ITS THAT TIME AGAIN!!
TIME TO GET TOWNED!!!
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The YEAR END OUTTOWN BLOG will be posted DEC 29
THE BIG A&E NEWZ STORY THIS WEEK IS:
Last Sunday, President Barack Obama’s interview on 60 Minutes was aired on CBNS. On the full hour episode, President Obama told co-host Steve Kroft that he's like the captain of a ship on rough seas. At some point in this voyage, the president tells Steve, "Folks are gonna say . . . 'a good captain would have had us in some smooth waters and sunny skies, at this point.' [But] I don't control the weather. What I can control are the policies we're putting in place to make a difference in people's lives."
The interview took place in the Cabinet Room of the White House and on the road in
To view the interview go to http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504803_162-57341009-10391709/president-obama-the-full-60-minutes-interview/
In unrelated Obama newz, according to a USA Today report, The Obamas was on hand for Sunday night's 30th anniversary of Christmas in
Conan O'Brien was on hand to host the event at the
"It's especially exciting to be here during this joyous season, when we celebrate the arrival of a miracle child, worshiped by millions around the world. Of course I'm talking about Justin Bieber," O'Brien said. "My 8-year-old daughter loves him. Or at least that's what I tell people when they ask why I'm carrying a lock of his hair in my pocket."
The late-night talk-show host pointed out that he was pleased to be at an event that supports such a good cause, the Children's
"The last event I hosted was Kim Kardashian's bridal shower," O'Brien quipped. "I had a bad feeling about that one."
Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Chitown native Jennifer Hudson, the Band Perry and Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice took turns singing holiday classics and new favorites. Before Bieber took to the stage, Green kicked off the evening's performances with his renditions of This Christmas and Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.
Singing I'll Be Home for Christmas, the Band Perry was accompanied by the men of the United States Naval Academy Glee Club. Justice sang Winter Wonderland and Let It Snow.
Finally it was
The singer belted out Do You Hear What I Hear— she says her favorite is Whitney Houston's version — with the help of the American Family Choir. "I don't know how many times I've sang for the president, but every time feels like the first time. "
The talent gathered onstage for the closing medley, which included Mary Did You Know (the Band Perry), Away in a Manger (Bieber), It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (Justice), Silent Night (Green) and O Holy Night (Hudson).
President Obama expressed his gratitude for the evening, offering a special thanks to O'Brien, "host of the best late-night show on TBS."
Obama called this the "season to celebrate miracles." He emphasized "service to others, compassion to all, treating others as we wish to be treated."
To end the evening, the first family gathered with the performers to sing Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.
From a report from AP, New Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols (PICTURED with new signee pitcher CL Wilson) put on his new jersey as his wife Deidre and his son Alberto Pujols, Jr. looked on during a baseball news conference in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, where Pujols and the Angels agreed to a landmark 10-year, $254 million deal. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
Pujols reportedly made their first public appearances with the Angels Saturday at a raucous pep rally outside Angel Stadium. He and Wilson signed deals for a combined $331.5 million. Pujols pulled on his new white No. 5 jersey to adoring chants of "We got Albert!"
"It was really emotional," Pujols said of his decision-making process, which moved quickly over 36 hours earlier last week. "But when you feel there's somebody out there that wants you really bad and was doing everything he could to bring you to the ballclub, it's pretty special."
That somebody would be Arte Moreno, the Angels owner who landed the biggest free agent on the market with the second-biggest contract in baseball history, surpassed only by Alex Rodriguez's reworked deal with the Yankees. Moreno's offer of $254 million over 10 years was enough to persuade a three-time MVP who had spent his entire 11-year career in St. Louis to leave the Cardinals shortly after winning his second World Series title.
"I know people in the city of
Moreno swayed Pujols and his wife, Deidre, during a lengthy phone conversation in which the outdoor advertising mogul emphasized the Angels' commitment to charity work, the Orange County lifestyle, and a family atmosphere that will embrace Pujols long after he retires — along with the Angels' elite pitching staff and solid roster run by veteran manager Mike Scioscia. Pujols' deal also includes a no-trade clause and a personal services deal that could keep him bound to the Angels for life.
Pujols and his wife were reportedly impressed by
"It was hard for me, too," Pujols said. "It's been hard for almost a year. Obviously you don't want to blame anything, because I'm a guy that doesn't look for blame, but my first two months of the season, it was hard. It was emotional. You're going to have some family and friends that agree with you, and some that don't like it. I want the fans to know I love them, I respect how they treated my family, and I thank them for making me the man I am today. If it wasn't for that city, I wouldn't be here today."
The Angels reportedly started to think they might land Pujols last Wednesday night, moments before the door closed on the manager's flight home from the winter meetings. Pujols made up his mind last Thursday morning, informing his agent, Dan Lozano, he would leave
Pujols' decision electrified fans who descended on Angel Stadium to welcome the new players — and to buy No. 5 and No. 33 jerseys and T-shirts from the fully stocked team store.
For our commentary about the Pujols deal look under STL NEWZ BELOW
Former Chicgao talk show maven and current network mogul Oprah Winfrey has toured an encampment for Haitians displaced by a massive earthquake recently. The
"This is part of (her TV show) Next Chapter, going around the world to see interesting and fascinating cases of profound examples of what can be done to make a difference in the world," Oprah told reporters at the encampment.
She said Penn's efforts will be featured in an upcoming program on her Oprah Winfrey Network.
Is it us, or does Oprah look like her character Sophia from “The Color Purple.” LOL
In related newz, Oprah’s network, OWN, despite its heavily marketed start is struggling, according to Hollywood Reporter. Because of the dismal ratings, executives are thinking about catering to African American audiences. While ‘The Rosie Show,’ and ‘Oprah’s Lifeclass’ has helped the network, the program ‘Welcome to Sweetie Pies’ (PICTURED)has been the standout for the network and is popular among African Americans, giving executives a good reason to tweak their demographic.
OWN president Erik Logan clarifies that the network will not abandon its original premise, but rather become more inclusive. Oprah has built her brand and enjoyed success from a wide audience and the network heads are very aware of that.
Here is an excerpt from the Hollywood Reporter story:
Since Welcome to Sweetie Pies premiered, OWN has enjoyed an average prime-time viewership of around 216,000 people.Sweetie Pies has seen an average audience of around 418,000, making it the highest rated show on the network by far in that period.
Hmm, "tweak" is a nice way of saying OWN is about to become black. LOL
The nominees for the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this week and several
Also in the award nominations, the 69thh Annual Golden Globe nominations were announced today,Thursday and two noted ILLI MOians were nominated.They were
The 69th Golden Globe Awards airs Sunday, Jan. 15, at / on NBC
Chicago bred rapper and 2012 Grammy led nominee Kanye West was one of several artists who teamed up for the endorsement video for the site Megaupload.com. A 4-minute clip features a slew of familiar faces singing the praises of the popular website, used for sharing music and video files, in the "Megaupload Mega Song."
It consents celebrities to go viral, but Torrent Freak reports that it is in defense of the beloved file sharing site (based in Hong Kong), which has been under fire in the U.S. lately from anti-Piracy groups such as Creative America, a pact of studios, networks, etc., and RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) who have accused the site and its founder Kim Schmitz of promoting illegal piracy of copy written music and other entertainment material. Other artists included are Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Chris Brown, Will.i.am Alicia Keys, and Mary J Blige.
Chicago native and Oscar nominated actor Terrence Howard's estranged wife, Michelle, got a restraining order recently against the actor claiming Howard constantly beats her and threatens to kill her ... but Terrence says it's all a big, fat lie.
Michelle Howard filed court documents, obtained by TMZ, claiming Terrence began beating her up just 7 days after they were married in January 2010.
In the docs, Michelle claims Howard "slugged me across my face and neck" ... and threatened to throw her off a balcony.
Michelle claims the violence continued throughout their marriage -- with Terrence allegedly committing several violent acts, such as
-- smacking her in the face and chipping her tooth with his wedding ring
-- throwing her down to the ground in a parking lot
-- telling her, "I'll hit a woman quicker than I'd hit a man"
-- Saying, "If you tell anyone about my personal business, I will kill you and no one will ever know
-- Screaming, "B*tch, walk home. That's my car, I pay for it."
The actor also filed legal papers, adamantly denying that he EVER threatened Michelle -- but claiming she has been threatening to "release private materials to 3rd parties for her own personal financial gain" unless he paid her money.
Sources connected to the case tell TMZ ... the material in question includes a video of Howard singing naked in the shower.
This morning, an L.A. County Superior Court judge granted Michelle a temporary restraining order preventing Howard from going near her or contacting her until their next court hearing.
Michelle filed for divorce back in February.
This is ugly. Now it has been reported that Howard does have anger problems and has been known to smack up women, but it seems as though there some other issue she’s dealing with unbeknownst to the public. But as its been said, “theres always two sides to a story.”
THE BIG STL NEWS STORY IS:
The ongoing backlash from St Louis Cardinals fans of baseball superstar Albert Pujols signing to the California Angels. According to a report by Joe Strauss of stltoday.com , On Monday, Pujols wife, Diedre (PICTURED) did a lengthy morning interview with local Christian radio station KLJY (99.1 FM), Deidre Pujols described the Cardinals' initial five-year, $130 million offer as an "insult" and inconsistent with the club's oft-stated desire to keep her husband as "a Cardinal for life." She also said she believes the city has "absolutely been deceived" by media reports regarding the Cardinals' level of commitment.
Monday night, a source with the Cardinals maintained that the team did guarantee a 10-year contract for Pujols. That definition also could include a player-controlled option or series of options.
Pujols agreed to terms Thursday with the Los Angeles Angels on a 10-year, $254 million contract and appeared Saturday at a news conference in
Pujols suggested that a number of people have used the Bible to criticize their decision.
"The devil has overplayed his hand because I have Christian folk trying to throw the Word in my face," she said.
The couple acknowledged Saturday afternoon that local support for their St. Louis-based Pujols Family Foundation has already eroded. Deidre Pujols said she has "never seen hatred spread so fast, and I understand why. Let me say that Albert and I never, not one time, intended to leave the city."
Neither Albert nor Deidre Pujols took exception to descriptions of the Cardinals' offer during a series of interviews following Saturday's news conference.
Deidre Pujols suggested to the radio station that misperceptions about the Cardinals' offer probably have fed the backlash.
She insisted that at no time did the Cardinals make a 10-year guarantee but did not elaborate on what the club did offer beyond the introductory five-year framework.
"It just didn't work out," she said. "The offers that people have seen on television, I'm going to tell you what, had that offer been the one that was given us, with guarantees, we would (be back with) the birds on the bat."
Club officials declined to directly address the assertion that the offer was not guaranteed.
The couple later gave an extended interview to KSDK (Channel 5) and reiterated many of the same comments made during and after Saturday's introductory news conference at Angels Stadium.
The Angels' overwhelming bid does not incorporate deferred money, according to sources familiar with the terms. The Cardinals' 10-year proposal deferred $30 million without interest.
"I'm sorry it had to come down to this," Albert Pujols told KSDK sports director Rene Knott on Monday.
Referring to the Angels' bid during an interview with KMOX radio Monday night, DeWitt said, "There was no way we could approach that."
The club's position disappointed the player, who insisted Monday he had no expectation of leaving the organization and the city even after talks broke off in February.
The bottom line is this: If someone offered you more than what you bargained for, wouldn’t you take the bait? Of course you would. But that’s the problem from the start—The
In related Pujols newz, his newly erected statue in front of his restaurant Pujols 5 in Westport Plaza has been given security for ears if vandalism since Pujols announcement of moving on to the Angels. Whelan security guards from
Controversial talk show host JC Cochran returned from his two week suspension Monday with an abbreviataed version of his radio show on KTRS AM with co-host Trish Gregory. On the show, he explained what occurred with the Twitter war he had with St Louis Cardinals fans in regards to his predication, from inside sources, that slugger Albert Pujols was going to sign back with the Cardinals which yielded to his two week suspension in late November. He said on Monday that his prediction was correct until that Thursday morning when the Loa Angeles Angels gave him the $250million,10year contract with no conditions. Pujols was set to sign back with the Cards on that Wednesday but they only offered him a 5 year contract. So he summed it up by saying that he and his sources were right up until that Thursday but the media were not going to consider that and just conclude that he was wrong altogether just cause.
The St Louis Film Critics had chosen their top picks of nominees in its 2011 SLFC Awards . For Best Film this week. Some of the nominees were, “The Artist,” “The Descendants,” “Drive,””My Week With Marilyn.” and “Tree of Life.”
For Best Actor: Ryan Gosling for Drive; George Clooney for The Descendants
Jean Dujardin for The Artist; ; Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Michael Fassbender for Shame and
Best Actress: Viola
Best Supporting Actor John Hawkes for Martha Marcy May Marlene, Albert Brooks for Drive,
Best Supporting Actress Cate Blanchett for Hanna, Octavia Spencer for The Help, Shailene Woodley for The Descendants, Bérénice Bejo for The Artist
Jessica Chastain for Tree Of Life
For more awards go to
Grammy Award nominated singer Eric Benet, will perform two shows at the Lumiere Theatre inside
Lil Scrappy is back in the Lou performing his HOTTEST hits for 3M Thursdays at the JunKyard Bar and Grill. This event is sponsored by Smirnoff Vodka, Mad Cow Entertainment and HOT 104.1.
Rapper Maino performed at the
The 7th Annual St. Louis Blues Festival will take place Feb. 25 at Chaifetz Arena with headliner
Their will be a bday celebration for actress Kendra C. Johnson at Harrys Bar Dec 26. Celebrity guests include Chitown native comedian/actor Rodney Perry, STL native actor Sean Blackmore, and STL native ex football player/reality show star Isaac Keys ("The Ultimate Merger", "The Therapist") DJ Arty mixing it up.
Aloha and Bradd Young have a new video out for their single , “Ready for Christmas” that was filmmed and directed by Pascal. Special appearances in the video are STL Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr and rapper Jibbs. To view it go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m15--JcrYLQ&feature=share
Singer,Sineta Roker (FAR LEFT) & CBS's Socialite Sande (LEFT) will host an exclusive Sip & Shop party at the city's most desired boutique-Epiphany! THURS DEC 15 Enjoy appetizers, food, music as you shop for the holidays & mingle with trendsetters. Personal stylists & make up artist will be at at your service. All items will be 25% off & all in attendance will receive an additional coupon for '$25 off a purchase of $125 or more' to be used at a future date. This private event is exclusively for shoppers only. There is a one item purchase minimum. If you would like to attend & shop pls rsvp at firstname.lastname@example.org
Five STL fashion designers will be featured in Rockhouse/Hella Fly’s XMAS NIGHT @ LOLA! FASHION'S NIGHT OUT Pt 2. "CHRISTMAS EDITION" DEC 26. Spotlighting some of St. Louis' hottest fashion boutique's & designers! Featuring: RSRVD She-aBella by Nelly Beckham Young Addy Five 11 Fashion by Jarrece Patrick CatWalk Fashion Veria Poche by NiNi D. Robinson D'va 2 D'va Dusty Pink Free Grey Goose cocktails between 10 & 11 for ladies & we are giving away a free gift bag every hour! Dress Code Strictly Enforced!!!!
The hottest vocalist in
Forever Yours Bar & will have its Grand Opening Event located in the Tower Grove neighborhood. On Saturday they will have a silent auction (SEE EVENTZ BELOW)
HAPPY STL SAGITARIANians BDAZES—Comedian Jovan Bibbs (PICTURED), dee-jay James “Needles” Gates,promoters Mario Wayne, Keith Harris . Darryl M. Gillespie II, and Rhashad Whittier, actor L.a. Williams, and model Calvin Dunlap,
BLIND DISHZ. Which significant other of a popular STL personality was seen in a shouting match with someone outside of a venue during a recent event held in
HINT 1.This person is a female.
HINT 2. The female’s significant other is a popular STL radio personality
HINT 3. Her first name is the same as a TV actress who’s started off as a singer in an “assorted” girl group.
PRO-MO-CIAL-I-COUS. Which STL movers and shakers got it in this week? TV personality/fashion designer Christia Parker and stylist/event producer Ola (TIE) and The Men of Hella Fly Promotions (King Kerry and Dano Johnson)and rap mogul Nelly (TIE)
Christia Parker(RIGHT). This up and coming fashionista can be seen every week hosting STL LIVE that airs every Monday on STL TV and on Wednesday,her design line Moda Christia was featured in the She is Queen fashion show that was held at Copia.
Ola(FAR RIGHT). Coming off of TV appearances on Fox2 showcasing her Ola Style fashions including a new plus size line, this lovely fashonista she oversaw the She Is Queen Fashion Show (and co-hosted with Fox 2’sTimEzell) which was a charity show that beneiftted her charity organization Makeover for a Cause.Her Ola Style line also was featured in the show.
King Kerry and Dano Johnson.(FAR LEFT) These two swagged out promoters contiues its stride working with their organization and other promoters including Happy Hour Tuesday at BSV Lounge with Mo Spoon, a special$5 Fridays with a Welcome Home B Gizzle party at The Broadway hosted by Dano, a Sagitarius Girlz and Boyz Bday party at the newly renovated Drunken Fish on The Landing with Kerry being one of the celebrators (co-promoted by Rockhouse Ent and Grand Finale and on Sunday, they, along with Rockhouse will host Murphy Lee’s Freakend Finale at Lola which willdouble as the After Party for Nelly’s annual Black and White Ball.
Nelly (LEFT). The Grammy Awrd winning rap mogul is coming off a Grand Opening and party for his newly constructed recording studio EI Institute located in Laclede’s Landing (where the Skybox was once housed, a sports bar he co-owned with Marshall Faulk, Larry Hughes and Darrius Miles),his annual black and white ball benefiting Lindenwood University will take place this Sunday at Chase Park Plaza.
SEE PRO-MO-CIAL-I-COUS SPOTLIGHT BELOW of
WORDZ TO THE WHYZ???????????????
Why didnt Alec Baldwin cooperate with the American Airline flight attendant? Why is Donald Trump flip-flopping on running for President? Why was there another shooting at Virginia Tech?Why are ST Lousians upset with Albert Pujols when the Cards didnt sign him earlier in the year? Why was Madonna chosen to perform at next year's Super Bowl? Why does radio personality Frank O. Pinion always get on the air and complain about his wife? Why was Americas Next Top Model Angelea disqualified from the finale? Why is Hip-hop superstar Lil Wayne coming out with a clothing line inspired by his love of skate boarding? And why is the only funny person on Saturday Night Live Kristen Wiig?
MO ILLI MO EVENTZ
The Black Rep's current production, the musical "Black Nativity," runs through Dec. 18 at the Grandel Theatre. For more information about either show, visit the website or call the troupe at 314-534-3810
Mercado on the Go Tastes of Greatness
Thursday, December •
Hosted by Tiffany Glasco
Mid Town Alley District
Please join us as we celebrate the Launch of Mercado on the Go, with a Taste of Greatness food tasting event. Sample various delicacies that will be featured on our online grocery market and catering service!
The Stress Free Fridays Holiday Party/Birthday Bash for our very own, Mario Wayne and our good friend, Monica Waller will be held this Friday, December 16th at The Signature Room, located at 9006
Stress Free Fridays Co-Founder, Mario Wayne and our good friend, Monica Waller will both be celebrating their Birthday's...stop by and wish both of them a very "Happy Birthday!"
1. 35 years of age and older to enter the venue.
2. Dress Code is strictly enforced (no athletic gear, baseball caps, tall tee-shirts or sneakers)...JEANS ARE ALLOWED!
3. LIVE JAZZ from .
4. DJ Roy Michael Roberson on the turntables from 9pm-CLOSE.
FreeTime presents GENTLEMAN JACK ART, BEATS & LYRICS
URBAN ART EXHIBITION...ESCAPE THE MAINSTREAM
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16th
NEO ON LOCUST (2801 LOCUST ST.)
7PM - 12AM
Visuals: Over 50 Dope Artists!
Audio: Alien Warr, DJ Lord, Scarface of the Geto Boys and more!
Nelly will host his 6th Annual Black and white Ball Dec 18 at
Murphy Lee’s Freakend
ST Lunatics member Murphy Lee will have three nites of parties this weekend. First is BREATHE Murphy Lee Edition at The City FRI DEC 16, THEN PT 2 at LAVISH/POSH SAT DEC 17 And the FINALE at Lola which will double as the after party for Nellys 6th Annual Black and White Ball.