OUTTOWN gives our thoughts and prayers to the country of Japan after the deadly earthquake and tsumani last week.
And how much you drink during St. Patrick's Day? LOL
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
THE BIG STORY THIS WEEK IS :Chrysler Group LLC's "Imported from
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 chrysler.com, 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.
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
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
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 on Saturday (March 19).
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
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?'"
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
ILLIMOIAN contestants Kaisa Pilewicz ofWheaton, Ill. (RIGHT)and Monique Weignart from
On American Idol this week, Hailey Reinhert of
ILLI MO CHARTS
OTHER BIG STL STORIES THIS WEEK are:
"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
"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
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
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.
TV heartthrob Hosea Chanchez from the hot BET “dramedy” “The Game will make a celebrity appearance at Club Flava in
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.
Former Digable Planets rapper Lady Bug
St. Louis native NBA star Larry Hughes will host the Spring kickoff of Close To Famous' So Sexy Saturdays at Exo this Saturday.
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 http://www.noticemeevents.com/. The winners will be announced March 27 at a Red Carpet Gala at The Jive N Wail.
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
FreetIme's Darryl Frierson was a featured guest on QUESTIONS FOR THE FELLAS on Blog Talk radio. To hear it go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bnb/2011/03/17/questions-for-the-fellas-episode
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
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.
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)
WORDZ TO THE WHYZ??????????????????????????????????????????????
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?
EVENTZ THIS WEEK
EVENTZ THIS WEEK
It's time for the annual Paul Mitchell the School
Get your tickets to the Gateway Classic's Annual African American Citizens of the Year Award Luncheon held at the SLGCSF Complex on
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 -
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
WHO: Filmmaker - Dwayne L. Buckingham
Mocha us hosting and moderating this.
Day 2 -
WHAT: Spoken word performances by various artists & live music performances of the film soundtrack
WHERE: Legacy Cafe
WHO: Soul and R&B artists Prolyric and Tarlise
Mocha is hosting.
Day 3 -
WHAT: Educational workshop - How to Love and Respect A Black Woman
WHERE: Centennial Commons
WHO: Dwayne L. Buckingham and Dr. Shonta Smith
Sponsored by RHCS, CHAARM/St. Louis & Global Nation
Mocha is hosting.
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Mocha's column COFFEE TALK can be seen in the weekly The Evening Whirl newspaper published on Mondays.
For more info on these items, contact Miss Latte at 314.646.9917 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - $5 cover Big Moe'
Word Therapy @ Club
New CD "ThundaGrowndPresentsA.D. Fire & Adrenaline"
Aireez DaRychuss music available online now
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BLACK REP BITZ
THE REAL McCOY
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 http://ev6.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetGroupList?groupCode=GST&linkID=metro
Black Pearl Sings!
By Frank Higgins
April 20 – May 15
The Montford Point Marine
By Samm-Art Williams
May 25 – June 26
For OUTGOING BITZ GO TO