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Mr Couture 2012 Ryan Mitchell will make an appearance at the Project Design Kickoff at Club 15 on Friday and possibly at a Networking Party at Miso on the same night! (SEE EVENTZ BELOW)
This week’s dish is Jollof Rice
Jollof rice, also called 'Benachin' meaning “one pot” in the Wolof language, is a popular dish all over West Africa. It is thought to have originated in The Gambia but has since spread to the whole of West Africa, especially Nigeria and Ghana amongst members of the Wolof ethnic group.
There are many variations of Jollof rice. The most common basic ingredients are rice, tomatoes and tomato paste, onion, salt, and red pepper. Beyond that, nearly any kind of meat, vegetable, or spice can be added.
4 to 6 servings
Oil -- 1/4 cup
Chicken, cut into pieces -- 1 1/2 pounds
Water or stock -- 5 cups
Onions, chopped -- 2
Red or green bell pepper, chopped -- 1
Garlic, minced -- 3-4 cloves
Long-grain rice -- 3 cups
Tomato paste -- 1/4 cups
Tomatoes, chopped -- 2 cups
Carrots, peeled and chopped -- 2
Green beans -- 1 cup
Cabbage, chopped -- 1 cup
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat the oil over medium-high flame in a large pot. Working in batches, add the chicken and brown on all sides. Remove the chicken to another large pot and add the water or stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
While the chicken simmers, pour all but 2-3 tablespoons of oil out of the first pot. Heat the oil over medium flame, add the onions and peppers and sauté until the onions are wilted and translucent, 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.
Stir the rice into the onions and peppers and heat through for another 1-2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste to coat the rice and give it a reddish hue. Add the chopped tomatoes and let them cook down for 2-3 minutes.
Pour in the chicken and its simmering liquid into the rice pot and add the carrots, green beans and cabbage. Season well with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover tightly and simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove from heat, let rest another 10 minutes. Remove to a serving platter and serve with dodo, sliced hard-boiled eggs and a side salad.
There are many variations of jollof rice. Feel free to improvise using what you meats and vegetables you have on hand. Try beef, ham, shrimp, fish, goat or pork. For vegetables, add peas, potatoes, eggplant or mushrooms
Beef Jollof Rice: substitute cubed stewing beef for the chicken. After browning the beef, simmer in liquid for 45 minutes before adding to the sautéed rice mixture.
Vegetarian Jollof Rice: simply eliminate the meat and stir hot water or vegetable stock into the sautéed rice mixture.
Optional spices that can be used to flavor the dish are cinnamon, curry powder or cayenne. Some minced chile peppers can be sautéed with the onions to add extra bite.
A SPOT IN THE STL THAT SERVES JOLLOF RICE:
African Palace Bar & Grill
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THIS WEEKs BIG A&E STORY THIS WEEK IS
President Barack Obama was the guest speaker at the Congressional Black Caucus’ awards dinner Saturday in Washington DC.
Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were greeted warmly at the CBC Foundation annual awards dinner . In a fiery 25 minute speech the president vowed to continue fighting to help the poor and middle class.
"The future rewards those who press on and I'm going to press on," Obama told the cheering crowd. "I don't have time to feel sorry for myself; I'm going to press on."
Obama told the predominately African American crowd blacks to quit crying and complaining and "put on your marching shoes" to follow him into battle for jobs and opportunity.
President Obama also challenged Republicans in Congress to show they care about job creation and was roundly cheered for showing he’s “going to fight” to fire up his supporters in a battle to “save the country.”
“These Republicans in Congress like to talk about job creators. How about doing something real for job creators?" he said, prompting cheers and applause. "You say you’re the party of tax cuts. Pass this jobs bill, and every worker in America, including nearly 20 million African-American workers, will get a tax cut. Pass this jobs bill, and prove you’ll fight just as hard for a tax cut for ordinary folks as you do for all your contributors."
The audience erupted with laughter when he joked that Republicans have not always been against the kind of infrastructure spending he has proposed. "You all used to like to build roads, right? What happened?" the president asked, tongue firmly in cheek.
After the speech, several CBC members said they were pleased with the message. Rep. Donna Edwards , D-Md., said it was a "call to action." She said lawmakers on both sides of the aisle know where the battle lines are drawn on the issues and complaining about that will not accomplish anything - they must fight for what they want.
"He showed he's going to fight," she said.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, said the president "took his gloves off" and that it was the right approach.
ST Louis native and California Representative ad CBC member Maxine Waters was reported as saying she was a “bit curious he didn’t mention Hispacnics, jews or gays” in his speech.
Hmm, it seems as though some of the things Obama said during speech was “bootstrappy” as far as African American involvement but then demands the Republicans to pass his jobs bill in order for African Americans to have jobs was definitely needed to be said. It seems to us is, all it takes is both the Dems and GOP to pass the bill and jobs will be created. Obama is a chess player and the strategy move with him playing right in the middle.
According to The National Enquirer: new Chicago resident talk show host Rosie O’Donnell is furious over the October cover of “O” magazine she shares with Oprah Winfrey – she feels she was used as a prop to make her new TV boss look skinny.
The Emmy winner “believes Oprah resorted to trick photography” to alter the picture so she looks thin, but didn’t use the same manipulation for Rosie, an insider told The Enquirer…
“Rosie is upset because she worked hard to make herself look good and get back into shape for ‘The Rosie Show,’” said the insider. “And this cover just makes her look terrible – especially standing next to Oprah, who is clearly slimmed down through the miracle of computer technology.
“In reality, Oprah has at least 30 pounds on Rosie!”
If this is true….Well, Rosie, welcome to the world of Oprah! LOL
During his media blitz to promote his hit film, “Moneyball” Pitt made some off handed comment about his his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston last week in Parade Magazine on The Today show with Matt Lauer.
The comment was based on Pitt insinuating that his marriage to Aniston was boring.
On the Today show , Pitt said "My point was, the best thing I’ve done as a father is to ensure that my kids have a good mother. That’s all I was or am trying to say," Pitt said to Lauer. "It has no reference to the past and I think it’s a shame that I cant say something nice about Angie without Jen being drug in -- she doesn’t deserve it."
Meanwhile, Pitt made even more newz in regards to who he didn’t select to sit down with to promote his film, “Moneyball”—mainly Chelsea Handler (PICTURED).
Reportedly, Pitt refused to go on her show but the reason is fuzzy. Some insiders say its because she had Aniston are good friends and apparently feared the comedian would rip him in regards to his comments about Aniston. But others speculate that what Handler said about his second wife, Angelina Jolie, in December 2010, could be a factor when she said, “She can rescue as many babies from as many countries as she wants to,” Handler said about Jolie during a standup performance in December of last year. “I don’t f–king believe you. … She gives interviews, ‘I don’t have a lot of female friends.’ Cause you’re a f–king c–t. … You’re a f–king b–ch.”
Well whatever Pitt’s reasons, we are sure it was a public relations decision for him not to be on there, but the way its looking, it would have made newz either way if he did or didn’t!
In related newz, Pitt’s film, hyped “Moneyball” had a strong opening weekend, last weekend raking in over $19.5 million coming in second to Walt Disney's "The Lion King" reissue that was No. 1 for the second-straight weekend with $22.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The film is exceeding expectations of critics and audience members alike and is likely to cop Oscar nominations including one for Pitt for Best Actor.
Chicago bred rapper turned fashion designer Kanye West is currently in Paris, France attending the city’s fashion week where he is set to debut his new women’s line. But from reports, the seams may not be completed by the time of its debut this Saturday.
From the rumor mill, it seems as though Ye is a terror on his couturists, interns and students from Central St. Martins have been constructing the line under West's iron command and is not part of the overall process of the line. Insiders insists that Louise Wilson, West's mentor and head of the Master's Fashion program at Central Saint Martins, is heavily involved in the direction of the line which from reports will be costly and non-functional meaning not producable or wearable for the masses
Sources also say that though Kanye was present for all the fittings, "he was so was prone to changing his mind a lot that it made the whole process slightly excruciating." The source also said "they'd be amazed if the collection is ready in time for Paris Fashion Week, and that's quite likely the reason it wasn't shown last week at New York Fashion Week after all.”
Well, if the rumor is true, are we surprised? Ye is a troubled genius and we are sure he wants only but perfection with anything he creates (and voicing it to people at loud tone. lol). As far as his line, it could be more just a novelty than anything for he even says the fashion world doesn’t take him seriously even with his studying fashion at Martins.
There are rumors floating around again that former Chicago resident and Chicago Bullster and current business mogul Michael Jordan is engaged to his girlfriend of five-years Cuban –American model Yvette Prieto and are planning a wedding. Yet, the same reports were reported in 2008.
We will see if this year is the actual year of it happening.
Grammy Award winning and Chicago native R Kelly was hired by Sony Pictures to score the soundtrack to the “Sparkle” remake that will star Whitney Houston, Jordan Sparks and Cee-Lo Green. The film is set to film next month.
The center will donate a portion of its revenue to the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, an organization Jennifer set up to honor her deceased nephew.
Hmm, isn’t is a bit quick for her to open up a clinic? We are just saying. With the emphasis on her weight these days, maybe she should have waited a bit to see how her weight will be in say two years. Because with her as a spokesperson for Weight Watchers you know folk will be doing just that!
The 1985 Chicago Bears have been finally invited to White House. President Obama, a Bears fan, has invited the 1985 squad to finally receive the trip they rightfully earned so many years ago. The team, which has been voted the greatest defensive team in NFL hostry, was invited to the White House in 1986 by then president, Ronald Reagan, after their win against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX but the visit got cancelled when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded and met a tragic end, which led to the indefinite postponement of the annual White House tradition. Zoom 25 years later and their invitation has been granted. They are scheduled to attend the White House Oct 7.
In related newz, one of the stars of the 1985
He also added that the White House had time since the Space Challenger tragedy to invite them and felt it wasn’t a priority.
In more related Chicago Bears newz, former running back Walter Payton — the late Hall of Famer who was an integral member of the 1985 Super Bowl championship team — is the subject of a new book that portrays the superstar player less than his moniker, “Sweetness.”
The biography by author Jeff Pearlman, “Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton,” claims the NFL legend, who battled liver disease, and died in 1999 at age 45 from bile duct cancer, was a drug abuser and a philanderer who was at times suicidal, according to portions of the book posted on Sports Illustrated’s website, SI.com.
As quoted from Bud Holmes, Payton’s agent: “I’d see him walk out of the locker room with jars of painkillers, and he’d eat them like they were a snack.”
SI.com’s excerpts of the book detail examples of Payton’s struggle with drugs, claiming he kept tanks of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and shared it with his Bears teammates. The excerpts also include claims from Holmes and others that Payton threatened to commit suicide.
Pearlman’s book also details claims about Payton's infidelity. It says Payton's longtime mistress attended his 1993 Hall of Fame induction ceremony and stayed at the same hotel that his wife and children were in.
His biography of Payton comes out Oct. 4, according to USA Today.
And in more Chicago Bears newz, the day before facing the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field, the Chicago Bears’ Lance Briggs will make an appearance at Sprinkles Cupcakes Saturday. There, Briggs will take orders from customers at the upscale cupcake bakery, and pose for photos. He also has his own cupcake, Briggs4Kidz red velvet cupcake which will be on sale at the bakery from Saturday until Oct 9. Proceeds will benefit the Pro Bowl linebacker’s Briggs4Kidz foundation.
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UPDATE: Laura was safe and advanced the Top 6
The U.S. version of the singing competition, “X Factor” aired Wednesday on Fox with auditions in Chicago that were taped in April and May at the Sears Centre. However, from some critics criticized that the episode “didn't work real hard to make it clear that Hoffman Estates is dozens of miles from downtown” and that “only the first half of the two-hour show even featured the suburban tryouts for the singing contest; the show's second half returned to Seattle, site of auditions already featured on "X Factor." Also “none of the contestants whose stories were highlighted on the show were even identifiably from
There will be a casting call for the Glee Project Season 2. One of the cities will be in
THE BIG STL NEWZ STORY THIS WEEK IS
The St. Louis Cardinals won the Wild Card Race Wednesday nite, in one of the greatest comeback stories in sports of all time , winning 8-0 against the Astros. Meanwhile the Wild Card tied team the Atlanta Braves lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3- in the 13th inning.
The scenarios were If both the Braves and Cardinals won or lost on Wednesday, they would have met in a one-game tie-breaker on Thursday night in St. Louis to determine the wild-card playoff qualifier and if either the Braves or Cards lost or won to their opponent, there would be a tie breaking game at the winning opponent’ city grounds on Saturday . With the Cards and Philllies winning (Cards winning and Braves losing) , the Cards has advanced to the Playoffs and will play the Phillies (which includes first baseman
Former St Louis Rams player Mike Jones, who was part of the Greatest Team On Turf team, returned to
As far as the game, Lincoln U lost 56-14 to
Newbie St Louis based brewing company Six Row Brewing Co.will release its newest beer Plant No. 1 Pre-Prohibition Pilsner Sept 30. The lager was created as a co-marketing tool to promote its beer alongside the airing of filmmaker Ken Burns' new three-part documentary series, "Prohibition." on PBS Oct. 2-4. The film features
According to reports, Brown’s 90 plus minute set (PICTURE by Todd Owyoung of Riverfront Times) had three stage levels with a band and dancers performing songs from his first major hit, “run It” to his latest “The Beautiful People” with his trademarked mesmerizing acrobatic dance moves, costumes changes and shirtless grinding much to the screaming delight of females in the audience. Midliner T-Pain was reportedly just OK performing his solo and featured hits. Second opener Kelly Rowland’s set was punchy (but one Facebook writer said her set lacked energy) planted with man candy dancers performing snippets of sings during her Destiny’s child heyday as well as her monster smashes , “Dilemma” and , “Motivation” (sans Nelly and Lil Wayne). First opener Tyga performed as well and also during Chris Brown’s set on the songs "Deuces" and "Holla at Me" Afterwards, Kelly Rowland attended an after party she hosted at Club Amnesia(PICTURED RIGHT). It was promoted by Liquid Assets. To see pics go tohttp://maatology.blogspot.com/2011/09/out-on-town-1053-fame-tour-after-party.html
Actor Bryan Batt from the Emmy Award winning show “Mad Men” will be the keynote speaker for Stages St Louis 25th Anniversary season organization’s opening October 2 at Robert G. Reim Theatre. The event is in collaboration with the Diversity Awareness Partnership. For more information, log on to
Pastor Shirley Caesar was an added judge in this year's How Sweet The Sound Gospel Choir Competition that took place Monday at
Veteran Country rocker J,D, Souther will perform at Old Rock House Oct 20
Rapper Tity Boi of rap group
Neo soul singer Van Hunt will have a in store appearance at Vintage Vinyl prior to his concert at Lola Oct 6
Underground soul singer/actress SY Smith performed at Lola last Saturday
Tony Award winning Billy Elliott The Musical is coming to the Fox Nov 1-13
Also playing at the Fox will be the Addams Family cartoon Oct 9
ADD: Legendary STL jazz singer Jeanne Trevor and STL poet Wendy Gordonwill perform Oct. 1, Robbie's House of Jazz #20 Allen 63119 @
4th Annual Citizen Jane Film Festival will take place at various venues in downtown
The Riverfront Times published its Best of Award 2011 edition Wednesday. Some of the winners include Local Person Gone Good—Ellen Kemper (“The Office”); Best Boxer-Devon Alexander; Best TV Hair-Robin Smith--KMOV; Best Cardinal-Albert Pujols; Best Coach-Tony LaRussa; Best Theater Company-Black Rep; Best Hip Hop Club—Spruills, and Best R&B Artist –teresajenee to name a few . To see the full list go to http://www.riverfronttimes.com/
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STL TV personality/producer Socialite Sande (Stevenson) has landed an extra TV gig these days. She is now part of the morning team on KMOV TV. Her first day was Sept 19.
KMJM and STL TV personality Selena J hosted her last radio cast of her show Rhythm & Life on Majic 104.9 FM Wednesday. On Thursday, she will host her new mid-day time slot, 9a-2p weekdays on the same station.
Former St Louis beauty queen and current iwatchradio talk show host Lesley Hunter (RIGHT)is promoting a comedy series titled “Name Tag Comedy Series Presents: Ken Canamore & Friends,”.It is a headlined showcase with Canamore (LEFT), a St Louisan, is a current Finalist in NBCs Standup for Diversity Comedy Competition 2011. He has also been featured on the Television Program 'Laugh Out Loud St. Louis' which airs on MyTV46. It will be hosted by Ben Flug. Two shows will take place Oct 1 at The Grove Deli.
Singer/actress Seviin Lii has a cameo IN STL GOSPEL ARTIST CEDRIC SHANNON RIVES NEW MUSIC VIDEO, "PLEASE HEAR ME" You can see the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROp-dZ5bvEY&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Lii also will perform at
Award winning R&B trio Mo Tre will perform at the Libra Octoberfest Pct 1 at J Bucks in downtown
St Louis implant and poet Aireez Darychuss will perform Oct 1 at Kuumba;s Cove in
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STL socialite Mario The Great has joined Mocha Latte to host her Best Damned Ladies Night Period on Saturdays at Club Amnesia
STL native poet Fo Feet’s trip to
Fitness trainer/model Fred Williams along with trainer John Naumo who train at West County Health and Fitness will have try outs of their kickboxing classes at Indigo Joe's Wildwood in Grover,
Bob Cassilly was an American sculptor and entrepreneur. Based in
RIP-REFLECTEven though she wasn’t from
BLIND DISHZ. Which STL based artist is getting a reputation for being late or a no show at scheduled appearances?
HINT 1. This artist is a female
HINT 2. This artist landed a national recording deal in the mid 200s
HINT 3. This artist’s stage name is a “double reference” to a part of her anatomy.
PRO=MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Which STL mover and shakers are getting it in this week? Stylist Ola and event host/promoter Mocha Latte (TIE) and socialite Mario The Great and event promoter Mo Spoon (TIE)
Mocha Latte. The vivrant Queen of Promotions is back and at em in this section. Coming off of hosting at The Loft Saturday after Staci Static’s live radio remote, she got it in this week attending Zella at Missouri History Museum (that she help to promote) and hosted her created Sistah Girl Tuesdays at The Loft (SEE ONGOING BITZ LINK BELOW) This Saturday she will return to her hosting duties of her created Best Damned Ladies Night Period at Club Amnesia(SEE ONGOING BITZ LINK BELOW) with new co-host, Mario The Great.
Ola. This lovely stylist and event producer started off the week having her line Ola Styles being featured in Fashion In The City at City Museum. This weekend, she will make an appearance at Project Designs kickoff at Club 15 and host Miso’s Networking party both on Friday and she will participate in a sleepover at St Louis Zoo on Saturday.
Mario The Great . Coming off of attending the FAME tour after party with host R&B singer Kelly Rowland (and tweeting with Rowland during the event), thsi charismatic socialite is adding co-host to his fashionable cap as he joins Mocha Latte on the mic at her Best Damned Ladies Night Period at Club Amnesia this Saturday.
Mo Spoon. This vet promoter of MPAC has three events going on this week. This past Monday, he and promoters Hella Fly Promotions kicked off week three of their MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL networking event AT THE ALL NEW BSV LOUNGE (FORMALLY AREA CODE). Then on Friday, his Eye Candy Party will kickoff his b-day weekend at The Loft (SEE EVENTZ BELOW) and Saturday , is his b-day finale at Lola (SEE EVENTZ BELOW)
WORDZ TO THE WHYZ??????????????????????
Why doesPresident Obama show his “black side”only when he does speaking engagements with black audiences? Why does scholar Cornell West and activist Tavis Smiley continue to hate on Obama? Why was it so disturbing to hear Michael Jackson under the drug Propofol? Why is Kim Kardashian trying t get her sex tape off the Internet? Why are folk saying Amber Rose kicked it with Trey Songz their hosting of a show in
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HAPPY STL LIBRAians BDAZES—Comedian/actor Joe Torry (PICTURED) singer Bradd Young, news reporter Jeff Small, singer Cedric Shannon Rives , promoters Mo Spoon and Terrence Reynolds, and socialites Walter Deuce, Cedric Rocker, and Marty Dixson
RED Thru Oct 2 at St Louis Repertory Theaterhttp://www.repstl.org/season/show/red/
Stress Free Fridays this Friday, September 30th at the newest venue to open in the Central West End, Lester's, located at 4651 Maryland Avenue, next to the public parking lot...this venue is simply amazing and the food/drinks are mouth-watering...5pm start time!
STL Fashion Week Project Design Kickoff and A.J. Thouvenot’s Arty J fashion line fashion show Sept 30 at Club 15 (CLICK PIC FOR MORE DETAILS)
MeTooMusic presents Cedric Shannon Rives - Sing You Out the 4 Walls CD Release Concert Sept 30 at Gateway Area BFAC, 85 Water Street in Cahokia, Ill. Special Guests: Stellar Award Winner Darwin Hobbs and Gospel Dream Winner Melinda Watts, Also featuring: Amber Bullock, Oscar Williams Jr, Ricky floyd II
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$25 General Seating
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Includes VIP Seating, 2 Disc (24) Song CD Set, 4 Walls Devotional Book, and Post-Release Meet & Greet Reception
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Do You Social Media presents TAG networking party at Miso located at
The Eye Candy Grey Goose Takeover is Friday the 30th at the Loft. EVERYONE FREE GREY GOOSE AND ENTRY TIL ! For VIP or more info call 314.226.5777.
Elitism Magazine and Alliance Group present Ocktoberfest winery bus trip Oct 1. Bus will pick up at 10:390 am at Repertory at
Aretha Franklin and 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 Years in the Making."
Other special guests from the venue's past, present and future will be in the house as well. For more info go to Get more information at
SUPER SMOOTH PROMOTIONS PRESENTS..OCTOBERFEST "LIBRA EXTRAVAGANZA " OCT 1ST @ JOE BUCKS DOWNTOWN. 21 BDAY PARTIES, LADIES $5 TIL 1030PM, DJ FLEX SPINNING, HOSTED BY SUPER EGO, ODIS DOING 3 FOR $10 PHOTOS ALLNITE, PERFORMANCES BY ENTHO NITE LIFE AND R AND B GROUP MO' TRE.
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Jazz legend George Benson is at the
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