IT’S THAT TIME!!
TIME TO GET TOWNED!!!
The BIG A &E STORY THIS WEEK IS:
The 63 rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning and
Chicago resident and talk show maven Oprah Winfrey has decided that if you want to get the job done, you better do it yourself. The former daytime talkshow queen has named herself chief executive and chief creative officer of OWN, the cable network she launched in partnership with Discovery Communications. The announcement was made early Wednesday morning.
The move comes just over two months after Christina Norman was forced out as CEO of OWN in a management shake-up. Norman, who exited only four months after the channel made its debut, was OWN's third head since its formation was announced in 2008.
“I am ready to dedicate my full creative energy and focus as the full-time CEO of OWN," Winfrey said in a statement.
Since Norman left, Peter Liguori, the chief operating officer of Discovery Communications and a former top executive at Fox Broadcasting, had been serving as interim CEO.
Also taking top positions at OWN are two of Winfrey's trusted lieutenants. Erik Logan and Sheri Salata, currently presidents of Harpo Studios, Winfrey's production company, will now serve as presidents of OWN.
Looks like The O is about to change things around. We are sure it was difficult for her to manage both the daytime show and delegate duties to her network. Now the question is, will Ms. Norman come out with a tell-all. We doubt it. We are sure Oprah made sure their were clauses in the contracts for that never to happen.
Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All member Frank Ocean, Jigga's wife Beyonce Knowles, soul singer Otis Redding, Kanye's protege Mr. Hudson, and R&B/funk artist Curtis Mayfield are lined up as featured guests. Each of them lends their vocals in one song, except for Frank who is featured in two songs, "No Church in the Wild" and "Sweet Baby
A listening party for the effort has been held by Jigga last Thursday, July 7. To a handful of selected music journalists and two lucky fans, the rapper played the new songs from his laptop at the Mercer Hotel in New York. He reportedly banned any live tweeting during the event to prevent lyrics being leaked.
Reviews from the media are mostly positive. AllHipHop called the album "one of the most interesting pieces of Hip-Hop." The publication furthermore wrote that people "need to shed expectations and erase what they know" if they want to properly enjoy it.
"But, that is the beauty of Watch The Throne. Everybody won't love it and others will swear by it. It will be the topic of debates and hate. Through it all, it's very cool to see Hip-Hop artist evolving creatively. Fearlessly," it concluded.
The album has been made available for pre-order since July 4, and will be shipped to the customers across the United States a month later on August 2. The front page of the CD features a royal metallic gold artworkwith ornately-carved graphics which was designed by Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci.
"Watch the Throne" Tracklisting:
"No Church in the Wild" Ft. Frank Ocean
"Niggas in Paris"
"Otis" Ft. Otis Redding
"Gotta Have It"
;"Who Gon Stop Me"
"Murder to Excellence"
;"Welcome to the Jungle"
"Sweet Baby Jesus" Ft. Frank Ocean
"Why I Love You" Ft. Mr. Hudson
Bonus:"Illest Motherf**ker Alive"
"That's My B**ch"
"The Joy" Ft. Curtis Mayfield
Grammy Award winning
The house and its gated estate were constructed for Kelly 11 years ago. The house is 11,140 square feet, and features six full bathrooms, seven half-baths, and a four-car garage.
Now this is bizarre. First off, we would think the R could pay for the mansion in cash with all of the millions in royalties he has collected since 1991. We are going to assume that his business managers or whoever handles his business affairs slacked up on the mortgage payments. We can’t see The R actually going to a bank and writing out monthly checks or going online to take care of them. That’s what we’re assuming because June 2010 is a long time to not make a payment and still be in the house!+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
ADD: Afton, Mo native actorJohn Goodman has joined the cast of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close based off the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. The story centers around a ten year old boy named Oskar whose father dies in the September 11th attacks in New York. Struck with grief, Oskar finds a key to a lock box his father had and searches all through the city to find its location and any information pertaining to it. While on this quest, he runs into a bevy of characters who are all still dealing with post-9/11 trauma.
Goodman, who recentlyThe Hollywood Reporter wrapped up Kevin Smith‘s Sundance-bound Red State, will be inhabiting the role of a doorman at the apartment complex Oskar lives in, which sounds minor but according to the article, he is involved in a key part (exhuming Oskar’s dad’s coffin).
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close also stars Tom Hanks as Oskar’s father. Sandra Bullock is also signed on.
Emmy Award winning
Chicago native rapper Da Brat was recently interviewed on the Mo’ Nique Show talking her release from a two year prison sentence and her life changing experience from it. She also performed. In unrelated Brat newz, she just released a mixtape titled, “ Life After Death” , akin to the title of Notorius B.I.G;s 2007 CD. Assisting with the Brat is fellow Chicagoan Twista, Jadakiss, Brandon Hines and ,
St. Louis Cardinals Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman were the STLians who were chosen to play in Tuesday;s All Star Game for the National League art Chase Field in
Former St Louis Rams receiver and next month Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk (PICTURED --personal photo) was roasted and toasted last Saturday at a star studded gala that took place at Lumiere Theater inside Lumiere Place.
Titled "Countdown to Canton,” referencing to his NFL Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton Ohio, Aug 6, it was part of a celebration weekend that also included a RSVP invite celebration at Mandarin last Friday. Those celebrities who attended and participated in the roast were Hall of Famer and NFL commentator colleague Michael Irvin, former Rams teammates Aeneas Williams and Roland Williams his replacement Steven Jackson, former Rams coach Dick Vermeil, East St Louis native and Olympic champ Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Donald Penn from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; KMOX sports broadcaster Mike Claiborne Faulk's attorney Scott Rosenblum, Faulk's agent, Rocky Arceneaux. Martin Kilcoyne, sports director at KTVI (Channel 2), was the evening's emcee
Workers have been working around the clock this week to create a massive makeshift stage for the upcoming sold out U2 360 Tour that will take place at Busch Stadium. As soon as the Cards’ win over
There was a STL star studded tribute to late STL jazz singer Mae Wheeler Monday at Sheldon Concert Hall. Those who performed there were Denise Thimes, pianist Carolbeth True, Marsha Evans, The Tony Simmons Group featuring Cheryl Brown, Elvis impersonator Steve Davis, Bill Tucker, Jeanne Trevor, event organizers The Bosman Twins and Raplh Butler to name a few. Other performers who paid tribute included Gene Lynn, Wendy Gordon, Renee Smith Tre Bien.
HEC-TV is also available on Charter 989, U-verse 99 and is free on
From reports, firefighters say an electrical problem sparked a 1-alarm fire at the Fox Theatre Wednesday morning. It is unknown if the fire was inside or outside. No damage was reported.The theatre was heavily damaged a few months ago from a 3-alarm fire.
STL native and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chuck Berry will perform at Aug. 17 at his mainstay venue, Blueberry Hill's Duck Room. There, outside, in two weeks will be the dedication ceremony of the 8 foot statue made in his likeness that will be held July 29 and where
ADD: "GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC" Sun July 17, show time (doors open )
@ The Ambassador 9800 Halls Ferry Rd. St Louis Mo 63136
is also celebrating his 70th Birthday! Clinton
Deb Peterson of St Louis Post Dispatch reported that Emmy Award nominated actor and STL native Jon Hamm was spotted at Bar Louis in the Central West End Sunday to chill out a bit wile he was in town. There, he sat at the bar, in a full beard, unrecognized and asked the manager to turn on the Cardianls game and he sat there without anyone recognizing him. .
STL singer Kim Massie, who was scheduled to performed at Mae Wheeler;s tribute at The Sheldon on Monday, was involved in a car accident last weekend. From reports, she was not severely injured.
One of two grizzly bear brothers rescued in
Blues descendent John Lee Hooker Jr., and hip hop drummer DJ Questlove (of the Roots) is coming to the Gramophone , Aug. 11 and August 27 respectively.
Steve Arrington, the former lead singer of the 70’s/80’s R&B band Slave will perform at Lola’’s July 30.
The St Louis Chapter of Slutwalk will have its walk July 16 starting at at the 4200 block of Manchester Grove. SlutWalk started in Toronto in response to a police officer's statement that, in order to avoid being raped, women should "not dress like sluts." In short time, a couple thousand scantily clad women and supporters took to the street with the message that a person's body is their own and an individual's sexual behavior-- real or perceived-- is NOT grounds to treat them as a second-class citizen.
Better Family Life presents its annual PEACEFEST that will take place August 14 at St Vincent Park in St Charles Rock Road.
Two St Louis based film festival will take place four days apart from each other starting today, Thursday:
The first is
Co-presented by Cinema St. Louis, the Classic French Film Festival includes six movies featuring luminous star Catherine Deneuve(PICTURED), three directed by Jacques Demy and two by Francois Truffaut. The festival will take place at the Winifred Moore Auditorium,
PNC Bank DELUX Magazine will host DELUX Cares: Block Party for Cancer Awareness July 16 .located at 15th and Washington The non for profit DELUX Cares: Block Party is a 4 hour event filled with live music, food and drinks, celebrity appearances and a family friendly environment. It will be hosted by FOX2 News April Simpson!!!! The free event starts at
STL based singer Silky Sol is gearing back on the weekly showcase arena as she debuts her "Grown Ass" shows starting July 17 at the LION'S DEN BAR AND GRILL (formerly The 50th YARD LINE)12104 BELLEFONTAINE ROAD (AT PARKER ROAD) . Doors will open at and show starts at 5p.,. No cover charge
Neo SOUL ARTIST TERESA JENEE will perform THIS FRIDAY @ EXO!
Freetime co-promoter/founder and blog editor of Ashy to Classy Daryl Freirson won an award for Best Culture Blog at the 2011 Black Weblog Awards that had taken place in
Vanita Applebum Enterprises will host Tavis Smiley’s I Am Exhibit
Tuesday, July 19 ·
The owners/managers of I AM Boutique(Walt Johnson, Brooklyn, and Kim Trigg) are prepping for its grand opening o fits newest store RSVRD on Delmar near The Pageant. Details TBA
A Spoonful of Honey Theater Company presents
PEARL BAILEY...BY REQUEST STARRING ROZ AND GARY VINCENT Aug 26 starting at at the Lee Auditorium located at Missouri History Museum at Forest Park Call 314.598.6075
HENNESSY BLACK AND LIQUID ASSETS PRESENT INDUSTRY NIGHTS, an eight –week bartending competition where the weely winner wins $100 and advances to the next round to win the final round and $1,000. Each week industry night will also showcase an STL promoters, 2 models and waitress. It will begin Monday July 25 at Envy Nightclub For more info call (314)680-2775
STL CANCERians BDAZEs—Rapper/music exec Ali Jones (PICTURED), comedians Will C and Matt Collins, makeup artist Cynarra Rodriguez, loctician Erica Bennett, boutique co-manager Kim Trigg, business couple Danielle Kevin Mccoy and promoter Cris Creath
Lookin For Mr Couture
For more info call 618.719.3160.
Former beauty queen/talk show host Lesley Hunter and singer/actress Natalie Cole
BLIND PICZ. Who were these people who attended Friday Alternative at Lola’s last Friday?
BLIND DISHZ. Which STL mover and shaker had a recent falling out with the owner of a popular venue and stopped having ongoing events there?
Mover and Shaker
HINT #1--This person is a male
HINT #2--This person is also a performer
HINT #3--This person shares the same "initialed" name as a popular national recording jazz artist
HINT #1 The venue is in North County
HINT #2 The owner also owns a venue that carries their namesake.
PRO=MO=CIAL=I=CIOUS—Which STL movers and shakers are getting it in this week? Promoter Mocha Latte and promoter/model/Tv show producer GBassa D’Acosta (TIE) and Phil Assets and Lamar Harris aka DJ Nune (TIE)
Mocha Latte. (RIGHT) The lovely Queen of Promotions continues her reign this week as she hosted her created networking event the weekly Sistah Girl Tuesdays at The Loft and this Saturday, her Best Damned Ladies Night Period at Club Amnesia (SEE OUTGOING BITZ LINK BELOW).
G’ bassa D’ Ascosta. (FAR RIGHT) This lovely sista is also gaining momentum in this section as her TV show Sexy N the STL hosted and filmed the debut Sunday Night affair at Europe Nightclub entitled “Hawaiian Nites” and on Wednesday with Winning Wednesdays at the same club. Her show itself airs Wednesdays and repeat on Fridays on Charter Cable (SEE OUTGOING BITZ LINK BELOW) and she is currently featured in the July issue of Delux Magazine.
Lamar Harris aka DJ Nune (RIGHT) Coming off of spinning and playing horns at his weekly gig at the Absinthe Bar at Lola’;s last Friday at Freetime/SYGU/Soul Stylz weekly Frdiay Alternative , stalwart multi instrumentalist Lamar Harris, who’s dj moniker is DJ Nune, is about to debut his new nite there, Thursdays, with the music showcase Groove Theory starting this Thursday where vocalist and instrumentalist are featured. This week featured singer Cheri Evans. And of course, he spins again at Lola’s during the Alternative.
Phil Assets (Far RIGHT). Not a stranger to this section, this handsome brotha continues to get it in at Club Amnesia with his various nites including International Sundays. Look at Me Now Thursdays, and Red Light Special Saturdays. This past Monday, he debuted a his new nite, Monday with the Gentleman;s Happy Hour at Club Envy (SEE ONGOING BITZ link BELOW)
WORDZ TO THE WHYZ????????????????????????????????
Why is Casey Anthony shocked about the haters who think she got away with murder? Why do people say, "It's hot outside" when it is summer? Why did that lady cut her husband's penis off then ground it in the garbage disposal? Why did Dallas Cowboys player Roy Williams mail his fiance a very expensive engagement ring? And why did the fiance lie and said she lost it wen he wanted it back after he turned him down (Her father actually had it)? Why are they gonna have a Charlie Sheen roast on televised on the same nite Ashton Kutcher is supposed to debut in Sheens spot on Two and a Half Men?Why did Tom Joyner on his radio show call senior citizen's checks "old folks checks?" Why did DMX have drugs on him when he was set to get out of prison? Why wasnt Albert Pujols voted to be in the All Star Game? And why did Derek Jeter back out of being part of the All Star game week? And why didnt that guy ask for money after catching Jeter's historic home run ball?
OTHER EVENTZ THIS WEEK
STRESS FREE FRIDAYS visits (Friday, July 15th) one of the newest venues in Downtown St. Louis, Shula's 347 Grill, one of the newest venues in Downtown St. Louis, Shula's 347 Grill, located at 411 North 8th Street (at Locust) on the plaza level of the Roberts Tower, next door to The Mayfair Hotel...5pm start time.
Celebrate St. Louis featuring Bell Biv DeVoe
Friday, July 15 8:00p
at Soldiers Memorial Park, 1315, Market,
and on July 16
Gavin McGraw at 8 p.m.
For more info go to www.celebratestlouis.org
Veteran pop singer B.J. Thomas will perform July 15 and16 at the Argosy Casino
Men of Soul Tour with singers Lenny Williams and Glenn Jones. The event will take place July 15 at the Ambassador.
Dream Lover: A Salute to the Music of Bobby Darin," will be July 15, at the
I Am Art where the body is the canvasSaturday, July 16 ·
Aisle 1 Gallery
2627 Cherokee Street, St. Louis
Kid Rock with Sheryl Crow
Saturday, July 16 7:00p
at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater,
T Pro Duction presents
Independent Artist 2
July17 at 10 p.m at Blackmon's Plaza in downtown E St Louis
$10 fee to perform.
WELCOME TO HELL'S KITCHEN ARRIS BIG CANCER B-DAY BASH
Saturday at - July 17 at
U2's July 17 concert, the first for the new Busch Stadium will be the third musical act to perfom there . The first two were Dave Matthews Band with the Black Crowes and the Eagles with the Dixie Chicks.
ADD: New Kids on the Block and The Backstreet Boys July 19 at Scott Trade Center.
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