Thursday, May 10, 2007

OUT 187

Hey y’all!

This is Ma’at tryin to give it to ya one more gain in this hectic week just days before my fashion show Test-os-couture on Sunday. May 13. But in the meantime, I still manage to give ya’ll some of the city’s No.1 blog.

Well things have been interesting in the national newz scene including Queen Elizabeth visiting the U.S. and the White House while vice Perez Cheney viist Iraq,near Saddam ‘s hometown (wonder if he brought his gun there?) Vice President Dick Cheney told American soldiers at a base near Saddam Hussein's home town on Thursday that militants had made Iraq the frontline in the war on terrorism Vice President Dick Cheney told American soldiers at a base near Saddam Hussein's home town on Thursday that militants had made Iraq the frontline in the war on terrorism Vice President Dick Cheney told American soldiers at a base near Saddam Hussein's home town on Thursday that militants had made Iraq the frontline in the war on terrorismParis Hilton getting jail time for violating her probation getting ready to serve some days in L.A. County (is that hot?), The Dela Hoya-Maywether fight in Las Vegas and the split decision going to Mayweather (PICTURED ABOVE) can you smell rematch?...Presidential candidate Barak Obama needing Secret Service protection due to death threats (reality check!) and The horrible tornado F5 in Kansas .

Locally, the Missouri River was expecting to crest and the wake and funeral for Rod “Jockenstein” King. The East Side had a landing of and George Clinton Mothership (whom Jockenstein used to tour with in the 70s begatting his name Jockenstein) coming to the East Boogie to celebrate the life of the veteran radio jock. The wake was at Lincoln High School last Tuesday(I wonder why it wasnt at east Side where he was a alum at? Hmmm). (Actor/director Joel P.E. King’s family members were in attendance from what I heard who were wearing all matching t-shirts ) and Wednesday was the funeral which was held at Gateway bible Fellowship church in Edgemont.
From a report, King’s trademark white glasses were attached to the lapel of King's light brown suit as he lay in a coffin. Mourners stood in long lines to view King's body, some weeping, others snapping pictures of King for the last time. Songs and tributes followed after King's family, including his wife, Idella King, were seated. When King's "minister of music," Kevin Burrough Neely, stepped to the pulpit, he told everyone that King wouldn't want them to be sad. "Clap you hands. It's time to get our praise on," Neely shouted, before delivering the "Hymn of Comfort."
The singer, choir and musicians all launched into a tune that effortlessly crossed the artificial barrier between Gospel and R&B music. Mourners responded exuberantly.


On Thursday, I did a three-fer in one. First, I attended the Femme fashion show (PICTURED ABOVE) sponsored in part by St. Louis Magazine. I got a call from Kamren about this show (cause he was in it) . It was going down at the Contemporary Arts Museum. So I jetted down there . It was the prefect precursor to the Brian McKnight concert which was around the corner at the Fox. So when I parked wherr I usually park (near the Vaughan Cultural Center) I trotted to the fashion show. It was free to get in (nice), you got a $2 drink ticket (even nicer) , free lavish appetizers (the miniature gourmet hamburgers were the bomb) and a fashion show comprised of male and female models doing their thang on the steps of the museum. It was cool. The only thing I couldn’t understand was the area wherr you can drink your alcohol. They had an area closed off at the museum that was no drinks allowed. But if you gonna see alcohol, why have an area roped off where you can’t drink? Sounds crazy to me.

For about a half hour or so, I jogged up to the Fox for the Brian Mcknight show with opening act Joe (PICTURED ABOVE) . It was definitely two for the ladies with these R&B sex symbols. McKnight’s hour plus set was more of a passed porch kind of show. Now that most of the R&B icons are slowing dying off (Barry White, Gerald Levert, Luther), it was evident that McKnight is slowly evolving into the only R&B crooner of love these days. Although McKnight no longer sits at the piano and sings (which is actually what he should do more often), he definitely did not disappoint the many screaming ladies who watched every gyration and vocal ruin from the dapper singer.

He of course did his classics including, “One Last Cry,” “Back at One,” and “Anytime.” He also debuted his two recent hits, “Find Myself in You” (which is still on the R&B charts after well over a year in radio release) and “What’s My Name” (Which was accompanied by a brought-on-the-stage moment with a grope session with local singer red-Afroed Silky Soul who backed her thang up for him to do his special “slap’ on it.

Highlights included his tribute to Luther with the tune, Never Too Much (and a video of Luther’s “Power of Love” on the theater drapes and when he brought his teenage sons out on stage to showcase their musical and singing talents especially Junior on Prince’s Lets Go Crazy doing every lick of that songs ending guitar riff.

I agree with Post reporter Kevin Johnson when he said that Joe redeemed himself with this 40 minute set (as opposed to his lackluster show held at the Orpheum Theater last fall. SEE OUT 95 for review of that show) as he had a live band, and hot dancers and a video theme (he talking to another him backstage seeing who was going to open up the show)to his concert. He opened up with his usual stuff (Don’t Wanna be Player, Stutter) and his staple, his ballads (especially a slower jazzier version of his 1st big hit “ All the Things”).

The Highlight was when Joe stepped off stage and into the isle (with security of course) giving his female fans a chance to get a touch or get a cam phone pic of the rugged singer.

He also debuted songs from his newest album, Aint Nothin Like Me including the Top 20 R&b single, “If I Was Your Man.” I’m sure people were expecting an encore, but after rushing off after singing “All the Things.”

Opening act was ATl’s Algebra (PICTURED ABOVE who I had a chance to talk with during intermission and is very hospitable. I tried to get the scoop of what was going on backstage but she quipped, “Give me some more gum and I will tell you.” Well, all I had was Altoids. LOL

After the concert, I checked out Nectar's networking event, Swagger, to chill out a bit, it was a little light in the crowd cause most people attended the Joe /McKnight after party (both singers showed up BTW) at the Loft. I gave Mocha Latte a ride there and she said it was OK. She was able to shake McKnight’s hand and all (Have you washed your hand yet? LOL)

On Friday, I tried to pass out fliers for my fashion show. I checked out Café Eau at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel and passed out a few. I ran into some white chick who wanted me to take off my shades so she could see my eyes. She was kind of creepy. Then, I was near Vandeventer near SLU passing out fliers and ran into a lot of white guys in cowboy hats , come to find out some nearby bar was having Cowboy Country Night! CLASSIC.

On Saturday. FREE TIME LLC was putting on a Mayweather/DelA Hoya fight party at Bar Italia. It was the spot to be from what I saw. It was whites, blacks and all in between up in that small space watching the fight on the big screen (and some STL videos on a smaller plasma, I think) with DJ Cinniman spinning on the 1s and 2s during the first two opening fights. It was cool being in the mix with all the intensity of the fight. (I know some of the female sup in there was only therre to catch a man who seemed to have been FREE TIME member Roy Robinson. Hmmmmm. LOL) But I made my acquaintances with those who I usually see which are: Charles brown (Keep ya head up!), Cornell Boone, Rashad (You were a little hyped at the fight ya think?) and Eddie Holman of SYGU, JW Moore of Yani Co., Stress Free’s Mark Jones, and James Glasco (Long time no see). Afterwards, people were hanging outside talking, passing out fliers and wondering where to go. I knew where I was going—to work to make some dollaz.

On Wednesday I did a two-fer in the same club. I checked out the movie premier party for the flick, The salon”. I was invited by one of the producers TJ Henderson (PICTURED ABOVE AT THE END WITH PRODUCERS DAVID ODOM, BRENT ODOM AND THE SALON STAR D’ANGELO K WILSON) . I got therre about 9ish. The crowd was interesting. It was a stepping class that night and the Steppers were taking over the party. In the house were Nicci Roach (nice back tattoo. LOL) and Darrion Phelps (wassup with that cap hidin? LOL) of the Freeman Bosley Jr. Show, Better Family Life’s James Clark, Vashon coach Anthony Bonner, and Post’s Kevin Johnson (who I was mistakened by from someone at the party and I corrected.) When Henderson finally came through around 10 or so, he was brought the producers and one of the stars of the film to the party. I took their pic and I started to walk around the back to check out what was happening with Mocha Latte’s Got Lyrics event.
As I walking up the back entrance, I saw Big Tah and Bill Beene of the St. Louis American rappin biz on the railing as I walked in to check out the spot. It was Ok as far as the crowd, about 30 or so (I found it interesting that the trailer for “the salon; was showing in the VIP Lounge where Got Lyrics was going on.) I stayed there for about an hour to see a couple of the regulars (Robert Dillard,P-31, ) and some vets (Invisible Man and Starlite) do their thang. Then I walked back over to the main part of the club again to see what was happening and most of the invited people for the premier party were gone. Rose Man came through selling roses , that was about it. Other than that, I drove over to the East Side to get ready for the J.O. B.

STL-TIDBITZ. Did anyone know that superstar producer/ singer Akon was born in St. Louis? ….has anyone been watching STL comedian’s Guy Torrys sports interview show, “Ballaz” on BET?... Three sorority members at Southeast Missouri State University face charges for hazing a student by forcing her to eat garbage, hitting her and spraying something in her face, authorities said.The women, members of Zeta Phi Beta sorority, were charged with third-degree assault and hazing, both misdemeanors…. Did anyone check out former St. Louis American/ current Washington Post writer Jabari Asim when he came to the STL a week ago at Left Bank Books? According to, rapper NELLY is taking his controversial sports drink to Africa after signing a deal to distribute Pimp Juice through a company in South Africa. The Hot In Herre star faced a backlash in America when he first launched the dubiously-named drink in 2003, but the product has been snapped up by Mojalife. Sales of Pimp Juice will begin later this month and the deal is expected to pave the way for the release of the rapper's other business ventures, including his Vokal and Applebottom clothing labels, in Africa….Local socialite/poet Mocha Latte hosted that Male Explosion that was held at Blackmons Plaza. She reports that the fluffy girls were mos def getting buckwild up in that piece with the strippers. But ironically, it was an Olive Oyl type sista who accidentally slipped on the floor after she was picked up and got entered by one of the male strippers’ “cockiness.” Too much playin!

BLIND ITEMZ. Which newspaper publisher is trying to get in touch with YOURS TRULY about featuring my blog in their newspaper?

CHART-TIDBITZ. STL rapper Baby Huey is shockingly doing very well on all three charts this week. On the Hot 100, it moves up a notch to No.11 (after peaking at No. 7 three weeks ago) in its 11th week on the chart. On the R7B /Hip Hop charts, it gains a string bullet moving up from 10 to 6 in its 20th week on the chart and it is one notch away from hitting the No. 1 spot on the Rap charts as it moves up from 3 to 2 in its 11th week on the chart.

Thursday, May 10th 5:30 – 8:30 PM Need gifts for Mother’s Day? Graduation? Weddings? Enjoy an evening of shopping at Crate & Barrel (across from the Galleria) with 10% of all sales benefiting Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club! We’ll have wine, beer, yummy appetizers and desserts, and raffle items. With a $20 donation your name will be put in the door prize drawing and you'll receive a $10 gift certificate we hope you'll spend that night! Call Stephanie Garvey (314-652-8300, ext 131) for more information and to RSVP.

Stress Free Fridays, Friday, May 11, 2007 5pmThe Luna Lounge@Bar Italia ( Maryland PlazaSt. Louis, Missouri 63108 Central West End314-361-7010

CAFÉ SOUL SAYS: We would like to take a moment to thank everyone for supporting Cafe Soul. Next month is our 1 year anniversary and we couldn't have done it without you!! As Cafe Soul continues to grow, we hope to bring you the best in local and national talent and we strive to become an influential part of the open mic community in St. Louis. Again, we thank you!!

Cafe Soul - Wednesday, May 16 - Lucas School House
Happy Hour (5:30 - 7pm) - hosted by TQ Auto
$5 before 7PM / Show starts at 8PM
DJ Needles on the 1s and 2s
Hostess with the mostest - Coco Soul

Jackie Phillips (JP), of Where U Want 2 Be Entertainment, is celebrating her birthday at Cafe Soul! Please come out and show JP how much she is loved, respected, and appreciated!!

Missed Cafe Soul last month?? Photos - - Much love to! Partyline in the American (blog)- - much love to d. shante!



JPEK CreativeWorks / The Space presents
Arts & Wine
"A two weekend event of entertainment and enlightenment at the new venue, The Space"
Bringing back the hilariously hit comedic satire!

Me, Don and the Psychiatrist
written and directed by Joel P. E. King
May 24-26
Thur – Sat. @ 8p.m.

Location: The Space , 320-22 N. Vandeventer , St. Louis, MO 63108 Admission: $10


Big art sell and stage reading of newest script, Truth, From A Girl's Perspective!
Opus, "A Creative Ecstasy"
Featured artistsJPEK, Jessica Neal of GUSH along with Stage reading of newest stage play “Truth, from a Girl's Perspective”written by Joel P. E. King May 31 til June 2Thurs – Sat. from 6 –9p.m.

Location:The Space320-22 N. Vandeventer, St. Louis, MO 63108
Admission: $5
Contact info: or 314.494.9095 / 618.567.0237


NO GAS ON MAY 15th 2007
Don't pump gas on MAY 15th

In April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight.

On May 15th 2007, all internet users are to not go to a gas station in protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places.

There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the internet network, and the average car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up.

If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take $2,292,000,000.00 (that's almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil companies pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on May 15th and lets try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one day.

If you agree (which I cant see why you wouldn't) resend this to all your contact list. With it saying, ''Don't pump gas on May 15th"


From Sharee Galvin’s CORNER:

WEDNESDAYS: "HUMP DAY-GOT LYRICS?" Formerly LYRICS ON THE LOU, at THE LOFT 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows.

Sharee is also promoting STL based author Cheriyln Michael’s second book “First Fridays”.For any info on these events email Sharee at


Attend the 2nd Annual PRONTO Fashion Show on Friday, May 11, 2007, 6:30 PM. Hosted at the historical site of 555 Washington Avenue. Don’t miss St. Louis’ only international runway fashion show where the Best Voted Designer and Best Voted Model will be selected! Proceeds will also benefit a children’s fund as part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Campaign! For ticket information, please call 314/534-9251 or go to
for more information.....................................


Platinum Group Inc and global Entertainment Group present Mothers Day Gospel Fest SPirit of Love, with Deitrick Haddon Sunday. May 13 , Adams Mark Hotel 4th an Chestnut 7 p.m. For tickets call, 314/231 3500.Tables of ten are $500 Ticket prices are $39, $35 and $29

RAW Secrets: Mr. Talley, Percy Wells, David AN Jackson featuring FoFeet with the Charlie Brown Band & more May 13, 2007 @ Legacy Books and Cafe, 5249 Delmar, St. Louis 314.862.4226

100 BLACK MEN Annual Old School Dance Sat. May 19, 2007 @ Machinist Hall, 12365 St. Charles, MO / also 5th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament June 1/ 314.367.7778

Patricia Degener: A Retrospective at The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission (RAC). This exhibition will run through Sunday, May 20, 2007Regional Arts Commission6128 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112 314-863-5811 x 20


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