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THE BIG A&E STORY THIS WEEK IS:
Former Illinois governor/reality show star Rod Blagojevich' is expected to appear in court at his second corruption trial today, Thursday as jury selection resumes from, Wednesday with a pool 100 who are filling out a38 page questionnaires to be selected.. Blago will returns with a scaled-down defense team that no longer includes charismatic lead lawyer Sam Adam Jr. For prosecutors, it could be seeking testimony from
Speaking at his
"To have to sit through that and hear all that again ... it's brutal, brutal," he said with the family dog, Skittles, resting on his lap. Listening to former aides, confidants and once-close friends testify against him was particularly painful, he added. All of them are expected to take the stand again in the weeks ahead.
But Blagojevich, who says he ruled out accepting a plea bargain, said he was also eager for another chance to clear his name. He knows he has a lot to lose.
He could get up to five years in prison for lying to the FBI, the sole count on which he was convicted last year. He faces 20 more counts in the retrial, including bribery and fraud. And the stakes are as high as ever: A conviction on just one offense could mean a decade or more behind bars.
It is expected that a jury will be in place by this time next week. The same judge Judge James Zagel will hear the case.
So its Green Mile time for Blago--without the death part.
Talk show mogul Oprah is her own section on Flipboard. Folks behind the popular social magazine for iPad selected “some great sources” highlighting themes and topics that have been a driving force for Oprah, including improving education, philanthropic work with charities, healthy eating and do-it-yourself . The Oprah section incorporates select material from The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah.com, O Magazine and OWN, featuring empowering articles, inspiring profiles, healthy eating tips and more. There are also exclusive diaries chronicling the final stretch of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Next up, her own section in Heaven. LOL
There, two notable
The View's Sherri Shepherd was in the ATL Wednesday evening to film and host the 2011 Dove Award excellence in gospel music.
The Gospel Music Association's 42nd Annual Awards were held at Atlanta's Fox Theater. It will be aired Easter Sunday on the Gospel Music ChannelShe also celebrated her bday Friday
Actress Keke Palmer and business woman , Dee Robinson Reid were also honored.
Grammy Award winning and
"West delivered a grandiose, theatrical performance destined to be remembered as one of the great hip-hop sets of all time," writes Jeff Miller in of West, who started just 15 minutes late, and landed on stage via a crane. "Every moment of the carefully-choreographed set was larger than life, beginning with West's entrance. He rose above the audience via an enormous crane that swung him over nearly the entirety of the main stage's gigantic swath of real estate while blasting through 'Dark Fantasy,'" Miller describes.
"The high-intensity start was followed by a run-through of nearly all of West's hits ("Stronger," "Gold Digger," "Through The Wire") divided into a cinematic, three-part arc that was mostly special-guest free and hit surprising emotional resonance mid-set, when West declared his Coachella performance the most important to him since his mother's unexpected death in 2007.
The heft of that statement carried through the performance's end, when West nearly teared up during the poignant "Hey, Mama," adds Miller.
CBS News says West "blew the doors off" Coachella by "performing his biggest hits to an appreciative crowd."
says the rapper "slayed" Coachella.
"In what is sure to go down as one of the most memorable performances in Coachella history, Kanye West only disappointed anyone who was expecting the controversial MC to phone in his festival-ending set Sunday night," wrote the site's Mary J. DiMeglio.
Todd Martens writes, "As entertainment, West's set was captivating, a festival performance unlike any other, and one that often showcased the artist and the artist alone on a minimal stage."
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival tied its year-old attendance record last weekend with 75,000 three-day passes sold for the event at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
ADD: Ye made a surprise appearance on the elimination episode of American Idol Thursday when he performed with Katy Perry on her hit, "E.T."
The Chicago Bulls are up 2-0 against the Indiana Pacers in the NBA Playoffs as they won in their home stadium, The United Center Monday 96 to 90. The teams move the series to Conseco Fieldhouse on Imdiana for Game 3 on Thursday night with
preparing to join a new spinoff of TV Land's hit "Hot in
People Magazine published its Most Beautiful issue last week with singer/actress Jennifer Lopez on the cover. One of the “beauties” on the list is Chicago native and award winning singer/actress Jennifer Hudson(PICTURED is HUDSONs PIC from the Magazine). Others who made it was Beyonce, Keri Hilson, Ciara, Sandra Bullock, Bruno Mars, Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson.
Take that David. LOL
The 2011 Academy Award winning film THE KINGS SPEECH was released out on DVD this week. The film stars Academy Award winner Colin Firth, who attended junior high school in St. Louis.
Grammy Award winning and Chicago native singer Chaka Khan (FAR LEFT) was a guest on American Idol last Thursday she and singer Anita Baker, who was also in attendance, were acknowledged on camera by host Ryan Seacrest before he introduced Rihanna on stage to perform.
Congrats to St,. Louis native and Phillies’ First Basemen Ryan Howard. He’s getting married to Krystal Campbell, an Eagles cheerleader, who he has been dating for the past three years. Howard is planning a small wedding for next year.
Chicago native R&B crooner Jeremih confessed to the MTV series “When I Was 17” recently where the retold a tale of how his thieving actions of a video game led to him having to jump out of his third floor college dorm window. In his sophomore year at
Jeremih incurred the wrath of the video game owner as he ignored the friend’s pleas to open the door and return the video game. But in a classic tale of revenge, Jeremih’s dorm room door was glued shut by the game owner and he had to suffer taunts from classmates who heard him pleading to get out. In a hasty maneuver to escape, Jeremih donned four thick coats and jumped out his dorm window three floors below into a thicket of bushes.
ILLI MO REALITY
Americas Next Top Model had a recap of the current 16th Cycle Season this Wednesday on the CW so there was no elimination round this week Contesttant Kasia Pilewicz of
UPDATE: Haily Reinhart (FAR RIGHT)of Wheeling, Ill was in the Bottom 3 again but she was safe after performing Adele's "Rolling In The Deep." It is now six left.
We will see if American Idol contestant Hailey Reinhart (FAR RIGHT)of
ILLI MO CHARTZ
Jerimih made newz this week on the Billboard Hot 100 as his slow chart burning single, "Down On Me" featuring rapper 50 Cent moves up two spots to No. 4 in its 23rd week and with a bullet. The song reaches the same chart position of its debut single, "Birthday Sex" in 2009. On the Hip Hop/R&B chart, the song falls one spot to No 12. Kanye West continues to dominate both Hot 100 and Hip Hop charts as well as his featuring rap on Katy Perry's former No. 1 single, "ET" falls to No. 2. His solo single, "All of the Lights," moves up four spots to No. 19 on the same chart and holds at No. 2 for a fourth week on the Hip-Hop R&B charts. It also move sup one spot to No. 2 on the Rap Track Charts. Lupe Fiasco moves up one spot to No. 15 with his breakthrough single, "The Show Goes On" and six spots up to No, 45 on the Hip-Hop/R&B charts. It holds at No. 7 on the Rap Tracks chart. Eminem's featuring on Dr Dre comeback single, "I Need a Doctor" continues its slow regain up the Hot 100 chart as it move sup one spot again now to No 18. It peaked at No. 4. Jennifer Hudson's singe, "Where You At", penned by R Kelly, falls one spot from it speak at No. 10 to No 11 on the Hip-Hop/R&B charts. On the same charts, R Kelly moves up one spot to No 15. The song has peaked at No 13.
THE BIG STL: STORY IS:
Legendary St. Louis Cardinals player Lou Brock and his wife, Jacqueline, was on hand to the unveiling of his likeness in a bronze statue form at
Brock said he hopes that students will be inspired to work hard when they walk past the statue. "One of the greatest attributes in competition is to be able to outlast your opponent," he said. "If you can't outlast your opponent, you'll be in second place."
The bronze statue, which was created by
Brock and his wife are involved with
Veteran St. Louis Cardinals reliever Ryan Franklin got booed by fans Wednesday after the first of two games, a day game (that was rescheduled from Tuesday’s cancellation die to tornadic weather) and evening game held back to back when he didn’t close at the day game and ended up losing the game 8 to 6 against the Washington Nationals
Franklin told B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwestthat he was thrown off by the boos he heard on Wednesday after allowing an eighth-inning 417-foot homer to Nationals outfielder Laynce Nix and a subsequent walk to catcher Ivan Rodriguez.
“I guess they have short memories too because I think I’ve been pretty good here,”
The quotes only get more heated as Rains’ column goes on:
“You don’t boo your own team. I don’t care who you are or what you say or just because you spent your money to come here to watch us play that somebody happens to make one bad pitch and give up a homer and you are going to start booing him? I’ve been here for five years and four years I’ve been pretty good.”
The Cards regained themselves and won the evening game 5-3.
Sports experts and analysts are saying that the fans shouldn’t blame
The production of "High" at Broadway's Booth Theatre was "marvelous, electric - a beautiful performance" reports Alice Sherwood, a member of the
Starring Springfield Mo native Kathleen Turner as a tough nun trying to help a young drug addict, "High" marked the Broadway debut of the as an above-the-title Broadway producer.
The opening night crowd was full of celebrities, said Sherwood, wife of Rep board vice president Robert Sherwood. Theater-goers included Turner's "Romancing the Stone" costar Michael Douglas , filmmaker John Waters , Broadway's Elaine Stritch and Angela Lansbury.
Oprah's OWN Network is set to air a documentary with St. Louis roots.
"Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" is set to be on its fall schedule.The documentary that was filmed last year, will feature Robbie Montgomery, who owns the restaurant on
St. Louis' Coolfire Media, contacted the family with the idea and worked with their Los Angeles partners, Pilgrim Productions, to put together a 5-minute 'sizzle reel" about Sweetie Pie's and pitched it to OWN and from reports, Oprah had saw it and bought the show.
"Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" will follow the
Former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce will be in
Rocker Ted Nugent will perform at. June 19 at
R. Kelly's "Love Letter" tour is expected at on June 17
He's touring with Keyshia Cole and Marsha Ambrosius.
The Resurrection Tour with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony featuring Bizzy Bone, Layzie Bone and Flesh N' Bone performing with a live band, June 16, at Pop’s
David Lowery of Cracker/Camper Von Beethoven (solo acoustic), will perform at Blue berry Hill’s Duck Room May 24
Brad Garrett will perform two shows June 18 at
Singer Natasha Bedingfield is performing at the Old Rock House, along with Cadaver Dogs & the Up All Nights. July 9
The St. Louis Teen Talnet Showcase will take place May 8. Students in the finals represent Cardinal Ritter, Central Visual and Performing Arts, Circus Harmony, Clayton, Crossroads, Francis Howell North, Hazelwood East, Mehlville, Riverview Gardens, Soldan, Trinity and Villa Duchesne.The finals will be held at the Special guest judge will be St.Louis native Phyllis Smith of the TV hit "The Office," and Broadway performer, director, choreographer and writer Tony Parese will choreograph the show, which is open to the public free of charge. Tickets are available at the Fox box office and through
Grammy Award winning Gospel singer Debby Boone will return to Lindenwood's ' Bezemes Family Theater in
Comedian/Talk show host Rickey Smiley will host the STL Music Fest May 6 with Charlie Wilson, Fantasia,. Eric Benet and EnVogue at the Chaifetz Arena.
A St. Louis-made movie apparently has become a regular at a Turkish literary festival. Chris King of Poetry Scores says "Blind Cat Black" will be in May. It also was screened last year in
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The 2nd Annual S.L.U.M. Fest (St. Louis Underground Music) is taking place June 18 at . A few of the 50 plus local artist performing this year are SKiddalz, Ruka Puff, J Biggs, Pancho Rucker, Big Will, Niteowl, Midwest Avengers, Nato Caliph, Ooops, Potzee, Bee, Rockwell Knuckles, Jia Davis and Tef Poe. Get more information at
Speaking of local artists in the STL, Legion is making newz not for his music but for his stickers om STL city parking signs and complaints from city residents . KMOV Channel 4 did a report on this recently. To see it goto http://streetpowermedia.com/video/rappers-stickers-getting-complaints-city-residents
We hear that Washington University graduates had their grad party at Lumen Saturday. No reports of any drunken misbehavior was reported but it was an open bar for the newbie graduates.
Veteran local musician Starchild will have a bday party at at Club Sevens in the Casino Queen April 30
Steve Mizerany, the zany appliance dealer who roller-skated through his store and squealed pitches over the radio, died last Friday He was 87 .
Mr. Mizerany's trademark slogan was describing the store, called the New Deal, "at 4719 Gravois, next to the Bevo Mill." He'd vary the line during radio ad libs, often saying "the Bevo Mill is next to us." A McKinley High alum, he went to work with his brothers after high school at a family store, Mizerany Brothers Appliance at 3849 South Broadway.
In 1972, he left that store and co-founded the Mizerany-Farhatt New Deal Appliance Co. at the famous Gravois address.
But it was for the New Deal that he found his voice. He took to TV and radio with enthusiastic slapstick, delivered in his distinctive voice. He'd appear in plaids and stripes that were outlandish even for the 1970s.
Mr. Mizerany lived for the last six years in Bethesda Meadow nursing home in Ellisville. He had been a patient at St. Luke's for about a week before his death.
Services are pending through Kutis Funeral Home Affton.
STL BDAZEs-TAURUSians. Comedian Darius Bradford(PICTURED), sports journalist Earl Austin Jr., singer Kim Massie, DJ Charlie Chan, musician Starchild, DJ J Mo, promoter John Burns, actor/musician Anthony Tarvin, singer/model Jzanell (PICTURED) photographer Erica Brooks promoters Larry Blue and Joann Smith, model Snap Babei, and socialite , Renaud Chavoz Lucas,
BLIND DISHZ--Which STL club is on the brink of closing due to its inability to pay its lease payments?
HINT 1. The club is located in Midtown St. Louis
HINT 2. The club caters to a specific crowd.
HINT 3. The club's name can be found as part of the name of a popular chick flicck in the 1980s.
PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS--Promoter Mocha Latte and promoter Phil Assets and photographer/promoter Teddy Blackett (TIE)
Mocha Latte. This Notice Me Award winner of Monopoloy Promotions was absent from this section last week, but the Queen of Promotions has returned back to her usual spot. This week, she made an appearance on STL Live on Monday, then, she hosted her monthly poetry showcase Got Lyrics at Exo on Wednesday and on Saturday she reteams with her former promotion partner Big Tah of 3 Way promotions for the weekly Saturday Night Live./Ladies Night at The Label.
Phil Assets. (FAR RIGHT)This brotha who is the CEO of Liquid Assets continues to get it in with his events at Club Amnesia with Red Hott Thursdays, a special Fierce Fridays teaming with Topher of Derrty Ent for Nelly's Good Fridays and a special Successful Saturdays with , Fashion Statement, a bday party for Notice Me Award winner Mario Clay and model Snap Babei.
WORDZ TO THE WHYZ?????????????????????????????????????
Ma'atology Productions is gearing up for a reprise of SNAP HONEY the stageplay next month in
The 3rd Annual MISTA COUTURE STYLE CONTEST will take place June 18 at Carlton Hotel in Manhattan NYC.EVENTZ THIS WEEK
Award winning actress Diana Goodman, will reprise her stage role as the bipolar heroine in "Next To Normal. April 24 at the Fox Theatre
2011 Grammy Award winning indy band Arcade Fire will be at the
April 21 Scott Trade Center
at Jade (www.jadestl.com)
Join Stress Free Fridays this Friday, April 22nd as we visit one of the hidden gems in Downtown St. Louis, Jade, located at 910 Olive Street, across the street from the new Schnucks Culinara...enjoy all of the amenities that this multi-leveled venue
Eye Roc Eyewear will have a Grand Opening Launch Party
LIQUID ASSETS AND TEAM TOPHER PRESENTS NELLY'S GOOD FRIDAY. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME STL OWN NELLY INVITES THE ENTIRE CITY OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER NELLY AND ALL HIS FRIENDS WILL BE IN CLUB AMNESIA April 22
Hearthhrob actor Lance Gross will be the celebrity guest at Johnathan Burns’ bday bash at his venie Club Envy April 22. Later that nite, he will make an appearance at Posh in East St. Louis.
Ivy League Ent presents Soulful Sounds April 22 with Eric Roberson in concert at The Loft. Also performing is STL native singer Teresa Jenee. It is hosted by comedian Maurice G with soundz by DJ Needles.
Mocha hosts her monthly poetry showcase Got Lyrics at Exo. The next one is April 20
Jobs!! Positions available with the National Children’s Study in
LOOKING FOR JOB READINESS AND TRAINING/GED MUST BE 19-21 BETTER FAMILY LIFE CAN HELP!! CALL KIP WILLIAMS 314-679-3376. THEY ARE ENROLLING NOW!! THEY HAVE SO MANY SUPPORT SERVICES:LEGAL ASSISTANCE, CRISIS INTERVENTION/COMMUNITY SERVICES OPPORTUNITIES,DAY CARE,SCHOLARSHIPS AND MORE.
Mocha's column COFFEE TALK can be seen in the weekly The Evening Whirl newspaper published on Mondays.
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BLACK REP BITZ
BLACK REP BITZ
By Frank Higgins
April 20 – May 15
Directed by Andrea Frye Jailed in a
prison, Texas “ Alberta Pearl” Johnson has little hope for release and even less for reconnecting with her missing daughter. That is until Susannah Mullally, a song collector on a mission to record pieces of African-American culture, overhears Pearl singing while on a visit to the prison. Through her music, has the unexpected opportunity to earn her freedom and search for her daughter. This work harnesses race relations and the rich oral history of the African-American community to build a tale that is funny, touching, and compelling. Pearl
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By Samm-Art Williams
May 25 – June 26
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