Friday, June 3, 2011

OUT 1009--ILLI MO arts and ent BITZ (JUNE 2-8)




Before we get into the bitz:

As the town of Joplin, Mo. continues to cope with the aftermath from the devastating tornado that hit the town last month, President Obama toured tornado-stricken Joplin, Mo. on Monday , and being visited by a thunderous applause, and he saw the devastation and recovery struggle in Joplin.


Obama attended and spoke at a memorial service that was attended by over 2,000 people and promised people that 'the country will be there with you every single step of the way.


JUNE is Black Music Month. To cleebarte, we will feature singers and musicians in the ILLI MO area who are on their way of becoming bright stars in the making.

This week we highlight STL based singer Coco Soul

Coco Soul is one St. Louis’ sought after singers. She has been on the scene professionally since the 1990s and has been featured at many venues and events in the area including Live On The Levee and opening up the Budweiser Superfest in 2010. She is also the co-creator of the successful monthly music showcase Cafe Soul that was formed in 2006 and that she hosted until 2010. She has also acted on stage with the St. Louis Black Repertory Company. She currently fronts a talented band called “Soul Alliance, a virtual supergroup comprised of some of the top soul, funk and house music musicians from across the area.

Here is a snippet of Coco Soul performing live at


Federal prosecutors had their first chance to cross-examine Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges Thursday, and they had a doozy of an opening question lined up: “Mr. Blagojevich, you are a convicted liar, correct?”

Blagojevich responded, “Yes.”

The ousted Illinois governor is facing a retrial on 20 federal corruption charges after a jury was deadlocked on all but one count of lying to federal agents last summer.

Blagovech opted against taking the stand at his original trial, but decided last week that he'd testify in his own defense this time around. He spent much of the week answering questions from his own lawyers, and the federal government was clearly eager to get its chance to grill the politician in front of a jury.

Blagojevich said he was not asking for a Cabinet post in for naming a Candidate post to President Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat. The former Gov. of Illinois also said the quick dismissal of the idea of him in such a job was embarrassing

Secret FBI tapes made in 2008 recorded Blagojevich as he appeared to attempt to sell the Illinois Senate seat that would be vacated by Barack Obama. On Nov. 5, 2008, the day after Obama was elected president, Blagojevich was recorded telling an adviser, “I’ve got this thing and it’s [expletive] golden, and, uh, uh, I’m not just giving it up for [expletive] nothing.”

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Blagojevich openly ignored the advice of his three lawyers on multiple occasions during Thursday's proceedings. The judge said Blagojevich was essentially acting as “his own lawyer,” according to the paper.

The prosecution focused on pointing out inconsistencies in Blagojevich’s past statements, while trying to “expose the man the jury got to know over the last few days as someone who baldly lied to the public,” the Sun-Times reports.

The New York Times reports that prosecutors asked Mr. Blagojevich if he had planted a false article in a local newspaper regarding his pick for a U.S. Senate seat. Blagojevich said he had, but that this was a standard political move.

Hmm, Blago acting as his own lawyer? Not good.


St. Louis raised actress/comedian Niecy Nash jumped the broom last weekend to her hubby Jay Tucker wedding in a ceremony that took place at the Church Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California.

"It was a dream come true to be surrounded by family and friends as I married the most wonderful man," Nash told Life & Style. She stunned in an off-white strapless gown with a ruffled train. A flower and lace headband adorned her updo. She was supported by 10 bridesmaids who wore floor-length purple dresses, and singer and actress Cheryl Lee Ralph was Nash's matron of honor.

Nash and Tucker have been engaged since September 2010. They were surrounded by 200 friends and family members, including Sherri Shepherd of The View and Holly Robinson-Peete of The Talk.

If you want to watch the nuptials, Niecy Nash's Wedding Bash, a two-hour special, will air on TLC on June 4.


Doloth, Ill native and Emmy Award winning actress Jane Lynch was tapped to host this year’s Emmy Awards that is set to air on Fox Sept.18. Now the question is , Will Lynch conduct her hosting duties as herself, or as her humorously mean-spirited character Sue Sylvester on “Glee.” In unrelated Lynch newz, she has signed on to play Mother Superior in the upcoming film, :The Three Stooges.” (SEE A FEW PARAGRAPHS DOWN FO MORE INFO ON THIS FILM)

The social network beef between rapper Nelly and STL promoter Slim has gone viral. From reports, Nelly went on record of refuting the various tweets Slim tweeted about him about using cocaine and steroids and is having financial problems. Nelly accuses promoter Loose Cannon S.L.I.M as the source of the rumors.

“First, if you believe Slim was my manager, then this is pointless anyway. Second, don’t nothing go in this body but fish, chicken, turkey, protein, ROZAY, Ciroc, Remy and Budweiser! Third, I know some hoping that foreclosure statement is true, but I’m sorry, ‘epic fail!’ Anytime anyone in STL wanna match deeds or pinkslips. HOLLA! #FACTS,” read a tweet from Nelly.

All of this back and forth banter have resulted in a Twtter feud between the two. S.L.I.M. staunchly defends himself in the aftermath of the ugly war of words.

They acting like I started it, and I’m doing it for publicity, but this n—- is the one doing it for publicity,” S.L.I.M. says. “When is the last time Mediatakeout,, or any of them other sites talked about this n—-? I don’t need that n—- for nothing. So for him to act like I’m trippin’ off him or need him at the game and he wasn’t invited, that’s when
he went on his rant as a hater. So that’s why I defended myself.”

Slim alludes to his recent annual Celebrity Basketball game that was held last month at the Chaifetz Arena that centered around his 10th year promoting events in the St. Louis area.

Nelly and S.L.I.M. have collaborated in the past with the promoter hosting events for the rapper. That relationship has now soured pretty badly.

“This n—- tried to lie on me and said I was from Atlanta,” S.L.I.M. says. “Then he said I owe him some money. If you all want to know the truth, I have 100K for this n—- to take a lie detector test that I owe him money or that everything I said wasn’t true, except for the $14 part. “

Locally, radio station WHHL (104.1 FM) was added to the Nelly-Slim beef, the station has received some negative feedback in the social networksphere on their playing a particular song from Nelly then followed with a song by Slim. Radio personality Tony J addressed the beef on his show Thursday saying that the situation could have been handled better, talked over and that things need to get squashed before things get violent over the situation.

This is getting ugly. And all this stemmed from a claim that Slim owed Nelly money (and vice versa) and the Twitter beef starting after someone asked Nelly if he was participating in Slim’s B-Ball game. And now it has come to this. It would seem as though a breaking point is bound to happen and let’s hope the two of them can come together and hash out what they need to has and keep it forward. It isn’t a good look for neither gents.

Several ILLI MO natives are currently filming the upcoming movie version of “The Three Stooges.” Cast as Larry is Chicago , Illinois native and Emmy Award winning actor Sean Hayes and Doloth, Ill. native actress Jane Lynch who will play Mother Superior.


Just added to the film is Chicago native actress/singer Jennfier Hudson who will also play a nun.

The film, which is direcetd by the Farrelly Brothers will not be a biopic but three separate vignettes meshed into one movie. The film is currently filming in Atlanta will be in theatres in the summer of 2012.


The New York Post reported last week that Chicago native rap superstar Kanye West will be presenting fashion designer Phoebe Philo with the International Award at the CFDA Fashion Awards next Monday at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Philo is the Creative Director of French women's brand Celine. Yeezy dropped her name in 'Dark Fantasy,' the opening track to his 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' album, when he spit, "I'm just a Chi-Town n---- with a Nas Flow, and my chick in the new Phoebe Philo."

Chicago native singer Willie Taylor (ABOVE)of the multi-platinum group Day26 introduced his new artist hometown artist Avrey Smith on BET 106 & Park Wild Out Wednesday. Smith is the first artist to be released on Taylor’s label NOIVAK Music. On the show, Smith debuted his chart-topping iTunes single "Inked Up", during the live telecast.

Chicago native actress Marla Gibbs was a guest on The MoNique show this week.


St. Louis native Jeff Medolla is a contestant on this season of The Bachelorette. He is the masked man in the show It airs Mondays on ABC


Kanye West falls one spot to No.3 as a featured artist on Katy Perry’s former No. 1 single, “ET.” On the Hot 100. His solo single “All of the Lights,” holds at No. 7 on the Hip-Hop/R&B chart. Lupe Fiasco (PICTURED) falls three spots to No. 12 falling out of the Top 10 with his single, “The Show Goes On” on the Hot 100. He also debuts at No. 98 with “Out of My Head” feat. Trey Songz. The same song holds a second week at No. 27 on the Hip-Hop/R&B charts. R Kelly falls to two spots to No, 22 with ‘Love Letter’ on the Hip-Hop/R&B chart.


Beside the Nelly and Slim beef going on in the STl, the other big story was some of the St. Louis rams visiting tornado torn town Joplin, Mo. last Thursday. There were Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (PICTURED. Photo by Joplin Globe), offensive tackle Adam Goldberg, linebacker James Laurinatis, defensive end James Hall and center Jason Brown plus former Ram and New Orleans Saints tight end Ernie Conwell and DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association. They flew to Joplin and visited families staying in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center and Robert Ellis Young Gymnasium on the Missouri Southern campus. Then players and children reportedly went across the street to Fred G. Hughes Stadium where they threw the football around, posed for pictures and made public service announcements.


Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man early Friday morning in a parking lot in the 2700 block of Fall Avenue. Police reported the man was shot about 2:50 a.m. in a parking lot between a Lindell Bank and the nearby Imperial Palace nightclub, 2543 North Grand Boulevard. About the time of the shooting, police also received a call for an assault between a man and woman outside the club. However, police say it's unclear if the shooting and assault are connected.Police withheld the man's identity, and no other details about the killing were immediately available. Homicide detectives are investigating the incident

Rapper Plies was performing at the club at the time.


The American Idol auditions will make a stop in St. Louis June 25 at the ScottTrade Center.


Refunds are available for the May 27 2 Live Crew concert that was to take place at Heartnrealers on the Landing. It was canceleld.


The official Afterparty for the R Kelly concert at the Chaifetz Arena June 17 will be at Posh Nightclub. Superjam will be a Posh Nightclub


It has been reported that The Jill Scott Summer Block Party starring Jill Scott is coming to St. Louis August 4 (Venue TBD).

Opening for Scott will be Anthony Hamilton, and Mint Condition..............


DJ Jazzy Jeff will be on the 1s and2s and rapper Doug E. Fresh will host..

Rapper Lloyd Banks will perform June 9 at Club Amnesia.

The Official Superjam afterparty will be held at Posh late Sunday/early Monday June 12 and 13.


Pleasure P will perform at two separate shows in St. Louis. The first one is at Club Flava at Thursday, tonight for the official "Get U Wet" lingerie concert. Doors are at 11 p.m. Tony J hosts and DJ Krisstyle spins. The first 100 women get in for $5 before midnight if they text their name and age to 314-397-5908 before midnight. Then he will perform Saturday night at the Loft as part of his Concrete Rose Tour.



St. Louis native comedian Joe Torry (ABOVE) will host at his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi’s Centennial celebration with the comedy show titled Ques N Comedy at Gramton Auditorium at Howard university in Washington D.C. featuring comedians Bill Cosby, Steve Harvey and Rickey Smiley who are all members of the fraternity . Several Other comedians who are members of the fraternity are also on the bill including STL native Maurice G (BELOW). The event will take place July 28.

Comedian Loni Love will be at the Funny Bone at the Westport Plaza June 2-5.


-- Suite Soul Spot’s concert with Kindred the Family Soul, on June 16 at Old Rock House has been canceled.

New York native and current STL resident fashion stylist Ola will have a fashion show June 16 at Bar Louie. One of the featured models will be current Mr. Couture representative Marshawn Watson.

Amateur female MMA wrestler and model Ashley Salazaar is competing in Playboy's Miss Social June Contest. Winner will be announced on Friday morning at 10 am.
You can vote for her at

UPDATE: The voting is now closed and info on a winner has not yer been announced.

Salazaar also will be celebrating her b-day at Shivers Bar June 11.


Local bands can perform on the Budweiser Main Stage at this year's Fair St. Louis, thanks to a new music video contest. Three winners will be selected to perform July 2, July 3 and July 4 at Fair St. Louis. Unsigned bands are eligible. Submissions will be accepted now through 5 p.m. June 17, with the winners announced on June 24. Bands will be judged in three primary categories: original music content, energy and enthusiasm. Complete details, including contest rules and entry form, are available on the Fair Saint Louis website at


The Alton Parks and Recreation Department is up and running with its 2011 free summer concert series line-up. The concerts take place the third Thursday of the month beginning in June, and are at the Alton Riverfront Amphitheater.

Here's the rundown:

-- June 16, Think Floyd (Pink Floyd tribute recreating ""Dark Side of the Moon")

-- July 21, Kady and Andrea featuring Kady Malloy and Andrea Young

-- Aug. 18, Stone in Love (Journey tribute) and Contagious (Bon Jovi tribute)

-- Sept. 15, Shemekia Copeland

All shows begin at 7 p.m. Outside food and beverages are not allowed.


SyGU is taking its successful annual event TEESE to Washington D.C. during the 4t of July Weekend. Last wekeend Teese was held at The Old Rock House where reportedly over 500 people attended and over 200 not being able to attend due to the venue’s fire code.

Close To Famous will present its newest monthly networking event 'SOL' SUmmer SErieS :: EVERY 1ST SATURDAY @ EXO JUNE Edition starting June 4

Club Amnesia will Present The Best Damn Ladies Night (RED LIGHT DISTRICT) starting Sat. June 11.

STL Geminians BDAZEs Rapper Rucka Puff Rocka(PICTURED), radio personality Staci Static and event promoter Tobi Colls


The Grand Party to celebrate OUTTOWN;s 1,000th posting is set for Sat. June 25. Venue TBD.


The return of the stageplay SNAP HONEY will be held at the AT&T Multipurpose Room inside of the Missouri History Museum Sat. June 25. he preview list email To watch the teaser go to

MISTA COUTURE is now slated for Sat. Aug 20 at Carlton Hotel in NYC. Details TBD.

BLIND DISHZ, Which STL mover and shaker had a slip on the steps at Old Rock House during the Teese event last weekend?

HINT 1. It is not a male

HINT 2. They promote an ongoing event that gives STL artists a platform

HINT 3. Their last name is the same as a popular entertainer who started off in the music biz then switched to the movie biz.

PRO--MO--CIAL--I--CIOUS. Which STL movers and shakers got it in this week? GBassa D Acosta and Staci Static (TIE) and Phil Assets.

Gbassa D Acosta. (RIGHT)This sista is continuing to get hers in each week as one of the hosts of Winning Wednesdays, the music showcase that takes place at Europe Nightclub as her TV show Sexy N the STL films it for future broadcast. The show itself can be seen every Wednesday and Fridays on Carter and Fox 2 respectively (SEE ONGOINg BITZ)

Staci Static(FAR RIGHT). This hard working radio personality gets hers in every weekday on Hot 104.1. Outside of the radio gig she hosts two popular nites in the STL at the Junkyard Bar and Grill on Thursdays and a radio live remote from the Loft on Saturdays.

Phil Assets. This brotha is a continuing mainstay in this section as he continues his promotion as CEO of Liquid Assets. On Thursday, he had a special Everybody Free Thursday at club Amnesia, then on Friday, his group is co-promoting a concert with Yung Joc that will be held in Peoria, ILL. (SEE BITZ ABOVE), then on Sunday he is helping to promote rap trio June 5th’s b-day bash and Red Bottoms Search at Club Amnesia (SEE EVENTZ BELOW)


Here is a comparison for ya. STL promoter Mocha Latte (RIGHT)and reality show star Natalie Nunn(FAR RIGHT).

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

Why was Congressman Anthony Weiner trying to deny that the nude sexting pics were not him? And why were they taken in the first place? Why wasn’t nothing done after an STL girl got hit in the head with a crowbar? Why did Charlie Sheen make a threat to blow up the set of “Two and a Half Men?” And Why did Mediatakeout call Slim Nelly’s manager?


Plies performed June 2 at Imperial Palace

Novelty superstar "Weird" Al Yankovic returns to Family Arena with a show June 3.


The Masters of Funk are coming to the Ambassador June 3 with the Bar-Kays, Sugarfoot's Ohio Players and Slave

Award winning STL native dancer/choreographer Keith Tyrone Williams is directing a play entitled, The Ties that Bind, June 3 and 4 at Harris Stowe State University’s - Emerson Performance Hall.


Stress Free Fridays is celebrating its 7th year Anniversary this Friday at Over Under, on 9th and Washington starting at 5 p.m.


The ST Louis Alumni NUpes present Kappa Summer Kick Off this Friday at Exo.


The 2011 RFT Music Awards Showcase will take place June 4 in St. Louis downtown on Washington Avenue. For a schedule of events go to

STL comic and STL TV personality Lecia J. Rives is presenting her one woman show, “ Dreamin Outta My Mind” that will take place June 5 at the Grandel Theater in Grand Center, For more info ( )


STL basd rap trio June 5th is having a Birthday Bash and Red Bottoms Search

Sunday June 5th

Club Amnesia

1204 Washington

Some lucky woman will receive a pair of Christian Louboutin Red Bottom Shoes


Mr Gold Coast Continental

Monday, June 6 at 9:30pm - June 7 at 12:30pm

Location The Baton Show Lounge

436 North Clark Street

Chicago, IL So call or inbox Gold Coast now for tickets to see this prodigious group - Only for one night June 6th, 2011 (9:30pm) at The Baton Show Lounge.... Call Andre or Ray @ 773-875-1086

STL promoter Jackie Phillips will have her BOOK CLUB meeting TUESDAY JUNE 7TH @ URBAN EATS (3301 Meremac) 6PM...GREAT FOOD, FREE WIFI, FULL BAR, AND JUICE BAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Her showcase GOT LYRICS will be held the second Friday of the month at Exo.


JOB FAIR June 6 at Double Tree Hotel at Westport oplaza 11am to 2 p.m.

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



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


The Montford Pointe Marine
THRU - June 26, 2011

by Samm-Art Williams/ Directed by Ron Himes
The day of July 10th, 1993 marks a special moment for Robert Charles Wilson. 50 years ago he enlisted to become a Marine at Montford Point. He proudly served his country in WWII at Iwo Jima and after exiting the service trained as a classical opera singer. But his only shortcoming in life was separating from his wife, Gwen, when she refused to chase his dream of becoming a famous singer. With their only son R.C. in town to celebrate the anniversary of his father’s enlistment, this day brings a wave of memories back to Robert, along with a few unexpected turns in this World Premiere theatre event.For tickets go to




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