifted Soul to his hometown this Saturday at Nubia Cafe on Delmar. Starts at 8 p.m.

Poet/event promoter Xplicit of Soul U will open for the Jaheim and Syleena Johnson concert at the Ambassador Feb 13 (SEE EVENTZ BELOW) Prior to this performance, he will perform Thursday at SIUE at 7pm, then at McKendree 830pm, both are Open Mics. And Saturday at his monthly showcase event SoulSTAGE (that has moved from Sunday)at Legacy Books and Café featuring Klove.


MMA model Ashely Salazaar is asking her fans to vote for her to be a Striek Force Ring Girl YOU CAN START BY "LIKING" THE STRIKEFORCE FACEBOOK FAN PAGE!!


ADD: Rapper Tef Poe is having a CD release party for his new CD "War Machine" With Vandalyzm, Whiteout, Rt. Faq, T. Prince and host Javon Bibbs this Friday at The Gramophone,(SEE EVENT INFO BELOW)


Liquid Assets is bringing back the return of Red Hott Thursdays (in place of Relaxed Thursdays) at Club Amensia. It will retain its hosts y YoungJuan Edwards and Big Terence and 104.1’s DJ CUDDY

RIP-BITZ. LASTLY The St. Louis basketball community lost a tremendous individual on Friday with the passing of Lee Winfield. Winfield died on Friday, February 4th, on his 64th birthday. Known as "Coach Win," to his former players, Winfield was a great player, a wonderful coach and mentor, a great man and a treasured friend to all who knew and loved him. Most people remember Winfield as a valued assistant coach to both Rich Grawer at Saint Louis University and Norm Stewart at the University of Missouri during some very successful seasons during the 1980's and early 1990s.The visitation for Lee Winfield will be held on Friday at Austin Layne (7302 West Florissant)from 4-7 p.m. The funeral will be held on Saturday at Newstead Baptist Church (4370 N. Market St.) at 10 a.m.

STL AQUARIANians BDAZE educator Kathryn Bentley,rapper Chocolate Tai , singer Seviin Lii, dancer Diade Bathily, promotiosn manager Pars Nicole Assets, promoter/magazine editor Joseph Jennings, promoter/artist manager Veronica Mousie Haley, promoter/photographer Teddy Blackett(PICTURED), model/photographer Cynarra Madison, promoter/socialite Patrice Renee and socialites Fred Massingale and Terrell Anderson

YOURS TRULY is working on two projects this year:

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


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 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 DISH. Which STL promoter got sued recently and lost for stealing another STL promoters' project idea?
HINT 1. The promoter who got sued is a male.
HINT 2. The promoter who got sued also runs a monthly magazine

HINT 3. This promoter's "stolen" project was an annual "style" affair that took place last summer at a now closed STL venue
HINT 4. The promoter's first name is the same as a popular fictional character from one of the popular "moving up" sitcoms of the 1970s and 1980s.

Which STL promoters/socialites got PRO-MO-CIAL-ICIOUS this week? Promoters Mocha Latte of Monopoly Promotions and Club Amenesia promotions manager Parris Nicole Assets (TIE) and The Men of Hella Fly Promotions (King Kerry and Dano Johnson) and Close To Famous (Triky Haley and Kelly Hall) (TIE)

Mocha Latte (FAR LEFT). Coming off of attending Ola's b-day party at Mandarin,
this Queen of Promotions is hosting her newly named Saturday Night Live (formerly Open Bar Saturdays) with a special Valentine Day party with a game for the singles and the winning couple receiving tickets to the upcoming Jaheim concert at The Ambadsador on Sunday.

Parris Nicole Assets (LEFT) This sista is always on the grind being the manager of Club Amnesia. Along with that, this Frdiay, she and socialite Erica Cole will have a b-day party at the venue themed Black and Yellow during Liquid Assets' Fierce Fridays and on Liquid Assets Successful Saturdays, she will have a Valentine day Gucci purse giveaway.

King Kerry and Dano Johnson (RIGHT). This dynamic duo always gets it in and this weekend is no different with $5 Frdiays at The Broadway and promoting the Jaheim Pre Valentine's Day concert at The Ambassador as well as its other mainstay Sexy As You Wanna Be Sundays at The Label, where the Jaheim concert after party will take place.
UPDATE: Jaheim concert is pushed back due to him being nominated for Three Grammies and he has to attend the ceremony in Hollywood on the same nite. In place of Jaheim will be Chitown singer David Hollister and two comedians)

Triky Haley and Kelly Hall (FAR RIGHT) This venerable duo is contuing its themed parties with its maintsay UC Me Thursdays with Kyjuan and Murphy Lee at The Label and promoting the
Pink, Purple and Platunum party with rapper Chocolate Tai, singer Seviin Lii and artist manager Mousie Haley at The City eand Seviin Lii, with City Spud hosting

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

Why was J Lo and her husband Mark Anthony were the only non political people invited to Obama’s Super Bowl party at the White House? Why are people tripping off of nude pics of Rhianna she sexted? And why are there so many celebs gettin caught with nude or semi nude pics leaked online? Why didnt Kim Kardashian act liek she was scared to dance with Prince at his NYC concert? Why are so many potholes on Goodfellow ? Why are people complaining about the cold weather in St Louis and its winter? Why is Janet now fessin up that her brothers used to verbally abuse her about her weight? Why was Fantasia signed up to play Mahalia Jackson? And why did folk thought she was preggo? Why is there a debate on whether Halle Berry’s daughter is black? Why did it seem like Today show host Matt Lauer was badgering First Lady Michelle Obama about serving pizza and all the fixins at her husbands Super Bowl party? And why does Dr Dre keep postponing his long awaited followiup to his 1992 CD,. The Chronic?"


Why didn’t the Dallas Stadium have seats ready for those who had tickets to sit in seats? Why did people pay over 200 dollars just to stand in the parking lot at the stadium to watch the jumbo tron? Why were there so many ads from Doritos? Why are media folk calling Christina Aguelera’s botching of the National anthem “lyric malfunction?” Why are folk panning Black Eyed Peas performance of the Superbowl? Why did the Pepsi Redux commercial with dubbed Angry Black Female cause so much of a stir when she hit the white jogger by mistake? And why were most of the commercials trying too hard to outtop the Betty white Snickers commercial and failed?


Erica Cole and ParrisNicole Assets are having a BLACK AND YELLOW B DAY BASH FRIDAY at Club Amnesia during Liquid Assets’ Fierce Fridays


B Free Paparazzi’s Teddy Blackett is debuting a weekly happy hour starting this Friday called RECESS at Ginger Bistro in the Loop on Delmar starting at 7 p.m.

Inspired by the SIMPLE PLEASURES event series, the RECESS™ happy hour event is a themed happy hour event that features signature drinks named after nostalgic childhood games. It provides a fun and exciting atmosphere where you can enjoy good food, cocktails, great music, and socialize while playing some interesting networking games & contests. RECESS™ serves a ...break from normal day to day activities an allows the grown and sexy to enjoy a little play time.


Free Admission
Dj 76KiD on the 1's & 2's
Recess Food & Drink Specials


Tef Poe's War Machine CD Release Party With Vandalyzm, Whiteout, Rt. Faq, T. Prince and host Javon Bibbs

When • 9 p.m. Friday

Where • The Gramophone, 4243 Manchester Avenue

How much • $5-$7

More info •

Grammy Award winning jazz singer Al Jarreau will perform at the Touhill Performmng Arts Center Feb 11.


Comedian Pauly Shore will perform two shows at the Old Rock House Feb. 11

Close to Famous presents Pink, Purple and Platinum Party at The City celebrating the b-days of Chocolate Tai, Seviin Lii, and Mousie Haley. Hosted by St. Lunatic City Spud Feb 11.

R&B singer/musician Brian Mcknight will perform at two shows Lumiere Theatre at Lumiere Place Feb. 12 (BOTH SHOWS ARE SOLD OUT)


The Return of the Blackout an all Black Birthday Bash, Friday at 9:00pm - February 11 EXO (downtown)

3146 Locust and Compton

St. Louis Blues Festival Feb 12 at the Chaifetz Arena with Bobby “Blue” Bland, Shirley Brown, Sir Charles Jones, Mel Waiters, Floyd Taylor, Clarence Carter and Latimore

Saturday, February 12


Folk artist Bobby Long will perform at the Old Rock House Feb. 12


Fun E Kats presents Pre Valentine's Day comedy show w/ Honest John, B. Cole, & more
Saturday Feb 12. Doors open at 7:30PM at The Ambassador (9800 New Halls Ferry Rd
$15 Gen Admission 2 for $35 VIP / 2 for $45 Day of Show.Purchase tickets online at:
Feb. 11
feat. Chitown poet K Love
Doors Open at 8PM & Show is at 9PM (Prompt)

$6 Cover

Hosted By: Abbey The Truth + Xplicit

Music By: DJ 76kiD All Night Long!

Special Treats For The Ladies (who get there early)!!!!

For More Info:
Call - 314-827-5201 or Email


There will be VALENTINES DAY GUCCI PURSE GIVEAWAY SATURDAY at Successful Staurdays at Amensia.

Hella Fly Promotions presents Jaheim and Syleena Johnson at the Ambassdor Feb 13. General Admission 35$ VIP 45$..... This Will Be One Hell Of A Show As We Celebrate My Business Partner Antoine Love Birthday As Well. Tickets Will Be Sold At Ur Local Ticket Master As Well. For More Info Contact Dano 314) 685-0500.
UPDATE: The concert has been pushed back due to Jaheim being nominated for Three Grammies at this years Grammy Awards and he has to attend it. In place of Jaheim will be David Hollister and two comedians for free. Those with tickets for Jaheim can get a refund at the venue or wherever they bought the tickets or can wait until it is reschdueld and attend when it it announced.


Jazz singer Kim Massie will have a Valentines Day show at Van Goghz Martini Bar and Bistro Feb 14 at 7 p.m. 314.865.3345.



Check out Mocha at Open Bar Saturdays (now Saturday Night Love) at The Label with a special Valentines DAy"Hitched" Party!! WE're doing a match making game...Singles will get a lil necklace that symbolizes your single and ready to mingle1 lucky couple that meets and seems very interested will get a romantic date for 2 w/tickets to see Jaheim concert on Sunday!! Ladies FREE til 11.Open bar for the ladies buy ur open bar before 11 drink Free all night!! Please Tip the bartenders!! CAll Today booths!! 314.621.1929

Check out Mocha at her monthly poetry showcse Got Lyircs at The Loft. The next one is Feb 16.

Mocha's b-day is Feb 26 and she is planing a big bday bash on that nite at The Label with a popular celebrity guest. Info TBA.





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



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

MORE INFO on AireezDarychuss



RuinedBy Lynn Nottage

THRU - 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 Democratic Republic of the Congo. Two young women, ripped away from their families and violated by the competing factions, find themselves in the service of Mama Nadi at her brothel after being sold by a travelling merchant. Set within the brothel, the play explores each woman’s efforts to survive the constant threat of war and cope with their misfortunes as African women in difficult times.

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

For times and ticket info go to



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





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