Thursday, July 7, 2011

OUT 1021--ILLI MO arts and ent BITZ (July 7-13)




On July 8, 2005, YOURS TRULY decided to publish a weekly blog to extend to my entertainment reporting after writing for print publications St Louis American, Flipside Newzine and the West End Word. 1,000 plus posts and thousands and thousands and thousands of pics and news stories later, OUTTOWN is one of the venerable blogs not just based in the St Louis area but across the United States. ABOVE is the very first pic that was taken for OUTTOWN of YOURS TRULY taking a pic with actress Dawnn Lewis at Joe Torry's Basketball Challenge Meet and Greet at the Airport Hilton that was posted on July 20, 2005.



Motion Picture Academy sources that Chicago talk show queen Oprah Winfrey is topping the list of candidates to host the 84th Oscars next February. In unrelated newz, Winfrey will teach a high school class called It's Life 101 to girls at a school she opened in South Africa.


St. Joseph, Mo native and Grammy/Oscar winning rapper Eminem became the first artist to sell over 1 million digital copies . He did it with his Grammy Award winning CD, “Recovery: that was released in 2010.

In unrelated Em newz,Rapper Eminem is inviting Facebook users to prove how "bad" or "evil" they can be with his new Facebook game.

The game , titled "Bad Meets Evil," is described as "a violent, sadistic, and brutal virtual world inspired by rap duo Bad Meets Evil."

In the game users "roam about a depraved virtual wasteland of Detroit populated with society's seedy outcasts, complete sinister missions, and engage in bloody, brutal battles to prove just how Bad or Evil they are."

The ultimate goal is to reach hell.

The game, Mashable reported, coincides with the recently released EP titled "Hell: The Sequel" that Eminem released with his hip-hop duo side project that includes Royce Da 5'9.

Chicagoans Kanye West and Jennifer Hudson were the ILLI MOians who performed at this year's Essence Music Festival in New Orleans during the Fourth of July weekend at the Louisiana Superdome. Hudson shared the main stage Friday with fellow Americal Idol contestant Fantasia Her set included her cover of the Michael Jackson tribute “I’ll Be There,” J-Hud brought out another former Idol contestant — her current backup singer, George Huff. Then Saturday night’s headliner, Kanye West, was essentially id decked out in a sporty white blazer. The Chicago MC arrived through the air via a cable-enabled lift before he got off and had a Rudyard Kipling-inspired moment and walked through the crowd to reach the stage for "Power."

From reports, West’s show was a mix of his Coachella set (in three acts) and his VMA performance (red suit) but with a nod to the Essence crowd, as he finished with a stirring musical testimony to his mother, "Hey Mama."

"It feels so good to be back home," 'Ye told the audience – not unlike Blige, preaching the power of healing. "When I say home, I mean my people. I travel the world. I been around the world. I got into a little trouble. A little controversy here and there. But before I go any further in the show, I wanna thank you for coming out and still supporting me."

Grammy Award winning and Chicago native Chaka Khan is facing legal action over missed payments on a rental home in New Jersey. Khan and her manager Tammy McCrary signed a contract to lease a mansion in Watchung for two weeks during the month of June. However, landlord Maryse Selit claims Khan left town after the first week without paying for the rest of the stay, causing the property agent to miss out on other business.


Sixteen days after fracturing a bone in his left wrist, three-time National League MVP Albert Pujols returned to the Cardinals' active roster Tuesday, cleared by the team's doctor to resume his duties as first baseman on the first day he was eligible to come off the disabled list. La Russa didn't start Pujols after what the manager called a "rigorous workout" on Tuesday and said he didn't find the appropriate time to use him in an 8-1 victory against the Reds.

When the fracture on the wrist-end tip of Pujols' radius bone was discovered on June 20, the team announced that his recovery would be at least four weeks and possibly more than six. Pujols was expected to be in a soft cast for four weeks. Tuesday's return means he was ready to play two weeks before he was originally scheduled to pick up a bat for the first time.

Hmmm, Pujols has healed very quickly. Speculations are definitely running as to his healing process as well as the speedy recovery efforts to keep his hanging free agency next season still up for grabs.


Due to the weather conditions in the St. Louis metropolitan area, Fair St. Louis announced the cancellation of the July 3rd' Maroon 5 concert and the US Bank/Enterprise fireworks. All other activities were likewise canceled.

Bob Schenk, spokesman for Fair St. Louis reportedly explains, “It was gut-wrenching. There were people in tears and I'm talking about Fair St. Louis staff. We spend a year putting this on, but ultimately you have to be realistic and look at the Archgrounds, the water, the equipment.”

It's safety first, according to Schenk. Canceling the show obviously disappoints fans, but it also cuts into the bottom line, “Most immediately, it impacts the vendors. They look for a good portion of their sales at the concerts.”

But fair organizers are quick to point out there was far more sunshine than rain over the long holiday weekend.

The crowds were strong, though the fair doesn't release official numbers. Schenk points out the other activities that Mother Nature did not tinker with went off without a hitch, “We look at the entire event, from the Steve Miller Band to Montgomery Gentry to the fireworks and air show; net it was a wonderful weekend in downtown St. Louis.”

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and Tonight Show Jay Leno will headline the grand reopening of the Peabody Opera House with a gala event Oct. 1.The evening is titled "An Encore 77 t Show Years in the Making."

Other special guests from the venue's past, present and future will be in the house as well.

Rockers Eddie Vedder and Elvis Costello were in St Louis July 1 and performed at separate venues The Fox and The Pageant respectively. But much to the Pageant fans surprise, Vedder showed up at Costello's set to perform an impromptu performance of the song, “Substitute” before Vedder went to the Fox Theatre. (photo by Jon Gitchoff of RFT)

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Isley Brothers, El Debarge Keith Sweat and After 7. will perform at the Chaifetz at Sept 17. Tickets go on sale Friday

Grammy Award winning Gospel star Yolanda Adams has been added to the entertainment lineup for the Missouri Black Expo, taking place Aug. 18-21 at the America's Center.Johnny Gill has also been announced.

Many more Missouri Black Expo artist names will roll out gradually, much of it through social networking. This year's theme is "A 20 Year Celebration of Hope."

Get more information at

Miguel performed at Imperial Lounge Monday

Singer Tony Terry was dropped from Men of Soul Tour and singer Lenny Williams (PICTURED)was added along with formerly scheduled singer Glenn Jones. The event will take place July 15 at the Ambassador.


Award winning author Sapphire will sign and discuss her latest novel The Kids, the sequel to the best selling “Push” 7 p.m. July 13 at Christ Church Cathedral (1210 Locust). For more information, visit


PJ Morton, the midlevel act with Maroon 5,had to cancel his set July 3 at Fair St Louis due to the heavy rains but Morton performed an impromptu set at Lola's later that nite.

NYC native/STL based stylist Ola will have a launch of her own veggie roll, The Ola Roll July 20 at San Sai Grill located at 208 N 9th Street. Proceeds from the sales will go to various charities. Also there will be auditions for Mr Couture (SEE MA’AT BITZ BELOW)


STL native gospel rapper P Dub will have a private listening party for his CD, “The Turning Point”, this Thursday at 7 p.m at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar. Doors at 6 p.m.


Sixteen semifinalists were chosen June 25 and 26 at Dreamcatchers contest at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room. They were:

1. Pendemic

2. Jezebel

3. Kidd Dijah

4. Drizzel Mandella

5. Braz

6. Nite Owl (PICTURED)

7. Erin Shanks

8. Pershard Owens

9. Amberr Easley

10. Grayling Johnson

11. Lauren Brown

They will compete Sat July 23rd & Sun July 24th at Blueberry Hill in The Duck Room Hosted by Tammie Holland & Special Guest* STL-TV will be taping*

* 4 Finalist will be announced Monday July 25th

Phase 3

* Finalist will be announced Monday July 25th and win $5,000.and studio time.

The finalist will compete-TBD at The Pageant



STL’s LastNight's Vice was forced to cancel their opening for Maroon Five on July .at Fair St Louis because of the heavy rains.


STL MOVE ONS Elitism Magazine editor in chief Joe Jennings is moving to Atlanta and dee-jay Doc Love has moved back to his hometown of Chicago

STL CANCERian B-DAZES—comedian Arvin Micthell (PICTURED), TV personality Gilberto Pinella, TV producer Andre Holman, internet radio owner Patrick Gallagher, club owner Morris Lewis, poet Starlite and YOURS TRULY, Ma'at Atkins


STL Fitness trainer Donta Wade (RIGHT)and rapper Treach(FAR RIGHT)


Which STL native comedian got knocked out by a well known former football player after his routine set for talking badly about his fiance during at Hollywood nightclub recently?

The comedian:

Hint 1—This is a male

Hint 2—This comedian first film was a spoof on a specific genre of films

Hint 3-This person goes by a nickname that is also part of the title a popular 1990s rap classic

The football player

Hint 1: This player retired recently

Hint 2: This player had a sitcom that was canceled as soon as it aired last season

Hint 3:His fiance was the former wife to a popular comedian.

PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS—Which STL movers and shakers got it in this week? Promoters Mocha Latte and The Men of Hella Fly Promotions (King Kerry and Dano Johnson)

Mocha Latte. This sista is gettin it in again with her hosting duties at the weekly Sistah Girl Tuesdays at The Loft, Got Lyrics this 2nd Friday at Exo and the weekly The Best Damned Ladies Night Period at Club Amnesia (SEE OUTGOING BITZ)

King Kerry and Dano Johnson. This swagga duo is continuing its promotion weight again this week co-promoting the Shawty Lo concert this Thursday at Imperial Palace (SEE EVENTZ BELOW), and the weekly Forever Young Fridays at The Broadway and Sexy as You Wanna Be Sundays at The Loft (SEE OUTGOING BITZ FOR BOTH EVENTZ)


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

Why are people so up in arms that Casey Anthony got off from murder? And Why are people trying to compare the case to OJ's trial? Why do customer service people ask "Do you mind if I put you on hold? Why is Tom Joyner blaming Tavis Smiley and Cornell West for setting the tone for journalist Mike Halperin to call Obama a "dick?" Why was Del Taco on the chopping blocks in the first place? Why are there so many male celebs' bathroom pics posing in the mirror half nude gets scooped on MediaTakout? And why are folk planking?




Sub Zero Vodka Bar

306 N Euclid Ave

Hello All. I am setting up a get together to celebrate---ME! LOL. My bday is July 6 and my blog OUTTOWN's 6th year bday is July 8 and I would like to celebrate with my 3 F's-- friends, family and fans. Arrive no later than 9p so the booth is still active. Let's pack it!


HEY COUTURIAN GENTS if you got style and you think you got game, MR COUTURE 3 is coming up in August in St Louis and we are seeking gents of all ages who got style. The winner will get to walk in NEW YORK Fall Fashion Week in September.. Auditions will be July 20 at the San Sai Grill located at 208 N 9th Street in downtown St Louis. From 6pm to 10 p.m. To submit send a recent pic, stats and contact info to or bring to the audition



HELLA FLY PROMOTIONS & BLACK VIZION PRESENTS..................​."SHAWTY LO" Aka Mr. Hello...I'm I'm I'm Da Man Got No Wife But The White Be My Girl friend......LIVE IN CONCERT.........Thursday July 7th @ The Imperial Palace........This Will Be A Big Party For All The CANCERS.......Doors Open Up @ 9pm..... For More Info Or If U Wanna Open Up Contact Dano 314)685-0500 Or Call 314)920-3679 asap....


Stress Free Fridays this Friday, July 8th will be at Area Code Bar & Grill, located at 10070 Natural Bridge Road, down the street from Denny's on the left hand side of the street in the strip mall...Highway 70 is to the right!

Former St Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk will be roasted and toasted before being inducted in the NFL Hall of Fame July 9 at the Lumiere Theatre in Lumiere Place. Guests invited include Dick Vermeil, Michael Irving, Jackie Joyner Kersee and more. FOX-2's Martin Kilcoyne will serve as master of ceremonies

Singer Natasha Bedingfield is performing at the Old Rock House, along with Cadaver Dogs & the Up All Nights. July 9 SOLD OUT






6:30PM - 10 PM





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