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BLACK HISTORY MONTH BITZ
This week we spotlight music composer Scott Joplin
He moved to
He died from complications of tertiary syphilis in 1917.
POST NOTE: Joplin's music was rediscovered and returned to popularity in the early 1970s with the release of a million-selling album of Joplin's rags recorded by Joshua Rifkin, followed by the Academy Award–winning movie The Sting which featured several of his compositions, such as "The Entertainer" composed by Marvin Hamlisch. The opera Treemonisha was finally produced in full to wide acclaim in 1972. In 1976,
THE BIG A&E STORY THIS WEEK IS:
The Homegoing Celebration of pop icon Whitney Houston which had taken place last Saturday morning at New Hope Baptist Church in New Jersey, the church where she was raised. The four hour funeral was presided by her cousin Dionne Warwick and was webcast online where The Associated Press screened the funeral online and said it had nearly two million unique viewers.
Of the hundreds among hundreds of family, friends and celebrities who attended several ILLIMOIans were spotted. Chicagoan singer R Kelly was one of the noted speakers who also performed at the pulpit his rendition of "I Look to You" that he penned for the late singer.
According to reports, Twitterers enjoyed his performance at the funeral. Some of their comments included "Ok R. Kelly just broke me down cause that song he wrote for Whitney Houston personally... #soemotional",
"R. Kelly left his heart up there. That was a send off. The professional pull-thru was everything. I saw him struggling. #whitneyhouston"
and "just when you think the crying is over, r Kelly S A N G S that song."
Kelly joined a host of other singers like Stevie Wonder, BeBe Winans, Alicia Keys and CeCe Winans who shared their own songs of remembrance for Whitney.
Other ILLIMOians in attendance were former
This funeral will definitely go down in history as one of the most memorable celebrity funerals (Michael Jackson’s was more of a public gathering at the
After rising to introduce "The White House Blues All-Stars" President Obama took the mic from Mick Jagger and sang a few bars of "Sweet Home
Also, music legends B.B. King and Mick Jagger were featured in a band which contained all ages including young faces such as 26-year-old Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and Gary Clark Jr. , whose style blends hip hop, contemporary soul and indie rock. Also performing were Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks , with actress Taraji P. Henson as the program host and Booker T. Jones as music director and band leader.
The concert honors Black History Month and will be a part of the "In Performance at The White House" series set to air on PBS stations. You can check out all of the footage for the concert this coming Monday evening.
(Report from Examiner.com )
You know what’s coming next, right? The Barack Obama CD-- singing his favorite songs. And he doesn’t have to worry about winning a Grammy because he won two-one on 2007 and one in 2009 in the Spoken Word category.
Network owner Oprah Winfrey is taking her "Lifeclass" series on the road. Her network OWN announced Wednesday the return of the popular series “Oprah’s Lifeclass” with six all-new episodes, titled “Oprah’s Lifeclass: The Tour” and her first stop is March 26 at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis. Bishop T.D. Jakes and Iyanla Vanzant join Oprah for the event, which will air live on the OWN network. A second episode will be taped in
It's been almost four decades since
According to reports, Asner, who co-starred with Betty on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s, play a man who spurned her." But unlike their flirtatious scenes back in the '70s, their
It all hits the fan when Melanie, Joy and Victoria try to join the prestigious club and discover Elka's history with the club's president. "She's out to gain vengeance, and so am I," said Ed. "We reach a Mexican standoff."
The episode will air on TV Land on March 14!
In unrelated Ed Asner newz, he along with actress Valerie Harper are teaming up filing suit on the proposed merger of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Asner and Harper, who starred in the 1970s "Mary Tyler Moore" series, have joined other high profile actors including Ed Harris and Martin Sheen in filing a lawsuit in
Referendum ballots will be mailed to members Feb. 27 and are due back March 30. The merger would be ratified only if at least 60% of those who vote approve the plan.
The suit alleges that the SAG board breached its fiduciary duties to conduct an actuarial impact study detailing the effects of the proposed merger on health and pension benefits of SAG members.
The 43rd annual NAACP Awards took place Friday at Shrine Auditorium in
Guess it’s really hard out here for a pimp! LOL
The First Lady Michelle Obama will be in
And speaking of
THE BIG STL STORY IS:
The agreement would reportedly allow the Rams to play one of their eight home games there in exchange for giving the CVC greater convention scheduling flexibility during the football season, which is also a busy time for conventions.
Under the current terms of the lease, the CVC can only book conventions at the Edward Jones Dome for one week each month from August until December. With this agreement the CVC will reportedly have two weeks each of those months in 2013, 2014 and 2015
From 2016 until 2025 ( the year of the end of the lease), the CVC will also reportedly be able to schedule three extra weeks through those months in addition to the one week each month.
Under the new agreement, the Rams will reportedly pay all seasonal employees the hourly wages from the London game where the seasonal emplyees will not attend and that they would have made at the home game.
Meanwhile, the CVC is still in negotiations with The Rams with the initial proposal it sent to The Rams Organziation on details with splitting the $120 million upgrade costs to the Edward Jones Dome where it has until 2015 to complete (the year that the lease will expire). The Rams have until March 1 to accept the proposal or decline it and come up with their demands for the CVC who will then have until June 1 to accept or decline the counterproposal and thus it will go into arbitration and decided in December on whether the Rams will stay in St Louis after the 2015 Season when the lease is up and renegotiate with the CVC or leave the city after the lease expires.
Hmm, interesting. Looks like the Rams is getting the upper hand by having the CVC to amend its “iron clad” lease to have the team play away from home and its Rams seasonal employees (the staff and concession workers)will get their checks without having to work on the day the team goes to visit Big Ben. And all that CVC got was an extra week to have conventions during the football season. So if this goes the way we think it will go, the Rams will likely dictate how much it will put in the kitty to pay for the upgrades that CVC is demanding if they agree to any money alotted at all. In the end, we think the Rams will be leaving for the Land of Lala and play in its new stadium (built by Kroenke’s construction workers in Los Angeles)) after the 2015 Season.
St Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is doing the silent treatment like his friend former Cards Albert Pujols done as he stopped negotiations during this year's Spring Training for a long term extension contract with the team to renew his contract after the 2012 Season (Pujols did the same thing in Feb 2011).
Unlike Pujols, he is reportedly not going to accept a "hometown discount" as reported (i.e. taking a pay cut to stay in the city) nor resume talks after the season is over to go into free agent status. Meaning, he may consider leaving before his contract ends this year.
He has been reported as saying that he wants to stay in
Molina will reportedly make $7 million in his last season before his contract expires. Talks have reportedly stopped the last two weeks.
We think that Molina is playing hard ball and he is in an interesting place now that the 200 plus million his buddy, Pujols, was offered to stay with the Cards has been freed up and be dispersed throughout the team. And with this known, Molina can be a bit demanding for the Cards to keep him. Let’s hope he stays healthy and prove that the Golden Glove Awards he has received are worth his staying for a few more seasons.
Some of the St Louis Cardinals of the past have come to the plate to be guest instructors during the team’s Spring Training sessions currently taking place in Jupiter, Fla until April. Some of the teachers include Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith and Jim Edmonds. Also there are former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog and former players Willie McGee, Lou Brock and Bob Gibson. It has been speculated that Smith has said YES to the idea after former manager Tony LaRussa had left the organization. Smith has had bad blood with LaRussa after he was benched during his last playing year in 1996, the year he became manager (and reportedly to this day Smith still holds a grudge). Edmonds is reporetdly going to join the Cardinals in a auxillary type of position that reportedly has yet to be classified.
We always thought Ozzie should have been the new manager of the Cards, but being an instructior comes close to it.
Speaking of LaRussa, he is scheduled to spend a few weeks assisting Detroit Tigers during its spring camp. Tigers manager Jim Leyland told reporters in Lakeland, Fla., that La Russa La Russa's role, as Leyland explained it, will primarily entail working with Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski (Dombrowski and La Russa have worked together before when Dombrowski was in the White Sox front office as an assistant to the general manager while La Russa managed the big league club). La Russa will reportedly not be in a Tigers uniform .
First Lady Michelle Obama will headline an afternoon fundraiser on March 5 at the Peabody Opera house in downtown
It was announced Wednesday that Oprah Winfrey will go on tour with her series Life Class with the first stop in
Several hundred thousand people reportedly reveled at Saturday’s The Mardi Gras celebration in Soulard. Organizers said 112 entries were featured in the parade and said despite how big it was, it started on time and ended on time without major problems (.police made 49 arrests, most for underage drinking. )
Police charged cafe owner Lozell Stiles with second-degree arson for Sunday’s fire which destroyed the Halls Ferry Inn Jazz Café."No one was injured in the fire, that reportedly started around Sunday.," .
The bar and restaurant reopned last fall under new ownership a new and live music policy, featuring STL musicians.
Stiles’ bail is set at $10,000.
will headline the annual Illumination gala to benefit
Comedian Kevin Hart comes to the Concert Club at
NEW: Actress Molly Ringwald will make an appearance at the Working Women's Survival Show Feb 25 on the main stage of the
The 38th Annual “Yes I Can” Black History Celebration “The Black Radio Personality Awards” will take place Feb 25 at the Polish Heritage Center. There several black radio personalities who have had long radio careers in St Louis will be honored including the late greats Wiley Price, Sr, the first Afrcian American radio broadcaster in St Louis; Dr Jockenstein, and Spider Burks, as well as Edie Bee and Charlie Edwards. Webster media communications adjunct professor Bernie Hayes will be the keynote speaker The award ceremony is sponsored by The Metro Sentinel Journal. A portion of the proceeds will be awarded as a scholarship to a student majoring in the field of broadcasting and/or media communication at a local institution of higher learning.
Tickets are $40 each or $400 for a table of ten. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-531-2101.
Two STL based female singers released CDs this week. One is legendary singer Kim Massie who released her very first album of original tunes entitled, "Inspired.," To celebrate, there was a party for it that had taken place Wednesday nite at The Sheldon. The other was Theresa Payne who released an EP called "The Moment." This is her second CD. Her first was “Go, Fight, win: which was released in 2009.
MPAC will celebrate its 6th anniversary of the monthly Eye Candy Party this Saturday as it has its anniversary and a reunion of all the Eye Candy models who were chosen as a Eye Candy model of a particular month starting in 2006 until the present. The event will take place at The Loft+++++++++++++++++
Drake LIVE March 1st at
Barry Manilow March 1-2 • Fox Theatre
WOP WOP WOW presents JIM JONES LIVE @ POSH FRI MAR 2,
SAT MARCH 3RD IS OOOPs LIVE SHOW @CLUB ESCALADE
Comedian Wanda Sykes is at the Peabody Opera House with a concert on March 8.
Radiohead will perform March 9 at
T.I. will be in concert at the Ambassador March 10+++++++++++++++++++++
Mike Epps at Chaifetz Arena March 10
Country singer Don Williams is at the Roberts Orpheum Theater with a concert at March 14.
Everlast is at Lumiere Place Casino's Lumiere Theater with a show on March 16.
NEW: Rapper Tyga is at the Pageant at March 16.
Kelly Clarkson March 16 • Fox Theatre
New Edition’s Reunion Tour comes to the
Peter Frampton March 30 •
Emmy Award winning Actor William Shatner will perform his one-man show "Shatner's World: We Just Live in It" at The Peabody Opera House April 12.
Emmy nominated comedian/TV host Bill Maher will perform at The Family Arena April 15.
Comedian Adam Corolla performs at Pageant April 20
Emmy winning comedian Dana Carvey will headline at the 24th Annual Bob CostasBenefit for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's
R&B group Kool and the Gang will open for rock group Van Halen at the April 29 atScottrade Center.
Pop music diva Diana Ross is set to headline this year's Dinner with the Stars on April 28 at the Peabody Opera House.
BLIND DISHZ. Which STL based politician was spotted getting their shopping on at the Schnucks grocery store located in
HINT 1. The politician is a male
HINT 2. He represents in
HINT 3. He is part of a “ political legacy.”
PRO-MO-CIAL-ITES (Feb 19-25)
Which STL mover and shakers are getting it in this week?
Ola. (LEFT)This lovely NYC native and STL based designer and event coordinator will feature her Ola Style designs this weekend at the Kansas City Fashion Week Feb 23 thru 26..
Jon Burns (RIGHT) This veteran club owner and event promoter of his namesake promotions company, JB, packed the Ambassador Sunday with his promotion of the Rick Ross concert this past Sunday. This owner of Lavish also announced this week of tickets going on sale for the T.I. concert also to The Ambassdor March 10.
Mo Spoon.(FAR RIGHT) Another veteran event promoter and CEO of MPAC, who is nominated for Promotion of the Year at the upcoming TMA Awards, is celebrating its 6 year anniversary of his mainstay monthly event Eye Candy Party that will take place this Friday Feb 24 at The Loft
WORDZ TO THE WHYZ??????????????????????
Why did the National Inquirer put Whitney Houston’s open casket on the cover of their mag? And why did someone snap the picture at the wake? Why are media stalking Jeremy Lin’s family at their home in
STL PIECESans BDAZEs (Feb 19-25)Radio personality Lou Thimes Jr (PICTURED), attorney Elbert Walton Jr., TV personality Hartmann, fitness trainer Deanthony Moore, promoter Mocha Latte, models Kevin Sanders and David Rodriguez
This Thursday Feb 23 Theresa Payne will have a CD release show for her new EP "THE MOMENT" SHOW TIME 7:30| $5 | ALL AGES |
ADD:Nite Owl performs 2 SETS!
TONIGHT Friday Feb 24th! AT BAHA ROCK CLUB
2nd Set with Highway Heat, Gypsy Brown, & Nite Owl
Don't miss it! !
You can't see LIVE Hip Hop this good anywhere else for a $2 cover!
TIM CUNNINGHAM will perform at Jazzy Fridays at JAZZ ON BROADWAY, Fri., February 24, 8 - 11pm, 554 East Broadway, Alton, IL 62002 | 618.465.5299 for tickets and more info..
Friday Feb. 24th is the Eye Candy 6th Anniversary & Reunion @ The Loft Night Club! We inviting all the models from 2006 til now back for this one!
EVERYONE FREE TIL 11! EVERYONE FREE DRINKS TIL 11! We celebrating Miss Spring 2011 Eye Candy Models bday too! For VIP or more info call 314.226.5777
Panache art Lounge presents the EXO Hang Suite
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w. Panache Art Lounge "Dinner For Two Edition" Celebrate The Cuisine
w. Presented by Crown Royal + Miller Lite | Celebrate Life Responsibly!
w. Saturday, February 25th | • | High Definition Music by DJ Reminise
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St. Louis-native Shirley Brown headlines the 7th Annual St. Louis Blues Festival.
Saturday, February 25
At Chaifetz Arena
Also featured is the "King of Southern Soul" Sir Charles Jones, R&B singer Mel Waiters, stellar soul showman Bobby Rush, electrifying entertainer Millie Jackson and blues guitarist Theodis Ealey.
Ticket Prices: $59.50 and $49.50
Soul Party Radio presents the Soul Power Showdown a Live Soul Experience, Sat.
Neo soul singer Eric Roberson at Plush at Feb 25
Studio 314 Grand Opening , 509 N Garrison Come out and join us for a fun night to introduce the new studios of Studio 314. We have a ton of fun things planned for the night: A new Members Gallery will be on display. Buffalo Brewery will be here with Micro-brews. Desserts on the BLVD will have dessert samples .Tony Muse will be set up to DJ and we will have a dance floor. Multiple musicians will be performing through the night. Insight to Incite Magazine will launch their new print magazine. Tera Lynn Fister will be playing and singing beginning at .
Visit our event page and RSVP. Feel free to bring your friends and family.
CBE Present The Official Devon Alexander Fight After Party Feb 25th @ the Jazz Loftstl
ADD: Educator and activist Angela Davis will speak at Sunday's talk, which is the St. Louis Public Library's Black History Month Keynote Address, begins at at at Christ Church Cathedral (
Join Ghetto Blastic for the debut of our Must Love Hip Hop: True School Concert Series featuring Masta Ace!!! Feb 27 at The Gramaphone, Masta Ace, Tef Poe, Stephstaa, Booda, GQ and DJ Needles Door: $12 ($2 minor surcharge)
Advance: $10 (http://mastaacegramophone.eventbrite.com/ )
NEW ONGOING BITZ
Silky Sol will perform EVERY 4TH FRIDAY, starting Feb 24, FOR
""HAPPY HOUR""AT "'THE BISMARK"" (formerly Me'SHONS) BAR & GRILL 410 TUCKER (DOWNTOWN 2 BLOCKS SOUTH OF
FROM 6 to 9,MS. SILKY SOL PERFORMS
'""NO COVER''' 2 4 1 DRINKS / $5 PITCHERS /.50 cent WINGS /
"""BRING YOUR FRIENDS""""
MODEL CASTING!!!! FOR Z.BAILEY PREMIER NIGHT OF FASHION
W/ KEYSHA KAOIR (FORMERLY KEYSHA DIOR)
Ka'OIR COSMETICS AND CASTING FOR NOTICE ME AWARDS 2012
Potentially hosted by BEBE CLOTHING STORE
For more info call (314)680-2775
PRESENTS BIGGEST RAP & SINGER SHOWCASE ERR TUES.starting FEB 28th @ Escalade (7828 OLIVE) (no fee for performance & cash prize giveaway to the best performance) also i will be sending off your demo cd's to different AR'S across the
Tune in to SOUL PARTY RADIO hosted by SevvySev. every Wed from on www.partyanimalradio.com for more details or booking
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