Thursday, August 4, 2011

OUT 1032--ILLI MO arts and ent BITZ (August 4-10)




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President Barack Obama had two public addresses broadcast this week regarding the debt ceiling debate one was Sunday night on an emergency deal to avoid to avert the nation’s first-ever financial default. The arrangement would cut more than $2 trillion from federal spending over a decade as the president said at the White House, relaying the news to the nation and to financial markets around the world. He thanked the leaders of both parties.
(House Speaker John Boehner reportedly telephoned Obama at mid-evening to say the agreement had been struck, officials said).and the other was on the day the bill passed the Senate on the deadline of the supposed breakdown of government, Tuesday August 2. President Obama’s appearance in the Rose Garden on Tuesday seemed like the end of a storm. He announced that the Senate had passed the deal he brokered with congressional leaders, thanked the American people for “keeping up the pressure” on Congress, and said that the important work to be done after the August recess was to create jobs.

To all those caught up in the frenzy of the debt-ceiling fight in Washington these past few weeks, it seemed like a moment of relief. But it was only the eye of the storm, the “first step,” as Obama called it.

“I've said it before. I will say it again. We can't balance the budget on the backs of the very people who have borne the biggest brunt of this recession,” Obama said at the podium, repeating his words of a week or two ago, before he conceded to a deal that did not immediately raise revenues. “Since you can’t close the deficit with just spending cuts, we’ll need a balanced approach where everything’s on the table.”

“Everyone has to chip in. It’s only fair. That’s the principle I’ll be fighting for during the next phase of this process,” Obama said, citing priorities he had to abandon in the final phase of the debt-ceiling battle: reforming the tax code to increase revenues from the wealthy and eliminating taxpayer subsidies to oil and gas companies and other tax loopholes that allow the rich to pay lower taxes than middle-class workers.

His message: This fight is not over -- this is just halftime.

Obama’s remarks came within the hour after the deal passed the Senate on a 74-26 vote. Shortly after, he signed the bill into law behind closed doors.

We just find it interesting that a deal had been struck on the deadline. But with all deals there is a give and take measure. For starters, Medicare and military spending (jobs, particularly) will be cut in a matter of years in order to save a couple of trillion from its already debt spending. Which means those who depend on both are going to suffer the consequences. But, Obama’s hands were tied and had to do something before the Dow Jones totally plummeted into a fa real Depression circa 1930s. But we just find it interesting with the whole Satan sandwich talk with the deal between fellow partymen that it was eaten loooooong before Obama got into office!


TIED FOR BIG STORY is the President's 50th birthday party that took place at the White House Thursday.nite with a celebrity-filled bash, as entertainer Chris Rock reported on his Twitter feed: "Just left the Presidents birthday party at the White House. Herbie Hancock played, Stevie Wonder sang and yes they did the electric slide. A great night."

Daughter Malia, 13 just arrived home from summer camp in time for the Rose Garden party as she was joined by her sister, Sasha, 10, First Lady Michelle, grandmother Marian Robinson and their godmother, Eleanor "Mama Kaye, Wilson," who flew to Washington from Chicago on Air Force One with Obama when he returned from his Thursday fund-raiser back home.

Obama's party--paid for by the First Couple--was closed press and not on his official schedule. Eddie Gehman Kohan, who presides over Obama Foodorama, the website of record about entertaining in the Obama White House, put together a detailed report about the five-hour barbeque, based on interviews of people who were there.

From Kohan's article: "Stevie Wonder gave a "surprise" performance during the celebration; his hit "You and I" was the President and First Lady Obama's wedding song. Revelers included Jay Z; Tom Hanks; Chris Rock; hoops legends Charles Barkley and Grant Hill; Whoopi Goldberg; Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith; and actor Hill Harper. He's one of the President's closest chums from Harvard law school, and star of CSI: NY. Jazz great Chicago native Herbie Hancock and his ensemble played; R & B singer Ledisi dazzled the crowd.

"The night was balmy, and when dinner was done, a DJ spun dance tunes--"like at a Bar Mitzvah," said one guest. The twenty tables for ten in the Rose Garden were pushed aside so guests could dance, led by the President and Mrs. Obama.

"...Also on hand to mark the Presidential milestone were former governors Bill Richardson and Tim Kaine, and Mr. Obama's staunchest allies in the debt battle--Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Senior White House staff also celebrated: Chief of Staff Bill Daley, Cecelia Munoz, John Brennan, and Valerie Jarrett. Mrs. Obama's former Chief of Staff, Susan Sher, flew in from Chicago, as did two of the President's closest pals: Dr. Eric Whitaker, University of Chicago Hospital Vice-President, and The Parking Spot President and CEO Marty Nesbitt. Campaign fundraiser Andy Spahn was spotted, too."

Wow too bad the media wasn’t invited and we sure cam phones were not allowed. This could have easily had been a special that could have been televised for sure! Wonder how the President danced there. LOL Guess they didn’t want to show the First Couple really let their hair down for the cameras while the Debt Relief bill just passed.

Speaking of the b-day fundraiser, The President came to former home of Chicago Wednesday to celebrate his 50th birthday. He was greeted in Chicago by his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, now Chicago’s mayor, before heading to a fundraiser at Aragon Ballroom, headlined by local favorites Herbie Hancock, Jennifer Hudson and OK Go.

Donors paid between $50 and $35,800, the legal maximum, to attend.

That price had some Republicans bristling, given the nation's struggling economy and the just-averted debt crisis.

Despite the heat in the packed ballroom, the president showed a healthy sense of humor saying that he’ll wake up with an email from AARP telling him to “call President Obama and tell him to protect Medicare."

In the drawn-out debt negotiations, Republicans had called for major cuts to Medicare funding. The audience greeted the zinger with loud applause.

In unrelated Obama newz, Former Illinois Governor/reality show star Rod Blagojevich - who faces up to 300 years in prison - will be sentenced on Oct. 6 for trying to sell President Barack Obama’s Senate seat and other crimes, it was announced on Monday.Blagojevich, 54, was convicted on 18 counts, which include the 17 counts from the most recent trial and an earlier trial that led to a hung jury on most of the charges and one conviction. He faces as many as 300 years behind bars, but is expected to receive a sentence of about 10 years, according to legal experts cited by the Associated Press.

The former governor is currently free on $450,000 bail after having put up his home and another of his properties as collateral. Blagojevich is seeking a new trial and claims that he was “bamboozled” by the judge in the case that concluded in June.

“The Court explicitly told defense counsel that the only path to acquittal was through Blagojevich’s testimony,” reads a filing obtained by the Chicago Tribune. “When Blagojevich finally took the stand, he was bamboozled by the Court’s rulings and assertions throughout the trial.”

Blagojevich claims that he was unfairly treated by the prosecution because they did not play a sufficient number of recorded conversations that feature Blagojevich, which he says help prove his innocence. Blagojevich also claims in the filing that judicial bias favored the prosecution in the most recent trial.

Only in America where the accused can accuse their accusers!

This week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that they will give talk show mogul the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her humanitarian work over the years including her school for South African girls in South Africa. Her award will be presented at the non-televised Governors Awards in November.

From reports, there were some criticisms of her receiving the award because her work is mainly in TV rather than movies, but her supporters feel she is deserving being a nominee for the actual Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1985 for her debut in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar nominated epic “The Color Purple, ” spearheading the success of the Oscar winning film, “Precious,” and being an Academy member. They say her award will not be the same as what Oscar nominee James Earl Jones will receive for his body of work in film that will telecast on the actual award show next February.


In unrelated Oprah newz she got sued over call letters OWN of her new network. Though Winfrey is encouraging to "Own Your Life," as goes the new brand message at her cable network, OWN, Simone Kelly-Brown, founder of Own Your Power Communications Inc., insists that she came up with the OYP concept and, while waiting for her trademark to come through, Winfrey's Harpo Studios started using the acronym for its own gain. Kelly-Brown is seeking damages in light of what her lawsuit calls Winfrey's "brazenly unlawful disregard for the existence and use of [OTP's] trademark."

The October 2010 issue of O magazine boasted the slogan across the cover and there is a section on devoted to the concept.

"Under such circumstances," states the suit, filed this week in New Jersey and obtained by, "with [Winfrey and Harpo] being much larger, spending more money, having a wider reach, and an overlapping audience with the much smaller Company, particularly with one of the most influential women in the world at the helm...[OTP has] been irreparably harmed."

Hmm, we don’t think brown has a case especially if she was waiting for her trademark to be finalized. If it was finalized before Oprah’s brand name then it may be a case of who copied whom first. And why did she wait so long to file Another flag. We think she just wanted some publicity in order for people to go to her OWN thing.

In related Oprah newz, OWN has announced that it will be repackaging 25 years' worth of material from The Oprah Winfrey Show, which ended its run in May, for a "new" daily series called Own Your Life, the title in question from the lawsuit

Winfrey will host “Own Your Life” at 8 weeknights, starting Oct. 10, on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. Winfrey will borrow segments from her daytime show to put across her life lessons, and class will continue at


The Throne’s Jay Z and Chicago reared Kanye West’s eagerly awaited Watch The Thone tour dates were scratched and ravamped this week. Originally scheduled to set sail next month, it appears time just wouldn’t permit, leaving the national trek postponed until October. And, though some dates have been rescheduled, there remain no update on others.

One includes the original Chicago date at the United Center which was originally scheduled Oct 6 was rescheduled to Dec 1. Meanwhile, added cities were placed including Kansas City, Mo Nov. 29 at the Sprint Center Tickets will go on sale next Monday through the various outlets . Those who ourchase tickets online will get a digital copy of the "Watch the Throne" album (Meaning the CD will .count in its final sales) that wlll also go on sale the day the tickets go on sale through iTunes and everywhere else after that date .

Hmm, wonder if the two superstar rapper’s ego had anything to do with all these changes.

Meanwhile the first official single from the CD, “Otis” featuring Otis Redding zoomed up the Billboard Hot 100 this week in its second week from No. 47 to No. 12. It also moved u from No. 13 to No, 8 on the Rap Tracks chart and from No, 15 to No. 13 on the R&B/Hip Hop charts.

In more Hova and Ye newz, they just hosted another listening party for "Watch the Throne" this week. Unlike the previous one which was low key and attended by a handful of selected music journalists and two lucky fans, this latest bash is a star-studded affair.

Busta Rhymes, Jada Pinkett Smith and Q-Tip were among the attendees. The former Destiny's Child members, Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland, who reunited last week for Kelly's album party once again met each other for the occasion. Jigga's sister-in-law Solange Knowles came to show her support as well.

The private party took place at the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The gathering seemed to serve as a launching party as well since it was held only a week before the album comes out in the U.S. on August 8.


And in more related Hov and ye newz, Mediatakeout reported last week that Kanye got slapped around by Jay Z during the recording of their CD. Jay-Z has shot down reports of a rift with Kanye West, blaming disgruntled rivals for spreading false rumors about the rap duo because they are “really hot right now”.

It also was alleged they had fallen out days before the release of their joint album Watch The Throne, amid claims Ye wanted to spend too much money on set costs for their upcoming tour. But Jay-Z has dismissed the reports, insisting they would never let something so small interfere with their working relationship.

In an impromptu radio interview with New York’s Hot 97 on Monday, Jay Z told DJ Angie Martinez, “I kinda wanna spend a gazillion (sic) dollars (too)! I know that we (sic) doing something right now… When I woke up to all that (the reports), I was like, you know, we must be really hot right now, it’s happening!

“Kanye’s my brother, if there’s ever a problem with us… Yes, we get on each other’s nerves but that’s part of pushing each other… So of course there are times when we’re in the studio, we’re yelling, but that’s about it… I would never disrespect (West). I have too much respect to put my hands on him.

“We have a healthy respect for one another… It’s always about the art, it’s never about him and me; it’s always about the art.”

Rumors of a CHILL in the two's relationship began showing up last month - when Kanye West REFUSED to perform at a Brooklyn concert, designed to promote the duo's new album.

And last week, the pair performed at the same concert - but they DID NOT go on stage together.

According to our pals at the NY POST, Jigga and Yeezy's disagreement stems from their upcoming concert - where Jay wants to keep costs down, and Yeezy wants an EXPENSIVE over-the-top production.

Well, we don’t know how far this supposed altercation went but one thing is certain, we are sure they had some type of disagreement. Both are huge superstars with huge egos and Jay Z even said they got on each others nerves and we are sure on one occasion Ye got on Jay Z’s nerves a heal of times. Ye is a livewire so it makes sense

And last in the Jay Z and West newz, music video director Spike Jonze will direct the video for the duo’s single, “Otis” Jonze has directed for the likes of Bjork, The Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth, R.E.M., Arcade Fire and, too many to name. The director previously collaborated with West on the video for "Flashing Lights" back in 2008, and on a short film adaptation of West's song "See You in My Nightmares" in 2009, titled "We Were Once a Fairytale."

Sources close to Chicago native talk show host and comedian Sheri Shepherd told TMZ she's been approached by one of her favorite shows "Dancing With The Stars " he for this upcoming season -- and they've been "aggressively courting her."

But Shepherd is getting married later this month -- during hiatus from "The View" -- and were told once she goes back to work ... there just won't be time for "DWTS."

But Shepherd did NOT turn down Dancing with the Stars, her rep confirms to RumorFix.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean she is going to appear on the show.

But one thing was certain, Shepherd practiced a dance routine for the show but for upcoming wedding to Lamar Sally. She recruited Shane Sparks and Donyelle Jones from "So You Think You Can Dance" to choreograph steps for a group dance at her wedding party, and "The View" sent a camera crew to capture the process.

"When I told everybody that I wanted to do a dance, everybody was in shock," said Sherri. "I really didn't think we were going to be able to do it, but you know what I love about our groomsmen and our bridesmaids? They said, 'You know what, Sherri? For you, we'll do it.'"

Shane reportedly didn't seem as impressed with the group of 40-plus adults, which included Yvette Nicole Brown ("Community") and Kym Whitley ("My Wife and Kids"), so he aired his grievances, saying, "In the beginning it was hard. I just realized that some people have bad hips, bad backs, prosthetic legs ... some don't know their head from their feet."

The dance segment was aired on "The View" July 28 and 29.


Oak Park, Ill native and Emmy Award winning actress Betty White joined film star Ewan McGregor and Whoopi Goldberg and other all-stars on a panel to judge a new heroic dog award show, the Hallmark Channel.

The American Humane Association is bringing the celebrities on board for its inaugural "Hero Dog Awards," a TV contest which recognizes "thousands of specially trained dogs giving comfort to people every day," the American Humane Association said.

The winning dogs will also get to attend their own red carpet awards gala in Beverly Hills.


Doloth, Ill native and Emmy Award winning actress Jane Lynch will appear at Barnes and Noble retailers across New York City to sign copies of her new memoir, "Happy Accidents," Sept. 20 at the 33 East 17th Street location.

The trailer for George Lucas’ epic on the Tuskegee Airmen, “Red Tails” aired online this week. The movie stars Chicagco native Terrence Howard, along with Ne-Yo, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and , Method Man. It tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen as they fought the enemy in WWII and racism in the American Air Force. It is scheduled for an early 2012 release. To peep the trailer go to

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In theatres next week is the dark comedy THE GUARD starring Kansas City, Mo native Don Cheadle who plays FBI agent Wendell Everett, who travels to Ireland hoping to bust a British drug gang


Grammy Award winning singer Jill Scott brought her Summer Block Tour Chicgao's Charter One Pavillion Sunday with guests Anthony Hamilton, Mint condition and hosted by Dougie Fresh with Jazzy Jeff on the 1s and 2s.


St. Louis is dominating the reality show/competition shows this week. On Sunday, St. Louis native Amber Boykin made the Top 7 of BET’s Sunday Best and Lara Katheen of Lifetime's Project Runway was safe and advanced to the Top 14.


On Wednesday, the show 'Truck Stop Missouri' debuted on the Travel Channel. The show spotlights Columbia, Mo’s Midway Truck Stop, that consists of 12 businesses, including a motel, a tattoo parlor and a fireworks stand. It's a popular stop for travelers, selling close to a million gallons of fuel a month, and 5,000 pounds of biscuits and gravy a week. It focuses on Midway employees and the oddball cast of characters who pass through.


Singer/actor Tyrese was on WGN Live Thursday. Go to


The St Louis Rams signed several players this week since the post NFL lockout contract was signed. Two players in particular were running back Cadillac Williams (PICTURED--who platye dhis last six seasons with Tampa Bay) and former Falcons rusher Jerious Norwood (who is coming fof of a near career ending knee injury) to one-year help receiver Steven Jackson. They also signed wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker, right guard Harvey Dahl, defensive tackle Justin Bannan, safety Quintin Mikell and linebacker Zac Diles, cornerback Al Harris. They all started their first practices as Rams during training at Rams Park on this week.

In other Rams newz, Former Rams great Issac Bruce was en route to St. Louis on Sunday to work with the team's wide receivers.


St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said some fans took the personal heckling too far late Tuesday night against the Brewers.

La Russa appeared to briefly engage in some banter after Tuesday’s 8-7, 11-inning win, then called the fans “idiots” in comments after a game in which both teams saw star players beaned, and the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

“It’s going way too far when they start cursing your family and the funniest one, the guy’s yelling, ‘I hope you get shingles again,’ ” La Russa said Wednesday. “That’s just stupid.”

La Russa said that Brewers officials removed several fans near St. Louis’ dugout during the game. The 66-year-old La Russa struggled with shingles for nearly two months earlier this season, missing six games because of the condition.

La Russa was attempting to argue they didn't intentionally hit Braun and the reporter wouldn't drop it. And we went off.

The incident at hand occurred when the game turned tense in the seventh round.

Albert Pujols was hit in the seventh inning on the left hand near the wrist he broke earlier this season. X-rays after the game were negative. Brewers star Ryan Braun was then plunked by Jason Motte in the bottom of the inning.

“You don’t want to get into a bean ball war,” Braun said. “That’s never fun.”

La Russa had not heard from Major League Baseball about potential discipline for Yadier Molina, who appeared to make contact with plate umpire Rob Drake after arguing a called third strike in the 10th inning.

Drake had to wipe his face after it appeared he was hit by spittle while Molina was yelling. Molina maintained he did not spit on Drake, saying he was sweaty and any contact he made with Drake was incidental.

We cant blame LaRussa for going off on the reporter who continued hammering the issue of the Cards pitcher trying to hit Braun on purpose after Pujols was hit by a Brewer. The question was more if the Pujols hit was on purpose or accidental and the Braun hit likewise. Either way, Larussa had to defend his teammates regardless because if he didn’t his teammates would have looked at him as if he didn’t defend them. And we all know LaRussa can be a time bomb during press conferences so we think that reporter who made Larissa flip out knew exactly what he was doing.


Prior to the Brewers game, with cameras flashing across Busch Stadium, Albert Pujols collected his 2,000th Major League hit in Friday's 9-2 win over the Cubs with an RBI double in the eighth inning. He scorched Carlos Marmol's offering down the left-field line, and the Cardinals faithful erupted in unison. By the time he got to second base, the crowd was on its feet and a video tribute flashed across the scoreboard. Pujols tipped his hat to the 42,042 on hand and admitted he was moments away from shedding a tear.


Speaking of Busch Stadium, parts of the sidewalk around Busch Stadium were blocked off last Monday after a 100-pound piece of metal trim fell from the stadium, prompting an inspection of the rest of the building's trim. Inspectors checked later that week to see whether other pieces of the covering, used on all sides of the stadium, need to be better secured, The 2-foot-by-4-foot black metal plate fell from the west side of the stadium, off South Eighth Street near Spruce Street, and was discovered shortly after noon by a landscaper. As a result, construction crews began removing more than 100 decorative black steel plates from Busch Stadium. Inspectors believe rusted anchor bolts holding the 2-foot-by-4-foot panel eroded, causing it to fall about 80 feet to the sidewalk. He said water had seeped between the panel and the concrete face it was covering. He said the recent heat wave may have caused the rusted bolts to expand, forcing the panel loose.

After removing the 102 plates over the next few days, workers may paint the spaces covered by the trim instead of installing new panels, officials said. The work was finished before the Cardinals next home game, which was this past Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Good thing there wasn’t a home game when those panels fell because it could have been some serious injury to some people and lawsuits pending for sure.

Former NBA player and East St Louis native Darius Miles was arrested on Wednesday after guards caught him trying to sneak a loaded gun through security at Lambert Airport in St. Louis, a jail official said Thursday.

Miles was released later that day -- no charges have been filed.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Greg Soule declined to confirm whether or not Miles had been arrested, but did say that TSA officials had contacted the police after a passenger was found with a gun during x-Ray screening around 3 p.m. Wednesday. Soule did not specify which make or caliber of gun it was or how Miles had it concealed, the Associated Press reported.

Calls to Miles' attorney and to the St. Louis County prosecutor's office were not returned. Miles' phone number is unlisted.

Miles has run into trouble with the law before. He was arrested in May 2009 after police in Fairview Heights, Ill., found a small amount of marijuana during a traffic stop. Miles was pulled over after failing to use a turn signal. He was also ticketed for driving on a suspended licenseFormer NBA player and East St Louis native Darius Miles was arrested on Wednesday after guards caught him trying to sneak a loaded gun through security at Lambert Airport in St. Louis, a jail official said Thursday.

Miles was released later that day -- no charges have been filed.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Greg Soule declined to confirm whether or not Miles had been arrested, but did say that TSA officials had contacted the police after a passenger was found with a gun during x-Ray screening around 3 p.m. Wednesday. Soule did not specify which make or caliber of gun it was or how Miles had it concealed, the Associated Press reported.

Calls to Miles' attorney and to the St. Louis County prosecutor's office were not returned. Miles' phone number is unlisted.

Miles has run into trouble with the law before. He was arrested in May 2009 after police in Fairview Heights, Ill., found a small amount of marijuana during a traffic stop. Miles was pulled over after failing to use a turn signal. He was also ticketed for driving on a suspended license.

The weight loss competition show The Biggest Loser will hold auditions in St Louis , as well as other cities, to find contestants for its 13th season. Producers of the NBC reality show are looking for teams of two who have at least 85 pounds to lose each. They want contestants who have a personality and a competitive edge that will be interesting to watch. Those chosen to participate in the upcoming season will compete to win $250,000. Candidates must be at least 18 years old.

"Biggest Loser" auditions will be held August 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Chesterfield Mall. If you are unable to attend the casting call you can still submit a videotape. For more information visit and

Two major concerts came to Scott Trade Center three days apart from each other, First was the Sade Live Tour that took place last Thursday with opener John legend (TO SEE a REVIEW GO TO ) We hear that she was amazing and Legend was more of a snoozefest. The following are the list of sings she and her band performed that nite:

Soldier of Love

Your Love Is King


Kiss of Life

Love Is Found

In Another Time

Smooth Operator


Bring Me Home

Is It a Crime

Love Is Stronger Than Pride

All About Our Love


Nothing Can Come Between Us

Morning Bird

King of Sorrow

The Sweetest Taboo

The Moon and the Sky


No Ordinary Love

By Your Side


Cherish the Day

The other concert was the American Idol Live Season 10 Top 12 contestants including Wheeling, Ill native and third place finalist Haley Reinhart who, according to the St Louis Post's Kevin Johnson " was memorable on Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets," but the night belonged to seventh place finalist Pia Toscano ". On a side note, Reinhart has landed her own record deal, EW reports. Reinhart will join her fellow non-winner Pia Toscano at Interscope Records, and is reportedly already at work on her solo debut.

We also hear that more people were at American Idol show than the Sade concert. The Sade concert played in front of 6,000 fans according to the St Louis Post .a low exoected attendance resulting in the upper area of the venue to be closed off. Kevin Johnson said on Facebook that there were more people at Idol than Sade and the arena holds over 19,000 . Plus the Sade show was more pricey ranging from $50 to $150 as opposed to Idol's $42 to $62.

STL reared and Grammy Award winning rap mogul Nelly will hold his The Heart of a Champion Scholarship Fundraiser for Vatterot College will be held on August 20th 7 p.m at The Pageant. Companies and individuals who are interested in purchasing sponsorship tickets may inbox TEAM TOPHER at or for more info.


Emmy award winning sctress Cloris Leachman signed her first name titled memoir last Friday at Left Bank Books. We didn’t get the number of people who attended but from reports, the store had been getting a lot of calls, and the 85-year-old actress' fans showed up at the Fox TV station in St Louis when she was a guest that morning in St. Louis. On last Saturday, she was the mistress of ceremonies Saturday night at the Touhill's All That Tap X

Superstar Grammy Award winning country singer/actress Reba McEntire will perform Oct 28 at the Chaifetz Arena.

Jazz legends George Duke, Marcus Miller and St Louis native David Sanborn, who have formed the touring band moniker DMS, will perform at Aug 7 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center

The veteran TV pop band The Monkees will perform Sept 12 at Family Arena during their 45th Anniversary Tour.

Legends of Blues Fest with Bobby Rush, Clarence Carter and Theodis Ealey comes to the Ambassador at 8 p.m. Aug. 20.

Rapper Joe Budden will perform at The Fubar on Aug. 26.

Urban Alternative artist Van Hunt will perform Oct. 6 at Lola. STL native jazz artist Lamar Harris is also on the bill.

St. Louis singer Theresa Payne opened for Jill Scott and Anthony Hamilton at the Budweiser Superfest Thursday night at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Payne won first place in the Budwesier Opening Act contest that took place last Saturday at The Loft. She also won $5,000 dollars. (SEE )During her brief set, according to reviewers, she performed the original song"Keep Dreaming" from her upcoming second CD "The Moment."

Rap duo 8BALL & MJG will be LIVE IN CONCERT @ POSH August 12

ST Louis native stageplay producer/actress Chrys Yvette is searching for talented men and women ages 21-55 with strong comedic timing for the hit comedy, “The Dating Game” that debuted in Los Angeles and is currently going on tour starting Oct 8th on weekends only. She is seeking an immediate need for at least 3 females and 3 males of any ethnicity. All candidates should have immediate availability for rehearsals beginning in September and be ready to perform in the show as early as October 8th. If interested please email her at to schedule an audition time. Include a Headshot, Resume and any weekend scheduling conflicts between now and late December.

Former St Louis Rams player Marshall Fauilk is on the cover of the August issue of Delux Magazine. Faulk is set to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame Aug 6 in Canton Ohio

Two STL entertainment establishments are celebrating milestones this week. First, Miso on Meramec is celebrating 10 years in the game Friday nite and this past Monday, Hot 104.1s program STL HomeJamz celebrated its Fifth Anniversary Celebration at TheGramophone. Peformances included of Jay Louiz, Trixie, Phat Pheezy, and Seviin Li, among others.

STL rap artist Oops will have a CD signing of his CD, “No Competition” August 12 at Vintage Vinyl in the Delmar Loop. Oops is also waiting on word from the producers of Bet;s 106 and Park on whether he will be on a battle show after his video tape was submitted for entry last month.

STL authors are being repped on the literary scene as of late:

Eileen Sullivan of St. Louis is a finalist in this year's Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition. The prize winner will have his or her first poetry collection published by Bradshaw Books and will be featured in the Cork Literary Review. Most of the short-listed entrants for the Cork prize are from Ireland: The prize winner will have his or her first poetry collection published by Bradshaw Books and will be featured in the Cork Literary Review.


A new book that discusses the famous "Golden Lane" by women suffragists during the 1916 Democratic convention held in St. Louis was recently published.Authored by Margot McMillen who recently discussed her book at Left Bank Books


Swansea, Ill resident Debbie Simpson, has published a book for children: "Adam's Gluten Free Surprise." The Swansea woman gave up eating gluten more than a decade ago when she was diagnosed with celiac disease. She'll sign her self-published book for children from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 13 at Free Range Cookies, 425 South Florissant Road in Ferguson. The AuthorHouse paperback is also available online and at

Promoter Loose cannon has been in the ATL area recently filming the movie "1st Pick. " And according to a message he posted on facebook;”..dont worry St. Louis im gettin in good with these production people and it wont be long until i have them here and we shootin full fledge feature films on da regular! “ In St Louis, he is gearing up for LOOSECANNON LABOR DAY COOKOUT & COED KICKBALL TOURNAMENT on September 5 that will be held at the Fountain lakes Sports Complex.

Also, his first street CD, Lets Get It” will be released Sept 13.

On a side note, Slim He also mentioned he has a baby on the way that is scheduled to be delivered on the same day of his CD release.


STL director Scott Stoltz film "Bats in the Clock Tower" had its premiere Thursday at The Tivoli.


Club owner Jon Burns, and former owner of Envy, is gearing up to pen another club entitled Door 64 that will be located on 29th and Washington in Midtown St Louis. More details on the opening are coming soon.

The managers of IAM Boutuque has now opened its newest boutique RSRVD located at 6148 Delmar. Across from The Pageant They will have a grand opening party August 12


Congrats to Nadia Ursery bartender at STL Finest Bar and Grill who won Week 2 in Liquid Assets weekly bartending competition Industry Nights held Monday at Envy Nightclub owned by Liquid Assets CEO Phil Assets. She won $100 over Brandy Gotson of STL Happy Hour Bar and Grill. Ursery will compete in the finals in mid September for $1,000. Next Monday the competitors are Kyla Cystrunk of Envy Nightclub and Miss Tiffany of City Lounge.

OUTTOWN gives our thoughts and prayers to Hellafly Promotions member Dano Johnson who was shot Wednesday nite coming from an undisclosed venue by some assailants. As of this blogging he was in critical condition, but his Hella Fly co-promoter King Kerry stated on Facebook that the was rested in the hospital and going to survive his injuries. This is Johnson’s second challenge of his life within several months. Mid last year he had am appendicitis that he quickly recovered from such instance.


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RIP BITZ. We lost two prominent artists in the religious field. One was Chicago native gospel singer Delois Barrett Campbell's the oldest of the three singing Barrett Sisters and lead singer of and the Roberta Martin Singers, died Tuesday at a Chicago hospital at age 85 from a pulmonary embolism. She and her sisters achieved greater prominence in “Say Amen, Somebody,” George T. Nierenberg’s acclaimed 1982 documentary about Chicago gospel legends.


Rev. Robert Bergt, who combined his love of great music and his faith in God in his roles as a Lutheran minister and as conductor of the "Bach at the Sem" concert series at Concordia Seminary, died July 26 of congestive heart failure at Des Peres Hospital. He was 81 and lived in Clayton.

BLIND PICZ. Who was the sista sportin the blonde locks last Saturday at The Loft?

BLIND BITZ. Which STL radio personality made an off the air comment a couple of months ago to a guest saying that a former prominent employee of the St Louis Public Schools was framed and set up to be fired?

HINT 1. The radio personality is not a male

HINT 2. This personality is in the “property” field

HINT 3. This personality has a unique part of their name that reflect their being.

HINT 4. The former employee was involved with the students during extracurricular activities

HINT 5. One of his former students became a prominent figure in a specific field and worked in the same school the former employee once taught after they retired in their field,.

HINT 6. A part of him can be seen on the “metal system.”

LOOK LIXE-St Lunatics member Kyjuan (BOTTOM)and actor Jensen Atwood(TOP)

PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Which STL mover and shakers are getting it in this week? Radio personality/vent promoters DJ Jewel and promoter/event host Mocha Latte (TIE) and event promoter/club owner Phil Assets.

DJ Jewel.(FAR LEFT) This taleneted sista is a repeater in this section doing triple duty as a radio host, a dee jay and event promoter. . On the promotions side, she dj’s at Mocha Latte’s Sistah Girl Tuesdays at The Loft, hosts the newly created Cater 2 U Fridays at Club Aqua Bar (. SEE OUTGOING BITZ LINK below) and this past Minday she attended the 5th Anniversary of Ht 104.1’s Sunday show STL Jamz where she co-hosts with Finsta and on Mondays she hosts her own show The Jewel Box that can be heard on 89.5 FM the Wave.

Mocha Latte (LEFT) The Queen of Promotions continues her promotions stride in this section as well. She hosted this past Monday’s Industry Nights Bartending contest promoted by Liquid Assets CEO Phi Assets at his newly bought venue Club Envy, hosted her created weekly events Sistah Girl Tuesdays at the Loft and this Saturday hosting The Best Damned Ladies Night Period at Club Amnesia.

Phil Assets . This dapper brotha continues his stride as well as a repeater in this section doing double duty as the CEO of Liquid Assets and promoting weekly events at Club Amnesia (Look At Me Thursdays, Red Light District Saturdays and International Nites) and new club owner of Envy where his bartending competition Industry Nites is currently taking place on Mondays, $2 Tuesdays and Working Wednesdays and is the venue for Hella Fly Promotions Forever Young Fridays.(SEE ONGOING BITZ LINK BELOW)

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

Why did Pat Buchanan call President Obama "boy"? WHy did the Rams organization pick up free agents who were coming off of the disabled list? Why was rapper Lil Wayne performing in his pajamas recently? Why is it going to be against the law for teachers to talk with students on Twitter and Facebook? Why hasn't Diana Ross ever win a Grammy? Why is Roseanne running for President?Why is radio personality Frank O Pinion barred from his show on Fridays? Why does it sound like radio personality Charlie Tuna is eating while he's on his radio show? And why did Mediatakeout show pics of a female designer Anya on this seasons Project Runway giving brain to her boyfriend?


STL LEOians BDAZES—KTRS personality Dan Strauss, Visual artist CBabi Bayoc, rapper Nck Demio, event promoter/stylist Laton Chairs, deejay DJ OK, , fashion show designer/producer Teresa Dumas, socilaite/event producer Anne Jones, event promoter Rachel Westerfield, poet Taylored Poet , rapper Jay CE) Childress, and entrepreneur Kevie Hendrix(PICTURED)

A Roast of KTRS –AM personality McGraw Milhaven

Thursday, Aug 4 6:00p

Hilton St. Louis At The Ballpark, Outside Patio, St Louis
A celebrity "roast" of McGraw Milhaven; McGraw will be roasted by John Carney, J.C. Corcoran, Randy Karraker, and Guy Phillips.


Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party

Thursday, August 4 · 7:00pm - 11:30pm

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Created By

Starring Anthony Hamilton, Jill Scott, and Mint Condition!

A Tribe Called Quest member Phife is coming to St Louis for coming for the Red Carpet event of the St Louis premeire of the group’s documentary "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest."Aug 5 at the Tivoli.6p, to 7:30 pm Later that nite, Phife is hosting a party to help usher in the arrival of his group's documentary film The after party is at Old Rock House (it changed from Sol Lounge). DJ Needles is spinning, and '90s attire is preferred at this Close to Famous/Platinum Plus/Ghetto Blastic presentation.

ADD: The Drunken Fish will have its Central West End Block Party Saturday Aug 6 from 3 p.m .
to 1 a.m. on Euclid and Maryland Plaza. For more info go to, or 314- 367-4722.

The 2011 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition.


7:00–10:00 p.m. FREE
Party like a rock star and enjoy an evening of food, drinks, and live music under the majestic Gateway Arch during the opening reception. You’ll experience a Taste of St. Louis featuring the cuisine of 12 of
St. Louis’ top restaurants and live entertainment featuring “The History of Music in St. Louis – from Ragtime to Blues to Rock ‘n’ Roll to Rap.” Headliners include former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald, the St. Louis Blues Review, local Jazz songstress Erin Bode, and Hip-Hop from the Gateway City’s own Chingy.


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Saturday, August 6th

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Thomas & Drue - St.Louis, MO l Deviant​and-drue
Atomic Cowboy
4140 Manchester Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63110

$5 before
$10 After


10:00 P.M. - 3:00 A.M.

21+ Clubbing Event


D'Fynitive Soul Presents: "Rhythmic Soul Session"

Saturday at 9:30pm - Koken Art Factory

2500 Ohio Avenue

Saint Louis, MO

First time in Chicago T.B.Y. Fashions & Dusechi Clo. Presents....." ELITE of PETITE" Fashion Show 2011 "Where Fashion Meets the Streets" (W.F.M.T.S.) Sat. Aug 6 Hosted By: King Denim & Christy Leniece


G G Collections

Vixen Wardrobe


Catherine Dean

Sazzy By:Sherell


Vintage Revised

Designs By: Carmen Carlisle

Performance By: ICON Entertainment, Music & More.....


740 E. 56TH PL. Chicago, IL





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