Thursday, August 25, 2011

OUT 1038--ILLI MO arts and ent BITZ--Aug. 25-31





RYAN MITCHELL WHO WON THE MR COUTURE TITLE. HIS FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE will be as a model in the HotList Awards on Light On Broadway this Saturday! (SEE EVENTZ BELOW)


Def Jam's lawyers are about to get busier. According to a post on "archival record label" and publisher the Numero Uno Group's blog, acclaimed Chicago based R&B/soul singer Syl Johnson R&B singer Syleena Johnson, he father to , who is considering a lawsuit against the Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West) for an uncleared sample of one of his songs on their album Watch the Throne.

A sample of Johnson's 1967 song "Different Strokes," which appears on the track "The Joy," was allegedly never properly cleared.

The post, titled "Syl Johnson vs Kanye West/Jay-Z," goes on to say that the Numero Uno Group reached out to Def Jam's business department about clearing "The Joy" after Syl Johnson had gotten wind of the song. Last year, the Pete Rock-produced tune (Kanye West is credited as producer along with Mike Dean and Mike Bhaskar) was part of the G.O.O.D. Fridays series of leaks.

Although originally intended to be included on West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,the sample was unable to be cleared in time to make the album (though an agreement was apparently reached for its use). Negotiations stalled due to the fact that the song was not actually being sold. However, "The Joy" recently reappeared as a bonus cut on the deluxe edition ofWatch the Throne.

The Numero Uno Group points out that in the credits for Watch the Throne, they are erroneously identified as the publishers of Syl Johnson's "Different Strokes." "Wondering why we weren't consulted on this new use, and baffled why we appear in the credits, for which we never asked, we contacted the sample clearance house," continued the post. "Even they cannot get a response from their own clients. Island Def Jam seems to think that Syl doesn't have any fight left in him. We're betting otherwise."

Since the song appears on an album that is being sold — Watch the Throne has already gone gold, selling more than 600,000 units to date — Johnson is expected to be properly compensated for the use of his song, whether via a lawsuit or some sort of settlement. Messages to Def Jam representatives for comment were not returned as this story went to press.

It seems likely the Throne will settle.

In related Throne newz, the CD, “Watch The Throne: holds for a second week on Billboard Album 200 Chart.


In unrelated Ye newz, he is set to release Amy Winehouse's song, "Back to Black," to pay homage to the tragic singer, who passed away. While a source for the singer says ‘Ye’s version is “pretty emotive; it’s Kanye singing from the heart—with synthesizers,” Winehouse fans are calling the move another attention-seeking ploy from the producer/MC.

One critic from SFWeekly went as far as saying, “It’s been seven years since The College Dropout and we still can’t figure out if you’re a sly genius or a blinkered buffoon.”

The critic is adamant the late Winehouse would be mortified if Kanye had anything to do with her music, referencing the time she called him a “c*nt” — not once, three times — during her 2008 Glastonbury performance. Afterward, Kanye blogged “Amy Winehouse Hates Me!!! Now I’ve Really Made!!! LOL!!!”

Kanye hopes to perform his version of “Back In Black” while in London for formal menswear retailer Moss Bros’ upcoming 160th anniversary celebrations.

Hmm, interesting that Ye wants to do a tribute to someone who didnt care too much for him. Maybe he could relate to her outrageous persona . Who knows what his motive is, but we think its part of Ye's insanely creative genius.


Oak Park, Ill native and Emmy Award winning actress Betty White is making newz again turning down a potential suitor—sort of speak. After the in-demand octogenarian turned down a request from a soldier to attend the Marine Corps Ball earlier this summer, she's now also breaking the heart of retired NBA superstarShaquille O'Neal, 39. n a video posted on the big man's Twitter feed, O'Neal kisses the 89-year-old on the hand and asks her to marry him – only to be met with a slap in the face.

"You're too old for me," the comedian scolds.

You gotta love it!

Chicago natives Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard of the film “Winnie” will be among the bevy of stars scheduled to attend the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, joining a lineup that includes Robert De Niro, Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Ralph Fiennes, Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman and James Gandolfini.Hudson and Howard will walk the red carpet with their director Darrell J. Roodt into Roy Thomson Hall for the world premiere of “Winnie,” the Canada/South African co-produced biopic about Winnie Mandela, the wife of Nelson Mandela.The Toronto International Film Festival is set to run from September 8 to 18.

In unrelated J Hud newz, she has teamed up with French DJ David Guetta to drop “Night of Your Life,” a catchy club track – just one of the tracks on Guetta’s recently completed album, “Nothing But the Beat,” which debuts on August 30 and also features collaborations with Taio Cruz, Nicki Minaj and Usher – debuted this Monday (Aug. 22) on YouTube, and in less than a day it already has over 160,000 views.

Emmy Award winning and Chicago native actor Andre Braugher is joining the cast of Law & Order: SVU. The new season kicks off September 14th on NBC. Braugher was recently on the cancelled TNT show Men Of A Certain Age and is up for an Emmy in September for that show

ADD: St Louis native comedian Lavelle Crawford has joined the cast of the second season of AMC’s Emmy Award-winning dramatic series, “Breaking Bad,” which airs Sundays.

OWN Fall Sneak Peek will debut Oct 15 with the documentary on St Louis based restaurant Sweetie Pie's. The documentary chronicles its founder Robbie Montgomery (RIGHT)– one of the original back-up singers for 1960s soul duo sensation Ike and Tina Turner –After the singing stopped, Robbie took her mother's soul food recipes, passed down through generations, and created the empire known as "Sweetie Pie's," St. Louis' iconic and wildly popular soul food restaurant run by Robbie and her dynamic family. With two successful locations, Miss Robbie is upping the ante and preparing to open a third restaurant with the help of her son and business partner, Tim. While Tim and his girlfriend, Jenae, also prepare for the birth of their first child - and their wedding - Miss Robbie, who has never been married, continues to look for love at the age of 71. Welcome to Sweetie Pie's follows the loud, loving and still very musical Montgomery family as they struggle with the demands of expanding their family-owned business, one soulful dish at a time.


The STL native gospel singer and fashion designer continues to advance in their respective TV competitions. First, gospel singer Amber Bullock advanced to the finals on BET's "Sunday Best" competition. that aired last Sunday She's advancing along with contestant Andrea Helms. The finale show airs mext Sunday on BET, when the voting begins. On Thursday, designer Lara Kathleen was safe on Lifetime's “Project Runway” . She is now in the Top 11.


Bravo's "Real Housewives" are coming to Water Tower Place mall.Countess LuAnn de Lesseps ("New York") will sign copies of her book "Class with the Countess" on August 31. Gretchen Rossi ("Orange County") will "style" guests September 1. Teresa Giudice will sign copies of her books “Skinny Italian” and “Fabulicious!” September 8.The appearances are part of the mall's In Fashion: The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, which takes places August 26-September 8, and will take place in the In Fashion Lounge on the third floor. The lounge will include refreshments, snacks, Wi-Fi and bag check, among other features.


St Louis Rams player Chris Massey, the longest-tenured Rams player on the roster.was released. They opted for Jake McQuaide, an undrafted rookie from Ohio State, as their new long snapper. He came to the club in 2002 as a seventh-round draft pick (No. 243 overall) and appeared in 135 regular-season games, making clean snaps on 1,050 of 1,051 attempts.

Age and finances almost certainly were factors in the decision.Coach Steve Spagnuolo said Massey was "disappointed, but very, very professional" when given the news before Monday's practice.


Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday had to leave Monday's game in the eighth inning after a moth flew into his right ear and became lodged in the canal. Holliday shared the story, Tuesday, of how it happened and how he got it out. He even produced the moth (now dead). It was in a plastic "baggie" in his locker.

It was the 8th inning, Monday night. Holliday was in left field when he started hearing the sound of little wings fluttering in his head.

I was standing there, and then all of the sudden there was moth in my ear, fluttering like crazy," Holliday said. "So, I was like this [shaking his head on pulling on his ear] and I was like, 'oh man, I can't even feel it.' I knew it was moth by the sound of the flutter."

Holliday said the team doctor and trainers tried drawing the moth out by shining a bright light outside of his ear. He joked they perhaps should have tried it from the other side.

"It went in face first, so it couldn't back out...he couldn't see," Holliday laughed.

He said they eventually got it out with tweezers.

"The initial tries pulled a few a wings off they couldn't get ahold of the body for a while," he laughed again.
"I think so much wisdom was passed onto him that he died from an overflow of wisdom from being inside my head."

His supersticious manager, Tony LaRussa said, "If we had won that game yesterday I'd have tried to plant moths all over our left fielder tonight."



Hip-hop artist Nelly and Vatterott College are teaming to put a music recording school at the rap star's former Skybox Sports Bar & Grill on Laclede's Landing. Pam Bell, Vatterott's chief executive, said Tuesday that the Vatterot College Ex'treme Institute, at 800 North Third Street, should be ready in October. It will have a recording studio, music engineering space and a graphics studio where students can produce album covers and other music-related artwork.

In unrelated Nelly newz, there were reports that he was involved in a fight with event promoter Big Terrence at the latter's b-day party held last Friday at St Louis club The Broadway. From reports, Nelly supposedly beat up Big Terrence after the latter retweeted tweets regarding the beef that Nelly and event promoter Slim regarding their back and forth rants of Slim claiming Nelly owed money to him after helping pay gambling debts and was on steroids and Nelly not participating in Slim celebrity bball game. Mediatakeout reported Nelly beat up Terrence unconsiously, but from OUTTOWN sources , it was Nelly''s brother City Spud who fought Terrence but he was not knocked out . The incident landed Terrence in the hospital last late Saturday.

There was reaction of the newz reports from Terrence via Twitter when he tweeted:”All the rumors (of the fight) were true...” and

Wow MTO (Mediatakeout) I was never knocked out.” The tweeted to Nelly: “Too bad ppl (people) only care about you snd Loosecannon Slim and not your music.”

Nelly had no comment.

We feel that this beef is not going to end, but our question is, and a WORD TO THE WHYz WHY did Terrence retweet the Slim v Nelly beef in the first place?

Two major concert tours stopped in St Louis last weekend. On Sunday was the I AM Music Tour/Superjam 5. According to the Riverfront Times reviewer headliner Lil Wayne who had the “crowd just about lost it, as he tore into a set that lasted the better part of two hours. If one thing was obvious from start to finish, it was that this guy loves what he does. I don't believe I've ever seen somebody have that much fun onstage, and it made it that much more exciting to watch.Lil Wayne's was the only performance of the night to feature a full band. He shared the stage with various YMCMB members (Shanell, Gudda Gudda, Mack Maine), and brought Birdman out for "Money to Blow." Most of his setlist and even a lot of his banter hadn't changed from his last appearance here, but for most of the crowd, it was our first time seeing it. “

Prior to Wayne was Rick Ross who “didn't dance or move around the stage much; he spent most of his time at center stage, confidently reciting his street-edged lyrics in that unmistakably coarse voice. His lack of theatrics didn't seem to bother the crowd,"

Last was

Prior to Ross was Keri Hilson whose “voice sounds beautiful live, and she has no problem singing while performing demanding choreography at the same time. For the most part, the ladies in attendance ate up her whole "girl power" persona ."

Prior to Hilson was Far East Movement who “ put on an energetic show, and plenty of fans rose to their feet to dance. On the other hand, there were those who looked confused by the set, and some of the pulsating electro beats just didn't blend particularly well with southern-style production which dominated the rest of the show.:

Lloyd opened “dressed more like a rapper than a singer in a Lakers cap, cutoff shorts and a plain tee although the venue was still half-empty at the end of his surprisingly short set.”

The other was pop diva Katy Perry who performed at the Scott Trade Center Saturday. According to Kevin Johnson of the St Louis Post:”Perry brought her girlie "California Dreams" tour, a colorful, candy-coated shabang full of her requisite lollipops, candy canes, cupcakes and more, to nearly 13,000 fans at Scottrade Center on Saturday night.

Framed loosely around an "Alice in Wonderland"-inspired fairy tale about Perry's escape from a sinister butcher and her quest for her true love,”

He went on to say, “The breathy-voiced Perry doesn't have the strongest voice, and her easy-breezy material isn't the most substantial. But she knows more than a thing or two about visuals. With that in mind, each song was its own production number aided by costumes, dancers, video, skits, audience interaction and various elaborate set pieces.”

Janelle Monae opened who was “energetic” according to Johnson and “at one point boogie-woogied down the center aisle of the floor, danced so hard a couple times during her set she unraveled her trademark pompadour.”


The choice of venue is significant, KETC said. "Planning for what was originally Kiel Opera House began during Prohibition; the building opened in 1934, not long after Prohibition ended."

Tickets for the event are $15 and are on sale as of 10 a.m. today through the Scottrade Center Box Office, by phone at (800) 745-3000, online at or at the door the night of the event. For more information visit


The Australian Pink Floyd Show featuring Pink Floyd's greatest hits is at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Fox Theatre.


Rock group Foo Fighters will perform at the Scott Trade Center Sep 17

International super duo Sugarland will continue their highly-successful 2010 The Incredible Machine Tour into 2011 and return to the road this spring with guests Sara Bareilles, Little Big Town and Matt Nathanson (each guest performing in selected cities).Oct 7 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater,


"American Idol" finalist Scott MacIntyre will perform Dec. 2 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 1



Saturday, August 27th
at Chaifetz Arena

Earthquake, Jay Anthony Brown, Adele Givins, Tony Rock and Uncle Tommy


Gateway Classic present comedians Pierre Edwards Damon Williams and Matt Collins at Casino Queen Sept 22 and The Classic football game Sept 24.


The 3rd Annual All School/All Class Reunion is at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Ambassador.

R&B group Guy and rapper Shock G will perform.


The Before LouFest Party, a fan appreciation bash, is at 8 p.m. Friday at Off Broadway.

Jon Hardy & the Public, Old Lights and Troubadour Dali are performing.

Admission is free.Get more information at

LouFest is Saturday and Sunday in Forest Park's Central Field with the Roots, TV on the Radio, the Hold Steady, Cat Power and many more.

Get more information at


Vanita Applebum Entertainment and Leisure Studies present The St. Louis Fusicology launch featuring soul singer Anthony David is at 10:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Lola. Doors are at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20-$25. Get tickets at and


St. Louis rapper Rockwell Knuckles is featured in the September issue of Spin magazine. In the magazine, his song "Silly Human" is listed in the "Songs You Need to Hear NOW." section.


Outre Hair and Sexy In STL TV Present: Top Glam Squad Competition



Singer Thesesa Payne is having a b-day party and concert Aug 29 at the Grammophone on Manchester


The Rev. William Barnaby Faherty died Aug. 22, at St. Louis University Hospital, where he had been admitted last week after complaining of feeling ill. He lived at Jesuit Hall at St. Louis University. He chronicled the history of St. Louis, Catholics and Jesuits here, as well as the Irish and Germans. He wrote about the Missouri Botanical Garden and Henry Shaw, its founder. His interests didn't stop with religion or St. Louis; he wrote about space exploration and the Apollo program and women's rights.He used his imagination to write a novel about American Indians, and another, probably his most famous, "A Wall for San Sebastian," set in early 19th-century Mexico. MGM made it into a movie in 1968, "Guns for San Sebastian," starring Anthony Quinn. He was 96.


Mr Couture 2012/event promoter Ryan Mitchell and actor Tahj Mowry

BLIND PICZ. Who's arm is this raised during the Heart of a Champion concert at The Pageant last weekend featuring singer Monica?

BLIND DISHZ. Which nat'l celebrity commented about a STL personality stating that this person has serious problems and will never work with this person again?

HINT 1. This celebrity is a male singer

HINT 2. This singer 's stage name comes from a machine that is used for war.

HINT 3. The STL personality owns a record label that was in the news recently when their artist went on a tweet rant about the business practices of the personality.

PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Which STL movers and shakers are getting it in this week? Event promoter.event host Mocha Latte and actress/theater producer Lisa Harris (TIE) and actor/director Joel P.E King and event promoter King Kerry (TIE).

Mocha Latte (FAR LEFT) The Queen of Promotions continues her promotions stride in this section as always by her two created events she hosts: Sistah Girl Tuesdays at the Loft and this Saturday hosting the weekly The Best Damned Ladies Night Period at Club Amnesia.

Lisa Harris (LEFT) . This sista is a veteran singer/actress in the St. Louis area will co-star in the play, Pearl Bailey” this Friday that her own theater company Spoonful of Honey is producing at The Missouri Hosiry Museum (SEE EVENTZ BELOW)

King Kerry (FAR LEFT). As his promotions partner Dano Johnson slowly recovers in the hospital from bullet wounds, Kerry is holding it down for Hella Fly Promotions with the renewed $5 Frdiays at Braodway with Derrty Djs (SEE OUTGOING BITZ LINK BELOW) and its mainstay Sexy As You Wanna Be Sundays at The Loft with Rockhouse Entertainment.

Joel P.E. King (LEFT). This talented brotha is about to debut the premiere of his newest play Issue of Love, that he wrote and directed, that will be staged at The Grandel Square Theatre Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (SEE EVENTZ BELOW)

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

Why did .Ray J allegedly text Kim Kardashian on her wedding day that he made her career? And why didnt she marry a black man? Why did Sunday Best have the contestants perform Broadway tunes? Why did Boris Kodjoe say that heavy set women need to take better care of themselves after disclosing of a dream he had about big women with things rubbing on him? Why havent St Louis native Chris Ferguson have yet to be found? Why did Johnny Gill go on Twitter to complain about his record label Notifi leaking his newest CD and calling the owner Ira Dewitt a crazed nut? Why didnt Sherri Shepherds The View co-hosts (with the exception of Elizabeth Hassleback) attend her wedding? Why has Wehrenberg Theaters waited til now to ban texting in movie theatres? And why is the film, The Help garnering controversy over the actresses playing maids are dark skinned black women?


STL VIRGOians BDAZES—Activists Keith Boykin and Percy Green II, event promoter Vanita Applebum(PICTURED), Africanist/poet Mperor Zu, real estate agent Nate Johnson , model Marshawn Watson, event promoters Mark Anthony Jones and Carlette Blackmon

StreetScape Magazine's Greater St. Charles Fashion Week returns to the Ameristar Casino August 24-27.

Connect With, a ground-breaking effort, facilitated by FOCUS St. Louis, of more than 40 young professional organizations to engage St. Louisans more in their community through arts and culture, community service, diversity initiatives, professional development and networking, presents Connect With...The Arts at COCA on Thursday, August 25. Complimentary light appetizers and drinks from Beck's, Beck's Light and Bud Select will be available.
EXPERIENCE expressive dance that moves you. SEE artwork that draws inspiration from real life. LISTEN to music that makes the heart beat faster. TRY food that fills your taste for good things.

Tickets: $6 online pre-sale, $10 at the door







Join Stress Free Fridays this Friday at 5pm at EXO, located at 3146 Locust Street in Mid-Town...

A Spoonful of Honey Theater Company



The performance takes place at the

Missouri History Museum inside the

Lee Auditorium.

Friday, August 26 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Tickets are $20 in adv and $25 at the door. Call


Jon-Erickque & Amour Marketing Present the 5th Annual HotList, Inc. Awards
The Chemistry Edition x2 Saturday, August 27th
At Light On Broadway Banquet Room
8344 N. Broadway St. Louis, MO 63147
5:30pm to 6:30pm red carpet meet greet nominees& VIPs ONLY
Absolutely No Athletic Gear White Tees or Timbs
No children under 6yrs
For more information on VIP seating 314-504-7838
After parties free to all that attend the event
1st after party at Binions 5917 Delmar
2nd after party on East Side At POSH 657 E. Broadway

Hosted By: CeCe Lovechild & Myzphyt

Performances by:
Toilet Water featuring Ruka Puff
Wild Boyz
Britney J
And more

Fashions by:
Quazelle' Fashions
T. Ganter by Plum
Achi Couture
Lash Loft
360 Hot Gear
and more



Location Grandel Theater (home of the Black Rep)

3610 Grandel Square

St. Louis, MO

DWAYNE BESS Group presents
JPEK Creative Works National Traveling Play

Written & Directed By JOEL P.E. KING
Produced By DWAYNE T. BESS

Grandel Theatre - 3610 Grandel Square

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 8:00pm
Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 3:00pm

General Admission: $22
Premium Admission: $27

Featuring KENDRA C. JOHNSON - Co-Star of Phat Girlz and Guest Artist on BETs The Game

ISSUES OF LOVE is a compilation of love stories told from three perspectives, three different homes, three different situations that all seek a need for direction. In the state of vulnerability, the stakes are high and drama becomes a means to an end. By the power of prayer and reconnection to faith, what was lost is now found when treachery meets tragedy. It was love that brought them together, and it will be love that keeps them

2011 LouFest Music Festival

Featuring The Roots

Saturday, Aug 27 11:00a

at Central Fields, St Louis, MO

On August 27-28, thousands of music fans will descend on St Louis for LouFest. This all-ages event features 18 bands, local food, cool retail, and a greening effort that includes recycling, free valet bike parking, and a refillable water station. For our youngest fans there's the Kids Village filled with music, magic, kid-friendly food, a rock climbing wall, and more.

Selena Gomez & The Scene

Monday, Aug 29 7:00p

at the Fox Theatre


Freaky Muscato presents WINE and WOMEN TOUR concert August 31 at the Old Rock House starring Murphy Lee. Doors at 8p.m. Go to Metrotix for more info.



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