Monday, November 26, 2007


Hey all in all. How was your Turkey break? Did you kill the bird then went shopping on Black Friday or on the ‘net during this Cyber week? Me? I just ate. Meanwhile, the newz ish that’s goin on here in the STL keeps on. The big newz item was Mizzou being ranked as No. 1 this past week after their win to Kansas City last Saturday at the Mizzou Arena. Missouri - fresh of Saturday’s 36-28 victory over Kansas in Kansas City on Saturday night - had been voted No. 1 football team in the nation in the Associated Press (and its b-ball team got top honors as well) Top 25 and No. 2 in the coaches poll, and the Tigers are one victory away from their first-ever national championship. To reach the national title game, Missouri (11-1) will have to avenge its loss to Oklahoma (10-2) in the Big 12 championship game this Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio. It was reported that over 80, 00 folk attended the game and several thousand tailgated outside of the Arena. Me? I saw the action with some buddies at 609 and I must say it was a thrill to see the victory as I inhaled some spicy chicken winges and jumbo fries and a Crown Royal.

The No., 1 status was bittersweet when the St Louis Rams lost at home to the Seattle Seahawks 24-19 at the Edward Jones Dome last Sunday making them 2-9 (and resulting in QB Marc Bulger concussion and early exit from the game and bringin in backup quarterback Gus Frerotte). But in brighter news, it was announced Wednesday that former Rams running back Marshall Faulk will have his #28 jersey retire during halftime at the Pittsburgh Steelers game at the Edward Jones Dome on Dec. 20. The festivities is part of a "two-pack"with the game called “Celebrate 28”. Faulk officially retired in March. ………………

Things are still heating up with the city’s appointment of new fire chief Dennis Jenkerson last week, namely the African American firefighter’s organization F.I.R.E. The organization as of this writing was calling a press conference to express their rejection to Jenkerson. The organization wants ousted fire chief Sherman George reinstated, rejects the city appointing an African American to the reinstated Assistant Chief position and is crying FOUL on the official fire union and Mayor Francis Slay’s conclusion that there was no cheating involved in the placement test for promotions this year which resulted in George’s demotion after George’s refusal to promote in the department after his claim of the tests being racially biased. Meanwhile F.I.R.E’s representative Captain Abram Pruitt (SEEN IN PIC ABOVE IN CENTER HOLDING CHECK) was interviewed on Fox 2’s Morning Show Tuesday and spoke out against the city’s appointment of Jenkerson whom they feel is in cahoots with Slay, there is distrust amongst the white and black firefighters and it can prove cheating did take place on the test sites. Pruitt said , “At the test site, members of the fire department brought in papers and wearing jackets with FIRE union pens to id themselves.” Pruitt also said its organization was not given the opportunity to come to the table to voice their opinion to appoint a new fire chief. Looks like F.I.R.E. is about to fire it up in the STL. Beware of the smoke. Hello. ………… Gov. Matt Blunt crisscrossed the state Monday to the STL announcing plans to expand his crackdown on illegal immigration. Specifically no illegal immigrants can be issued driver’s licenses and there will be penalties to those who help immigrants receive licenses. Well, I guess in lieu of Presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton’s knee-jerk remark of support of immigrant’s receiving licenses then quickly recanting, Blunt, who is Rep., must be trying hard to win votes. But my question is, if there was a high percentage of illegal immigrants in Missouri, would Blunt speak the same tune? Cuz it takes driving to get to the polls to vote. Okay? In unrelated news, Blunt will receive the Exellence in Education Award at this year's annual Yes I Can banquet conducted by the now defunct African American newspaper, The St. Louis Sentinnel on Dec. 3

St. Louis native /Baby Phat mogul Kimora Lee Simmons got sued last week when Department store giant Macy's filed suit against Simmons for allegedly overpricing the retailer for her beauty products line. Simmons did not comment on the accusation and refused to reimburse Macy's for the extra charge. According to reports, Simmons signed an agreement September of last year to provide Macy's with her beauty line, KLS. In unrelated news, Kimora has been reported as saying she wants to have a “bay-bay” with boyfriend actor/model Dijmon Honsou’s for X-mas and she ain’t even waiting until her ink signature dry from her divorce from Russell to start. Now the question is, is she gonna have the trial and her hubby on her reality show Life in the Fab Lane. Now that's reality there.

Hall of Fame Cards Short Stop Ozzie Smith is campaigning to try and get legendary Cards manager Whitey Herzog on the list for the Baseball Hall of Fame. When asked on Fox 2 Morning News Tuesday, if it was possible that Herzog’s chances of getting in he said, "Hopefully its good. George Brett and I are working hard t get people to understand because sometimes if you never played for a person its hard for other guys to grasp what it is…Were all campaigning and he’s very deserving.” In unrelated news, Smith was a part of an event the 14 th annual Dining for Life that took place Tuesday where his restaurant Ozzie’s, whose establishment participated for the six years, along with over 120 other restaurants donated parts or all of their proceeds to St. Louis effort for AIDS. Over the past 13 years, dining out for life has raised more than $1 million. And speaking of Cards managers Tony LaRaussa just plead guilty of DUI St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa pleaded guilty to driving under the influence Wednesday, eight months after police found him asleep inside his running sport utility vehicle at a stop light and smelling of alcohol. Reportedly, La Russa said he had decided to plead guilty to the misdemeanour because it was “in the best interest of all concerned.” As part of his plea agreement, La Russa will serve at least six months' probation, pay a US$678.50 fine, complete DUI school and any recommended treatment and complete 50 hours of community service, according to state prosecutors.La Russa--who is shown in a drunken stupor in a police video tape of his DUI test that has just been released to the media-- was arrested in March in Jupiter, where the Cardinals play spring training games.......................................Well teh Countdown to the I-64 is slightly coming upon us and some of its wrath will begin next month. Weekends beginning December 7 and 14, after the traffic shift is complete the first weekend, crews will spend the next two weekends demolishing the old Kingshighway bridge. Beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday, December 7, there will be a full closure of I-64 in both directions at Kingshighway Boulevard for the demolition of the old Kingshighway bridge over I-64. This closure will be in effect until 5:30 a.m.on Monday, December 10. The same full closure of I-64 in both directions at Kingshighway Boulevard will occur the weekend of Dec 14-17.For both weekends, crews will begin restricting lanes on I-64 after rush hour at 6:30 p.m. Friday. All lanes will be closed by 10 p.m. just before crews start mechanically tearing down the bridge and clean up the debris.Throughout both weekends, all I-64 traffic will be detoured up and over Kingshighway Boulevard using the entrance and exit ramps. There will be no additional closures of side streets or lanes closures on I-64during the old Kingshighway bridge demolition but motorist are encouraged to use alternate routes tothis area when possible.Travelers can get up-to-the-minute traffic information on interstates or major state routes by dialing 5-1-1 from most cell phones; if 5-1-1 isn't available from your carrier, please dial 877-478-5511.................Well two cars that has already felt the earth move sort of speak was the bizarre accident that occurred as two cars got sunk down by a sink hole in Florrisant! It happened Tuesday in the parking lot of the CFM Store on Florissant Road at Woodstock. Two cars parked in the lot suddenly fell into the hole Monday night. A woman trapped in her car was rescued by firefighters. She was not injured but was taken to the hospital for observation. Talk about an inconvenience after who paid for the inconvenience of paying for high gas! Speaking of cars and parking lots and going into stores, before going to check out This Christmas at the Esquire last Saturday, I saw the van of State Rep Jamila Nasheed (which had logos and pics of Nasheed) parked in the parking lot of Walgreen’s in Clayton. I was trying to see what she may have bought while in there, but couldn’t find her and when I left out of Walgreen’s and so was the van. I guess she was getting poster boards for the next rally that for her and her group Recall for Mayor Slay. Okay!......

Congrats are in store for several St. Louis area artists and shakers . Wizard of Oz actor and St. Louis native Mickey Carroll received a star on the Walk of Fame He along with seven of the over 100 diminutive actors who played Munchkins in the legendary film was awarded the Hollywood Walk of Fame after 7- years of lobbying for them. The Riverfront Times ran a story earlier this year about Carroll’s hopes for a star, now he has one. Now the problem is the star for Carroll on the St. Louis Walk of Fame which the article addressed Carroll’s dismay and St. Louis Walk of Fame proprietor Joe Edwards not relenting to make it happen. Well hopefully this would change Edwards’ mind………………

The second honor goes to East St. Louis native, the legendary award winning poet and educator (and my former mentor) Eugene B. Redmond who will be retiring form his tenure at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in the university’s English Department(I was a student of his in 1991) . Redmond came to SIUE in 1991 after leaving his teaching duties in Sacramento where he taught for over 20 years. There will be a celebration of this feat on Wednesday (SEE EVENT TIDBITZ FOR MORE INFO) at the Missouri History Museum . It also doubles as a B-day celebration for Redmond who will turn 70.

Actress and comedienne Niecy Dash, star of Reno 911 and Clean House, will receive the National Woman in the Arts Award at the Visionary Awrads on Wednesday at the Moto Museum at Grand Center. Nash, who was born in Cali but lived in the STL until the age of eight, will honored for her contribution to television and her role as spokesperson of M.A.V.I.S. (Mothers Against Violence In Schools) which was founded by her mother, after the 1993 shooting death of Nash's younger brother, Michael. The other STL women being honored include Mary Strauss, Cynthia Prost, Kathleen Finneran, Abigail Birhanu, and Lifetime Achievement Award winners Mae Wheeler and Patricia Degener……Black Rep vet actress Linda Kennedy will receive the Missouri Arts Award, the estate’s highest honor and chosen by the Missouri Arts Council to receive Missouri Arts Awards, the state's highest honor in the arts. She has been a stalwart with eth Black Rep when she joined former Wash U classmate and Black Rep Founder Ron Himes in the mid 1970s and joined the Black Rep troupe while a student there. The Woodie Award winning and Kevin Klein nominated actress will be presented with award at a ceremony on Feb 13....................... At the St. Louis Sentinnel's 32nd annual Yes I Can Banquet ceremonies, awards will be given to attorney Les Bond Jr. who will receive the Businessman of the Year nod; STl jazz diva Denise Thimes will be named Entertainer of the Year; Cardinal Ritter basketball coach Marvin Neals will be named Sportsman of the Year; and St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green will get an award as Political Leader of the Year. Awardees will receive their awards Dec. 3.........................What’s up with the directors and producers of the locally shot flick “Bill” not attending the St. Louis premiere of the film (which starred Jessica Alba) at this years; St. Louis International Film festival at the Tivoli. I hear that the backers of the flick had some bad blood with the Missouri Tourism Board with certain tax credits to pay for the right to film the flick in the Lou…………Speaking of films shot here in the STl, there is about to be one that is about to be shot here in the STL. The film, "Ligeia," is a contemporary re-telling of one of Edgar Allen Poe's most famous short stories. It will be shooting in this Friday through Dec. 19. Most extras will be needed early in the shooting schedule, Dec. 1-9. Mike Ketcher, a local actor and casting director will be casting extras for the film. For more info call 314.567.2031.............................Last week was a grand opening of the new club, Broadway on Broadway in downtown East St. Louis, where the old Club XO and Club Monestery previously resided. Now the question is will Broadway live up to the walls that rocked all up in there with 18 year olds and pre 21ers getting bucked wild up in there and diving from gun shots a blazing til 6 in the morning. Hmmm, the TV news folk awaits.........................Happy belated B-day Jameela E (El-Amin) . of So Diverse. She celebrated her B-day over the Thanksgiving break at Modesto Tapas Bar and restaurant during her groups monthly event….............Did yawl see the latest edition of Ebony Magazine? Well local mover and shaker, Tony Thompson of the Kwame Building Group, is in a Gillette ad in this magazine with Michael Jackson on the cover………..A speedy recovery goes out to local singer and Café Soul creator Rochelle “Coco Soul” Walker, who was involved in a car accident Thanksgiving morning when a drunk driver hit her car from the back and totaling her car. She is OK just suffering back spasms. She hosted last Friday’s monthly Café Soul at Lucas House and was taking “lots of Advil” to numb the pain. Take it easy sista girl...................

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OUTTOWN gives its sympathies to the families of three victims of violent deaths in recent events. The first being the homicide of aspiring hip hop artist, Gary Smith aka LG who was gunned down on a last Friday south St. Louis street on the corner of Texas and Utah after hangin with some friends at a party. Reports say his mother believes he may have been the victim of a robbery. The rapper had just signed a record deal. One of his underground mix tape songs on Lou Bound Records was, “Make Room.” The other two was the deaths of two teenage sisters Jessica Uhl, 18, and her sister, Kelli, 13, both of Collinsville,who had just were identified Saturday as those killed when an Illinois state trooper lost control of his car and struck their vehicle. The sisters were heading west on Interstate 64 near the Scott Air Force Base exit when Trooper Matt Mitchell's patrol car crossed the median and struck their car. State police say Mitchell, 29, was responding to a vehicle crash with people trapped inside. His lights and siren were on, police said.

MIA(MISSING IN ACTION) FILE— Where is former City 10 producer Yolanda Curry?
MIA FOUND—Last Friday at the Café Soul event at the Lucas House, I ran into Clifford Wade of the local record label Spin City Recordz. I haven’t seen him in months (I can’t recall the alst time but it had to have been in earrrrrrrrrrrrrrrly 2006), but he said that he is back and that he had a few setbacks trying to get deals with his artist, names Jzanell. It took him for a loop of the cutthroat tactics of the music biz, but he says that he is OK.
BLIND ITEMZ—Which local mover and shaker kissed the wall and then the floor of a newly opened bar in North County over the Thanksgiving break? (Hint. It’s the same mover and shaker who kissed the strobe light at the Halloween house party and the venue is listed below in the EVENT-TIDBITZ section)
STRESS FREE FRIDAYS, Friday, November 30, 2007 > 5pm> > Knockouts Bar & Grill-- (> 13141 New Halls Ferry Road (behind Church's Chicken, formerly The Dimeslot) Florissant, Missouri 63033 314-972-6160>*North County (New Halls Ferry and Parker Spur) Stress> Free Fridays visits the hottest, new North County venue, Knockouts Bar & Grill, owned by legendary boxing promoter, Kevin Cunningham. Also please visit for more information about Ray Hill's American Pilsner (available in stores and bars NOW!) AND its website: for more info on thois and upcoming Stress Free Fridays events.

Soular-Sweet Drumvoices Suite, celebrating retirement & 70th birthday of poet, Eugene B. Redmond, Wed. Nov. 28, 2007, 6-8pm, @ Missouri History Museum @ Lindell & DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis FREE. For more info call 618-650-3991

Alpha Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity presents The Blackprint, Friday, Nov. 30 at the Hilton at the Ballpark, 4th an Market, 18 to enter , 21 to drink. Dress to impress. For more contact info contact 314.814.9988.


The Sunday Night Shindig w Mocha Latte Sundays at 9 p..m. Lucky’s (Tucker and Washington). Ladies Free All Nite Long and Free Martini Shots for the Ladies. Come out early!! GOT A BIRTHDAY OR ANNIVERSARY COMING UP? YOU CAN BOOK IT WITH THE SHINDIG! JUST EMAIL HER AFTER THIS SECTION!
Funny Saturdays Comedy with Darius Bradford at the Plaza on Broadway.
Got Lyrics hosted by Mocha Latte’ every Wednesday night is back on track. Got Lyrics will be reintroduced at the new location, Van Goghz Martini Bar and Bistro, 3200 Shenandoah Ave. , from 7pm to 12am each week. Admission for the event is free before 8pm. After 8:00 the cost is minimal; $3.00 for poets and $5.00 for audienceMembers of the press are welcome and encouraged to attend opening night. Please contact Sharee Galvin at 314-646-9917 to be placed on the VIP list.

My Drink N My Two Step Thursdays at Dante's hosted by Mocha LAtet and DJ Metti Metti. Ladies Free Admission and Drinks til Midnite. Birthday parties and VIP available
Pick up an Evening Whirl every Monday and check out Mocha Latte’s column COFFEE TALK!
For more info on these events, contact Miss Latte at 314.646.9917 or

The Sheldon Arts Foundation has announced artists and dates for the 2007-2008 Cabaret in The Savoy Room series. This series will feature the following premier artists including: Steve Ross, Julie Budd, Andrea Marcovicci and KT Sullivan & Mark Nadler. All will perform in the Savoy Room at The Sheldon. Performance times are Thursday & Friday at 8p.m., Saturday at 5p.m. & 9p.m., and Sunday at 2p.m. St. Louis favorite To charge your subscription by phone please call Cabaret series concierge Mr. Terry Love or his assistant Mr. Luke Thomas at 314/535-1700. For more information, please visit in The Savoy Room is produced by The Sheldon Arts Foundation in association with Fox Associates.

Singer/actress Julie Budd will be taking a hiatus from the set of her latest film "Two Lovers" to come to St. Louis for “Cabaret in The Savoy Room” at The Sheldon this weekend – November 29-December 2 for a 5 show engagement! During her 5-show St. Louis engagement, she will perform her show “The Standard of Things” with piano accompaniment by Arthur Weiss. Tickets for JULIE BUDD performing “The Standard of Things” go on sale this Saturday, November 10 at 10 a.m. at the Fox Theatre box office and MetroTix. To charge by phone call 314/534-1111 or buy online at For more information about Cabaret in The Savoy Room, visit For more information on Julie Budd, visit


Platinum Group's 6th Annual "Have A Platinum Christmas" Networking Symposium **Saturday, December 1, 2007 *Lights On Broadway (located at 8344 N. Broadway) - all new location*7:30pm - 1:30am. *Live entertainment, delicious food, networking w/ area businesses and lots and lots of Christmas cheer! *Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. *(limited) VIP Tables, Booths and Sponsorship Packets are available *For more information please contact the Platinum Group, Inc. at 314-231-3500 or via email at

The Virtue Lounge prestnts its Inaugural X-mas Party,Dec. 1, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Comedy. Music. Poetry and Jazz. Hosted by Ron Young and performance by special guest J.R. at Cookies, Jazz and More, 20 Allen Blvd. in Webster Groves.Tickets $10. For more info call 314.452.9922 or 314.420.9150.........................

SYGU Group presents MC Wafeek who’s coming home from Cali to perform, Sat. Dec. 1 at the Halo Bar (next to the Pagenat) in the Delmar Loop. There also will be an open mic for a Beat Battle with music by DJ Trackstar hosted by 104.1’s Finsta and Tech Supreme. Wafeek is also bringing in a camera crew from HBO to film the event. He is also bringing HBO to film the event Also, the Sygu Group presnets the mix tape Megatron the Samler by local rapper Vandalyzm mixed by DJ Trackstar. FREE purchase. THE SYGU GROUP also presents Usual Suspectz 2, a B-day celebration with DJ Nappy Needles, and SYGU members Darryl Gillespie and rashad. Fri, Dec, 14 , 9 p.m. at Lumen, 22nd and Locust. For more info on these events and the CD, go to the

The Bistro at Grand Center presents A Luther Vandrosss Tribute by Souled Separately feat. Daryl Baby D Michael, Sunday Dec. 2, 7 p.m. located 3536 Washington Blvd. for ticket info go to Metrotix online at or 314.534.1111
"Santaland Diaries" December 6-22, 2007Thursday - Saturday at 8pm. (Final Saturday, December 22 is at 2pm only.) A subversive Christmas elf shares his trials and tribulations working at Macy's during the holiday season. Funny, touching - and twisted - the brilliant wit of David Sedaris ("Me Talk Pretty One Day") brings fresh joy to a cynic's world. FOR MATURE AUDIENCES Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104(Grand to Sidney St. - 3 Blocks East to Tennessee Ave. - Left on Tennessee) Adults $18.00 / Seniors & Students 15.00. (Cash/Check/ Visa/Mastercard)For Information and Ticket Reservations call (314) 865-1995. Visit us at www.StrayDogTheatre .org

The Black Rep’s Popular “I Stand Alone” Solo Performance Series ReturnsWHAT: The Black Rep’s I STAND ALONE solo theatre series returns this December with four original shows at The Black Rep’s Monsanto Center for Performing Arts Education, 1717 Olive Street, 4th Floor.
All shows are at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $15 or $10 for Black Rep subscribers.
December 1 &15, 7:00 p.m. PSYCHOLOGY OF A GENIUS by Kelvin Roston Jr.What does genius mean? A young Donny Hathaway searches for answers through the music he makes and the people he meets.

December 8 & 29, 7:00 p.m. A WORK IN PROGRESS: MY LIFE IN THE THEATRE By Anita Jackson. From St. Louis to New York, from Broadway to The Black Rep – Scenes, Songs and Remembrances from Anita Jackson, accompanied by Charles Creath.WHERE: The Black Rep Monsanto Center for Performing Arts Education, 1717 Olive Street, 4th FloorTICKETS: $15 and $10 for Black Rep Subscribers, for info please call (314) 534-3810............................................

The St. Louis Chapters of the Black Data Processing Association. National Association of Black Accountants, national Black MBA Association and the National Society of Black Engineers present Holiday Soiree, Dec. 8 , 8 p.m. at Windows off Washington, 701 N. 15th St. -10th floor. Tickets $35. For more info call 314.241.5555 or

Greek Night at Sol Lounge, 4239 Lindell Blvd. ( p.m. with Dj Taki Z, Sat. Dec. 8 $10 Cover for more info, call Spiro Psara art 314.761.3502
Laughs on the Landing presents actor/ comedian Kevin Hart, Dec. 6-8, 801. N. 2nd St. downtown St. Louis Lacelde;s Landing. For more info go to

The ''ZODIAC CONNECTION'' is a Color Coded Celebration Honoring the Compatibility of CAPRICORN (Brown) & AQUARIUS (Orange). Capricorn & Aquarius Ladies Wearing All SHADES of Brown & Orange FREE Until 11P.M. Guests come in Attire of your Choice (SexyUpscale) Venue:
Kitchen K 1000 Washington Ave St.Louis Mo 63101 When: SAT December 29, 2007/ 9PM-2:45AMATTIRE COLOR CODE: CAPRICORN & AQUARIUS Capricorn's & Aquarius's wear all shades of Brown and Orange. All Capricorn & Aquarius Ladies FREE Until 11P.M. Wearing Color Code . FREE Drinks For All Capricorn & Aquarius Until 11:00p.m. Guests come in Attire of your Choice (SEXY UPSCALE$5 B4 11:00 P.M.............................

Forever Young Creations host Harlem Nights Holiday gala, Pre-New Years Dance, 8 p.m.-1 am, at the Masonic Hall, 4525 Olive, $15 ADV, $20 ATD, BYOB SET UPS SOLD, Tickets are sold art Forever Young Creations, 1919 Utah Dec. 29 and 30 Sat and Sun 10 am - 7 p.m. for more info contact Rhonda at 314.480.0311

Kobalt Books has just inked a movie-production deal with Factor Media Group/Applecrate Films/Omniquest Media to develop the true life story of Rev. Burton Barr Jr. and his autobiography, “The Hoodlum Preacher”, into a feature film. The publisher, Kobalt Books, is currently looking to raise development funds for this film. Potential investors will come on as managing members of the company thatproduces the film.For More Investment Info, Contact:Cedric Mixon at or 314-503-5462
3 Way Promotions is seeking sponsors for its 2008 Summer in the City Model Swimsuit Calendar. 24 Pgs + 12 Months +12 Beautiful Women + 1,000 plus Copies In Multiple Cities = Plenty of Space to Advertise! “CONTACT BIG TAH IF YOU WISH TO ADVERTISE” Calendar Details - DEADLINE DEC 1, 2007, For more info contact Atah Knighten (Big Tah) ph.713-0926 Email-or or or

Shante LIFE Davis is offering tutoring services for the youth for grades 1-12. If you are aware of anyone who is in need of some extra educational support, please feel free to contact her or give them her contact information. Shante "LIFE" Davis(314) 418-9803................STL rapper/producer J-Kwon -has a new label deal and we are looking for some interns to work on the new label HOOD HOP MUSICgraphic designers street team female street team club street team models internet teams (e-blasting,bloggers, writers)We are looking for the best. So instead of just grabbing the person that says they are the best, we are looking for people to SHOW us they are the best at what they do. The bread-winners will be put on payroll with a permanent job with the company. If you think you will be the next hottest publicist, model, A&R, sponsorship writer, whatever it is that you do, then get at us! If you can do mixtape covers, ad covers, posters, willing to do street team work and be apart of this new label contact me directly at …………………………..Joel P. E. King, owner of JPEK Creative Works LLC and The Space, wants to make an offer to those of you who are in search for party and event space. SAVE BIG on all three room rentals before Jan. 1, 2008. Close to 2,000 square feet of available space for your next event, wedding party, baby shower, art exhibition and more. Here at The Space, you will acquire elegance, convenience and wonderful hospitality. The Space located at 320-24 N. Vandeventer (off Lindell Blvd. in SLU area) Contact: 314.494.5976 or 314.494.9095................ATTENTION RECORD LABELS Contact STL PROMOTIONS at Saint Louis has a new STREET TEAM. Saint Louis has a new STREET TEAM. STL Promotions Professional Staff , On time reporting with Pictures Electronic Marketing: E-Cards, E-Blast, Website Presence, Guerilla Marketing Techniques, Service Street, Radio, College, and Mixtape DJs, Special Events, Telephone Conferences, Retail, Market Visits, Professional Marketing Strategy for Saint Louis, Premium Product Placement, Exposure every day and every night at every event Our machine operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!!!! We will exceed your expectations!!!Contact us at or 314-750-6806................. ATL artist Dawn Mcclain who came through to the STlL earlier this year as a background singer with neo soul artist Darien Brockington at the Missouri History Museum (and turnt it out fo sho!) Well, she sent OUTTOWN an email about some videos she has done and she needs your opionion.
She wrote:
As you may or may not already know, I’ve decided to finally start working on my album and become an artist. So I recently uploaded some of my video footage on YouTube. I’m sending you this link because I would like your honest opinion on a showcase I did in Denver, CO. It’s three different videos, including the live version of me performing Jill Scott’s hit “is it the way”,(Of course I’m doing it my way.) Love changes, (by Mothers finest) and my original “holding on”. Please check it out, tell me what you think, and if you want you can pass it on. Yes I’m trying to create a buzz, but I also want to improve so I can be the best artist that I can be in this business.

THE JESSIE TAYLOR SHOW @ THE PLAZA HOSTED BY JESSIE TAYLOR , 9 p.m. Sundays. For Booking and Ticket Information (314) 258-1213
Martini Mondays at AJ’s, 5 p.m., Free Happy Hour Free Food Live Band: Dre Boyd and Friends Great Drink Specials The party will roll through the night until 3am with Charlie Chan or DJ Cuddy on the 1's and 2's............
Boadacious ENT presents MONDAY NIGHTS @ SPRUILL'S ROCKDA MIC CONTEST. CALLING ALL RAPPERS AND RECORDCOMPANIES 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. A free style battlecontest, $100 cash prize Starts at midnite Entry FREE, 1101 N Jefferson. For more info call 600-4264 or374-3731
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL presented by H20 ENT & Bodacious ENT@ Spruill's 1101 N. Jefferson, St. Louis. $5 Entry Fee. Dominoes amnd Spades Tourneys, Cash Prizes, Football trivia, Door Raffle 6-8 pm Happy Hour. Free Until Game Starts, Drink Specials Free FoodMellow Mondays at the Main Ingredient, 3960 Chouteau on Vandeventer. For more info, call 314.229.7952.
JB ENT and Creative Mortgage present Toastin Tuesday every Thursday at Dolce, 200. N. Broadway 10 p.m. to 3, Ladies free before 11 p.m., $10, dress code enforced. For more info go to
Top 10 Tuesdays, Hosted by County Brown and TC, doors open at 9 p.m., Showtime at midnite, Club Viva, 408 N Euclid. For more info call 618.960.0247 or
GQ’s Ent and TCP presents Red Carpet Wednesdays with NFL and NBA stars at Savor, 4356 Lindell 9 p.m. to 3 .am every Wednesday Ladies free w/canned good music by DJ Charlie Chan and hosted by 100.3 The Beat’s Kiki the 1st Lady For more info call 314.385.0455
J’var, JE and Maxxed Out Entertainment Presents……The all new Lyric Lounge every Wednesday @ Laughs on the Landing, 801 N. 2nd Street Featuring Poets, R&B, Neo Soul, Jazz and Funk artist weekly……Singers and poetry slam enthusiast gather weekly to present a unique blend of spoken word poetry and music from local and not so local artist…….Doors open @ 8 show starts @ 9…..$100 weekly cash prize to the hottest lyricist….live band …..door prizes….giveaways…….all for only $5 at the door For more info, call 314. 241.5233 or go to
"One Mic" hosted by MK Stallings every Thursday night. One Mic features Live Funk - Jazz Performed by the Soul Thump Chronicles every Thursday Night from 7:00pm - midnight.Cover charge is $5 and the doors open at 5:00pm. Join us at Filterbar located at 309-13 Belt @ Pershing st. louis, mo 63112, you will not be disappointed! For more details or reservations call 314-361-5277or visit us online at
NEW: Roc-a- Star presents Refreshin with DJ Needles Thursdays at Xes behind the Drunken Fish, 612. N. 2nd St. Lacelded landing. Ladies FREE til 11 p.m.

Urban Causal Fridays hosted by Bishop V-luv, Happy Hour at Spruills, 1101 N. Jefferson. Free from 6p.m.-9p.m. (2 for 1) Free food 9 p.m.-11p.m. Drink specials until midnite. Party 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Ladies free til 11 p.m. for more info call 314.574.9601 or 314.625.4595 or go to
NEW: Tuff On Paper ENT presents Network and Showcase Saturdays every first saturday of each month and Love Yourself Saturdays every third Saturday of each month, 9.m.--until at the Spyglass, 255 Union at Lindell $5 at the doro. first 50 Ladies Free until 11 p.m. First 25 ladies get a free drink. 21 and older. Grown and sexy attire. For showcase info hit up or or call 314.443.5001
UC ME Radio with Murphy lee, Kyjuan and comedian Darius Bradford, 6 p.m. Sundays on 100.3 The Beat.
GQ’s ENT presents Seductive Sundays with NFL stars at Savor, 4356 Lindell 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Upscale attire Ladies Free wuth a canned good. For more info call 314.385.0455
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The miseltoe hangs high for This Christmas
by Ma’at Atkins

There has always been a genre for family films during the Christmas season. From “It’s A Wonderful Life” to “The Family Stone,” holiday family films have always struck a chord with its purpose of having fuzzy moments mixed with family conflict.

Well that trend has seemed to have caught on (the first being 1996's "The Preacher's Wife") in the African American film genre with the Screen Gems comedy drama “This Christmas” that opened at the Box Office last weekend (taking the No. 2 spot debuting to $18M and $26.3M over the five-day period of over 20 million tickets sold when it opened last Wednesday).

Directed and written by Preston A. Whitmore II, “Christmas”, like all other family films, stems around a family (The Whitfields) who get together for Christmas in sunny Los Angeles for the first time in four years, with inevitable problems ensuing amongst the brood.

“Christmas”, that was executive produced by Mehki Phifer (who makes an enlightening cameo in the film), deals with the main conflict of MuDear (played to a T by Loretta Devine)and her who has move din her long-time boyfriend (played by Delroy Lindo) and trying to hide the fact to her eldest son (played by Idris Elba), who’s hiding the fact that he is a habitual gambler in Chi-Town and flees back home to avoid paying a major debt to some hoodlum loan sharks.

Other family drama includes Eldest sister, Kelli (played by Sharon Leal) , a successful ad rep in NYC) and her manless life, and the brewing sibling rivalry with her next to age sister, Lisa (played by Regina King who has two of the highlighted scenes in regards to her husband indirectly and directly)) who is the business heir to the family dry cleaners and has the husband and kids white picket fence life. As well as next to youngest sibling, Claude (played by Columbus Short) , an Marine in Iraq, who comes home through inconspicuous terms, discreetly marries a white woman and fears the reaction of Mudear.

The rest of the film deals with how the Whitfields resolve their problems.

The film however does have its flaws. The main conflict with Mu Dear’s secret is a bit farfetched, some of the characters in the film could have been omitted because of plot significance (i.e. Lauren London and Keith Robinson’s) or non-explaination (the Hispanic maid played by Lupe Ontiveros) and Short’s character’s storyline of hiding the white woman from Ma Dear is a bit passé in the Guess Who’s Coming-to Dinner-ethos.

Nonetheless, the acting is solid namely Devine’s, King’s and newcomer R&B sensation Chris Brown who has two musical highlights in the film, the pace is even and storytelling is intelligent.

The sewing of all these elements makes this film an entertaining pastiche of family love—and, like “It’s A Wonderful Life”(and to a lesser degree, “The Preacher’s Wife”) , will be playing on television during the Christmas season for years to come.

PS. Don’t get out of your seat until the very end of the film!

The film is rated PG-13 for comic sexual content and some violence.

I give it 3 stars out of four.


EVENT SPOTLIGHT. After checking out the flick last Saturday at the Esquire, I checked out the Mizzou/Kansas City game via plasma TV at 609 with some buddies and fellow onlookers. After 609, I got a text about Dj Enoch and Needles spinnin at Urban in South St. Louis (on Grand and Wyoming). So me and two of the 609 brood decided to check out the spot. It woudl be my firts time rollin through therre. When I got there it was like a teenie yet jumpin house party with a bar(one side bar, the other side a den-size dance space with sofas and upstairs was whatever was going on up therre) . When I got to the den-size area, master drummer Dhati Kennedy and his African inspired percussionist group Ngoma drummed up the spirits as DJ Nappy Needles spun some hip-hop beats to it.

As time progressed, and a few Long Islands and Crown Royals in between me and the two buddies I was with we turned out the mutha as though tomorrow wasnt going to happen. DJ Enoch took over the 1s and 2s and played James Brown inspired funk tunes. Yours truly was feelin it so that I stood up on one of the stools to get a clear view of the dancing folk as they got their party on( I even got rubbed on by one of the sistes who was standing in front of me doin her best Tyra Banks-slidin-down the-pole routine).

When the last song played (which was Musical Youth's "Pass the Dutchie"), the folk were begging for one more song, but it was time to shut down the party machine at 1:30 a.m., but people still wanted to party(including us 3). Well, the one buddy I was with recommnded a bar and club up the street that staye dopen til 3 a.m. and me, him and the other buddy decided to roll up therre.

I felt as though I was at a club in NYC where the music was housed, housed housed and the crowd was dancing ever so freely!

Where is this spot you say? I will never tell. If I do, then errrrrrrrrrrrrrbody who's a STL star will try and crowd up in therre and will won't be not making it the best kept hangout in the South side.

Sorry. LOL


Photos by Ma'atology ABOVE: Host and event-co-creator Coca Soul greeting the crowd for the Cafe Soul event. She announced to the crowd that she was blessed to be standing at the mike. On Thankgiving morning she was involved in a car accident involving a drunk driver which totalled her car.

DJ Nappy Needles was on the 1s and 2s for the upstairs portion of Cafe Soul where the one mike staging was held.

Therre's Freeman Bosley Junior Show's Nicci Roach with her aunt, Marla Roach enjoyin the festivities. Nicci did something different this go round at the event as you will see in a pic down below!

First up was singer Meshaii

Ms. Teresa toe it up with her version of the song, "Go to Hell, baby."

Cafe Soul star CJ performed a dazzling version of "My Funny Valentine."

Poet Bobby Williams shocked the crowd with his poem ode to the sistas.

Cafe Soul regular Jamie Spencer performed; "Knocks Me off my Feet."

The featured singer was Chi-town's Dahvid.

Coco Soul did an impromptu of 'Call Tyrone" as CJ and STL singer Silky Soul sang background vocals. Soul and Soul also perfomred Angie Stone and Betty Wright's"Baby" later on in the show.

The crowd showed its appreciation of Soul's impromptu performance.

Silky Soul got on the mike and perofmed, "Happy Feelings" with lots of sistergirl style comementary on love and sex as Nicci Roach participated as one of the background singers.

Coco Soul and Cafe Soul co-creator Nichol Stevnson in an engaging photo.

Poet/singer Robert Dillard and guitarist Sheila Frazer stole the show with his version of the rap song, "Back that Ass up." His harnonica breakdown KILT!

STL-TV's Ivy Hartmann and Gilberto Pinella and St. Louis Post Dispatch fashion editor Debra Bass chillin downstairs on the party section of Cafe Soul.

Cafe Soul guitarist Wild man with entertainment consultant Vanita Applebum.

The Social Net Crew. Ms Lia of So Diverse, Rashad of SYGU and Shai of Pegasus chillin downstairs in the party area. DJ Enoch had it spinnin for the party folk..

Coco Soul wished Becky Blue (middle smiling) a Happy B-Day as the crowd chimed in.

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Blue.

Lamar Harris jammed out on his trumpet for the crowd.

Surprise act Nikko Smith sang "Bump and Grind."

Mo Tre was the final act of a great nite of singing and poetry.


Photos by Ma'atology and Jason Bailey Blood brothers and St. Lunatic members Kyjuan and bash host Murphy Lee along with Loose Cannon's Slim kick it it near the DJ booth at Dante's.

BELOW: Murphy Lee arriving to the party trying to get up to VIP. RIGHT: Murphy Lee also greets some of his admiring fans during the party which had over 500 folk!

Monopoly Productions' Mocha Latte with Murphy Lee in VIP.

What is Mocha Latte asking for?

The mike! On the left is 104.1's Metti Metti who spun on the 1s and 2s.

"Mocha Latte in the building! Monopoly Productions! Murphy Lee! It' goin down!"

RIGHT: Mocha passes the mike magic to Murph.

104.1's Young Dip on the mike

There's Nelly's bodyguard in the back Big B enjoyin the festivities. But wherre was Nelly?

Metti Metti and crew up at the Dj booth.

Therre's 3Way Production's Big Tah with two sista beauties.

It was a packed house up in therre. Model Osita O (in yellow shirt) even had time to look up for a pic.

There was plenty of secuirty up in therre, but it didnt stop some nuckle head smiths from fighting up in therre.

Folk mos def sweated out all the Turkey they consumed before coming through Dante's.

Before I hit Dante's I checked out Free Time's Thanksgiving Bash at the Loft across the street.

The FREE TIMErs(including Roy Robinson Jr, left; Adrian Saddler , third from left; Darryl Frierson fourth from left; and Allen Whitney fifth from left; posing for a pic in front of their banner. The event was a Two-fer. The first night was at the Loft, the other night was held at 609 Friday night. There, they asked patrons to donate either money or canned cgoods for the local food pantry .

One of the many photo slides projected on the screen advertsisting FREE Time's Thanksgiving event.

The FREE TIMe logo.

SYGU group members Mr. Rashad and Darryl Gillespie dropped by to celebrate with FREE TIME

Folk was gettin their party on up in therre.

Some of the early crowders gettin their party on.

Dj Charlie Chan had it locked on the 1s and 2s.

The crowd was more grown and sexy. They started packin in the Loft around midnite.

They partied and got their network on.


Mocha Latte sent me this pic of Comedian Bill Bellamy who came through to chill out at her popular event Sunday Night Shindig two Sundays ago after his show at Laughs on the Landing. I'm sure Mocha got the females hatin up in therre. LOL.

EVENT-VIEWZ and SPOTLIGHT. It was hard gettin out into the streets for Thanksgiving after eating turkey and all the trimmings my mother cooked for the fam, but I managed to get out. Before I hit the two parties above, I joined some friends to a bar that is dubbed The Black Cheers called Cozy UP located on Olive in Mid County in Univercity City east of I-170.
The moment I got up in therre, I felt a sense of home from the owner (Miss Cathy) to the cast of characters including an octogenarian named Mr. George who frequents this spot who tells off color jokes and caps off the nite doin his knuck-shuffle dance he likes to call, The Shrimpy. The jukebox spun all nite from the blues to Keyshia Cole and the drinks were kept from out of nowhere (They also had comp turkey for the clientele as well that was grilled to perfectionnnnnnnnnnnnn) .
I must say, I didnt want to leave the spot, but I had duty to check out the spots above. I was asked by Miss Cathy when will I frequent her establishment again and promised her it won't be long.
So when you get a chance, frequent this spot even if its just to check out the colorful characters and situations that go on there. You will definitely have something to tell your friends!