Wednesday, April 27, 2011

OUT 992--ILLI MO arts and ent BITZ--UPDATES (April 28-May 4)




Before we get into this week's bitz, OUTTOWN would like to give our thoughts and prayers to those who lost their homes and/or businesses from the tornadoes that hit the St. Louis area on Good Friday.

We are getting closer and closer to post 1,000 on OUTTOWN. To celebrate, the GRAND PARTY will be set to commemorate this historical. Details TBD.

Meanwhile, Ma'atology Productions are moving head on with its upcoming projects:

First up--the revival of SNAP HONEY--the stageplay looks like it will be sometime in June at Urban eats on 3301 Meremac in South St. Louis City. Specific details TBA.

And the 3rd Annual Mista Couture Style Contest will take place June 18 at Carlton Hotel in New York City.

You can check out the SNAP HONEY teaser at

For more info on both projects, email

As we wind down National Poetry Month, we end with a spotlight on a ILLI MO poet who had some national attention briefly late last year with one of her epochal works--Ntozake Shange.

Shange is an American playwright, and poet.[1] As a self proclaimed black feminist, much of the content of her work addresses issues relating to race and feminism. Shange is best-known for the Obie Award-winning play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. She also wrote Betsey Brown, a novel about an African American girl who runs away from home. Among her honors and awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, and a Pushcart Prize. Shange lives in Brooklyn.

Born Paulette L. Williams[3] in Trenton, New Jersey[4] when she was 8, Shange's family moved to St. Louis. When Shange was 13, she returned to New Jersey, where she completed high school. In 1971, Shange changed her name. Ntozakhe means she who has her own things (literally things that belong to her in Xhosa) and shange means he/she who walks/lives with lions (meaning the lion's Pride in Zulu).[4] In 1975, Shange moved to New York City, where in that year her first and most well-known play was produced—For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. First produced Off-Broadway, the play soon moved on to Broadway at the Booth Theater and won a number of awards, including the Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and the AUDELCO Award. This play, her most famous work, was a 20-part poem that chronicled the lives of Black women in the United States. The poem was eventually made into the stage play, was then published in book form in 1977, then made into a movie in 2010 (For Colored Girls, directed by Tyler Perry). Since then, Shange has written a number of successful plays, including an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children (1980), which won an Obie Award.


President Barack Obama and his wife First Lady Michelle Obama headed to their former hometown of Chicago Wednesday to appear on one of the final episodes of "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

The trip was part of a 2012 election fundraising jaunt that continued later Wednesday with travel to NYC for events.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, took turns answering Winfrey's questions during a taped interview at her studio, her first in 25 years with a sitting president and first lady who might not have gotten those jobs if not for Oprah's big endorsement in 2008.

The daytime host asked President Obama the buzzing question of why he released his birth certificate now. The president explained that in these serious times, "we can't be distracted by sideshows".

The President told the TV host that while he was dealing with the budget debate, "the biggest news was this birth certificate thing."

And so he was prompted to release the long form of his birth certificate, to put the "silliness" to rest. President Obama released a "certificate of live birth" during his 2008 race for presidency. But the so-called "birther" movement developed when critics of the now-president questioned his citizenship.

Winfrey's relationship with the Obamas dates to their days in Chicago.
She lent her credibility and celebrity status to his 2008 presidential campaign with her first political endorsement.

We are sure this interview will be one of her biggest rated shows from the finale on May 25.

In related Oprah newz, Gossip columnist Perez Hilton recently posted a clip of the show where Oprah loses her cool big time with Chicago native singer/actress Jennifer Hudson for daring to get stuck in Texas after a blizzard the day of her Oprah interview. Upon hearing the news Oprah says: “Excuse me, excuse me. What the hell is going on?! I’ve never heard of this in 25 years!”

Oprah then busts out her inner diva and starts barking orders at the executive producers of her show, while they awkwardly fumble their words trying to find a suitable response. She tells them to call the pilots and says to Eric Logan, Harpo President, “your whole day is backed up.” Yep, “your” whole day, not “ours” but only his.

Oh and she also makes sure she lets the audience know that critics have called the show “riveting” and “the ultimate treat.”

So as you see, its not nice to fuck with Mother Oprah. LOL

Watch the clip below and see for yourself…


And in more Oprah newz, Yale professor Kathryn Lofton says Oprah is a god. Well according to her new book "Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon." she is. To back up her theory, she said that she watched 1,500-plus episodes of "The Oprah Show," pored over 105 issues of O Magazine and perused numerous Book Club selections and newsletters to make the call, she told the New York Post.

She concluded that as soon as Oprah rebranded her show as what Lofton calls "Change Your Life TV," the talk-show queen became nearly spiritual. Lofton argues that Oprah preaches "The Gospel of You" with rhythmic, sermon-like speeches and ways people can be their best selves.

It worked so well, Lofton said, because at the beginning of a new century, viewers wanted direction and a source of change. They felt comforted by her directive that it's OK not to be perfect.

Hmmm, sounds like someone wants to be a guest on the Oprah show to promote her book. What you think? LOL

As the search continues for 12 jurors in the upcoming corruption re-trial for former Illinois governor/reality show star Rod Blago Blagojevich, U.S. District Judge James Zagel, who sat in for the first trial last April, reports that the problem is trying to find jurors who were not familiar with the first case, he does not expect opening statements to begin before Monday.

Chicago Bulls knocked off the Indiana Pacers Tuesday in the latter’s home stadium. 116-89 in Game 5 and wrapping up the first round of playoffs winning the series 4-1, as its MVP candidate Derrick Rose led the team in points. They now cturn their attention to the Eastern Conference semifinals, where they'll meet eitherAtlanta or Orlando starting with their next game on Thursday.

Speaking of Jennifer Hudson, the newly figured singer/actress retaliated on a Beyonce fan on Twitter after the fan went on the social network to comment on Hudson’s comments about her new figure.

Here’s what Jennifer originally told the UK’s Daily Mail: “I’ve love my new figure. All the fabulous clothes I can wear and get sent, I joke that I’m like a walking billboard now. But I won’t be taking my clothes off – no way at all. Beyonce and Rihanna can have that. I like to cover up more. I won’t do Playboy. Playboy can call, and wait. That’s just not me.”

Then, a Beyonce fan, named QueenBeyonce11 on Twitter, came at Jennifer, reportedly calling her a “b****.” (The user has since deleted their account)!

Jen wrote “wait what ? Who r u talking to? N what r u talking about? I’m so glad I found your tweet ! U gone make me lose my damn celebrity religion on up ass ! Don’t u ever come to me like that! Beat it! Next time know what u talking bout before u come talking shhh!!!”

She continued: “I think yal know me better thAn that. I love both beyonce n Rihanna . I hate when people try to be messy . B n ri know me better than that 2. I had to sAy something . I don’t like that kind of stuff .”

We can see what J Hud was saying. Mostly that Beyonce and Rihanna have very sexy images and they express it through their style of dress (or undressif you will) and she doesn’t see herself doing that because, in a way, she is getting comfortable in her new weight. But then again, we see the power of social networking can do to start rumors flying and Hudson saw what could have gotten started. LOL


Internet sensation, Chicago native Antoine Dobson was arrested recently in Huntsville, Alabama for marijuana possession, as well as failing to appear in court on a traffic charge, failing to have insurance, and speeding. Dodson has plead NOT GUILTY to all charges. He is due back in court in July.

Hmm, guess he couldn't HIDE the weed. LOL


ST. Joseph , Mo Native Eminem’s third studio album The Marshall Mathers LP has been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as Diamond – meaning it has sold 10 million copies in the United States alone. Released in May of 2000, the album also won a Grammy for Best Rap Album and was also nominated for album of the year. This current milestone is significant to note because this is Em’s second Diamond certification this year alone. His Grammy Award winning fourth album, The Eminem Show, was also bestowed with the high honor earlier this year, making it the first of his seven albums to receive the certification.

Chicago native movie critic Roger Ebert became a caption writer for New Yorker cartoon recently. The venerable magazine has a weekly contest in which readers are invited to provide captions for ambiguous drawings. In the past seven years , Ebert has entered the contest hundreds of times. This week he finally won, and the magazine marked the occasion by printing some of his other entries.

Pictured above is the winning caption.

Talk about being the Erica Kane of winning. LOL

In unrelated Ebert newz, his annual event Ebertfest started Wednesday in downtown Champaign, ill., and runs through May 1. Films include the silent "Metropolis," the animated "My Dog Tulip," the coming-of-age comedy "Me and Orson Welles," the Italian romance "I Am Love" and the Hollywood romance "Only You."


STL native singer/.producer Akon is joining superstar Usher on the second leg of his OMG Tour. Akon will remain on tour with Usher or the entirety of the 21-date venture.
The second leg of the
successful tour kicks off tonite, April 27 in Ft
Lauderdale. Throughout the month of May, the collective will make stops atNew Jersey, Detroit, Orlando and Portland. The tour wraps up on June 1 atLos Angeles' Staples Center.The only Midwest date is May 20 in Chicago at the Allstate Arena..

Chicago bred rap superstar Kanye West regains the No, 1 spot for a fourth non-consecutive week as the featured artist on Katy Perry’s smash, “ET” this week on Billboard’s Hot 100. The song fell to No, 2 last week relinquishing the top spot to Rihanna’s “S&M.”

In unrelated Ye newz, The Kanye West Foundation has closed its doors after four years of charity work. The Foundation was established in order to reduce high school dropout rates. Kanye's mother, Donda, founded the organization. According to records, the Foundation had raised an annual average of $492,000 from companies with which Kanye was involved. The reason for its demise has not been disclosed

Robbins, Ill native teen actress Keke Palmer, who was recently honored by the Common Ground Foundation in its recent ceremony in Chicago, is on a roll thse days with her career, The star of the Nickelodeon show True Jackson was just tapped to lend her voice to the cast of the animated film “ Ice Age 2: Continental Drift.” She also will be starring in and co-producing Nick Cannon’s musical film , “Ragz.” She recently made the announcement on her website stating…”The idea came from Nick Cannon , he called my parents and said he had this cool script that he had been working on and he wanted me to read it, I was like cool, so we met he gave me the script and the rest is history! I loved the project so much that I wanted to be a producer on .” She is currently in the ATL filming Joyful Noise with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton.

Chitown comedian/actor Deray Davis can be seen the upcoming wedding film "Jumping The Broom" that will be in theatres nationwide May.


Rockwood Illinois native singer/guitarist Jessie Johnson was a gueston the Tom Joyner MorningSHow Thursday. He was a featured guest in the Velvet Cake Room.


Morton Grove,Ill. native Marlee Matlin was safe this week on Celebrity Apprentice last Sunday on NBC. There are seven contestants left. So far, the Oscar winning actress has raised $1 million so far for her charity The Starkey Hearing Foundation


Wheaton, Ill. native plus size model Kasia Pilewicz was eliminated on this weeks episode of America’s Next Top Model seen Wednesday on the CW. The contestants flew toMorocco for the rest of their challenges.. She made it to No. 5.


We will see tonite, Thursday if American Idol finalist Hailey Reinhart of Wheeling, Ill makes the Top 5 as one contestant is eliminated during Carol King Week.

UPDATE: Hailey was safe. She is now in the Top 5.


As stated earlier , Kanye West regains the No. 1 spot on this week's Billboard Hot 100 as his featuring on Katy Perry's No. 1 single, "E.T." as it regains the top spot after falling to No 2 when Rihanna reached the top position with, "S&M." (Hmm two singles with two abbreviated letters). His solo single, "All of teh Lights: falls one spot to No. 20 after peaking at No. 19 and holds at No.2 for a 5th week on the Hip Hop/R&B chart. Jerimih's single "Down On Me" featuring 50 Cent falls one spot to No, 5 after peaking last week to No. 4 but still holds its bullet. His featuring on Lloyd Banks' "I Dont Deserve You" holds t No. 40 maintaining its bullet and chart peak status. Lupe Fiasco (PICTURED)
moves up one spot to No 14 with "The Show Goes On" maintaining his bullet. The single falls down one spot to No. 46 on the Hip Hop/R&B charts. The second single from his "Lasers" CD, "Out of My Head" moves up 3 spots to No. 50 on the same chart. Akon returns to the Hot 100 with his singe, "Angel" at No. 96 after peaking at No. 56 in February. Two songs related to R Kelly maintains their hold in the Hip Hop/R&B Top 20: His penned single for Jennifer Hudson, "Where You At" falls four spots to No. 15 peaking at No. 10 and his own single, "Love Letter' also falls four spots to No, 19 peaking at No. 13.

Beside the Tornado Aftermath in the STL area, THE BIG STL STORY IS:

As the 2011 NFL Draft is going as planned starting tonite atRadio City Music Hall The St. Louis Rams holds the 14th draft pick. Among the record 25 players invited to attend the draft are several players the Rams are likely targeting with the 14th overall pick.

They are Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget, defensive ends Aldon Smith of Missouri, California’s Cameron Jordan, Wisconsin’s J.J. Watt, Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan, Alabama receiver Julio Jones and Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram have all accepted the NFL’s invite to New York.

The Rams will pick tonite. We will update who their choice is.

UPDATE: The Rams chose North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn who was among the 20 hopefuls who were invited to Rams Park for pre draft visits.



Early Sunday morning, STL
police officer Daryl Hall was shot and killed after tryig to breakup a fight outside of the parking lot of Label Nightclub. From reports. Hall, who was off duty and was patron there, heard gunshots outside. About 2:30 a.m., Hall, reportedly left his girlfriend at The Label, at Fourth and Gratiot streets, and ran outside, spotting a man firing a handgun in an adjacent parking lot.

Witnesses told police that Hall identified himself as a police officer, pulled out his own gun and order the man to drop his weapon. The gunman refused, police said.

Gunfire erupted between Hall and the gunman, with a nightclub security guard also opening fire, according to police. When it was over, Hall had been fatally shot in the neck and arm. And the gunman, Asif Blake, of Hazelwood, was dead from gunshot wounds. Authorities recovered three guns at the scene.

Police said that shortly before the shooting, Blake and another patron were escorted from the nightclub for an altercation. The quarrel apparently continued outside. But Hall was not involved until he responded to the sound of gunshots, police said.

Hall was assigned to the police housing authority unit. He joined the force in July 2006 He is survived by his mother, stepfather and a brother, according to the Police Department. Funeral services were being finalized.


A co-owner of The Label, Chris Little, issued a statement noting Hall was a regular visitor at the bar.

"This tragedy has deeply hurt us as well as shed new light on the extreme issues that our community is facing each day with ignorance and crime," Little said.

This is tragic. Here we go again with people getting shot and/or killed while at a nightclub (following Club Society, Lush, Pulse and more recently Blackmins Plaza) . From our understanding, the Label has hired a PR firm and a lawyer to take care of the possible lawsuit that may happen from the families of both Hall’s and Blake’s. This doesn’t look good at all for The Label, but as of this blogging the club is still open, but as the investigation progresses, the certainty of the club’s existence could be questioned.

UPDATE: His visitation was Thursday at Austin Lane Chapel on West Florrissant and his funeral is at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at 11 am and burial at St. Peters Cemetery.


St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols was back in the lineup in a game against Astros Wednesday in a 6-05 victory. He suffered a hamstring pull in his left leg Sunday while he tried to run a ground ball at Busch Stadium against the Reds. When the Cards left for Houston on Monday that the club wasn't "overly concerned" with the mild left hamstring but he tested his achy left hamstring before Tuesday's game and expressed confidence that he'll return to the lineup after a precautionary day off that day.

In related newz, Pujols, along with Matt Holliday received their Louisville Slugger, Silver Slugger Awards, last week at Busch Stadium when they were playing the Reds.

A pissing contest is happening on the AM radiowaves. KTRS radio personality McGraw Milhaven (FAR LEFT) is using the Riverfront Times to contest that he is being “mucked” by former colleague Charlie Brennan of KMOX Radio and KETC’s “Donnybrook.” Milhaven accuses Brennan of cockblocking his opportunities to get first dibs on interview certain authors , including the more recent interview with former Cards player Bill White who was promoting his book, "Uppity,” as well as barring him to be a panelist on “Donnybrook.” Milhaven, who worked with Breanna for a year in 2002 at KMOX said that he has been given sloppy seconds after KMOX and its affiliates.

There's no feud here that I know of," a somewhat surprised Brennan told DailyRFT.

"In all those cases they either canceled my show, or it got back to me that Brennan wasn't happy that they were on with me," says Milhaven.

In regards to the alleged cockblocking, Brennan said that "They're all part of the Fontbonne University/Charlie Brennan Book of the Month Club. We spend a lot of time and money promoting the event and, yes, we ask that we get to have the author on before any other local radio."

As far as Donnybrook, Brennan said "Milhaven has never asked me to be on it," says Brennan. "But the fact is, that the show is short on women and conservative voices. So when we have an absence, I try to find someone who fits that mold."

Brennan added that he was never invited to appear on the former Chalk Talkshow on Charter Cable in which McGraw regularly appeared as a guest.

Now if our ears were playing tricks on us, we thought for sure Milhaven has been on his show on KTRS recently while talking with colleague JC Cochran who follows his show wondering why he wasn’t asked to be a guest on Donnybrook AGAIN and saying that he was a guest awhile back when Martin Duggan was host and was never invited back due to his being too liberal. Hmm. Maybe we heard wrong.

At any rate, it seems as though this radio war is not going to go away anytime soon.


DJ 618 made a video along with some STL movers and shakers in the club scene to issue an apology to the St.Louis,East St Louis and all surrounding cities regarding the violence that erupted at Blackmons Plaza last month. It was posted on (and it falls right into the recent violabnce that occurred at The Label last wekened) Go to

Tony Bennett's May 7 concert at the Fox Theatre has been postponed to Nov. 16.The move comes because of Bennett's ongoing recording sessions for his upcoming album.

Mediatakeout reported that "Tyler Perry's House of Payne: hunk Lance Gross had a reason for staying another nite in St. Louis and it wasnt because Lambert Airport was closed due to the tornado that ramsacked it. According to the site, Gross, who was in town last Friday to host John Burns' bday party at his venue Envy spent Last SATURDAY NIGHT in St Louis. On Burns' Facebook page he wrote ; " COME CELEBRATE MY BIRTHDAY IF YOU DIDNT COME OUT LAST NIGHT (FRIDAY) !! IF YOU DIDNT GET TO SEE LANCE GROSS LADIES HE WILL BE IN ENVY TONIGHT (SATURDAY)!!!! Well soon after on Saturday according to reports, he spent his time after with STL groupie Cherie who is the baby mama to two babies by STL native baller Laurence Maroney and STL Rams receiver Steven Jackson . After the two attended a club on Saturday night in St Louis (we assume it was Envy) The two drove overnight on what they call a "road trip" to neighboring
Chicago. And Cherie even tweeted her road rendezvous with Gross.

Hmm. Well at least she doin her thirstiness with guys who can quench her thirst, and we sure that Gross didnt just give her water. LOL

Slim of Loose Cannon


Pooch Hall

Lance Gross

Penny Hardaway

Loose cannon presents his annual CELEBRITY BASKETBALL GAME May 21 at the Chaifetz Arena. Scheduled t appear are

We are sure the afterparties and the groupies will be set as well. LOL

Colin Hay of Men of Work will be at Old Rock House May 4

Slim of 112 will perform this Saturday at Ex during a special edition of So Sexy Saturdays.

R&B singer Bilal will perform May 21 at LOLAs Opening is DJ Nune (Lamar Harris) and the Horney Horns. Coco Soul (PICTURED)hosts

Bad Girls star NATALIE NUNN HOSTS: *UNITED NATIONS* LOVE GAMES // April 29 at UPTOWN THEATHER in KC. Brought by Soul Stylz.

St. Lunatic member Murphy Lee was guest on SHOUT OUT RADIO Wednesday. To hear the show go to


East St. Louis native and Grammy Award Winning Super Producer Chuck Harmony and his L.A. based label Harmony House Entertainment are holding auditions to find the next great singer and/or songwriter at the Jackie Joyner Kersee Center April 30. (SEE OUTGOING BITZ)

STL jazz diva Denise Thimes is starring in the next Black Rep production “Black Pearl Sings,” a two woman play chronicling various women of different time periods . The play is staged at Grandel Sqaure Theatre until May 15 (SEE BLACK REP BITZ BELOW)

Fox 2's April Simpson is on the front cover of the May issue od Dulux Magazine. Her colleague Tim Ezell is also featured in this month's issue.


Twangfest' will take place June 9-11 at BLUEBERRY HILL in the U City Loop with a kickoff on June 8 Go to www.twangfest,comfor more info.


Twilight Tuesdays kicked off Tuesday on the front lawn of the Missouri History Museum with Dr. Zhivegas . The series will go until June 7. Concerts are free.

Get more information at


Comedian Darius Bradford hosts Eip Events Tease Me Thursdays at Inspot Lounge DOING IT AFTER PARK EDITION with Taylored Poet, Comedian Willie C , and Singer Julius Jvar Brown .


The Black Rep’s Linda Kennedy is starring in the production of Agnes of God staged at Avalon in ArtSpace @ Crestwood Court (SEE EVENTZ BELOW)

FIGHT NIGHT PROMOTIONS will present its first installment of it’s Friday Night Fight Series at the Roberts Orpheum Theatre i[April 29. In the Main Event, the current WBC USNBC Cruiser Weight Champion “The Irish Outlaw” Ryan Coyne (16-0, 6 KO’s) of St.Louis, will look to defend his title against Ravea Springs (28-3, 22 KO’s) of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Boxing at the Orpheum Fight Card

“The Irish Outlaw” Ryan Coyne vs. Ravea Springs (12 Rounds)

Sam “The Thrill” Hill vs. TBA (4 Rounds)

Tyrone “TNT” Chatman vs. Chris Russel (6 Rounds)

Nick Reeder vs. Jamel Williams (4 Rounds)

Joel Flores vs. Troy White (4 Rounds)

Chris Rapa vs. Jeff Combs (4 Rounds)

Matt Greer vs. Marcus Rhode (4 Rounds)

Jacob Mangum vs. Shannon Cautle (4 Rounds)

Chris Hancock vs. Lance Gauch (4 Rounds)

Jacob Grant vs. TBA (4 Rounds)

Fight fans can expect an equally impressive card 7 more times through out the remainder of this Friday Night Fights series at the Robert Orpheum Theatre in downtown St. Louis.

Tickets are on sale now at

Several ILLI MO area movers and shakers are gettin their promotion on in and out of St. Louis.

Event promoter and model Chelsea Damn (aka Sasha Fiersome) was in Las Vagas recently to do promotional work for the International Lingerie Show


Behind The Scenes Video Footage from the CLEONS Model Search held inCHICAGO last weekend is coming soon. 20 models will be announced May 1 to participate in Cleons’ upcoming "POP ARt" Fashion Show, in August.


LIQUID ASSETS AND THE MACK TV PRESENT RACKS ON RACKS featuring rapper Young Chris wth his SIGNING PARTY At CLUB AMNESIA. He will perform his hit as well THURSDAY MAY 12 during Redd Hott Thursdays.


STL poet and Soul U co-creator Xplicit is on a whirlwind self booked tour of the country these days. This week and next week he will do

Be Free Fridays hosted by LOVE the poet on Fri. April 29 (Baltimore)


The Art of Conversation May 2 (Philly) T THE Arts Garage.

and then

The Derby Got Soul Set May 8 The SoulLounge in Louisville,KY.


Model Soigné is in an online modleing contest to walk the Runway for Explore Modeling.



Night Society is celebrating two years of being a photography and promotions service in the STL. The event titled Another 365 will take place April 30 at The Statler Room inside the Renaissance Grand in downtown St. Louis

MOVE ONS. Former STL teen singer Indea, whgo moved to the ATL with her designer/model mother Teresa Dumas, is set to appear on the realoty show talent contest BEFORE THE FAMe May 1 filmed in ATL.

STL TAURUS-ians BDAZEs—Former Rams player Roland Williams (PICTURED) , Americas Next Tip Model finalist Gabrielle Michelle, actress Tann Moore, photographer Katherine Bish, and model Lauren Vogt

PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Which STL promoters/socialites got it in this week? Stylist Ola and promoter/event host Mocha Latte (TIE) and The Men of Hella Fly Promotions (King Kerry and Dano Johnson) and Orlando Watson (TIE)

Ola. (FAR LEFT). This lovely stylist from New York City who resides in the Lou is getting it in tenfold this week showcasing her Ola Style fashions. Starting tonite, Thursday, she will be the featured designer at Alive Magazine's Glow fashion show at Windows On Washington(SEE EVENTZ BELOW) , . Then on Sunday, she will be featured in License to Thrill" Fashion Show @ The Hilton Garden Inn Regency Ballroom in Ofallon, IL (SEE EVENTZ BELOW)

Mocha Latte. This vivrant hustle and flowess of Monopoly Promotions is coming off her mini vacation in Chitown to host the opening ceremonies of Delux Magazine's Fashion Week Wednesday at the Metropolitan Gallery (SEE EVENTZ BELOW) and will host the long running Saturday Night Live Ladies Night at The Label.

Orlando Watson (RIGHT). This handsome CEO of Rockhouse Entertainment and cancer survivor will be showing his charitable side as he holds a double event at Forest Park Golfhouse this Sunday with his bday party and hsi all white party titled I'm A Survivor All White Party and Cancer Benefit (SEE EVENTZ BELOW) with co-promoter Mic Woods and the American Cancer Society and his group continues to host the long running weekly party Sexy as You Wanna Be Sundays at The Label with Hella Fly Promotions.

King Kerry and Dano Johnson. This swagged out duo diversified its promotional hand starting with an area tornado relief benefit for the victims of the tornado that took place at Area Code Bar and Grill Wednesday co promoted with Super Smooth, Umbrella Group Presents and 3way Promotions. They continue with its Friday party at The Broadway, the Crown Winery Trip to St. Genievieve on Saturday with 3 Way Promotions with an after party at the St Louis Happy Hour Bar and Grill. And on Sunday, its mainstay event Sexy as You Wanna Be Sundays at The Label where they will be giving away free tickets to the Sade concert at the ScottTrade Center in July.

BLIND DISHZ. Which STL mover and shaker contacted OUTTOWN months ago about their tumultuous relationship (business and personal) with an STL promoter that has presently ended?

HINT 1. The contactee is a female

HINT 2. The contactee did and currently does events outside of the former promotion group involving "posing. "

HINT 3.The contactee's last name is the same last name of a ficticious female who was the title of a No. 1 song in the 1970s sang by a 1970s pop singer who also sang for woman's rights.

HINT 4. The STL promoter does many of their events at a popular St. Louis venue who's name is very "forgetful."

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

Why does Linsey Lohan continue to get chances for her bad behavior? Why is Barry Bonds facing prison time for steroid use and Mark McGwire remains scott free? Why is Donald Trump on Pres Obama;s jock about him showing proof of his U.S birth residency but no one complained that Arnold Schwarzenegger was not born in this country when he ran and won the gubernatorial seat in California? And why does trump call black people "the blacks?" Why is McGraw Milhaven and Charlie Brennan feuding? Why did Charlie Sheen tweet pic his police escort service? Why did a guy run over two folk with his car at a St. Louis Schnucks store? Why is Nene Leakes gonna be a correspondent at the Royal Wedding this weekend? Why did Christian Aguelera tell a guy on The Voice to take his pants off? Why are black folk still hatin' on Tavis Smiley? And why Serena Williams coming out with a rap album?




Avalon in ArtSpace @ Crestwood Court

119 Crestwood Plaza

Avalon Theatre Company presents John Pielmeier’s glimpse into science, faith, and even miracles, AGNES OF GOD, directed by John Contini, April 28 – May 8.


Erin Kelley* - Doctor Livingstone

Linda Kennedy* - Mother Miriam

Sabra Sellers - Sister Agnes

To purchase tickets, order online (no fees involved) by visiting

or call Avalon at 314-351-6482

FUSION: DELUX Magazine Fashion Week @ The Metropolitan Gallery

DELUX Magazine and Dibya Shoe have come together to create this year’s 2011 Spring Fashion Show, Fusion: DELUX Magazine Fashion Week

April 27th -29th top St. Louis boutiques including NV Showroom Boutique, Boutique 83, Therapy Boutique, Eve’s Apple Vintage, Ziezo, I am Boutique, Boutique Pink, Ola Style as well as many national designers will showcase this year’s Spring/Summer collections on St. Louis’ hottest runway.


ALIVE Magazine and Brown Shoe have come together to create this year's largest Spring Fashion Show, GLOW. On Thursday, April 28th, top St. Louis boutiques including Alixandra Collections, Ivy Hill, Klutch, Ola Styles, Sole & Blues and The Eye Bar will showcase this year's Spring/Summer collections on St. Louis' hottest runway. Held Downtown at the chic Windows on Washington, fashionistas, trendsetters and innovators from all over the city will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of champagne as they head to the 8th Floor for a cocktail party beginning at 7pm, followed by the fashion show at 8pm.



at 5pm, located at 8909 Natural Bridge Road, near Highway 170


The Eye Candy All Black Experience is Friday the 29th at the Loft.


For booth and bottle service or more info call 3142265777

To see models or party pics goto:


Hella Fly Promotions / 3 Way Promotions / Grand Finale Promotions Presents ..........THE CROWN VALLEY WINERY TRIP PT. 4 ............Saturday April 30th



STL: lakc prode presents

The Last Saturday Movie Night

Saturday, April 30 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm

The Regional Arts Commission

6128 Delmar Blvd.

Saint Louis, MO



Saturday, April 30 at 9:00pm
Location: Urban Lounge


Project Pat will perform Saturday, April 30 at Blackmon's Plaza

Sun. May 1st. ORLANDO "PRETTYBOY" WATSON'S I'M A SURVIVOR "ALL WHITE" PARTY & CANCER BENEFIT W/SPECIAL GUEST "APRIL SIMPSON" OF FOX 2 NEWS. Brought to you by three of the hottest promoters in the city; RockHouse Entertainment, Mick Woods Entertainment & Hella Fly Promotions in honor of all the cancer survivors!
There will be a fashion show by 2 of
St. Louis hottest desingner's (ADDIKTION & YOUNG ADDY)

Music by "DJ NEEDLES" W/surprise performer TBA....... More details @


Hollywood Fashion Show SUNDAY, MAY 1st 5pm sharp Hilton Hotel (Regency BALLROOM) 360 Regency Park Drive, OFALLON IL 62269. ...$15 adv @ door $20 VIP $25... Starts at 5 p.m.

Jackie Phillps presents the music showcase Monday Miracle, a benefit for families affected by the ST Louis Tornado May 2 at Big Moes $3 Donation at 8 p.m. For more info call 314.477.7926. (CLICK ON PIC TO ENLARGE)


Island escape artist Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band is performing May 3 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.



Mocha hosts Saturday nites at The LabeL

Jobs!! Positions available with the National Children’s Study in St. Louis. One is a part time Community Liaison. The other is a full time nurse/phlebotomist. Perhaps you or someone you know would be interested. Please share the link below.




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


Aireez is now represented by Jackie Phillips' Where U Want 2 Be Entertainment..

Accoustic Flow at Big Moe’s May 7

at 8p.m.

Hosted by Aireez Darychuss and featuring Kenneth DeShields, TROY and Seviin Lii to name a few.


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

at Big Moe's


WORD THERAPY AT CLUB PARADISE Open Mic Final Friday of the month $5 cover first 10 on the sign-up list free 812 Martin Luther King on the East Side

New CD "ThundaGrowndPresentsA.D. Fire & Adrenaline"

Aireez DaRychuss music available online now

MORE INFO on AireezDarychuss



Black Pearl Sings!

By Frank Higgins

THRU May 15

Directed by Andrea Frye Jailed in a Texas prison, AlbertaPearl” 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, Pearl 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.

For tickets go to


The Montford Point Marine

By Samm-Art Williams

May 25 – June 26




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