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We continue our salute to BLACK HISTORY MONTH with ILLI MO based artists who made a dent in the arts...This week we highlight...
Legendary musician Miles Davis
Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American trumpeter, bandleader, and composer.
Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion.
Miles Davis was born on
By age 16,
Davis began playing professionally, performing in several 52nd Street clubs in NYC. A contract with Capitol Records in 1949 granted several recording sessions including the 1956 album, Birth of the Cool, who’s title gave its name to the "cool jazz" movement that developed at the same time and partly shared the musical direction begun by Davis' group.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Davis recorded a series of albums including the soundtrack to the movie Pr\orgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain (1959–1960) and what is widely considered his magnum opus, Kind of Blue.
Davis' influences included late-1960s acid rock and funk artists such as Sly and the Family Stone,James Brown, and Jimi Hendrix,In 1970, he recorded the double LP Bitches Brew, which became a huge seller.
In 1986, he took part in the Artists United Against Apartheid recording, “Sun City” and Davis signed with Warner Brothers and recorded, Tutu (1986), and won him his 4th Gramy Award in 1987(He’s won eight altogether, two posthumously). His last recordings, both released posthumously, were the hip hop-influenced studio album Doo-Bop and Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux, a collaboration with Quincy Jones for the 1991 Montreux Jazz Festival in which Davis performed the repertoire from his 1940s and 1950s recordings for the first time in decades. He received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990. Miles Davis died on
THE BIG A&E STORY THIS WEEK IS:
Chicago reared rap superstar Kanye West performed with headliner Rihanna at this year’s NBA All Star Game’s halftime show held last Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.Dripping in gold chains, a red-clad Kanye West came out for "All of the Lights," which is off his latest album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” In related Ye newz, he quietly dropped his music video for "All of the Lights" -- in which Rihanna is featured in a revealing black top. Hype Williams directed the five-minute strobe lit video that pays homage to French director Gaspar Noe's drug-fuelled psychedelic melodrama "Enter the Void," in which West sings about a father who abuses his daughter's mother and ends up in the slammer. West then jumps on top of a cop car in between scenes of a little girl walking the streets of the city alone. Rihanna sports a black Herve Leger-style top, with thin strips covering her chest as she writhes for the camera. Rapper Kid Cudi then shows up in a bright red jacket for his solo as Kanye West dances on top of police cars. The news catcher is West only announced the video's release, which was filmed last month, about an hour before its debut last Saturday, according to mtv.com.
Rhymefest, whose real name is Che Smith ran an unorthodox campaign for City Council who's lived in
Each candidate must win by 50 percent of the vote. Cochran received 46 percent of the vote, making for only a 26 percent gap between the top two candidates.
The April runoff will take place on April 5
He announced last October that he planned to run for Alderman of Chicago's 20th Ward. Five candidates squared off in the 20th Ward election for Alderman.
Oh, and his link to Ye? He won a Best Rap Song Grammy in 2004 for co-writing , “Jesus Walks.” Hmm, wonder if he will use that song for his potential victory win.
Motown Records will be in the spotlight this Thursday at the white House as President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Berry Gordy Jr., Smokey Robinson and more than 120 students for a tribute to the record label that bears the city's nickname.
An East Room concert that evening will feature Robinson, John Legend, Jamie Foxx and several other musicians including
Although he may not have been the big winner at this year’s Grammy Awards,
VH1′s Emmy-nominated series Behind the Music launches STL bred hip-hop superstar, Nelly. In the upcoming special, Nelly talks about the ups and downs of his decade-long music career, including his relationship with singer Ashanti, who also sat down for an interview. He also publicly addresses for the first time the death of his sister, Jackie, who died in 2005 from Lukemia at the age of 31. EW has an exclusive first look at Nelly discussing the pain he suffered over his sister’s death and how it affected him while he was on the road touring. “Nobody wanted to tell me how severe and how close things had gotten,” he says in the clip. “She wasn’t telling me the truth, and everyone around her that knew wasn’t telling me that, ‘Yo, she’s not gonna make it.’” Nelly recounts how he was the last one to speak to Jackie before she died, and how he went into a tailspin after he heard the news, splitting a door in half and shatter a television screen in rage. “I just broke down, yo, in one of the rare moments I did cry.” He also talks about the ups and downs of his music career.
To see a tidbit of the interview go to http://music-mix.ew.com/2011/02/24/nelly-vh1-behind-the-music/++++++++++++++++++++
On the tube is the new crime drama series The Chicago Code created by Rockford, Ill native Shawn Ryan . The show,which is filmed in Chicago, stars Chicago natuve Jennifer Beals who plays Lt,. as Teresa Colvin – Chicago's first female police superintendent. The series premiered February 7, and airs Mndays on Fox.
Speaking of new shows, we discovered that the CBS hit show "Mike and Molly" whose setting is in Chicago, has a third cast member from the ILLI MO area: Tony Award winning actress Rondi Reed who's from Roxie, Ill. She plays bittered mother to Mike, Peggy Biggs. The other two cast members from the region are Melissa McCarthy from Plainfield, Ill and St. Louis native Cleo King.
American Idol fave Oak Forest, Ill. native Chris Medina shockingly didnt adavnce to the Top 24 during part one of Hollywood Rounds 4 on Wednesday. The world fell in love with him when the show told the story of him taking care of his fiance Juliana Ramos who is suffering form a brain malady after a car accident. The elimination caused judge Jennifer Lopez to have an emotional breakdown. (But we get a feeling he will return in a wild card round. )
ADD: Hailey Reinhart of Wheeling, Ill and Tatynisa Wilson of Aurora, Ill. both made the Top 24
as it was revealed Thursday on Part 2 of Hollywodo Round 5.
St. Louis Cardinal slugger Albert Pujols reported to Jupiter , Fla. last Thursday for Spring Training and of course, it was a media frenzy to get the first words of Pujols in reagrd sto the negotiantions between he and the Cardinals organization not falling through after the deadline to extend it passed.
Pujols insisted that he and his agent, Dan Lozano, would not attempt to restart talks during the upcoming season. On Wednesday Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak insisted the organization would honor Pujols’ deadline and not approach him about an extension either during spring training or the season. The stance suggests Pujols is virtually certain to reach free agency this November.
“I’m not disappointed, man. It’s negotiations and it happens,” Pujols said. “Two sides didn’t get together on an agreement. That’s the way it goes. You can’t get disappointed. You know why? Because I still have another chance after the season and maybe we’ll get something done then.”
“If that’s the way they want to take it, they can take it,” Pujols said. “I can’t judge what people think. All I can do is get ready for baseball and that’s it.”
Describing Thursday’s scene as “a zoo,” Pujols said the significance of recent talks had been blown out of proportion.
“We’re not going to talk about the contract through the media,” he said. “Even if it gets to the offseason, we’re not going to talk to the media. I know both sides well. There are no hard feelings.”
TIED AS THE BIG STL STORY:
Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis Cardinals’ ace, projected opening-day starter and two-time Cy Young Award contender, will receive a second opinion on Thursday after an initial exam found enough damage to a ligament near his right elbow to suggest surgery that would put him out for this season and a large part of 2012.
The injury is believed related to a forearm issue that led to Wainwright being sidelined after he gained his 20th win last September and, according to general manager John Mozeliak, may be traced to ligament problems in 1998 and 2004.
Ligament replacement (Tommy John surgery) would cost the 29-year-old Wainwright this season and probably a significant portion of 2012. It could also make him a free agent because if he were on the disabled list with an arm injury at the end of 2011, the Cardinals could nullify his recent contract option for 2012-13.
Wainwright apparently suffered additional damage to his right ulnar collateral ligament Monday while throwing live batting practice. He awoke from a nap later in the day experiencing discomfort and contacted team trainers that night.
Mozeliak said the pitcher felt a tug on one of his final offerings but offered no complaint as he left the field. Pitching coach Dave Duncan saw nothing unusual and thought Wainwright sharp for so early in camp.
Former St. Louis Rams guard and La Marque football all-star Claude Terrell is accused of beating and forcing sex on a Texas City woman at gunpoint during a seven-hour ordeal. Terrell, who released by the Rams in 2007 after his arrest on charges of assaulting his wife, was arrested Monday night in
Terrell remains in the
Terrell is also serving three years probation for a 2007 family assault charge..
St.Louis Rams safety Oshiomogho”OJ” Atogwe Even was released Friday by the Rams, but in an interesting twist he says he hasn't closed the door on a possible return to the team.
"My agent and myself have established a really good negotiating relationship with them, so were we to do something again (with the Rams), I don't believe it'd be a difficult task," Atogwe told the Post-Dispatch. "Because there's no bad blood there. We should be able to get something done."
The only problem — for several years — has been agreeing on Atogwe's value in terms of a multi-year deal. Rather than pay an $8 million roster bonus that was due Atogwe on Monday, the Rams released the six-year veteran.
"It's disappointing to be back in this situation, again," Atogwe said. "Not being able to actually be set at this point in time in my career — it's disappointing."
The relative security of a long-term contract has proven frustratingly elusive for Atogwe, a third-round round pick out of Stanford in 2005.
Actor Timothy Stickney of "One Life to Live" fame, is starring in the lead in Macbeth at The Repertory Theatre in St. Louis thru March 6.
Black rock band Fishbone will perform March 14 at the City Museum.
Kirkwood, Mo native Marci Soto recently released a book on her 30-year affair with late singer Ray Charles titled, “Ray and Me” chronicling the a married mother of two living in Louisiana. From some phone calls until she got through to Charles' manager, led to an exchange of letters and photos and the birth of their relationship. .
Twenty poets are expected March 13-14 at the Poet Laureati: A A Convergence of U.S. Poets Laureate. There will be readings, a silent auction and conference panels on poetry, If the 20 poets two are from the ILLI MO area current Missouri poet laurete David Clewell and the state’s first poet laurete Walter Bargen. In addition, an anthology of poetry called "An Endless Skyway" will be available. It was edited by several poets, including Missouri's first poet laureate, Walter Bargen. The book will be published by Ice Cube Books.
After a scary diagnosis and a few months off the air, Fox 2's April Simpson is back in the anchor chair. Last Friday, she appeared on the show Friday with friend and coworker Tim Ezell to give an update on her health and announce her return to the anchor desk. Last fall, she discovered she had a brain tumor and underwent radiation treatment. Simpson,who's also nominated for a Traffic Music Award this year, has also been inspired to create a new charity, April's Angels, to support those who are going through the same things she experienced. Her family thanked everyone for their support and prayers during the past few months. April's Angels has a website at , where you can learn more about the foundation's work.
Simpson started a Facebook page to keep viewers and friends apprised of her progress, occasionally posting video updates about her treatment. She also documented her medical journey on video, so we could still see an April Simpson special based on her story in the future.
For now, Simpson is back to work full time that began Monday. You can see her sparring with Tim Ezell on his show and anchoring the news on Fox 2 at week
OUTTOWN EXCLUSIVE ADD: Speaking of April Simpson, she interviewed NYC native and current St. Louis resident/stylist Ola on Fox 2 in Morning Wednesday. She interviewed her about her stint at New York fashion Week and showcased some of her designs that were featured. To see the vid go to
ADD: Speaking of April Simpson, she interviewed NYC native and current St. Louis resident/stylist Ola on Fox 2 in Morning Wednesday. She interviewed her about her stint at New York fashion Week and showcased some of her designs that were featured. To see the vid go tohttp://www.fox2now.com/news/ktvi-local-designer-back-from-new-york-fashison-week-20110223,0,4627692.story
A reliable source told OUTTOWN that the embattled Westport Plaza based Internet Radio station Virtual Entertainment Radio Network had a theft recently of its radio equipment. And from our source, who is a current dee-jay at VERN, it wa san inside job from one of its directors. The station has been in scandal since its inception late when former employee, talk show personality Ashley Holloman blasted the station and its owner Desiree Runnels-Friedrich on her Facebook page on allegnations that Friedrich had stolen money invested by her boyfurend, former co-owner Patrick Gallagher:
Kobalt Books Ent owner and
To vote go to http://314hits.com/pages/vote. The voting for the Top 5 ends Mon. 5pm Feb. 28, What’s different this year is the award show will take place through three nites starting March 4 with three separate award shows for the categories. The biggest award show will take place March 6 at the Ambassador+++++++++++++
Former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson, who played on the Super Bowl Champ Team in 1985, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. He was 50.
St. Louis native Jay Landesman, founder of our town's famed Crystal Palace nightclub and a man who took "tea with Bette Davis, cocktails with Bessie Smith and LSD with Timothy Leary," has died in London. He was 91.
STL PIECESian BDAZE Politican Elbert Walton, promoter/event host Mocha Latte(PICTURED), fitness trainer Deanthony Moore, and dancer Blance Haley
YOURS TRULY is working on his 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 email@example.com
MISTA COUTURE NY ’11. We are seeking sponsors as well as models who would like to audition for the
Who was the brotha in the gray derby hat gettin his party on Saturday at The Label?
PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Which STL promoters/socilaites are gettin it in this week? Promoters JoAnn Smith and Mocha Latte (TIE) and Phil Assets of Liquid Assets and Mo Spoon of MPAC
JoAnn Smith.(BELOW) This artist and eventy opromoter of her own comnpany, Keep Living Entertainmet, is holding it down with her new weekly music and poetry showcase Tuesday Night Fusion at Club Viva.(SEE OUTGOING BITZ LINK BELOW) But after spotting her last Saturday at SYGU's NInes event at The Label, she mentioned that her Fusion event will expand to Wednsdays pretty soon!
Mocha Latte (TOP) Coming off of hosting Ladies Night at The Label last Saturday during SYGU's The Nines, Latte, who is nominated for Host of The Year for the upcoming Traffic Music Awards, is now gearing up for her Forveer 21 Bday party at The Label a special edition of Ladies Night. (SEE MOCHA's CORNER BELOW))
Phil Assets. (FAR LEFT) This mover and shaker is gettin it in again as his group's sent ballots for its 3rd Annual Notice Me Awards. The deadline for entries were this Wednesday. The group which was recently nomniated for Promotion Group for the upcoming Traffic Music Awards , continues its nightly events Red Hott Thursdays, Fierce Fridays, and Successful Saturdays all at Club Amensia (SEE OUTGOING BITZ LINK BELOW).
Mo Spoon. (LEFT) This vet of promotions continues with his Martni Mondays happy hour at ClubEnvy and this Friday he will have the 2010 Grand Finale of Eye Candy where Miss Eye Candy 2010 will be chosen. The event will take place ths Friday at The Loft (SEE EVENTZ BELOW) . His group, MPAC was nominated fior Promotion Group of the Year a for the upcoming Traffic Music Awards.
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Macbeth is at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis through March 6. You may call 314-968-4925 or visit http://www.repstl.org/.
2011 Grammy winner Miranda Lambert performs. Feb. 24 at Chaifetz Arena.
Stress Free Fridays teams up with 70's Made Entertainment and visits The Cotton Club,
The 2010 Eye Candy Grand Finale will take place
2011 Grammy winner nominee Randy Newman will perform at The
Sheldon Benefit Feb 25.
30 Plus Promotions presents Old School Saturdays (last Saturdays) at The Venue in Wellston. This week they are bringing in rapper Rob Base Feb 26
ADD: For a schedule of this weekend's Mardis Gras events in St. Louis go to http://www.mardigrasinc.com
ADD: FreeTime presents its annual WinterFresh event at Exo. Starts at 10 p.m.
Country singer Mark Chestnutt will perform at Lumiere Theatre in
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
Host/ Producer of Sexy In STL TV~ Gbassa D'Acosta whom will be hosting the 2011 Steve ELLé FALL COLLECTION FASHION SHOW.February 27 · Third Degree Glass Factory
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.
MOCHA 's CORNER
Mocha hosts her monthly poetry showcase Got Lyrics at Exo Nightclub.
Mocha will have her Forever 21 b-day bash at The Label this Saturday Feb. 26 with a special appearance by singer and reality show star Kandi.
R.E.A.L. Love Celebration is a community empowerment and psycho-educational event that celebrates healthy relationships and teaches Black males and females of all ages how to initiate meaningful dialogue and develop healthy relationships based onR.E.A.L. love.
Based on the fact that almost 50% of Black women are not married and 69% of Black children are born to unwed Black women, the theme for this year’s celebration is entitled“A Black Woman’s Worth: My Queen and Backbone”.
Day 1 - Thursday March 24, 2011 (7 - 9 p.m.) (Free DVD with Ticket purchase)
WHAT: Film Premiere and Panel discussion of "A Black Woman's Worth: My Queen and Backbone"
WHERE: Tivoli Theatre (TICKETS AVAILABLE at BOX OFFICE)
6350 Delmar in The Loop
St. Louis, MO 63130
WHO: Filmmaker - Dwayne L. Buckingham
Mocha us hosting and moderating this.
Day 2 - Friday March 25, 2011 (7 - 9 p.m.) (Free Music CD with Ticket purchase)
WHAT: Spoken word performances by various artists & live music performances of the film soundtrack
WHERE: Legacy Cafe
5249 Delmar Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108
WHO: Soul and R&B artists Prolyric and Tarlise
Mocha is hosting.
Day 3 - Saturday March 26, 2011 (1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) (Free Food with Ticket purchase)
WHAT: Educational workshop - How to Love and Respect A Black Woman
WHERE: Centennial Commons
7210 Olive Blvd
University City, MO 63130
WHO: Dwayne L. Buckingham and Dr. Shonta Smith
Sponsored by RHCS, CHAARM/St. Louis & Global Nation
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 $5 cover Big Moe'
Word Therapy @ Club
New CD "ThundaGrowndPresentsA.D. Fire & Adrenaline"
Aireez DaRychuss music available online now
++++++++++++++++++BLACK REP BITZ
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
The show will take place at Grandel Square Theatre in
For times and ticket info go to
UPCOMING BLACK REP productions:
The Real McCoy By Lynn Nottage
March 16 –
By Frank Higgins
April 20 – May 1
The Montford Point
By Samm-Art Willia
May 25 – June
For OUTGOING BITZ GO TO