Wednesday, February 16, 2011

OUT 965--ILLI MO arts and ent BITZ ADDs and UPDATES (FEB. 17-23)




Who was the brotha in the yellow and white striped shirt talkin with St. Lunatic member City Spud at The City recently?


This week we feature Chicago reared, legendary gospel great, Mahalia Jackson.

Nicknamed "Halie", Jackson grew up in the Black Pearl section of the Carrollton neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana. At the age of sixteen, Jackson moved from the south to Chicago, Illinois, in the midst of the Great Migration. After her first Sunday church service, where she had given an impromptu performance of her favorite song, "Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpet, Gabriel", she was invited to join the Greater Salem Baptist Church Choir. She began touring the city's churches and surrounding areas with the Johnson Gospel Singers, one of the earliest professional gospel groups.[6] In 1929 Jackson met the composer Thomas A. Dorsey, known as the Father of Gospel Music. He gave her musical advice, and in the mid-1930s they began a fourteen-year association of touring, with Jackson singing Dorsey's songs in church programs and at conventions. His "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" became her signature song.[7]

In 1947 she signed up with the Apollo label, and in 1948 recorded the William Herbert Brewster song "Move On Up A Little Higher", a recording so popular that stores could not stock enough copies of it to meet demand, selling an astonishing eight million copies.[9] (The song was later honored with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998).[10] The success of this record rocketed Jackson to fame in the U.S. and soon after inEurope. During this time she toured as a concert artist, appearing more frequently in concert halls and less often in churches. As a consequences of this change in her venues, her arrangements expanded from piano and organ to orchestral accompaniments.

In 1950 she became the first gospel singer to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall when Joe Bostic produced the “Negro Gospel and Religious Music Festival". She started touring Europe in 1952 and was hailed by critics as the "world's greatest gospel singer".

Jackson had many notable accomplishments during this period, including her performance of many songs in the 1958 film, St. Louis Blues, and singing "Trouble of the World" in 1959's Imitation of Life; rIn 1961 she sang at U.S. President John F. Kennedy's inauguration.

On the March on Washington in 1963, she sang in front of 250,000 people "How I Got Over" and "I've Been 'Buked, and I've Been Scorned". Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech there. She also sang "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" at his funeral after he was assassinated in 1968.

er last album was What The World Needs Now (1969). She ended her career in 1971 with a concert in Germany, and when she returned, made one of her final television appearances on The Flip Wilson Show. Jackson devoted much of her time and energy to helping others. She established the Mahalia Jackson Scholarship Foundation for young people who wanted to attend college. For her efforts in helping international understanding, she received the Silver Dove Award. Chicago remained her home until the end. Mahalia Jackson died in Chicago on January 27, 1972 of heart failure and diabetes complications at the age of 60.


The surprise wins of St.Joseph, Mo native rapper Eminem at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards Sunday. While everyone expected it to be Eminem's night with 10 nominations, he only received two, Rap Album for “Recovery” and Rap Solo for “Not Afraid.” He was outdone by country act Lady Antebellum, who took home five Grammys including Record of the Year.

"This is crazy," a serious Eminem said during his acceptance speech. "Thank you to the fans — what up, Detroit? Stand up!" he shouted, following a list of thank yous that included Dr. Dre, Interscope Records' head Jimmy Iovine and others.

It was expected that Em would take home the Album of the year prize ,which he has been nominated for two other times, but he was dethroned by Arcade Fire’s “Suburbs.”

The highlight was when Em took the stage to perform with Rihanna and his mentor Dr Dre on “Love the Way you Lie” and “I Need a Doctor” respectively.

Nevertheless, Eminem has been forced to deny rumors that he was upset by only winning two of the 10 Grammy Awards that he was nominated for at last weekend's ceremony.

It had been reported that a source had claimed that the rapper had been angry because he didn't win the top gongs like 'Record of the Year' and the most coveted prize, 'Album of the Year', and that he vowed not to perform at the future ceremonies, reportsNew York Post.

But Eminem has claimed that this story is untrue and that he was honored to perform at the prestigious ceremony regardless of any Grammy wins.

One of the rapper's representatives told "This is untrue. He was happy to be there and perform with Dre. "Voting is voting, and there's only so much you can do about that."

Hmm, sounds like his PR team are in spin mode. For the most part, we pretty much know that Em isn’t a big fan of attending award shows. We are as surprised that he didn’t get the Album award just because he is the “veteran” of sorts and Grammy loves to select vets as well as those who make big comebacks. But, that seemed to have not been the case. Do we think Em was pissed and vowed not to attend or perform at future award shows? Its likely. It fits his stance for him to feel like that.

In related Grammy newz, other ILLIMOians were awarded Grammies. Chicago native and jazz legend Herbie Hancock continued where he left off last year with Grammy wins as he won two of the three awards he was up for this year. He won Best Pop Collaboration for “Imagine” with, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1 and Oumou Sangare and Best improvised jazz solo for , "A Change is Gonna Come" both sings from his CD "The Imagine Project"

Also, Chicago native singer .Mavis Staples, won her first ever Grammy Award for Best Americana album for “You Are Not Alone,” her acclaimed collaboration with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. “This Grammy took a long time coming,” Staples said as she accepted the award, overcome with emotion and receiving lengthy, loud applause. “You haven’t seen the last with me. God is not through with me yet.”

A few other artists who wouldn’t have their Chicago residency contested also got some gold off-camera. Perennial honoree Buddy Guy snatched the contemporary blues album gramophone for “Living Proof,” and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra took two of its four nominations.


St. Louis natives poet/educator Maya Angelou and Cardinals veteran Stan Musial received their National Medal of Freedom Awards from President Barack Obama at the White in a ceremony Feb 15 .

Obama praised Angelou for rising above an abusive childhood to inspire others with her words, saying her voice has "spoken to millions, including my mother, which is why my sister is named Maya."

He quoted Angelou, saying, "History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with ourage, need not be lived again," and bent down to kiss her cheek as he presented her with the medal.

Musial, 90, wore his familiar Cardinals-red sports coat during the ceremony shown on St. Louis television and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website. He beamed as the president placed the medal around his neck.

(Musial) is a gentleman you would want your kids to emulate," President Obama said. The Hall of Famer beamed as Obama placed the medal around his neck.

The award is the highest honor presented to a civilian in the United States by the president. The Presidential Medal of Freedom recognizes those who have made an "especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." The award was first given by President Harry S. Truman in 1945 to honor civilian service, and was revived in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy. Other honorees are Holocaust survivor and Scottsdale resident Gerda Weissmann Klein, President George H.W. Bush, artist Jasper Johns, optometrist Tom Little, who was murdered by the Taliban while he was on a humanitarian mission in Afghanistan, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, German

In unrelated Angelou newz, Over the course of February, Maya Angelou's Black History Month Special will be broadcast in cities across the nation. Her first-ever radio public program features special guests Chris Rock, Cornell West, Common and Lee Daniels. It is a great American patchwork, a quilt woven of parables, historical anecdotes, autobiography, song, and poetry.

The women of "The View," including Chicago native Sherri Shepherd, flew to Chicago Friday to visit talk show mogul Oprah Winfrey and were caught on-camera with no makeup, curlers in their hair, and even opened their purses on live TV. "I stole some of the pens from the green room," Elizabeth Hasselbeck confessed to Winfrey. Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Shepherd invaded Harpo Productions. In a video on the website, Shepherd made it clear that for her, Chicago is all about food. Gary’s Popcorn, Gibson’s prime rib and any kind of pork. Whoopi is a little worried about the amount of snow Chicago got recently, which someone tells her is about 14 inches. Whoopi then says how much she wishes she had 14 inches.

In related newz, Discovery Communications is pumping another $50 million into a joint venture for Oprah's new cable channel, bringing its total investment to $239 million, less than two months after OWN launched to much fanfare.
The additional investment, on top of the initial $189 million, means the channel, which was expected to turn a modest profit in its first year, will barely break even on an operating basis. In the fourth quarter alone, Discovery spent $40 million to $50 million on OWN.

Nearly three years in the making, OWN: The Oprah Network debuted on Jan. 1, taking over the slot occupied by the Discovery Health Channel. After a big debut that averaged 583,000 viewers in primetime the first week, OWN has seen its ratings fall below those of the channel it replaced.

ADD: In belated Oprah newz, she celebrated her 57th b-day Jan 29

St. Louis rap mogul Nelly’s commercial promoting the Ford Explorer in an extended spot was aired during thi syear;s Grammy Awards. The ad takes place behind the scenes on the set on a Ford Explorer commercial. In the clip, Nelly is increasingly ticked off at the director's insistence of dancers and snow in the video. At the end of the clip, Nelly says he's firing his agent now.

The music bumping in the background is Nelly's new single "Gone" featuring Kelly Rowland.

To see the ad go to

In unrelated Nelly newz, Riverfest 2011 announced this week that it's booked the rapper Nelly on its annual music fest that takes place in Little Rock, Ark. May 27-29 Also on the line-up: Digital Underground, Charlie Daniels, Pat Green and Papa Roach.


Following their show-stopping performance at the Grammy Awards, Kansas City, Ks, native Janelle Monae is touring with 2011 Grammy winner Bruno Mars for a North American co-headlining tour. The retro-pop singer and R&B songstress will embark on the joint trek, dubbed Hooligans in Wondaland, in May and June, beginning May 4 in New York, NY. In regards to ILLIMO areas, they will perform at the Aragon Ballroom on Chicago May 27 and Uptown Theatre in Kansas City, Mo May 28.

Just one year after his secret wedding, Chicago native and Oscar nominated actor Terrence Howard is getting divorced. Howard's wife, Michelle, filed a divorce petition with a Los Angeles court on Jan. 27, the same day they separated, according to documents obtained by Radar.

In her petition, Michelle said she's splitting from the former star of "Law & Order:
Los Angeles" due to "irreconcilable differences." The couple wed Jan. 20, 2010 but the 41-year-old actor didn't announce it until the Cannes Film Festival that May.

Michelle noted in her petition that "there are community and quasi-community assets" that they have yet to divide, though she wants "miscellaneous jewelry and other effects" to be declared separate property. She is also seeking attorneys' fees.

This was, technically, Howard's third marriage. He married and divorced Lori McCommas, the mother of his three children, before remarrying her in 2005 and splitting again shortly after.

From sources, the reason for the split was of Howard’s demand that his wife cleans herself properly with baby wipes instead of bathroom tissue. Howard has also been on record for domestic disturbances with his previous wife as well so its likely some sorts that perhaps this was the case here as well.

With New York Fashion Week 2011 underway, Chicago reared rap superstar Kanye West made his first Fashion Week appearance during the first night of festivities. He was spotted at GQ and CFDA's event for the Best New Menswear Designers in America Fall 2011 Collections show. Accompanied by the likes of Aziz Ansari, Kid Cudi, and Jessica Alba, Kanye wore a black leather jacket, Air Jordan 6 shoes, and Cartier “Vitesse” sunglasses (PICTURED).

In unrelated Ye newz, Jay-Z and Kanye West reportedly took over the whole floor of a top hotel to record tracks for their forthcoming album.

This week the rap superstars turned the luxury suite at Mercer Hotel into a personal recording studio to work on their collaboration, Watch The Throne.

A source told the New York Post's Page Six column, 'They took over at least one whole floor and moved in their equipment, which may have annoyed some of the guests.'

Their album is set for release later this year.


Comedian and Tonight Show host Jay Leno cracked a joke recently during his monologue about The Missouri Statehouse Senate bill that would eliminate child labor laws. Leno said at the conclusion of his monologue on "The Tonight Show.""Well, yeah, I mean, why should the 10-year-olds in China be getting all the good factory jobs?"

The bill would legalize employment for children under the age of 14, end inspections of facilities employing children, and remove restrictions on the number of hours a child may work.

Our question is why is this bill even drafted? Theres a reason why theres laws against child labor. Can someone say The Coogan Act?

Two ILLIMOians are featured in nationally distributed magazines. First is St. Louis reared Emmy nominated actress Jenna Fischer who stars in the hit sitcom, “The Office,” covers the March issue of Redbook and in the interview the actress, talks about having to stay thin for work and finding love after her 2008 divorce--with screenwriter Lee Kirk, whom she married last summer The other is Kennett, Mo Grammy Award winning singer/musician Sheryl Crow who is in the March issue of Architectural Digest, who throws open the doors to her Hollywood Hills estate. Her 11-acre, three-home property boasts a 1926 Spanish Colonial hacienda – her primary residence with her two sons – a 1909 Craftsman bungalow and a picturesque 19th century cottage. Crow explains that she "grew up in Missouri, where you don't really see architecture like this."

Speaking of Jenna Fischer and Jay Leno, she will be a guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonite, Thursday.

The TLC network is going to show actress/comedian Niecy Nash’s wedding as a two-hour special. Nash, who spent most of her in St. Louis, is marrying electrical engineer Jay Tucker in a few weeks, and childhood he network is going show all the details leading up to the big day, including her search for the perfect dress. Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph is going to be the matron of honor with Sherri Shepherd and Wendy Raquel Robinson also as part of the wedding party.

Former Chicago Bulls superstar, NBA Hall of Famer and Highland Park resident Michael Jordan celebrates his 48th b-day this Thursday.


Oak Forest, Ill native Chris Medina survived Round One of Hollywood Week on American Idol last week. Medina has also collected more than $27,000 in donations to help care for his fiancee, Juliana Ramos who suffered a brain injury in a car accident in 2009. The money is primarily from individual contributions but also includes a $4,000 furnace donated and installed by King Heating & Air Conditioning of Oak Forest, Illinois. The company literally warmed up the couple's home after hearing that their heater was broken. Donations for Medina's fiancee, , are being accepted through the Laurus Foundation website.

ADD: Hailey Reinhert of Wheeling, Ill. and Tatynisa Wilson of Aurora, Ill. also made it through Hollywood Week on American Idol..


St. Louis resident and Cardinals vet Stan Musial was honored Tuesday at a ceremony at the White House (SEE BITZ ABOVE) Musial, 90, is so regarded in St. Louis that the ceremony was shown on local TV and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website. Cardinals star Albert Pujols even delayed his contract extension deadline, so it wouldn't detract from Musial.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) congratulated Baseball Hall of Famer Stan "The Man" Musial for being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama earlier today. Musial, widely recognized as one of the greatest baseball players in history, dedicated 22 years to the game of baseball, served in the Navy during World War II and has dedicated the rest of his life to public service and the St. Louis community.

"As a young kid in East St. Louis my most prized possession was my first baseball glove: a Stan Musial Rawlings Special. I rubbed that leather glove with Gloveoleum until I was the only one who could still see his name burned in the leather. I know if I would dig deep in my closet I could still find that Musial glove," said Durbin. "It is rare in history to find such a public person without a detractor. On the field and off, Stan Musial was always a gentleman, always a champion."


St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols’s Wednesday deadline for the organization to comply to his contract demands expired leading to questions regarding whether Pujols will leave the team after the 2011 season to become a free agent

According to, Despite what the club described as a “substantial, long-term offer” first extended in early January and tweaked several times since, the Cardinals and Pujols never achieved traction on a deal that could have allowed the franchise to secure its signature player for the balance of a Hall of Fame career.

The package’s total value at more than $200 million spread across a nine- or 10-year base (Pujols is asking for $300 million in 10 years). Once rejected, the deal reportedly took several other forms that involved shifting years and salary and apparently even an equity stake in the team. “We are greatly disappointed in this outcome of negotiations that we’ve had over the last number of months,” said Bill DeWitt, one of the owners of the Cardinals, said to open a press conference Wednesday at Roger Dean Stadium.

DeWitt recognized Pujols as “a great Cardinal ... an iconic player” before noting that the organization made “every effort” to extend his contract beyond the upcoming season.

Pujols, who signed an eight-year, $111 million deal in February 2004, asked for $300 million for 10 years which would be the biggest contract ever in professional baseball.

Interestingly enough, the Cards’ skipper/manager Tony Larussa chimed in on the contract negtations while arriving to Jupiter, Fla to begin Spring Training. He reportedly said, "I know what he's going through with the union and to some extent his representatives because his representatives are getting beat up by the union," La Russa told a large group of reporters before a workout at Roger Dean Stadium. "Set the bar, set the bar. You've got to deal with it. It's not the way it should be."

La Russa's comments reportedly drew a strong rebuttal from Major League Baseball Players Association that described La Russa as "completely wrong" and insisted that neither he nor anyone else in his office had discussed Pujols' contract with his agent, Dan Lozano.

Before Tuesday, the Cardinals had refused to guarantee more than seven years to a player who will turn 32 before playing his first game under its term, but they may offer some sort of modification before the deadline.

Pujols is expected to arrive to Jupiter, Fla on Thursday.

Hmm, interesting on many levels. One, if the Cards had a salary cap based on the age of a player, then the negotiations with 32 year old Pujols was going to be moot from the start. Adding the modifications clause to their policy is where the loophole came in and Pujols reps took advantage of that. One caller on LTRS AM thought of a solution that the Cards take some of the millions they are earmarking for the Ballpark Village and use that money for Pujols. If you take what they are worth (Forbes reported that the Cards is worth $488 million), their payroll is $111 million (according to Forbes) and to add an extra $200 million to offest Pujols demands would put them in the red (as we dont mean the team colors). Now, the question is, will this overshadow the Cards during their training? You bet it will be. And talk about a media frenzy! We think it will be more cameras in Florida covering training than when Mark McGwire was hired as the team’s batting coach. In the long run, the fans will have a sour taste in their mouths in regards to the assumptions on Pujols not taking the offer. We will see how they react to Pujols whether he get what he demanded or not come opening season in April.

Meanwhile, as the negotiations between Pujols and the Cardinals organizations were going along, its star left fielder Matt Holliday went on record to say that he would take a salary cut if needed to sign Pujols. According to Holliday said, “I deferred $2 million a year for the whole contract and I would be willing, if they came to me and said, “Hey, this is what it’s going to take to get Albert done, would you do it again or do more?” Scott [Boras] probably wouldn’t like me to stay that, but if that’s what it took, I would be willing to do that.”

So $12 million he is willing to defer which is about $96 million less of extra $100 million Pujols demands in his $300 million request but hey, we think Holliday is definitely getting the award for the nice guy in all of this.

In other Cards newz, recent "re-signee" Jim Edmonds chances to play with the team have been delayed after Edmonds didnt pass the physical drills last week to train with teh team.
Edmonds who
signed a minor-league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals on Feb. 4, is still having problems with a left foot injury that took place when he was with thw Reds last season. He had surgery on the foot in the offseason.
UPDATE: Because of his injury, Jim Edmonds has officially retired.


The toxicology report on St. Louis model Adrianne Martin was disclosed last week and the St. Louis County Prosecuting Office said Martin's body contained a deadly mix of cocaine and a potent painkiller, but there was no evidence of wrongdoing. They said she had voluntarily taken the cocaine and the painkiller, oxycodone, within five or six hours of death. Martin was the girlfriend of Anhueser Busch III.

Busch did not cooperate in the investigation. Police and the prosecutor did not say where the cocaine came from and have no evidence of how and when the drugs were obtained. Busch attorney Art Margulis said, "There really never has been a basis for a criminal action." The decision, he said, was "logical and reasonable."

The body was found December 19 at the Busch's exclusive family estate in Huntleigh, a suburb of St. Louis.

Hmm, all we can say is its good to have money and pay an attorney for your innocence. The toxicology report also showed that Martin's nose was eaten up in the insides from cocaine use. We are not saying that Busch is guilty of any wrongdoing but who knows what occurred during the hours after her death and Busch's phone call to 911.


As St.Louis native NFL football player Laurence Maroney awaits his first trial on weapons changes stemming from an incident in January in his hometown, he is getting into the music biz creating his own label, New Money.

Steve Harvey and Kirk Franklin are expected in town May 7 at Chaifetz Arena for the Steve Harvey and Kirk Franklin Gospel Comedy Tour, according to the tour's schedule released last week.

2011 Grammy nominee El DeBarge has dropped out of the Intimacy Tour with headliner 2011 Grammy nominee Kem and Grammy nominee Ledisi. He left the tour due to personal reasons with substance abuse. His replacement will was Grammy nominee and St.Louis fave Musiq Soulchild.

Hot 104,.1,will present Martini Mondays Concert Series starting off with St. Louis based Notfi Records artist Ginwuine performing life as well as an album and video release party for his album, “Elgin.” FEB 28TH @ THE JAZZ LOFT

Also presenting a concert series is 30 Plus Promotions with Old School Saturdays at The Venue in Wellston. This week they are bringing in rapper Rob Base Feb 26

After the Royal Comedy Tour at the Chaifeztz with Sommore, Bruce Bruce, DL Hughley, Don DC Curry, Aries Spears, J Anthony Brown, Michael Colyar, Turae, and Chitown’s George Willborn, Sommore will host an after party at Soul Stylz’ monthly PANDORA themed "BLACK GIRLS ROCK" EDITION Feb 25 at Lola’s.

St. Louis Suburban Journals movie critic Matt DeKinder, is scheduled to be a contestant on a movie-trivia themed episode of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" on Feb. 25. The episode is part of the show's "Netflix Million Dollar Movie Week," which has the television show teaming with Netflix in a run-up to the 83rd annual Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 27. The specialty series will showcase movie trivia buffs who will try to win $1 million by answering 14 movie-themed questions, some of which will feature clips from memorable films.

Rumors are floating around that Tim Dorsey, the president and general manager of KTRS (550 AM), on whether he is retiring or was he getting the pink slip. Dorsey said both are untrue. According to inside sources, Dorsey and the station are working out a compensation deal that will have Dorsey leaving by the end of 2011. Dorsey created KTRS (formerly KSD) in 1996.

Two St. Louis native comedians took their laughs on the road.

First up, Jessie Taylor(FAR LEFT) was in Dallas recently for a one man show at the Convention Center for the tbaal The Balck Acemedy of Arts and Letters, themed Comedy Night at the Muse. And, Maurice G (LEFT)Maurice G came in fourth place in the Bay Area Comedy Competition held last week in Pleasenton, Calif. He was one place shy of advancing to the finals.

Other comics who competed in the Bay Area contest from the ILLIMOarea wereTahir Moore (originally from St. Louis now reside in L.A. ), Willie Lynch (East St Louis, Ill now reside in Chicago) OohWee – (Bellwood, IL)Schmitty B. Skillz Hudson, Stick , Vince Acevedo, Aarona, Calvin Evans, Clark Jones, Jay Washington, Kendall K Ferg, M Dubs, Mike Samp and Mike Von , all from Chicago.

Notifi Records act B.O.S. is featured in this week’s Riverfront Times. The act consist of three solo signees rappers Ms. Bee and Sleepytime and singer Oli . The group's talks about their being signed to the label, their touring and working with labelmate Ginuwine.

Girlfirends Live The STL based talk show Girlfriends has been pushed back to March 28 from its original taping date Feb 17 The venue is still the same 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.


Sexy In STL TV~ Gbassa D'Acosta will host the 2011 Steve ELLĂ© FALL COLLECTION FASHION SHOW. Sunday, February 27 at the Third Degree Glass Factory. Fashion Designer Toni-DA-LA whom will be showing the latest collection “Sex In The City“. Live Performance from American Idols DeAndre Perryman. And Music from Damo Entertainment.

Socialite Natina Hopson was on KSDK News Channel 5’s set with Chef E. last week cooking with the personality.

The 2011 Eye Candy Grand Finale will take place Friday February 25 at the Loft Night Club. On that night Miss Eye Candy 2010 will be selected. All the models from 2010 will compete for the title Miss Eye Candy Model 2010. You can vote on your favorite Eye Candy Model of 2010 by going to booth and bottle service call 314.226.5777

STl AQUARIANians (Feb 13-19) B-DAZE. NBA’s Jahadi White (PICTURED), comedian CC Lovechild, publicist Abesi Manyando, photographers Lance Omar Thurman, Tim Schinsky and Marvin Glenn, promotersDarryl Freirson and Derrick Hibbler, event host Silas the Stylist Brown, body building champ Terry Starks, former Miss USA Missouri/talk show host Lesley Hunter(PICTURED),singer Nappily Blue, and models Raisa Bell and Shannon Johnson


Which STL socialite was getting their freak and rub on at a recent event in St. Louis?

HINT 1. This socialite is a male

HINT 2. This person also hosts events

HINT 3. This person shares the same “famous initials” as a well known b-ball player?

Which STL Promoters are PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS this week? Promoters Mocha Latte of Monopoly Promotions and The Men of Hella Fly Promotions (King Kerry and Dano Johnson)

Mocha Latte. As she preps for her annual b-day party this year at The Label next wekeend,(SEE MOCHA's CORNER BELOW) Latte got it in this week hosting her monthly poetry showcase Got Lyrics Wednesday at The Loft and on Saturday, she will host her newly named SaturdayNight KLive event (foprmerly Open Bar Saturdays) at The Label.

King Kerry and Dano Johnson. This swagged out duo is gettin their hosting and (co) promotion durties goin with Throwback Thursdays and $5 Fridays aat Teh Broadway and the weekly Sexy as You Wanna Be Sundays with Rcokhouse Entertianment.

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

Why was OJ Simpson braggin to the The Nazi prisoners that he deal with white women (which led to his getting beaten)? Why did Michael Vick cancel his interview with Oprah on her show? Why did folk get sick after attending a recent party at the Playboy Mansion? Why was Idris Elba replaced by Tyler Perry to play Alex Cross? Why did actor Terrence Howard say he wont date a woman who cleans herself with toilet paper instead of baby wipes(which also lead to his third divorce)? Why si parsi Hilton releasing a second CD? Why was Tiger Woods penalized for spitting a loogey on the golf course? Why do people cut in front of you on a highway and then look at you like you did something wrong? Why did actor Charlie Sheen say he cured his cocaine habit with chocolate milk? Why wont the Cardinals organization give Albert Pujols his 300 milli for 10 years? Why did Own of the Street Status Rap Battle show wait til now to talk the Aye Verb tape scandal ? And why did Beiber fans hack jazz artist Esperanza Spauldings wikipedia page cuz she won Best New Artist award at the Grammy Awards?

GRAMMY AWARDS: Why were Martina McBride and Florence in the Aretha tribute? Why did it look like LL Cool J about to burst out of his suit? Why did Jennifer Hudson have a stank look on her face during the Aretha tribute? Why did Grammy winners Train thank Howard Stern for their award? Why was Jaden Smith wearing skin tight leopard pants? Why did it seem Bob Dylan was about to croak in stage? Why did Mick Jagger push Raphael Saddiq when he was playing guitar for the rocker? And why was this Mick Jagger’s first time performing on the Grammies? Why wasn’t Jay Z there? Why were none of the R&B categories televised? Why did they have Lady Antebellum do a tribute to Teddy Pendergrass? And why was it relegated to a few bars of the song, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now (which is technically not a Teddy P song)? Why does it seem like Gwynyth Paltrow is really forcing folk to see that he sings? Why were there people riding bikes during Arcade Fire’s performance? Why was the camera constantly on Cyndi Lauper? Why was the Dr Dre and Eminem performance such a letdown? And why didn’t Eminem win Album of the 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 .


Stress Free Fridays...5pm start time! At Me'Shons
410 N. Tucker St. Louis, MO 63101

The 2011 Boogie Ball will take place Feb. 18 at the Conference Center of the Ameristar Casino with headliners the Commodores


If you're a fan of dance and electronic music you won't want to miss Winter Warpdrive VI this Saturday at the Roberts Orpheum Theater downtown. The UK's Krafty Kuts, fresh off a gig the night before in San Fran, will fly in and join Infected Mushroom and Donald Glaude in the main room. The show starts at 9 pm. Tickets start at $35 and can be gotten here.



The Label

Saturday Feb. 19th 2011 10pm-Until $10 before 11pm

(Ladies free before 11pm w/RSVP -$10 to drink all night)

Sounds by DJ Needles)


This year's Louder Than A Bomb Film will be Feb. 19,at the Vic Chicago

Singer Ke$ha's Feb. 22, 2011 concert at the Pageant..The show is the St. Louis stop of her "Get $leazy" tour.


Check out Mocha hosting Saturday Night live at The Label

CORRECTION:Check out Mocha with her monthly poetry showcase Got Lyrics at EXO (we said Loft earlier and that is not correct.)!

Mocha will have her Forever 21 Bday Bash at The label with host singer and real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi (CLICK ON PIC) CORRECTION: Kandi will be the special guest. She is not hosting.



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


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By 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

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