ITS THAT TIME AGAIN!!
TIME TO GET TOWNED!!!
We continue our celebration of Black Music Month celebrating
This week we highlight Wendell B
Wendell B is a singer/producer who started off singing gospel at the age of 5 joining the gospel group Sensational Wonders. Throughout the 1980s onward he has traveled singing in
To peep out his talent go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sCxiLIBx6Y
THE BIG A&E STORY THIS WEEK IS
The complete video for West's "Monster" from the disc "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" has hit his website after portions were leaked in December. It also features Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross, though these music industry heavyweights are not what is generating buzz.
It's all those dead bodies lying and literally hanging around.
This perhaps should be expected when the video starts off with a disclaimer. "The following content is in no way to be interpreted as misogynistic or negative towards any groups of people. It is an art piece and it shall be taken as such."
The song then goes into lines like "are you willing to sacrifice your life?" and "I'm a monster no good blood sucker" as a dead model hangs on a noose.
There is also dismembered female heads, including one toted about by West. Two of the dead models can be seen in West's bed as he positions them for what could be an implied threesome.
Not to be left out, Ross holds a chainsaw with a dead body behind him. An evil Minaj dresses in S&M gear while torturing a good version of herself. A couple of zombies feast on the insides of a blood-spattered corpse.
This could very well be a homage to horror movies like "Night of the Living Dead" with the scenes of gore traveling along at the speed of rap.
Hmm, anytime you put a disclaimer at the beginning of anything, it is going to have the exact effect that you dont want to happen. But with Ye, he is a walking disclaimer. LOL
In other Ye newz, he is developing a line of clothing for men and women, a source has informed the Telegraph. It looks like Ye has set up a studio in
The source added that the line may be ready to hit runways as early as September.
Country duo Sugarland sang an emotional version of its song "Stand Up" on the CMT Music Awards that aired Wednesday on the CMT Network that was dedicated to the The Gilberts, a family from Joplin, Mo., who was in attendance waving flags in the crowd. Their home was devastated by a tornado last month.
Closing arguments started Wednesday in the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich after his lawyers wrapped up his defense and are expected to make their closing arguments today,. Thursday. On the stand, Blagojevich repeatedly denied abusing his official powers by demanding fundraising in a pay-to-play scheme for state action, the Chicago Times reported. Blagojevich faces a trial on 20 federal charges, including allegations he tried to peddle Obama's Senate seat for campaign cash or a high-level job. A jury last summer convicted Blagojevich on one count of lying to the FBI and deadlocked on 23 others.
So do you think he will be guilty on all counts?
Talk show mogul OPRAH Winfrey is being sought for a guest starring role on Parks and Recreation. The media mogul — who quit her long running chatshow after 25 years last month — is the first choice for actor Nick Offerman (PICTURED)to play his onscreen character Ron Swanson’s former wife Tammy in the TV show because he thinks she is the only person “intimidating enough” to take on Ron’s second wife, also called Tammy and played by Megan Mullally.
“We’re going to find out who Ron’s first ex-wife Tammy is, and I’m excited to find out why Tammy Two is scared s**tless of Tammy,” he said.
“We’re trying to start a campaign to get Oprah to play Tammy One. I think Oprah would be the only, she’s the only person we can think of that might be intimidating to Megan Mullally. It would be so good.”
“There’s all kinds of ideas being thrown around. I can assure you if it’s not Oprah, I will quit,” he joked.
In other Oprah newz, she will definitely appear at The Cable Show
The Cable Show 2011, NCTA's 60th Annual Convention and International Exposition, takes place June 14-16 at
MSN is reporting that singer/actress Jennifer Hudson will write a tell-all chronicling her weight-loss journey. After dropping nearly 80 pounds to date, the entertainer will take time to write the book which is scheduled for release in January 2012. According to a press release from the book's publishing company, Dutton, on USAToday.com, "the book ... will chronicle Hudson's experience growing up in an environment where healthy living was not a priority, to dealing with talk of her weight as she competed on American Idol and won her first Oscar, to her eventual decision to get healthy after the birth of her son (David, 22 months) and her success losing weight with the help of Weight Watchers.
Lets hope she can keep it off cuz you know the haters are waiting for her to start gaining.
Legendary singer and Chitown native Chaka Khan is making newz these days with her music. For starters,. It was reported that the Grammy Award winning songstress is about to do a duets album and one of her potential duet partners is Aerosmith frontman and American Idol judge Steven Tyler.
According to Billboard she and Steven Tyler met at a party thrown by Elton John and "literally just clicked." She says, "We both wanted to sing together. We said, 'Let's do a mutual song, by, you know, a neutral band -- a band that we both love,' and we both love Zeppelin." The two artists haven't chosen the song yet, but it'll appear on an upcoming album of duets that Chaka plans to release.
Khan's got some other tricks up her sleeve -- a potential collaboration with St. Louis born singer/ producer Akon
In addition to that project, Chaka is also performing at a Joni Mitchell tribute concert August 17th at the Hollywood Bowl. On June 16th, she'll receive a special award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala in
Two days later, she will be one of the performers at the first annual Blue Note Jazz Festival and will be taking the stage at BB King's on June 18 as apart of the festivities. Then in July, she will be one of entertainers at this year’s Essence Music Fstival during the 4th of July Weekend on July 2 and will impact the lives of 50 women, ages 18-35, from the greater New Orleans area through her Chaka Khan's The Chaka Khan Foundation in conjunction with the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies and the 2011 ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL. The results-oriented program will provide a structured way for each woman to reach her goals; carried out with the help of community partners, agencies, and mentors.
Jazz performers Cassandra Wilson and Roy Hargrove will headline the 33rd Annual Chicago Jazz festival that takes place Sept 1-4.
ILLI MO REALITY
ILLI MO CHARTZ
Kanye West holds for a second week at No. 3 as a featured artist on Katy Perry's former No. 1 smash "E.T" on the Billboard Hot 100. His solo hit, "All of the Lights" still reigns in the Top 10 of the Hip-Hop/R&B charts falling one spot to No. 8. Lupe Fiasco rebounds into the Top 10 of the Hot 100 as his 2nd Top 10 hit, "The Show Goes On": moves up three spots to No. 9 its highest peak (from its first peak at No 10) . His second single off his CD, "LAsers" "Out of my Head" feat. Trey Songz moves up 11 spots to No 87 on the Hot 100 and falls one spot to No 28 on the HIp Hop /R&b charts but still holding on to its bullet. Jerimih falls one spot to No. 18 with is former Top 10 hit, "Down On Me" feat 50 Cent entering its 30th week on that chart and falls three spots to No. 21 on the Hip-Hop /R&B charts holding on for 34 weeks on that chart. Lastly, R Kelly rebounds three spots to No. 19 on the Hip-Hop/R&B charts.
Albert Pujols went 3 for 4 with four RBIs and three runs scored and his home run in the bottom of the 12th gave the Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Cubs last weekend. Then Pujols hit a walk-off home run against the Cubs for the second consecutive day on Sunday. These games were the only multiple extra base hits for Pujols’ of the season
Francis Howell pitcher Brett Graves was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday.
Country legend Willie Nelson headlines concert in
The mtvU VMA Tour comes to Six Flags St. Louis with a show on Aug. 1 featuring Mike Posner
A capella group Committed, the winners of the latest season of NBC's "The Sing-Off," will perform at 8 p.m. June 23 at the Old Rock House.
Hip Hop Legend and member of Brand Nubian Sadat X is coming to The Gramophone! Lyfestyle, Nato Caliph, DJ Crucial and other surprise guests will open the show. June 9
Rapper Yung Dro will perform at The Venue June 12
ADD: Nelly's manager Tony T Luv Davis is producing a music competition show along with STL TV called "Dreamcatchers" where STLians can audition to be on the show and win up to $5,000. .The auditions will take place at Blueberry Hill June 25 and 26 For more info on being a contestant on the show go to http://www.dreamcatchersstl.com
In unrelated T Luv newz, we heard that he and his wife celebrated their 10 year wedding annivisary last Thursday at The Mandarin with family ,colleagues and friends.
Steve Harvey Morning Show personality Sheryl Strawberry coming to
Two media personalities at Fox 2 news have moved on. First, sports news personality Rob Desir is no longer a reporter on Fox 2 . From a source he left to pursue other opportunities. We didnt get the specifics as for what caused the departure but he is still residing in St Louis. Desir joined Fox 2 in 2002. Also, John Brown, who was a news anchor and reporter and host of his own show Mindset on KTRS is moving to Florida next week.
The Riverfront Times had its annual Music Showcase last week. This year it was held at various venues on
The 16th annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival, comprising 14 narrative and dcoumentary features, runs June 12-16 at Plaza FrontenacFor more info on the fest, go to website of the Jewish Commnity Center.
ADD: The 2011 Slumfest, St Louis' underground music festival will take place June 18 at the Atomic Cowboy. For more info go to www.slumfest.com or call 314.775.0775
Long running alternative lifestyle club The Complex is closing its doors June 22 .
Also, long time coffeeshop Brandt’s Café has closed shop.
ST Louis native author Susan Rava has been talking about her memoir "Swimming Solo" (Plateau Books, 310 pages, $14.95) for a few months. But she's still finding receptive audiences for her account of caring for her parents and her husband's parents, who lost their memories to Alzheimer's disease. Rava will be at Clayton Oasis talking about her book on June 1
Tendai Morris and the A-List Band was featured on Fox 2 this mroning getting interveiwed about their show June 26 at Quintissentials in Saint Charles and they also performed. To peep the video go to
Rapper /producer Rucka Puff Rocka will have a video shoot for his single, :Turkey Ham”: June 11 at various locations in the St Louis area including club Mansion and club Fitnes son Delmar starting at 2 p.m. He also was live on Hot 104. 1 Wednesday night taking about his upcoming project
Queen of STL Promotions Mocha Latte will be hosting the weekly Best Damn Ladies Night Period starting this Saturday. Then the party will morph to Liquid Assets new weekly party event RED LIGHT DISTRICT . She will also debutister Girl Tuesdays at the Loft starting June 14
The newly built Hotel Ignacio, a boutique hotel opened its doors last weekend. It is located in midtown area of
Speaking of Ignacio there was a slight snafu there in regards to longtime monthly networking event 1stFridays having its party there last Friday. For some reason, the vent was cancelled at the last minute and the cause being some unforseen matter that occurred at the hotel. Another snafu occurred last Wednesday during promoter Soul U's relaunching of its weekly Soulstages Summer Edition at the Inspot Dessert Lounge as the venue had closed temporarily due to the power going out.
Rockhouse ENT artist/producer Vega is having several going away events this weekend., On Friday, he will be part of is going away concert at a special Loop Live at Cicero's in the Delmar Loop, then there will be going away parties for him at Club Amensia during The Best Damn Ladies Night and at Hella Fly and Rockhouse Ent's Sexy As You Wanna Be Sundays at The Loft
The 2nd Annual Divas of da Lou which features STL based female singers and rappers took place Saturday at the Ambassador+++++++++++
STL area poets X Blu Reign (RIGHT) and Aireez Da Rychuss (FAR RIGHT) will participate in the 2nd Annual National Poetry Awards that will take place Aug 19-20 in Dallas , Tx. Reign will co-host and Darychuss will one of several poets performing.
Speaking of poets, Floorsmoor, Ill native Songbird will perform Urban Poetry this Friday at Legacy Books and Cafe.
HELP BITZ SPOTLIGHT
Life Empowerment Ministries is raising money for its Sunset Concerts –a 6-week gospel showcase of diff. genre of gospel music Sunday from 6p-8p-Alton Amphitheater Each Sunday artist(s) frm the StL Metro area will b featured,LeAndria Johnson-BET Sunday’s Best & Award winning Antonio Neal.We anticipate a gr8 move of God but need ur support Donate Now- www.leo-ministries.org, click Donate Today (any $) Whatever u can to help make this event possible. For more info go to www.leo-ministries.org
STL GENINIans BDAZE--Former NBA player Anthony Bonner(PICTURED), STL representative Kacie Starr Tripplett, former STL radio personality Marc Clarke, photographer Suzy Gorman, model Ashley Salazaar, former STL fashion stylist Keith Underwood, blogger Lisa Rose, singer Deandre Perryman, journalist Kenya Vaughn, visual artist Chery Gunnell, fashion designer Demetrius Easley, and fashion show producer Bronica Richardson,
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
MISTA COUTURE is now slated for Sat. Aug 20 at Carlton Hotel in NYC. Details TBD.
LOOK LIXE. This week we got these look alikes. STL model/promoter Sarah Bryant (FAR LEFT) looks like singer/actress Telma Hopkins.
BLIND DISHZ. Which two popular STL based artists were no shows at RFT MUsic Showcase last weekend?
HINT 1. They are on the same entertainment roster.
HINT 2. One is a male artist who had a big regional hit who's last name "represents ones age."
HINT 3. One is a female artist who appeared on a nationally televised contest who has a political bloodline in the STL.
PRO-MO-CIAL-I-COUS. Which STL movers and shakers are gettin it in this week? Promoter Mocha Latte and singer Coco Soul (TIE) and promoter Phil Assets and rapper/producer Rucka Puff Rocka (TIE)
Mocha Latte (RIGHt). This lively sista continue to get it in and this week is no excpetion. Dubbed the Queen of Promotuions, she will be hosting two events under her creation. First, her monthly poetry showcase Got Lyrics will take place this Friday at The Loft. Second, she will host the return of the Best Damned Ladies Night Period that will debut at its newest venue Club Amnesia this Saturday. (SEE MOCHA's CORNER BELOW)
Coco Soul. This talented sista who was spotlighted last week on OUTTOWN's Black Music Month section gets it in these days fronting Soul Alliance and performing on ocassion at Lola's. This weekend, she and the band will be featured at The Jazz at The Bistro where she and the band will do two shows each night. (SEE EVENT BITZ BELOW)
Phil Assets(FAR LEFT). This swagged out brotha of Liquid Assets continue shis reign in this section. This weekend, he debuts several new networking evenst at his stomping ground, Club Amnesia. On Thursday, he hosts rapper Lloyd Banks who will perform in celebration of model Mika Sha's website. On Saturday is the debut of The Red Light District following The Best Damned Ladies Night Period. Then on Sunday, debuting International Night (SEE EVENT BITZ BELOW)
Rucka Puff Rocka. This animated rapper has been on the grind since 2004 with his performance antics and streetwise rap vibe. Coming off his annual music summit at The Broadway Club and filming parts of his newest video, "Turkey and Ham" on 300 Studios located at Macklind and Kingshighway. Wednesday nite, he was a guest on Hot 104 1 WHHL radio station and he returns shooting his video this Saturday at various areas in St Louis including club Fitness on Delmar and the ClubMansion. He also will perform on the Mixtape stage at Superjam 4 at Verizon Wireless this Sunday.
WORDZ TO THE WHYZ???????????????????
Why did Patti Labelle direct her bodyguards to beat up a scrawny boy to a bloody pulp who she thought was about to mess with her luggage while waiting by the curb to get into her limo? Why was Ludacris a guest performer on the CMT Awards? Why is teh media focusing so much on NYC Represnetative Anthony Weiner? Why did Rib Desir leave Fox 2 news? Why did Kanye West say that rapper Big Sean is what Beyonce is to R&B? And why is Beyince;s record company relaseing her new CD two weeks early? Why did actress Reese Witherspoon dog women who make it on reality shows during her Legacy Award at the MTV Movie Awards? And Why is University City Loop becoming thug nation these days?
EVENTZ THIS WEEK
EVENTZ THIS WEEK
Cost: Adult: $8; Senior/Student/Military/Tour Groups: $5; Children 6-12: $5; Children 5 and younger: Free http://www.mohistory.org/node/4592
An Evening of One Acts,” four short plays directed by three Florissant Valley faculty members, takes the stage at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley’s Terry M. Fischer Theatre June 9, 10*, 11 at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. June 12. The campus is located at
The featured plays are as follows:
"Arizona Anniversaries" by John Bishop is directed by Chris Stephens. Loneliness and death sure do have a knack for bringing people together. Thirty-something David tells the story of the birthday he spent in
“ (Open all Night)” by Bob Krakower is directed by Chris Stephens. In a diner, a waiter and a salty regular customer try to encourage a pair of early-morning diner patrons who are clearly destined to meet and fall in love. This play is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
“For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” by Christopher Durang is directed by Daniel Betzler. In this parody of The Glass Menagerie, the fading Southern belle, Amanda, tries to prepare her hyper-sensitive, hypochondriac son, Lawrence, for "the feminine caller." Terrified of people, Lawrence plays with his collection of glass cocktail stirrers. Ginny, the feminine caller, is hard of hearing and overbearingly friendly. Brother Tom wants to go the movies, where he keeps meeting sailors who need to be put up in his room. Amanda tries to face everything with "charm and vivacity," but sometimes she just wants to hit somebody. This play is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
“Fathers and Other Strangers” by Jeff Stetson is directed by Renee Thomas Woods. This play is a compelling story about the sensitive and complex relationship between fathers and their children and captures the frustration that festers at the very soul of fathers and their sons when issues go unresolved. It also demonstrates how racism, violence and lack of communication threaten the bond between fathers and sons or strangers who become father-like figures. These issues are examined from the standpoint of psychiatry. These dates mark the St. Louis premiere of “Fathers and Other Strangers.” This play is produced by special arrangement with Jeff Stetson.
Admission is free and all performances are open to the public. For more information, call 314-513-4488. Special accommodations are available for persons with disabilities by calling 314-513-4477. Children 10 years of age and older, are welcome to this production.
LLOYD BANKS LIVE June 9 at Club Amnesia. FREE til 10:30 p.m.
STRESS FREE FRIDAYS will be held at HERBIE'S Vintage 72
Risky Business Launch party at Club Amnesia with shley Salazaar who is loking for women to be in Playboy Fashion Show June 24
LOOP LIVE IS BACK ON FRIDAY JUNE 10TH @
SUPER SMOOOTH PROMOTIONS AND HELLA FLY PROMOTION HAS TEAMED UP TO BRING YOU " TATTED UP" LADIES AND FELLAS WEAR SOMETHING BARING YOUR SEXIEST, AND MOST CREATIVE TATTOOS. At The Broadway 10p.,m.
Bruce Hornsby June 10 at The Pageant
Singer Coco Soul will perform at Jazz at the Bostro for two sets on June 10 and 11 8p and 10p. $20 $10 with Stduent ID 534-1111
Sunday Social will be atThe Over/Under Bar & Grill 911 Washington AvenueAttire: Cocktail Chic$10 Entry Fee After 4p.m.
(Complimentary entry w/R.S.V.P. to email@example.com AND ARRIVAL BEFORE 4PM)
Live Jazz by The Mixed Knuts featuring vocals by our hostess and American Idol finalist Ms. Sineta Roker.
Music by DJ Charlie Chan
Hot 104.1 presents Superjam 4 at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre 6p to midnite starring Ludacris, Wacka Flocka, Keri Hilson and Wiz Khalifa. Several STL acts also will perform during the Mixtape segment
Club Amnesia is GoiNG INTERNATIONAL!
Help us debut our first international night Sunday June 12. presented by Liquid assets
Ladies are free!!!
The hotest International Dj's wit the lattest music, Top 40s, Hip Hop, Bachata, techno, trance, merengue, reaggeaton! #DIVERSITY! Black, white, latin, asian, european, everybody is invited!-
Salsa Lessons from 9-10
Discounts on Buckets of Beer for Early Arrivals
Hosted by Cynthia, Dayana and Celeste
Dj Jose, Dj Coro and Dj 305
for more information and bottle service call (314)680-2775
The Official Superjam afterparty will be held at Posh late Sunday/early Monday June 12 and 13.
MOCHA's CORNERHer showcase GOT LYRICS will be held the this Friday June 10, the second Friday of the month at Exo
Mocha will host Sistah Girl Tuesdays at The Loft starting June 14.
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.
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
For more info on these items, contact Miss Latte at firstname.lastname@example.org
A,.D will one of several poets who will perform at the 2nd Annual national Poetry Awards that will take place Aug 19 and 20 in Dallas Tx.
We will perform at the Inspot Dessert Lounge
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 on
The Montford Pointe Marine
June 26, 2011
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