Thursday, March 17, 2011

OUT 976--ILLI MO arts and ent BITZ (March 17-23)




OUTTOWN gives our thoughts and prayers to the country of Japan after the deadly earthquake and tsumani last week.

Stay Tuned for details in the GRAND (1,000) PARTY for the 1,000th posting of OUTTOWN.

Check out our stageplay SNAP HONEY this weekend!

And how much you drink during St. Patrick's Day? LOL

As we continue celebrating "sheroic" women during Womens History Month, we highlight renowned award winning poet/educator Gwendolyn Brooks.
Gwendolyn Brooks was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. She was appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968 and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1985Gwendolyn Tamika Elizabeth Brooks was born on June 7, 1917, in Topeka, KansasBrooks published her first poem in a children's magazine at the age of thirteenHer first book of poetry, A Street in Bronzeville, published in 1945 by Harper and Row, brought her instant critical acclaim. She received her firstGuggenheim Fellowship and was one of the “Ten Young Women of the Year” in Mademoiselle magazine. In 1950, she published her second book of poetry, Annie Allen, which won her Poetry magazine’s Eunice Tietjens Prize and the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, the first given to an African-American.She taught at Columbia College Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, In 1988, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. In 1994, she was chosen as the National Endowment for the Humanities' Jefferson Lecturer, one of the highest honors for American literature and the highest award in the humanities given by the federal government. In 1995, she was presented with the National Medal of Arts. Other awards she received included the Frost Medal, the Shelley Memorial Award, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Brooks was awarded more than seventy-five honorary degrees from colleges and universities worldwide. In 1995, she was honored as the first Woman of the Year by the Harvard Black Men's Forum.Brooks died on December 3, 2000, aged 83, at her Southside Chicago home.

THE BIG STORY THIS WEEK IS :Chrysler Group LLC's "Imported from Detroit" tagline, launched with what became a wildly popular Eminem Super Bowl ad, is now available on T-shirts, sweatshirts and even an infant onesie.

The Auburn Hills-based automaker said Tuesday it hopes to parlay the recent success of the two-minute commercial into a full-blown merchandise line.

Each item, available at, bears the "Imported from Detroit" logo, with an image of the Joe Louis fist that appears in the "Born of Fire" ad, holding what appears to be the a Chrysler hood ornament.

Chrysler plans to give some money generated from merchandise sales to local charities, including the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, Habitat for Humanity Detroit, and Eminem's charity, The Marshall Mathers Foundation.The $9 million Super Bowl ad was a bigger-than-expected hit, and a tribute to a city that bore the economic brunt of the automaker's 2009 bankruptcy.

The commercial, created by Wieden + Kennedy, of Portland, Ore., was crafted to help re-build Chrysler's luxury image, but it soon became apparent it was much more than that, stoking water cooler buzz and generating more than a million hits on YouTube.

The agency has sought to keep the message alive with 30- and 60-second spots for the Chrysler brand.


Parade Magazine has named Oprah as this year’s highest-earning celebrity for its 28th annual “What People Earn” issue. Citing the report by Parade magazine, Access Hollywood said that Oprah has earned an estimated $315 M in 2010. She was followed by late Michael Jackson whose estate has recorded raking in approximately $275 M as of December 2010.

Whats New?LOL


Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi fist-pumped her way into the ring on WWE's "Monday Night Raw” this week. The "Jersey Show" pint-sized powerhouse jumped into the ring with WWE Divas Michelle McCool and brought the fist-pumping to a whole new level. The vent took place at the Scott Trade Center in St Louis. During her guest appearance on the show, Snooki tackled Michelle with a flying leap and proceeded to punch the Diva and pull her hair. And while Snooki got the best of Michelle in the episode, which airs on USA, it won't be the last of Snooks in the ring.She accepted Vicki Guerrero's challenge to fight at WrestleMania XXVII on April 3 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.. Raw was aired live from St. Louis on USA Network.

Whats next—Snooki for President in 2012?

Kanye West has invited international supermodel Kate Moss to perform with him at the South By Southwest festival (SXSW) in Texas later this week.

The rapper was apparently impressed by the super model after they met at Paris Fashion Week earlier this month.

“Kate brought him into her inner circle at the Givenchy afterparty,” a source told the Daily Mirror.

“Kate was rapping to Kanye and it wasn’t long before they had a crowd around them. Kanye made up a freestyle on the spot for Kate, who was blushing.”

West is due to perform at the Vevo Power Station at
midnight on Saturday (March 19).

What kind of performing does he want to do with Kate Moss? What really goin on?


In unrelated newz, Ye’ s “All of the Lights” remix, featuring Lil Wayne, Drake andBig Sean, leaked to the ‘net masses this week. Word around the blogosphere is that the track is unfinished. The final version is rumored to have a new ‘Ye verse and a Jay-Z appearance.

Both Drake and Big Sean have hinted on the coming of Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” remix by performing their verses, both at separate occasions, within the past two weeks.

The G.O.O.D./Def Jam artist performed his verse at his tour stop in Denver, Colorado. Young Money’s own gave a sneak peak in the beginning of the month. “Drizzy murdered the "All Of The Lights" remix with @kanyewest… He played it at the Suite Party last night! I heard it 1st last Sat,” DJ Franzen tweeted.

But there seemed to be an important piece missing from the remix: Kanye West, himself.

“Does “All of the Lights” count as a remix if Kanye isn’t on it yet?” Alvin Blanco, writer for Village Voice, XXL, VIBE, Antenna and others, asked.

We think NOT. But then again, Dr Dre is barely on his comeback single, :I Need A Doctor: where the featured artist Eminem, dominates the song.

The newly slim, award winning singer Jennifer Hudson shows off her new frame and new healthy lifestyle in the April issue of Essence magazine. The magazine made it onto the US news stands this week and Jennifer’s body is on two versions of the cove Jennifer’s magazine feature is titled “Remember Me?” which is a clever play on words, since she’s returning into the spotlight after a remarkable physical transformation and her sophomore studio album which will be released on March 22, is titled “I Remember Me.” In related J Hud newz, her baby boy, David Daniel Otunga Jr., might be ready to follow her into showbiz. In an interview with MTV News, the singer says her 2-year-old is "very musical.

He just loves music overall, and he's into it. I feel like I had a little Michael Jackson. He'd be in the backseat of the car, [moving] his little shoulder to anything that comes on the radio, and then I turn around like, 'What are you doing?' And he laughs like, 'Ha! What, you didn't think I had that move?'"

Hudson, , also says her son knows his mother's voice as soon as it comes on the radio or TV. "If my commercial is on, he'll walk out the room, 'That's my momma!'" she says.

Little David made his performing debut with Ellen DeGeneres’ show a few weeks ago.


Nelly debuted his premiere video to his newest single, "Gone." The song reprises the return of duet partners Nelly and singer Kelly Rowland who won a Grammy Award in 2003 for Best Rap/Sung Performance for their No. 1 megasmash,”Dilemma.” The video was shot in Cancun and the duo play romantic interests of each other on the desert island.


ILLIMOIAN contestants Kaisa Pilewicz ofWheaton, Ill. (RIGHT)and Monique Weignart from Hebron, Ill made it through the 4th week of the 16th Cycle of America's Next Top Model. The show airs Wednesdays on the CW.Kaisa, a plus size model, won this week' challenge--being a sexy in a 60s based commerical.

On American Idol this week, Hailey Reinhert of Wheeling, Ill was again in the Bottom Three but she was safe. Eleven remain.


Chicago native rapper Lupe Fiasco made big newz on the Billboard charts when he debuted at No.1 with his CD"Lasers."on the Billboard 200. He also has two singles on the Hot 100. The first single "The Show Goes On" falls one spot from its pea at 39 to 40 and debuts at No.7o with the second single "Beautiful Lasers" featuring MDMA....Kanye West featuring on Katy Perrys single"ET"moves up from 8 to 3 on the Hot 100 and his own single"All of the Lights" moves up one to 28 (and holds at 6 on the Hip-hop/R&B charts). Jennifer Hudson debuts at 96 with "Where U At" (and moves up 5 spots to 12 on the Hip-hop/R&B charts). Lastly, Chicagoan Jerimih keeps his bullet after falling one spot from its peak to 13 (and moves up 3 spots to 7 on the Hip-hop/R&Bcharts)


The Cardinals will open play at Busch Stadium on March 31, against the San Diego Padres. That's almost a week earlier than last year, in an attempt to keep October Baseball in October.


St Louis Blues/Scott Trade Center owner Dave Checketts announced Wednesday that the Blues and the Scottrade Center lease are for sale. In a press conference, Checketts said that 100 percent of the Blues are for sale, and that he no longer intends to remain as the club's chairman. Game Plan LLC, a Florida-based investment banking and consulting firm, has been hired to conduct the search for a buyer.

"This is a difficult, personal decision for me because we've all come to love this team, my family and I," Checketts said. "We love the city of St. Louis, and we are especially grateful to the fans, who have been just terrific. I could not have asked for better from the fans of St. Louis. But now, we look forward to finding a buyer that shares the same passion that we've had, and the same commitment.

"But I felt it was important to go public that I am no longer a buyer of the franchise but in fact a seller. ... The Blues franchise and arena are all for sale as of this moment. I will not try and stay in."

The main reason for the sales were Checketts' new investor group did not want to meet the price for the franchises.

Checketts said SCP Worldwide and TCP agreed that if they couldn't come to terms, Checketts would sell his 20 percent stake. Tom Stillman owns the remaining 10 percent, but a source said the way the ownership of the team is contracted, Stillman must relinquish his 10 percent to a buyer looking to purchase the entire package. The Scottrade Center lease, as well as the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League, is part of the deal, but not the Peabody Opera House.

Hmm, interesting. If those who remember, Checketts and talk show host Rush Limbaugh was in the running to try and buy the Rams last year until that biz deal fell through as well.

St Louis Cards pitcher Adam Wainwright, returned to the Cardinals' spring training facility for the first time since having Tommy John surgery on Feb. 28 to rebuild his right elbow. He said he's back in Florida to begin his rehab. He'll miss all of the 2011 season, and the standard recovery from Tommy John is at least 12 months. He had the cast removed Monday and that allowed him to travel and begin do some mild exercises to regain strength to his arm. His last pitching performance of the spring on Feb. 21 before injuring his elbow, in Jupiter last month. In related newz, he insisted he's still content with his contract, including its $21-million two-year option that hinges on his health.


Two years after its launch, St. Louis-based 901 Silver Tequila has announced a major expansion of its distribution network. Starting next month, Justin Timberlake's ultra-premium spirit will be available nationwide as well as some parts of other area in North and South America and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The music superstar serves a figurehead role as CEO of the tequila brand, which is named for the area code of Memphis, Timberlake's hometown. He joined forces with Kevin Ruder, a St. Louis native and former Anheuser-Busch marketing executive who became president of 901 Silver Tequila.


March Madness in St Louis dubbed "Arch Madness," tool place earlier this month at the Scott Trade Center.

Grammy Award winning country superstar Faith Hill and talk show host Conan O'Brien headline the 23rd Annual Bob Costas Benefit for pediatric cancer patients at 8 p.m. April 2 at The Fox Theatre. Bob Costas, an Emmy Award winning talk show host, is a St Louis native.

Singer Lloyd and rapper Tyga have been added to the May 15 Diddy-Dirty Money concert at the Pageant, as part of the "Coming Home" tour.

Former "American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice headlines Together We (re)Build Tornado Recovery 2011: A Benefit to Aid the Victims of the January Tornadoes, taking place from 4 to 8 p.m. March 27 at Helen Fitzgerald's.

TV heartthrob Hosea Chanchez from the hot BET “dramedy” “The Game will make a celebrity appearance at Club Flava in East St. Louis April 2.

Star dee-jay Kid Capri will dee-jay at Soul Stylz' monthly event series Pandora on March 25 at Exo Nightclub, The event will be the finale of the series.

Heavy metal groups Motley Crue, Poison and New York Dolls will perform June 22 at Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre, Tickets go on sale this weekend.

Comedians Mike Epps and Sheryl Underwood will co headline at the Chaifetz Arena on April Fools Night.

Grammy Award winning musician Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers will perform at The Pageant June 10.

Former Digable Planets rapper Lady Bug Mecca dee-jayed at Lola's last weekend.

The postponed Feb 13 concert with Jaheim and Chitown's Syleena Johnson's at The Ambassador is rescheduled for March 25.

Pepa Denton of Salt N Pepa, Kurtis Blow, and Dougie Fresh were spotted at Exo after their Legends of Hip Hop concert last weekend at Chaifetz Arena.


Singer/musician Anthony David will perform at the return of Suite Soul Spot at The Old Rock House April 2. Suite Soul Spot is promoted by creator Vanita Applebum.

Grand Hustle rapper Yung Dro performed at The Imperial Palace last weekend.

St. Louis native NBA star Larry Hughes will host the Spring kickoff of Close To Famous' So Sexy Saturdays at Exo this Saturday.

NYC native/St. Louis based stylist Ola will host her Rooftop Fashion Show March 19 at the Empire State Rooftop in NYC.

St. Louis native country singer Derek Anthony is set to release his debut country album in April under the Castle Records label out of Nashville next month. Anthony is also planning a free concert locally on July 2 at Crest Bowl.

The 3rd Annual Notice Me Awards nominees were announced last week at a meet and greet ceremony at Club Amnesia.The top nominees are promoters MPAC (Mo Spoon PICTURED LEFT)) Hella Fly Promotions (King Kerry and Dano Johnson MIDDLE PIC) and models Shani Howard (PICTURED RIGHT)and Ivie with three nominations. Copping two nods were Mocha Latte, Aloha, promoters SYGU, Aye Veeb and UC ME (Murphy Lee and Kyjuan) . The Top 6 nominees were selected by a select number of movers and shakers in the St. Louis area through event producers/promoters Liquid Assets. To see the nominees go to The winners will be announced March 27 at a Red Carpet Gala at The Jive N Wail.


Another award show also on March 27 is Alive Magazine's Iron Bartender Competition where the Top 6 bartenders, also voted on by the public through Alive Magazine's website, will compete for thE Best Barteneder, Those in the running are Kyle Wiggins, Big Daddy's, Tim Yazwa, Drunken Fish, Chelsea Williams, Flannery's Pub, Matthew Kveton, Just John, Carrie Harris, The Crack Fox and Joe Manwarren, The Stable. The finalists throw down at Lucas Park Grille to be crowned "St. Louis' Iron Bartender". Winner will walk away with $500 cash and be featured in ALIVE Magazine.

Comeback promoter Slim is presenting a Loose Cannon Celebrity Weekend in May . For more info go to WWW.LOOSECANNONWEEKEND.COM

STL rap group and TMA/Notice Me Awards nominees Block Boyz debuted its music video recently for "Dolla Afta Dolla" that cna be seen on YOUTUBE. The MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCED BY VIDEO VAULT TV AND PROFOUND MEDIA

STL comedian Maurice G sponsored a party bus fro, St. Louis to the ATL for this weekend. One of the stops is attending the Miami Heat and The Atlanta Hawks game Friday at OPhillips Arena.

Singer Katrina Reece will headline at Café Soul this Friday at The Loft


The Grand Reopening of Club Dante's on Olive in Midtown St. Louis tool place Mar 17.


B Free Paparazzi's Teddy Blackett announced recently that he is producing an online magazine B Free Magazine coming soon.


The editor of Elitism, Joe Jennings, will oversee the shooting a commercial at Prive the official Mar 19 at the Roberts Towers 411 N 8th in downtown St Louis from 3pm-6pm. This commercial is for its magazine launch party scheduled for Apr 2 also at the tower. Those interested in both inbox Joe Jennings on Facebook.


FreetIme's Darryl Frierson was a featured guest on QUESTIONS FOR THE FELLAS on Blog Talk radio. To hear it go to


Francis R. Slay, retired restaurant owner and the father of current St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, died recently at age 83. He was Democratic committeeman for the 23rd Ward for 45 years, a former state representative, and the city's recorder of deeds for eight years. His son is serving his third term as St. Louis mayor.Mr. Slay was the longtime owner of the now-closed Slay's Restaurant on Hampton Avenue.


Cardinals legend Marty Marion died this week. Dubbed "Mr. Shortstop," prior to Ozzie Smth, helped to bring four Cardinals pennants and three World Series championships in the 1940s. He was 94 and lived in Ladue.


Former KPLR TV Channel 11 anchor Don Clark died this week. After leaving channel 11, Clark worked in radio and later for the Brooklyn police department. He was 60.

AND lastly, East St, Louis politician Hermon Betts died this week.

STL PISCESiam/ARIEsian BDAZES. Retired educator Johnetta Haley (PICTURED) , Mo Tre singer Santana, poet Robert Dillard, club bouncer Big Chuck, promoters Tatus Polk and Dwayne Randle, singer Aaron Preist, model Matthew Alexander Watson, JPEK director Reona Lenox and socialite Constance Johnson.

WHOS PROMOCIALIOUS THIS WEEK?—Nichol Stevenson and Mocha Latte (TIE) and Teddy Blackett and YOURS TRULY Ma'at Atkins(TIE)

Nichol Stevenson (FAR LEFT). This hard working sista is one third of the promotion team for the monthly music showcase Cafe Soul every third Friday at the Loft and this Friday is the nite (SEEOUTGOINGBITZ).Also shewasrecentlynominated for Female Hustler of the Year for the upcoming Notice Me Awards.

MochaLatte(LEFT).This sista is coming off of a well talked about hosting gig at the Fire and Ice Fashion Show at Jive N Wail. This week she hosted her open mic poetry showcase Got Lyrics and this Saturday,her weekly hosting duties for Saturday Night Live at The Label. She was also nominated for two Notice Me Awards, one for Female Hustler of the Year.

Teddy Blackett (RIGHT)This event/ photographer/promoter is working overtime this week as he brings it each Wednesday with his weekly venued Happy Hour-- Recess. This time the happy hour was in support of Ryan M. Smith running for t "Northeast Ambulance and Fire Protection District". On Friday, you can catch him snappin pics via his company B Free Paparazzi for Cafe Soul at the Loft. Blackett was also nominated for a Notice Me Award recently for Event Photographer.

YOURS TRULY, Ma'at Atkins. (FAR RIGHT)Yours Truly will be brining it this weekend with the stageplay SNAP HONEY running this weekend at The Space! (SEE ABOVE)


BLIND DISHZ. RETRO (FROM MARCH 2010)Which STL promoter said about a hip-hop group's leader at a recent event, "Damn, they are bigger than me! (bigger as in how much they weigh)? (HINT. The promoter has their own promotions company who shares a first name like a popular TV character in the 1970s who had a popular catch phrase that starts with the letter "D" and the hip-hop artist is also a model and video actress who's group's name comes from "their first existence."

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

Why now are their leaks of the Usher and Tameka sex tape? Why did comedian Gilbert Godfried
make those awful Jokes about the victims of the Japanese earthquake? Why is the NFL
striking? Why is Bobby Kristina denying the druggin she does? And why she go on Twitter deny
ing it? Why are folk trippin of the Uncle Tom comments NBAs Jae Lyn Rose said when he was a youngster? Why is Missouri called the Show Me State?


MPEROR with the Sean Holland Band, M-Tex, BR Thunda, J. Biggs, Bell, J Purpose, Apostlez, Supreme Soul and more • When 7 p.m. Saturday • Where Cafe Cioccolato, 816 Olive Street • How muchFree • More info

It's time for the annual Paul Mitchell the School St Louis Charity FUNraising Hair Show! This year, we are combining forces with Lumiere' Hotel & Casino, and Pride St Louis to throw a Masquerade Ball! When: Saturday, March 19th 6-11pm

Get your tickets to the Gateway Classic's Annual African American Citizens of the Year Award Luncheon held at the SLGCSF Complex on Saturday, March 19, 2011. Tickets are $25 each. Blu Bolden Veronica Mousie Haley TEAM TOPHER Teddy Bfree Blackett Lawrence Bryant

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



Mocha hosts Ladies Night and Saturday Night Live (second Saturdays) every Saturdays at the Label.

Mocha hosts her monthly poetry showcase Got Lyruics at Exo.

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"


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

Mocha is 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



STL Come Out, April 17th @ Fubar $10 advance tickets, Hip-Hop/R&B show. purchase online before Mar 19th and save $3 off PROMO CODE: AIREEZ816 Let's go!…

Rhythm & Words Wednesdays 2nd & 4th Wed every month Meshon's Bar & Grill 410 N Tucker Blvd


ThundaGrownd Thursday Variety Showcase Final Thu. of every month8:30pm - 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




By Andrew Moodie

Elijah McCoy may be the greatest inventor you have never heard of. A prodigy since birth, his lifetime of study eventually led him to an invention that changed modern transportation forever, the self-lubricating steam engine. And that’s just one of the many inventions society can thank him for, as we’ll learn in this historical work making its U.S. Premiere. His personal and professional lives can be measured in equal parts triumph and tragedy as he struggles to make his way as an African-American inventor at the turn of the 19th century.

The Real McCoy By Lynn Nottage

March 16 – April 10, 2011

For tickets go to



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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