Tuesday, December 18, 2007



HONORABLE MENTION: In August--The wedding and reception of Jessie and Bridgette Taylor at the Lights on Broadway. It was the talk of the town of this funny man's nuptials and reception. Funny, sentimental and an all out hood party, the wedding was definitely THE STL celebrity wedding of the year!

10. In May, networking group SYGU stepped it up with one of their many themed parties in 2007. The first was TEESE that was held at the Central West End Bed and Breakfast where folk had to where a graphic tee--shirt for admittance.

9. In August, The 50 Million Pound Challenege at Union Station brought out hundreds to check out the outside Health Expo and check out the celebs who came through including founder Dr. Ian, Biz Markie, Shirley Murdock and Joe.

8.In October, the Black Men Magazine Model Search at Club Denim and Society. Mocha Latte (left) spearheaded this event that brought in close to 100 STL sistas to compete. The inetrviews were spreheaded by publisher Marcus Blassingame (right) at Club Denim in the U City Loop and the winner was revealed at Society. Special guest Shannon (middle) of the "Same Girl" music video annoucned the winner.

7. In November, Forbidden took place at J Bucks. Presented by FREE TIME, So Diverse and Precision, this one of a kind collabo brought err body up in J Bucks in Clayton for this networking event. 104.1 Radio perosonlity Metti Metti was on the 1s and 2s and VIP had FREE alcohol flowing all nite.

6.Although OUTTOWN did not attend, it was reported that Slim's Balck party that was held at three different venues in September , Wax Musem, Society and Club Rio for the youngsters, college and adult crowds had it packed at all spots. Free drinks were flowing and the admittance was patrons had to wear black (which fit well afterteh Jena 6 protest!).

5.In July, the debut of Sunday Night Shindig at Lucky's. Host and creator Mocha Latte's second weekly venture (the first was Got Lyrics) was the hangout for a spell. Its debut drew in record crowds of over 600 hood stars in the building. DJ Reminsce was on the 1s and 2s and free soul food for teh early birds. The event was unprecendented for the new club . Unfortunately the weekly venture closed shop in early December after rumors of the club's closing.

4.In August, Alive Magazine's Fashion Week. A first for STL, Alive Maagzine brought in various designers from across the country and the STL to showcase its fashions and to have its own Fashion Week(alike L.A. and New York) for three nites. The memorable nite occured outside at Cafe Eau near the pool where they had the fashion show Liquid Style.

3.In July, Musiq Soulchild came to Live on The Levee on the Archgrounds. The free event broke fairground records as far as attendance (mainly due to many out of towners visting STL for the Urban League Conference). Opening for Musiq were Chrisette Michelle and local jazzman Lamar Harris.

2. In September, Nelly's Labor Day Weekend. Nelly brought Hollywood to the Lou again this year as he expanded the concept from one gala (like last year that was held at the Contemporary Art Musuem and was the No 1 Social OUTTOWN event of 2006) to three nites. Friday nite was for the hoodies at Society, Saturday nite was at the Boathouse where patrons must wear white that had actor Lorenz Tate in the building and the topper was his 2nd Annual Black and White Ball that brought in celebrities such as Jermaine Dupri, Ashanti, David Banner, Ruben Studdard and a host of local celebs from the TV and sports fields (Only downer was Janet was a no show this year). Err one was VIP from the sit down dinner to the free deserts and drinks all nite. They also had a photo booth for people to take their pics that was projected on the wall.

AND THE NO. 1 SOCIAL EVENT OF 2007 IS.................................................


In August, over 15, 000 folk from across the country and the ST particpated in the three day conference that featured various panels ranging from helath to eductaion. Although many were for a hefty fee, they also had a free career expo for the common folk that took place in the main hall. The highlighted events took place at the Ferrara Theatre where notable panelists participated including Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson.

As well as the Democratic Presidential "debate" (more like speeches)which included Sen. Barak Obama

The other highlighted event was the concert that was performed at the theatre by neo soul diva Erykah Badu and R&B legend Teena Marie.

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