Tuesday, October 07, 2008

OUT 483--STL TIDBITZ AND MORE!

Wassup OUTTOWNERS!

It’s Wednesday

Its time for OUT TOWN.

Before we get to the new of newz


We just got two BREAKING NEWZ stories

Millionaire lawyer and former Metro East political power broker Tom Lakin was led out of federal court in handcuffs Wednesday morning after being sentenced to six years in prison on federal drug charges.

The prison term and $525,000 in fines, restitution and forfeitures Lakin was ordered to pay were no surprise – his lawyers had been negotiating with federal prosecutors for months to work out a deal and the details haven't changed since his guilty plea last month.

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Long-time St. Louis Cardinals official George Kissell has died after being injured in a traffic accident in Florida. According to reports, St. Louis Cardinals' George Kissell, was seriously injured in an automobile accident Monday night Oct. 6, 2008 in Pinellas Park, Fla. Tampa General Hospital spokesman John Dunn confirmed the death today. It isn't immediately clear when Kissell died. Police say Kissell's daughter was driving her parents Monday night when she apparently ran a red light and was struck by another car. The 88-year-old Kissell was transferred to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. His daughter was treated and released. Kissell's wife was also in the car, but her condition isn't known. Kissell had been with the Cardinals organization since 1940. He was a major league coach from 1969 to 1975.








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And now to the newz:

Nationally, the main topic of discussion has been the 2nd Obama/Mccain debate held Tuesday in Tennessee, but locally, it has been the new STL police chief. On Monday, The Board of Police Commissioners named Col. Daniel Isom, a 20-year veteran of the Police Department, as the city's new police chief. Isom, 41, previously had been special projects assistant to the chief, responsible for planning the department's community-based efforts.
His time with the department has including work in internal affairs, the police academy, a detective bureau and in several of the city's police districts. He has been called “a man of integrity with a reputation for doing the right thing.”Former Chief Joe Mokwa retired July 25, after it was revealed his estranged daughter and police officers were allowed to borrow vehicles from a towing company which impounds cars for the city.
Assistant Chief Stephen Pollihan served as interim chief.Isom joined the department on Aug. 29, 1988, and is the city's 33rd police chief.
He has a doctorate and master's degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri in St. Louis. He also has a master's degree in public administration from Saint Louis University.Isom also is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

Isom was chosen because he was non partisan to the Towing scandal and to hopefully “untaint’ the image the police department has ensued since the scandal.





A middle school teacher in Kansas City, Mo. was suspended Monday for putting a video on YouTube of his students chanting lines from Barack Obama speeches and wearing military fatigues.The video, called "Obama Youth -- Junior Fraternity Regiment," was posted by a YouTube user named "keepitwildtv" on Oct. 2. The school learned the video was on the Internet and took action against the teacher Monday morning.Joyce McGautha, superintendent of the Urban Community Leadership Academy, a charter school for students in fifth through ninth grades in Kansas City, Mo., said that the video was probably taken last May during the Junior Fraternity's morning meeting at the school.She would not disclose the teacher's name.
Students at the school have 30-minute group sessions four times a week during which they are supposed to work on reading and writing. Once a week they are allowed to have activities. There are 12 groups at the public charter school.The Junior Fraternity students studied Obama's economic plan with the teacher, and the superintendent did not know whether the teacher or the students scripted the routine. The group should have also studied John McCain's economic plan, the superintendent said. In the video, eighth- and ninth-graders wearing military camouflage pants and navy t-shirts chant and perform a routine in the style of a step show.
The students enter the room chanting "Alpha. Omega. Alpha. Omega." Then, one at a time, they state things they were "inspired" to do by Barack Obama, including becoming an architect and a sheriff. At the end of the video, the students make statements about Obama's healthcare plan.She said she was aware of the video, and that many of the school's activities are recorded, but that the teacher had been warned in a letter not to put it on the Internet. If he did, she said, he should seek legal counsel.The teacher's fate will be taken up by the charter school's board, she said.\
What do you think? We think that if the teacher violated policy of putting the video on the Internet, then the teacher should be punished. But the flack has been whether the teacher should have set up this program on tax dollars and violating freedom of speech. Well, its better that this group of students are doing something positive. We see so much on programs to rehab a child thru juvey or detention, that something as far as raising self awareness should not be attacked.


The StL is still reeling over the palin-Biden debate that was held in the Lou at Wash u last week. The debate between
Sarah Palin and Joe Biden reportedly drew nearly 70 million U.S. television viewers, far more than the John McCain-Barack Obama bout, making it the most watched vice presidential debate ever, according to ratings issued on last Friday.

The television audience for the Republican Palin and Democrat Biden also was the biggest for any nationally televised political debate in 16 years, going back to a face-off among then-President George H.W. Bush, Democrat Bill Clinton and independent Ross Perot.

Their three-way match in October 1992, like the Palin-Biden contest, pulled in 69.9 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said.

The tally for the Palin-Biden bout in St. Louis on Thursday night easily eclipsed the 52.4 million viewers who tuned in last Friday for the first debate between the Republican presidential nominee McCain and Democrat Obama.
The most watched televised presidential debate on record was the 1976 bout between President Jimmy Carter and his Republican challenger, Ronald Reagan, which drew 80.6 million viewers.

The Palin-Biden debate still earns a place in the Nielsen record books as the most watched ever between vice presidential candidates, eclipsing the old benchmark held by the first woman on a major-party ticket, Geraldine Ferraro, and the Republican incumbent at the time, George H.W. Bush. Their showdown in 1984 averaged 56.7 million viewers.
A larger-than-usual TV audience was expected for Palin and Biden going into their debate given the questions raised about the Alaska governor's readiness and the widespread lampooning of her previous appearances in the media. Snap polls by CBS and CNN said most viewers thought Biden, who curbed his tendency to be verbose and maintained a respectful tone toward Palin, won the debate.

And according to a undisclosed source, Palin was reading her debate answers from a script at the podium.
AND THE SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE PARODY was HEEEELARIOUS!
After the debate, there were two afterparties for both VP candidates. For Biden it was held at the Pageant (He did not attend because he had to fly back to Delaware to get back in time to attend and speak at Friday morning's deployment ceremony for his son, Beau's unit in Dover). For Palin it was held at Chafetz Stadium where it was packed to the raptors (We even saw SLU students walking across Grand to get there) where she made an appearance.



In related news, several of the celebs and national journalists were spotted during their brief stay here in St. Louis for the debates. CBS Evening News Katie Couric was spotted as she lunched Thursday with a network news crew at Cielo in the Four Seasons Hotel. Over at Morton's The Steakhouse in Clayton, St. Louis native actress Kate Capshawhad dinner with her mother after they attended the VP debate. At SLeeK steakhouse at Lumière Place Fred Thompson, former GOP senator from Tennessee and star on "Law & Order," had dinner there and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut . Sure is fun when St. Lou is at the center of things! Ashley Biden, daughter of Joe, prevailed upon Jen Gray, owner of Washington Avenue 's chic The Time Boutique, to unlock her store Thursday night for an after-hours stop.

In unrelated Biden news, Joe Biden will spend two days in Missouri this week.
On Thursday, October 9, Biden will hold events in St. Joseph, Liberty, and Jefferson City, Missouri. On Friday, October 10, Senator Biden will hold an event in the Springfield area.

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The STL Board of Elections will be extending its hours of registrations on 300 n Tucker. The election board has extended its hours this week until 7 p.m. to handle the crush of people trying to beat today’s 5 p.m. deadline to register for next month’s presidential election.Any voter may drop off a voter registration card at the board’s Maplewood office, 12 Sunnen Drive. The form may be obtained at online at:
www.stlouisco.com/elections.Registration cards that are submitted through the mail must be postmarked on or before Oct. 8 to eligible to vote in the November Presidential election.

From an undisclosed source, we were told that the STL Board has registration papers that they have yet to register in the computers! Like two weeks of registrations. This is not good if this is true because that means those who tries to make the deadline may not be on the registrar to register! Oh boy.

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Wells Fargo on Friday sparked a regulatory and legal dispute with a surprise $15.1bn all-share offer for Wachovia, trumping Citigroup’s $2.2bn government-aided deal to buy most of the sixth-biggest US lender. Stunned Citigroup officials – who first heard of the Wells deal just before dawn on Friday – threatened to seek an injunction to stop the transaction or demand substantial damages.

People close to Citi said the government bail-out plan approved by Congress on Friday contained a provision that might invalidate the Wells deal. They were considering invoking the clause – which says transactions approved by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation cannot be broken by a third party – to block the Wells move in court.

The FDIC backed Citi’s deal with the pledge to pick up billions of dollars in losses on Wachovia’s mortgage assets.

Citi, which was left as the only bidder after San Francisco-based Wells abandoned talks with Wachovia last weekend, was also considering whether to raise its offer, with a decision expected in days, people close to the situation said. The extraordinary turn of events left regulators and officials scrambling to resolve the tug-of-war over Wachovia, whose shares had plunged amid fears over its mortgage assets.

Check out down further on this post on what we had to say about Wachovia.





Missouri Senator Clair McCaskill told
the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week that the American people don't know much about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin “and she is now being thrust on a stage without a script and everyone is curious about how much she knows." More pointedly, McCaskill said of Palin's opponent, Sen. Joe Biden, Del., that he “has a tendency to talk forever and sometimes say things that are kind of stupid.” “He a regular guy and … he doesn’t parse his words and he’s not hyper-careful,” she said. “He’s very authentic."
She then seemed to regret what she'd said. “I was probably having a Joe Biden moment myself,” McCaskill said of her candid moment minutes before.

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MoDOT has announced the construction of Interstate 64 is ahead of schedule. The closed section of Interstate 64 between I-270 and I-170 is set to re-open by late November or early December.Yesterday, Gateway Constructors poured the last major stretch of the main driving lanes of I-64, between Spoede Road and Lindbergh Boulevard. "We are confident we can meet the schedule of reopening the west end of I-64 by December 31 and we are pushing hard to be ready as early as late November," said Pete Rahn MoDOT Director. "All of us at MoDOT have been impressed with Gateway Constructor's work. They have accomplished this great progress despite the rainiest year on record."
And they thought the STL were not goin to adjust in January 2008. HA!



The city on Monday honored 24-year-old
Dawn Harper with a parade in tribute to her gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles in the Beijing Olympic Games.

On what was declared Dawn Harper Day, schools let out early so students could attend the celebration for the East St. Louis Senior High School alum.

East St. Louis' latest Olympic gold medalist has a testimonial for her hometown's students - don't let anyone stand in the way of your dreams.
She wanted students to touch the medal to know what it feels and looks like.
Taking part in the tribute were two other Olympic gold medalists from East St. Louis - Harper's mentor,
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Kersee's brother, Al Joyner.
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To see the video of her homecoming
http://www.bnd.com/homepage/story/493584.html


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Speaking of East St. Louis athletes, Injured East St. Louis High School football player Demond Hunt Jr. remained in serious condition Sunday after suffering a head injury on Friday during the Flyers' win over Collinsville.

Hunt Jr., 16, at junior at East St. Louis and considered one of the top middle linebackers in the St. Louis area, suffered the injury late in the second quarter.
After suffering a seizure while on the sideline shortly before halftime, the 5-11, 190-pound Hunt was taken to Anderson Hospital in Maryville, then airlifted to Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis.
Hunt's father, Demond Hunt Sr. said a CAT scan revealed his son had a blood clot and swelling in the brain.Hunt had his condition upgraded from critical to serious on Saturday. Hunt was still listed in serious condition on Sunday afternoon.
Demond Hunt Sr. said his son opening his eyes more often and even gave his dad 'the thumbs up sign' earlier in the day on Sunday. Hunt Jr., who had difficulty breathing following a helmet to the chest minutes before suffering the seizure, did not sustain any broken bones.

Our prayers go out to the Hunt Family.
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On an urelated teen story, an 18-year-old is dead after falling from a cliff at Cliff Cave Park in south St. Louis County. Police on Monday identified the victim as Sean Contini of St. Louis County. The incident happened Sunday afternoon. Police say the teen was climbing down a rock wall to a cave when he fell to the bottom of a cliff, some 50 to 60 feet below. He was taken to St. Anthony's Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The death has been ruled an accident.
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Anheuser-Busch shareholders will vote Nov. 12 on whether to sell the brewer to Belgian InBev for $52 billion. At the closing of the transaction, shareholders of Anheuser-Busch will be entitled to receive $70 for each share of stock held by them, and Anheuser-Busch will become a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of InBev. A-B shareholders of record as of the close of business on Oct. 3 are entitled to vote at the special meeting, which will be held at noon Nov. 12 at the Crowne Plaza Meadowlands hotel in Secaucus, N.J.


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Now that the Rams had its BYE WEEK, do you think the rams can pull off a win this Sunday when they play against The Washington Redskins? Or will it be goosegg and cinqo? In unrelated rams news, right before the BYE week, the St. Louis Rams on Monday placed tight end Randy McMichael on injured reserve with a broken right leg. As of today, McMichael will be lost for the rest of the season.Third-year player Joe Klopfenstein will start at tight end, beginning Sunday at Washington. McMichael was injured in a 31-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills on September 28. Despite their woes, the Rams are just two games out of first place in the NFC West according to reports.
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Wachovia’s philanthropic arm plans to give the
Saint Louis Zoo $2.5 million to overhaul the south entrance with a pedestrian bridge and improve aesthetics with animal sculptures.

The Wachovia Foundation’s gift, along with a $5 million appropriation in 2006 from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development and Related Appropriations Act, will finance the project, which includes a new bridge that will span Wells Drive, allowing for pedestrians, strollers and wheelchairs to pass from the south parking lot to the zoo entrance.

To accommodate the bridge, the zoo’s iconic Z-O-O sculpture will be moved to a prominent spot on the parking lot, and Wells Drive pavement will be lowered.
Hmmm, interesting that Wachovia got money for renovations for a zoo, but cant bail itself out of its debts. Whats really goin on?




Late last month, Academy Award nominated actor and Kansas city native Don Cheadle visited St. Louis. Inside the MSC at University of Missouri—St. Louis, was packed with students hoping to get a glimpse of actor. Cheadle came to UM-St. Louis after visiting Missouri universities in both his hometown and Columbia. He also visited a university that was not on his list of stops, Wash U, which was a mistake that caused excited students to wait from 3 p.m. (when the event was scheduled to begin) until about 5 p.m. when the actor arrived.Cheadle officially came to discuss voting in the upcoming presidential election, and he also spoke of his endorsement of Barack Obama. Cheadle told the MSC full of students that he first met Senator Obama when he was working on helping the people of Darfur. In fact, the Illinois senator wrote the introduction to Cheadle's book (co written with activist John Prendergast), "Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond". "This is a very unique time not just for our country, but for the world," Cheadle said to the crowd. "Obama is not taking this opportunity for granted."










Grammy award winning STL native rapper Murphy Lee is scheduled to film his next music video here in St. Louis for his radio hit, “My Shoes.” he will have a casting call this Thursday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Knockouts Bar in North County. The actual filming will be Sunday at an undisclosed area in St. Louis as of this blogging. As a celebration, Lee will have a pre video party at Club Society on Saturday (SEE EVENT-BITZ FOR MORE INFO). Speaking of STL rappers and music video casting, rapper Ludy ( who hit the radio waves with the song, “ Sik Wit it”) will hold a casting call for a new music video, “She Can Get it” with STL rapper Ludy at I AM Boutique on 14th and Washington Avenue in downtown ST. Louis. For more info Call Cerise at 314.504.1642.

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The Midwest Emmys were held last Saturday at Lumiere place and KSDK (Channel 5) was the big winner. Channel 5 won or shared 16 Emmys, followed by 10 each for KMOV (Channel 4) and KTVI-TV (Channel 2.)





...............KSDK's Mike Bush picked up seven individual mentions. He won in the categories Best Anchor; Feature News Report-Serious Feature; Education/Schools; Human Interest - News Story/Feature; Health KSDK (tie) Sonya Potter, Jim Tuxbury, Terri Krueger KSDK; Sports – Story KSDK and Sports – Feature








The only African Americans broadcast journalists who won were KMOV’s Julian Grace for General Assignment Report-Within 24hrs





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KTVI’s Elliott Davis (with his cam man Larry Washington) for Politics/Government (“You Paid For it”). Techincally three.


Other winners included KSDK Mike Roberts (On Camera Talent/Anchor – Weather) ; KTVI’s Martin Kilcoyne (Talent/Anchor – Sports); KTVI Andy Banker (Writer/News) and KSDK Frank Cusumano
(Sports – Sportscast)


KMOV shared overall "news excellence" with KSHB-TV (Channel 41) in Kansas City. KSDK's Mike Roberts won the weather anchor Emmy, and KTVI's Martin Kilcoyne won for sports anchor.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson won the Emmy for "advanced media-interactivity" through the newspaper's STLtoday.com website.
KMOV and KTVI tied for the morning newscast Emmy.
The chapter includes stations that cover parts of Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Arkansas, Kentucky and Louisiana. The chapter also added Larry Conners of KMOV, Spencer Koch of KTVI and Michael Dorman of Charter Communications to its Silver Circle, which honors 25 or more years of service in television.
CBS-TV's Russ Mitchell, a 1978 graduate of Webster Groves High School and formerly of KMOV and KTVI, hosted the ceremony.

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Two St. Louis area natives hit the stages in Kansas city, Mo. for their respective tours.











Adopted East St. Louisan music veteran Tina Turner After an eight-year hiatus, Tina Turner brought her famous voice and energy back to the stage Wednesday, opening her 36-date North American tour with a hit-filled concert at the Sprint Center. She performed in front of a sold out crowd for over 150 minutes (including a 30 minute intermission.) Her show included all of her greatest hits. At 68, Tina performed with the ease, grace and energy of someone half her age and showed the world that Tina still has it.[The tour continues throughout the US and Europe (with a second return visit to Kansas City on October 8th.) Tina Turner noted at the concert's opening night that she spent a month in Kansas City preparing for her latest world tour
The 68-year-old singer said it was the right time to hit the road.

"It has to be now," she said. "I can still do it. (I'm) still in shape enough physically, mentally and I think this was about the best time to do it."






The second is singer Theo Peoples (SEEN ON THE RIGHT). Peoples along with the remaining members of the Four tops began its tour Sept 28 in Kansas City at the Starlight Theatre along with the remaining members of the Temptations (a group that he also sang with prior to joining the Four tops). Unlike Turner’s tour that has received raves, , they did not fare as well. According to the Kansas City star, The quartet drew its biggest applause from a tour-de-force cover of Heat Wave’s “Always and Forever” that included a long, spoken introduction and tender, affecting vocals from lead singer Levi Stubbs’ replacement, Theo Peoples. Well, we’ll see in the St. Louis area when they take a detour of their tour (How’s that for a play on words?) when they perform sans the Tempts Oct 23 at the Ameristar casino in St. Charles.



OUTTOWN EXCLUSIVE.






We were perusing through the sites and found out a story on stlhiiphop.com about the supposed troubled STL rapper, J-Kwon that was sent to them via Get It Magazine


The following is a synopsis of that evocative article:

“It all started from talking to a female I know, that I was talking to on MySpace.com. She told me how she was talking to the real J-Kwon on myspace. I brushed it off until I talked to another female who shared the same experience with some negative feedback she shared. The way they met and the conversations they had were exactly the same. It soon builded to 6 females with the same experience. They ALL held conversations, with some even going to meet J-Kwon. The thing that made their stories link was the infamous email address bhoodhop@gmail.com . I talked to alot of women that were sending him naked pictures of themselves.

He often requested pictures AFTER he had sex with these females. I started doing my own research and contacting some of the people on his friends lists. This is where the monster was unleashed. From what I learned - it appears J-Kwon was dropped from So So Def, and put on the shelf at Jive Records. He then started making a comeback that came to a crash and burn.

From all the females I interviewed, J-Kwon was using EVERYONE he met online or in person. He had females doing banners, advertisements, driving him around, and running errands for him. The females THOUGHT they were either being a friend or getting into a relationship with J-Kwon. MOST of the women turned and ran the other direction as soon as he started asking to borrow money. My research became somewhat personal because I knew some of the people that were working for or with J-Kwon. I knew certain Djs that were playing his new songs, and some of the people helping promote his comeback. So I dug even deeper.
I found out J-Kwon wasn't paying ANYONE. He doesn't pay his barber, and didn't pay his PR people, artists, producers or management. Absolutely NO ONE was getting paid!!!............
Radio stations were asking for interviews and J-Kwon was not showing up or making the calls that he was suppose to do. There were several photographers I talked to that said he argued over money they were owed. He didn't want to pay up, he rather go on the boat and go gamble………….His crew that were waiting around for deals started leaving to go find jobs. No one was getting paid for the work they did to promote him. As I was told by several very angry women and men, "HE RATHER SPEND HIS MONEY ON SNORTING COKE, THAN PAY ANYONE!".

………From Hot 104 to 100.3 the Beat, i found Djs that had bad run in's with J-Kwon…………On the surface no one would say anything bad upfront, but the message I got was, we don't $%^ with that drug addict kid. I assume JD wiped his hands clean of him, and Trackboys did the same.

Allhiphop.com tried to reach J Kwon for a comment and said they could not reach J-Kwon for a comment because “he is currently locked up for unpaid child support.”

Oh wow. If these allegations are true, it is unfortunate for someone as talented as J Kwon to be the first of the STL Hip hoparatti to go down in flames.








Last Wednesday night, Sikeston, Missouri’s Neal E. Boyd insurance salesman turned opera singer won America’s Got Talent, netting a tidy $1 million prize and a show in Las Vegas. The University of Missouri singer had tears streaming down, receiving congratulations from Placido Domingo (via tape), Boyd wondered, "What has happened to my life?"

But he got it together enough to sing "Nessun Dorma" to close the show's third season, bringing finale tears to David Hasselhoff's eyes (and many others').
Boyd's win over singer songwriter Eli Mattson, 26, was what host Jerry Springer called "the closest result we've ever had, with less than one half of one percent between these two."
His mother noticed his beautiful voice at a young age, but singing didn't become Neal's passion until high school.Neal has followed his dream ever since and it took him to the national spotlight as the winner of America's Got Talent.
Friends and family gathered in Sikeston to watch the show's finale Wednesday night. Neal is an opera singer, and on the show he said he was surprised fans embraced the genre of music.
The winner was decided by a vote of the audience.
Meanwhile, others gathered at a watch party on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University where Boyd was a graduate and member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.


To see the win go to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=085QPSPU5XI


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Several STL stars and socialites are celebrating certain events in their lives this week. Award-winning STL rapper Vandalyzm is celebrating the big 2-5 this weekend with Grammy award winning producer 9th Wonder @ Club Exo (see EVENT BITZ for more INFO)…Valarie Johnson is currently in Korea where she is teaching English to students. Her tenure will be for one year……….



Next is Mike Person who will jump the broom with his longtime girlfriend Ms. Stephanie this Friday. As an added bonus, persons hipped us to his singing skills. To check out his do-re-mi-range, go to YOUTUBE at on YOU TUBE at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KoN2hzP9tc











And lastly, STL Fashionista Jimmelle had a going away party last Sunday to celebrate her new promotion as district manager of Urban Outfitters in Baltimore, Maryland.(See OUT 482 for COVERAGE) her last stint as an STL model was in the FASHION4246 fashion show where she was also a co-producer (SEE OUT 481 FOR COVERAGE)








OUTTOWN PREVIEW





YOURS TRULY Ma’At Atkins had the opportunity to interview up and coming pop/R&B trio SOSY at KickinRox Studios in South St. Louis. The Cover Story ( “Real Hot and Sosy”) will be on their career, their recent music showcase at SESAC in Atlanta and growing pains in the biz. We are looking at the first Wednesday in November for the story.



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A friend of the family of Shawn EYEKON WIlliams wrote a poem for the life and passing of upstart fashion designer who died last week at the age of 23. The pic is where the poem is seen (You can click on pic for the poem). On Tuesday, there were smiles and many tears Tuesday night for the kickoff of St. Louis Fashion Week at contemporary Arts Museum. This year's celebration included a special tribute to the featured designer for Eyekon, a clothing company preparing to hit the big time until this accident. A piece of his design will be auction off as well entitled, “I Told the Storm.” His students used sketches to complete his collection. Tuesday night, it was the work of Shawn Williams that kicked off Fashion Week 2008 Shawn Williams graduated in 2004 from University City High School. In 2008 he graduated from Lindenwood University.






IN THE MIA FILE. Where is socialite Noretha Hopson?
MIA FOUND PowerCouple Carri and Keith Griffin while we were going to interview SOSY last week. They were driving along on the South Side and bumped into us. They said that they were moving to the ATL in the very near future because the STL scene was not their scene to continue their Powercouple Inc. promotions venture. Also, Carri who is five-months pregnant is expecting in February.

BLIND BITZ. What local socialite was asked to leave the premises of a popular after spot when the cops were called because they were banned from being on the property at all times? (This person is a popular ‘outside socialite’ and ‘wanders” the U City Loop )


EVENT- BITZ


EVENT SPOTLIGHT



10/08/2008 Wed CURRENT Featuring appearances by Meghan Fabulous, Silver Dagger and Skif Rising international designers Meghan Fabulous and Silver Dagger premiere their Spring 2009 collections alongside internationally acclaimed, progressive fashion house Skif. The fun and flirty creations from L.A. designer Meghan Fabulous have been worn by every Hollywood A-lister from Angelina Jolie to Paris Hilton, while the rock-star inspired fashion of Silver Dagger can count notable wearers such as Gabrielle Union, Missy Elliot and Slash among its fans. Skif's visionary collection first rocketed to fame with high-profile appearances in The Matrix, worn by Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne. Since, this groundbreaking design house has achieved worldwide fame for its original work that evokes a spirit of freedom and global interconnectedness. Time: VIP reception at HoteLumière: 6pm (VIP pass-holders only)Doors: 7pmLocation: Lumière Place Casino & Hotels, 999 2nd Ave. , Downtown, 314.881.7777 (
www.lumiereplace.com)Cost: $35 at the door if available. Log on to www.ticketmaster.com for your week-long Saint Louis Fashion Week pass.Parking: Valet available at HoteLumière (complimentary for VIP pass-holders)
10/09/2008 Thurs SURFACE Avant-garde innovators miacro and Wrath Arcane meet designers-with-a-message from Humanity for All for a night of full-volume runway shows Miacro cofounders, former Karl Lagerfeld model Tina Davis-Noble and award-winning fashion designer Jenn McKelvie, use organic fabrics, raw, simple shapes and unrefined print and dye applications to create their brand of unique fashion, which has been featured in InStyle magazine. Wrath Arcane, which stands for "secret anger" or "forgotten rage" is a fashion innovator in men's clothing design. Tired of big-name designer labels, designers Sean Bilovecky and Brian O'Neill have created a line of hip, contemporary streetwear with an artistic level of detail and custom construction that's propelling their careers to the top of fashion's A-list. Not only does each piece from Humanity for All tell a story with its intricate, bold graphics, but cofounders Tammy Hotsenpiller and Helena Cho also strive to change lives by donating 25 percent of their profits to world humanitarian efforts. Time: VIP reception at HoteLumière: 6pm (VIP pass-holders only)Doors: 7pmLocation: Lumière Place Casino & Hotels, 999 2nd Ave. , Downtown, 314.881.7777 (www.lumiereplace.com)Cost: $35 at the door if available. Log on to www.ticketmaster.com for your week-long Saint Louis Fashion Week pass. Parking: Valet available at HoteLumière (complimentary for VIP pass-holders) BUDWEISER SELECT AFTER-PARTYToast fashion's top new talent with a Budweiser Select at SLeeK Time: 10pmLocation: SLeeK, 999 N. 2nd St. , Downtown, 314.621.9590 (www.burgerbarlv.com)

10/10/2008 Friday LIQUID STYLE Featuring Dillard's Fall 2008 fashion collections with a surprise featured designer This sneak peek into the best of apparel from Dillard's will feature women's designers such as Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Anne Klein, Adrienne Vittadini, Ellen Tracy, Antonio Melani, BCBGenerations, Dina Bar El, ABS, Ed Hardy, French Connection and many more. Menswear greats Hickey Freeman, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Mark Ecko, Tailor Byrd, Penguin and, from the south of France, Dillard's exclusive Daniel Cremiuex, will also be presented. Don't miss this exciting show. Time: VIP reception at HoteLumière: 6pm (VIP pass-holders only)Doors: 7pmLocation: Lumière Place Casino & Hotels, 999 2nd Ave. , Downtown, 314.881.7777 (www.lumiereplace.com)Cost: $35 at the door if available. Log on to www.ticketmaster.com for your week-long Saint Louis Fashion Week pass. Parking: Valet available at HoteLumière (complimentary for VIP pass-holders) BUDWEISER SELECT AFTER-PARTYSee and be seen in the Budweiser Select VIP lounge with celebs and St. Louis' socialistas at SLeeK Time: 10pmLocation: SLeeK, 999 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.621.9590 (www.burgerbarlv.com)
10/11/2008 Sat. FLOW Apple Bottoms by Nelly, U. C. Me by Murphy Lee & Yani Co. take over the streets of the Washington Avenue Garment District on Saturday, October 11th. Experience the largest outdoor runway show in St. Louis history down the center of Washington Avenue . St. Louis runway presents the world premier of Red Label, Apple Bottoms' exclusive boutique collection, and U.C. Me by Murphey Lee and Kyjuan. The creative talents at Apple Bottoms by Nelly and St. Louis Runway unite to debut Apple Bottoms Red Label and U. C. Me on the Saint Louis Fashion Week runways. Fashion design, music and performance collide, to propel the much-anticipated launch of these two new global brands. Time: VIP reception: 6pm (VIP pass-holders only) Doors: 7pmLocation: Washington Ave between 13th & 14th (Downtown Garment District)Cost: $35 at the door if available. Log on to www.ticketmaster.com for your week-long Saint Louis Fashion Week pass. Parking: Valet available at 14th & Washington Rain Location: In case of rain, show will be held at the GW Lofts at 1900 Washington Ave. ( Washington & Jefferson) RED LABEL & U. C. ME AFTER-PARTYCelebrate the launch of Apple Bottoms Red Label and U. C. Me at a high-energy party wrapping up Saint Louis Fashion Week at SkyBox Time: 10pmLocation: SkyBox, 800 N. 3rd St., Downtown, 314.241.5100 (www.skyboxstl.com



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This Weekend @ STL House Of Comedy
Marvin Dixon (Oct 9 - 12) Click Here For Free Pass I am a Comic View, Def Jam favorite, and I'm rapidly becoming one of the most talked about comics around. I have a great knack for revealing the humor of everyday life. I've always been a physical person. I've always expressed my things through mannerisms and facial expressions rather than speaking. I have performed with Leon ("The Five Heartbeats" and "The Temptations), Monica Calhoun ("The Players Club" and "The Best Man"), and Mel Jackson ("Soul Food" and "Deliver Us From Eva"). Television viewers know me for my appearances on Showtime's Comedy Club Network, The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show, Comedy Central's Make Me Laugh, Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam and as the 2002 host for BET's Comic View. And for those of you who love the straight to video urban flicks, he was the funny hotel manager in Miguel Nunez' forthcoming film, Up Against the 8-Ball. ORDER YOUR TICKETS NOW WWW.STLHOUSEOFCOMEDY.COM
This Friday Night Open Bar Continues!! $20 includes admission to the show and OPEN BAR during the show!!

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Wachovia POW's 2008 Professional Forum "Pathways to Professional & Personal Success" @ Wachovia Securities, 1 North Jefferson, St. Louis, MO 63103 Oct 9 beginning at 5:30pm . Moderated by Robin Boyce, the panelists include Howard Denson of Black Pages, Ron Himes, producing director and founder of the St. Louis Black Rep and Olympic champion Jackie Joyner Kersee. Please R.S.V.P. at
http://www.blacktie-stlouis.com by clicking on the event on the Event Calendar or by calling 314.963.5287.
www.powinc.org
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SYGU presents TRUE SCHOOL!!! 9th Wonder and Vandalyzm LIVE @ Club Exo!!Come kick it with the Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder in the STL!! Friday, October 10, 2008 at 9:00pm, 3146 Locust . SYGU hits the streets again with ANOTHER insane event for the fall...True School.Come out and party with the squad as they bring out Grammy Award Winning producer 9th Wonder (Erykah Badu, Jay Z, Beyonce, Destiny's Child, Mary J Blige) and DJ Cuzzin B October 10th at the all new Club Exo!!! Vandalyzm also will celbrate his 25th born day as well. Phone: 314.323.1323 Email:
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Join us this Friday, October 10, 2008 as Stress Free Fridays visits a hidden treasure within the St. Louis social scene, Friends... A Meeting Place, 716 N. Compton (at Delmar), St. Louis , MO 63103, Friday, October 10, 5:00PM 1-314-535-5800 . Friends...A Meeting Place is a truly magnificent venue located east of the thriving Grand Center that you will have to see to believe...if you miss this opportunity, then you will regret it on Saturday morning...**Special thanks to Stress Free Fridays friend, Monica Waller, for introducing Friends...A Meeting Place to Stress Free Fridays.Drink specials, complimentary food and great music await you...if you would like to know what else makes Friends...A Meeting Place so special, then you will have to stop by and see for yourself; you will be mesmerized.As always, please RSVP...if you are celebrating a special occasion, email Mario at
wayne_mario@yahoo.com or Mark Anthony at maj_826@yahoo.com so that we can recognize you.

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TERENCE & BIG TAH
Club Party Friday, October 10, 2008 at 9:00pm THE LOFT Street: 3112 OLIVE Contact Info Phone: 3147130926 Email:bigtah06@tmail.com IT'S GOING DOWN FRIDAY OCTOBER 10 @ THE LOFT - EVERBODY IS FREE BEFORE 11 PM - LADIES DRINK CHAMPAGNE ON ME UNTIL ITS ALL GONE- BIG BIRTHDAY BASH FOR ALL THE LIBRA'S- SPECIAL INVITED GUEST- EVERYBODY WHO IS SOMEBODY WILL BE IN THE BUILDING. DJ CUDDY ON THE 1'S & 2'S AND BIG TERENCE ON THE MIC-DONT MISS THE FREIGHT TRAIN COMING.
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.“A Little Bit of Jazz with your Breakfast" & a Speechless Auction. The purpose of this fundraiser is to honor, recognize and raise funds to lighten the burden of low income women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer or cervical cancer. Sat., October 11, 2008, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM, Holiday Inn—Airport, 4505 Woodson Road St. Louis , MO 63134 $20 per ticket. For more information please contact a member of Geri’s Heart or Roxanna Parker at 314.646.0819+++
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The Big Read Festival Oct 11 at Clayton high School. Maryville University will sponsor the Author Auditorium (Please note that the Author Auditorium sponsored by Maryville University, but is hosted on the Big Read site) inside of Clayton High School. Join St. Louis American editor Bill Beene, in an honest discussion with nationally acclaimed authors, Kevin Powell, Lyah Beth LeFlore, and David Mendell, about being a black man in America today. Kevin Powell, writer, political activist, and bestselling author discusses his new book, The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life. Kevin Powell is a 2008 Democratic candidate from Brooklyn for the United States Congress. St. Louisan Lyah Beth LeFlore joins the panel in her discussion of her latest, I Got YourBack: A Father and Son Keep It Real About Love, Fatherhood, Family Friendship – the story of Eddie Levert Sr. and Gerald Levert. And Barack Obama’s biographer, David Mendell, staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, discusses his new book, Obama: From Promise to Power. Mendell shows how Obama tose to arguably be the most dynamic figure to grace the American stage since Kennedy. Booksigning to follow 2 :30 p.m. Admission to all author appearances are FREE . Seating is limited and filled on a “first-come first-served” basis. Info:
www.thebigread.net

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Town Hall Meeting-Black and Male in America feat. Kevin Powell hosted by Selena J. Sat. Oct. 11, 2008 6pm at Central Baptist Church, 2845 Washington. St. Louis, MO. Free and open to the public. Info:
firstciv1@mindspring.com



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THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AT CLUB SOCIETY...."MURPH OR DIE" MIXTAPE PARTY- FREE MIXTAPES, FREE TSHIRTS, OPEN BAR....GET THERE EARLY!!! SAINT LOUIS STAND UP!!! MURPH OR DIE.... COME OUT AND SUPPORT THIS SATURDAY@CLUB SOCIETY MURPH OR DIE.



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MOCHA'S CORNER






Ladies Night OUT Thursdays at Dante's hosted by Mocha Latte . Ladies Free Admission and Drinks til Midnite… EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT FOR ALMOST ONE YEAR, SHE HAS CONSISTENTLY LET THE LADIES IN FREE AND THEY STILL DRINK UNLIMITED FREE DRINKS TIL 12!! WOW!DANTES IS OFF THE CHAIN!!! COME SEE US ON THURSDAY NIGHT!! BOOK YO BDAY PARTY WITH US!! PACKAGE INCLUDES:CAKE, BALLOONS AND CHAMPAGNE. And starting next Thurs. (Oct. 2) they are having the “Ms. So Right for the Night” contest - in collabs with the new Mo Tre single - featuring local celebrity judges……….. Pick up an Evening Whirl on Mondays and check out Mocha Latte’s column COFFEE TALK!
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"WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU BEEN OUT OF TOWN? DO YOU NEED TO GETAWAY? JOIN US FOR THE CHICAGO BOOZE CRUISE!! NOV 7-9..";I NEED TO GETAWAY...DON'T YOU? JOIN ME AND FRIENDS..... CHITOWN GETAWAY NOVEMBER 7-9 EARLY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING ON "THE MAGINIFICENT MILE" HOT "NIGHTLIFE" SCENEBULLS VS SUNS&CAVALIERS GAME AND MANY MORE CONTACT ME ASAP FOR MORE DETAILS SPACE IS LIMITED!!!THIS BUS WILL SELL OUT FASTFUN! FUN! FUN FUN FUN FUNHELP US CELEBRATE "CALVIN NELSON'S BIRTHDAY" (SEE INFO BELOW)





Mocha's daughter need yawl help. ST LOUIS CHARTER SCHOOL is having a fundraiser. You can shop online at
http://www.mrfundraising.com/store/brochures.php?sID=cha4822 The group receives profit from the sale and the seller will receive prize credits. Enter the seller ID below to begin.Seller: sydney cowinsSeller ID: cha4822Thank you for your support.If the link above does not work, please use the following link and enter the seller ID: http://www.mrfundraising.com/store/index.php

COMPUTERS R US U.S.A INC.....NEED A NEW PC? GOT COMPUTERS PROBLEMS? WE HAVE THE SOLUTION!!! ABSOLUTELY FREE COMPUTER DIAGNOSTICS! MENTION THIS & RECIEVE 10% off Tell them Mocha Latte' sent YOU!
SPRING INTO FITNESS... CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE http://www.mvpfitness.net/ OR CALL 314-831-7505 Please tell them Mocha Latte' referred you. The Next MVP Boot Camp Starts September 9th!" ONLY 89 BUCKS!!
MOCHA'S TALENT SPOTLIGHT
Writer, poet, singer, musician. Te’ V. Smith is a talent worth seeking out! From his humorous and playful yet educational political and social songs to his mind and soul challenging poetry he has amazed crowds from Kentucky to Paris France. An accomplished jazz pianist and soul writer his debut onto the national scene came mid 2007 when he joined the legendary “Roots” for a 5 city tour sharing the gift of word through poetry and song. With a strong following on the poetry/spoken word circuit Mr. Smith is sure to continue to push the envelope, raise the bar and change lives. Other credits include: The Washington Post’ 100 most influential writers of the next generation 1997 ; Guest youth poet at le deil with Saul Williams and Ani Difranco 2000; featured on BET’s Lyric Café 2006; guest performer for Floetry’ “Floetry remix Tour” 2007; and featured artist on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam 2007 HEAR HIM SHARE HIS LIFE at
WWW.MYSPACE.COM/TEVSMITHContact Mocha Lattte if you want to book him.
For more info on these items and events, contact Miss Latte at 314.646.9917 or sgalvin26@yahoo.com
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SENORA SPEAKS






This week's Senora Speaks will be availbale at later time. Keep checkin for it!



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FOX SPOTLIGHT




R&B singer Maxwell’s 8 p.m. Oct. 15 concert at the Fox Theatre, The long missing-in-action singer’s tour is meant to tide fans over while they continue waiting for his upcoming “Black Summers’ Nights” trilogy. Jasmine Sullivan of “Need U Bad” fame will open the show. Tickets are $39.50-$69.50, available at MetroTix outlets,
http://www.metrotix.com/, 314-534-1111, and at the box office

DAVID BYRNE “Songs of David Byrne And Brian Eno” Saturday, October 18 • 8PM Fox Theatre $52.50 A limited number of Gold Circle Seats are also available.Fox Concerts & The Pageant present CARDINALS Featuring Ryan Adams, Neal Casal, Chris Feinstein, Jon Graboff & Brad Pemberton Friday, October 3 • 8:30PM LIVE at the Fox Theatre! $35 & $30

An Evening with JACKSON BROWNE Sunday, October 19 • 7:30PM LIVE at the Fox Theatre! $57.50, $52.50, $ 47.50, $42.50 A limited number of Gold Circle seats are also available .

NEW: THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD SHOW PERFORMSPINK FLOYD’S ‘THE WALL’FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN 25 YEARS, PINK FLOYD’S LEGENDARY ROCK OPERA ‘THE WALL’ TO BE PERFORMED LIVE IN ITS ENTIRETY!Friday, November 7 • 8 pm &Saturday, November 8 • 8 pmLIVE at the Fox Theatre!$49.50, $44.50, & 39.50Concert preview on KETC/Channel 9On sale date to be announced soon
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NEW:SMASHING PUMPKINS20th Anniversary TourWednesday, November 26 • 8 pmLIVE at the Fox Theatre!$53, $48 & $43A limited number of Gold Circle seats are also available.On-Sale Information:Tickets on sale Friday, October 3 at 10 am!Purchase tickets at the Fox Box Office,MetroTix outlets or by calling 314/534-1111.Order tickets online at www.metrotix.com.
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NEW: THE CHRISTMAS MUSIC OFMANNHEIM STEAMROLLERBY CHIP DAVISFriday, December 5 • 8 pmSaturday, December 6 • 2 pm & 8 pmFabulous Fox Theatre$52.50, $47.50, $42.50, $37.50A limited number of Gold Circle seats are also available.
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THE 2008 EDITION OF THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR SPONSORED BY AMERENUE AND PRESENTED BY DANCE ST. LOUIS RETURNS TO THE FOX THEATRE DECEMBER 11-28, 2008! SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE SEPTEMBER 27 AT 10AM! ST. LOUIS, MO / September 2, 2008 – Fox Associates have announced that tickets for the much anticipated return engagement of the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR starring the Rockettes will go on sale to the public on Saturday, September 27. Members of the world-famous Rockettes will be on hand to greet ticket buyers at the Fox Theatre box office at 10am. All MetroTix outlets, charge by phone at 314/534-1111 and http://www.metrotix.com/ will also open at that time. Ticket prices range from $29.50-$69.50 depending on performance date and seat location; a performance schedule is attached. Sponsored by AmerenUE, Dance St. Louis will present this return engagement of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for 38 dazzling performances. Orders for groups of 15 or more may be placed by calling 314/535-2900. For more information, visit http://www.fabulousfox.com/. \
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ON SALE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10 AT 10AM! HARRY CONNICK JR. and his big band A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Sunday, December 7 • 7:30 pm Fabulous Fox Theatre $73, $48 A limited number of Gold Circle seats are also available. +++++++++++


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Oprah Winfrey presents THE COLOR PURPLE, October 21-November 2, 2008; Curtain times for the U.S. Bank Broadway Series presentation are Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, October 26 at 2 & 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m. There is also a weekday matinee on Thursday, October 30 at 1 p.m. Nominated for eleven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, THE COLOR PURPLE opened on December 1, 2006 at the Broadway Theatre where it ran for over two record-breaking years. It is based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity, and discover her unique voice in the world. With a joyous GRAMMY®-nominated score featuring gospel, jazz, pop and the blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is about hope and the healing power of love. Michael Kuchwara, the Associated Press described THE COLOR PURPLE as “a roof-raising story of triumph.” And Richard Corliss of TIME Magazine said, “[it is] a soaring, epic tale. It made a joyful noise in my heart.” Elysa Gardner from USA Today raved, “Pure heart! It celebrates the inspiring relationships of faith and love, a Broadway hit!”
Single tickets for THE COLOR PURPLE at the Fox Theatre box office, online through http://www.metrotix.com/, MetroTix charge by phone at 314/534-1111 and all MetroTix outlets. Orders for groups of 20 or more may be placed by calling 314/535-2900. Ticket prices range from $27-$68 depending on performance date and seat location. For more information, visit http://www.fabulousfox.com/.
THE COLOR PURPLE is a U.S. Bank Broadway Series presentation and sponsored by American Airlines.
Upcoming: SWEENEY TODD, November 14-16, 2008CATS, November 28-30, 2008 LEGALLY BLONDE the Musical, January 20-February 1, 2009 ! ; The Rep presents SPRING AWAKENING, February 10-22, 2009; CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY, March 17-29, 2009; Dance St. Louis presents STOMP, April 3-5, 2009HAIRSPRAY, April 24-26, 2009Dance St. Louis presents RIVERDANCE, May 1-3, 2009; A CHORUS LINE, May 12-24, 2009RENT, June 2-7, 2009MARY POPPINS, AUGUST 13-30, 2009; THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, September 23-October 17, 2009
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Cheresse Ink presents Designer Denim and Day to Nite Beauty Delight at Home Nightclub, Thurs. Oct 16, 45 plus pair jeans giveaway, Dominic Michaels Salon Showcase, bring old or worn out jeans for charity Grace Hill. To RSVP go to
denim@cheresseink.com
AND St. John;s Mercy’s Big Pink Fundraiser for cancer, at J Bucks in Clayton. Thurs. Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Tix $30 to RSVP call 314.251.1800
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Enjoy a Night of Theater -- On the House!St. Louis theaters offer FREE tickets as part of a nationwide program Seven St. Louis theaters offer FREE tickets to their productions on select days from Thursday, October 16 through Friday, October 31 "Free Night of Theater" is sponsored locally by the Regional Arts Commission and the Kevin Kline Awards Tickets for two free seats can be reserved at
www.freenightoftheater.net (select FIND A SHOW, then select St. Louis).
The participating theaters and productions include: THEATER PERFORMANCE DATE(S) Insight Theatre Company Grace and GlorieOct. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

The Repertory Theater of St. Louis Jane Austen's Emma: A New Musical Oct. 16 at 8p.m. Oct. 25 at 9 p.m.
St. Louis Actors' Studio A Fire As Bright As Heaven Oct. 16 at 8p.m.
Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble Primal Oct. 16 at 8 p.m.
New Line Theatre Hair, The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical Oct. 16 at 8 p.m.
Piwacket Theatre for Children Hansel & Gretel Oct. 18 at 11 a.m.
Mustard Seed Theatre Smoke On the Mountain Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. This is the first year
St. Louis is participating in Free Night of Theater, which was launched in three cities in 2005 by the Theatre Communications Group to encourage people to attend a play for the first time or to experience a theatrical company they'd never seen. More than 100 cities and 600 theaters are participating in 2008. For information visit: www.freenightoftheater.net St. Louis Repertory Theater: www.repstl.org St. Louis Actors Studio: www.stlas.org Pickwacket Theatre for Children: www.piwacket.com Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble: www.slightlyoff.org Mustard Seed Theatre: www.mustardseedtheatre.com Insight Theatre Company: www.insighttheatrecompany.com New Line Theatre: www.newlinetheatre.com +++++++++++++++
SpokenVizions PresentsŠThe 1st Annual POETS AGAINST LUPUS Benefit Concert. Join SpokenVizions Entertainment Group, LLC on Saturday, October 18th, 2008 as we bring awareness and culture to you with a night of poetry, music, and Lupus information. Featuring some of the hottest poets in St. Louis . Floyd Boykin Jr., Ms. Nterpretation, Chill Da Player, El Thought, Queeni Bee, Derek Brown, Brother Ting Symmetry, and Xplicit What do you know about Lupus? ³Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease which causes inflammation of various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood and kidneys.² - Lupus Foundation
Location: Legacy Books & Café, 5249 Delmar Blvd (check address)Doors open at 6:30 PM. Show time is 7pm (PROMPTLY).Tickets available starting on September 7th, 2008at http://www.spokenvizions.com/.Tickets are $10 at the door. $5 of each ticket sold will be donation to the Missouri Chapter of the Lupus Fundation Of America. For more information, please e-mail us at lupus@spokenvizions.com or call us at 314-517-8764. Also, we are running an internet campaign to raise money. Visit www.firstgiving.com/spokenvizions
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Allusions Productions, The ENVE Group, & SYGU
Type: Party - Club Party
Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 8:00pm
The Funky Buddha Lounge (www.funkybuddha.com)
728 W. Grand, Chicago, IL
Allusions Productions, Enve Group and SYGU - have collaborated for another EXCLUSIVE event! If you made it out to last years "Linc-Up" in Lincoln Park. Then you already know what's up! Its a full weekend of kicking it and this year is bigger and better.
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Omega Psi Phi Fraternity presents TIM CUNNINGHAM @ The Omega Center, 3900 Goodfellow, St. Louis, MO, Oct 19th, Doors 5pm Show 6pm. 314.385.4100 for tickets.
www.timcunningham.com

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Singlesvibe presents XOX Thursday Oct. 23 and every other Thursday at Posh located on Euclid and Mcpherson. FREE all nite. Info:
www.singlesvibe.com

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Miller Brewing and Soul Stylz presenet Zodiac Connection: Libra (purple) and Scorpio (black), Oct 25 at Sugar Lounge, 1403 Washington (formerly KYO), ladies wearing the colors get in FREE . Doors open at 10 p.m.. Info: www.soulstylz.com


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CABARET ST. LOUIS



Cabaret St. Louis is coming in October. The inaugural Cabaret St. Louis fall lineup will include Fran Landesman, Steve Ross, Sylvia McNair, Lee Lessack and Tony Sandler. Performances will be held at The Sheldon, Kranzberg Arts Center, The Gaslight Theatre plus additional venues. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets on sale at all MetroTix locations.

FRAN LANDESMAN returns to her roots October 22-25 at The Gaslight Theatre. The legendary proprietess of Gaslight Square’s Crystal Palace presented such artists as Barbra Streisand, The Smothers Brothers and Elaine May. But outside of St. Louis, Ms. Landesman is most well known for her own songs and shows. Spring Can Hang You Up The Most and The Ballad Of The Sad Young Man became standards and were recorded by Elle Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand and Sarah Vaughn. Fifty years later, accompanied by her son Myles, and around the corner from the old Crystal Palace, this top songwriter and cultural icon will treat St. Louis to an evening of storytelling and song. Tickets for Fran Landesman are $35.
The smartest of the smart set and St. Louis favorite, STEVE ROSS, returns with his latest work, “To Wit: Ross on Wry – Funny Songs Throughout The Ages,” October 1-4 at the new Kranzberg Arts Center in Grand Center. Ross is no stranger to St. Louis, as he has performed many times at The Grand Center Cabaret, Cabaret in The Savoy Room and St. Louis Muny. After Ross’s 2004 St. Louis appearance, Chuck Lavazzi of KDHX Radio wrote, “The fact is, Mr. Ross has a breezy elegance on stage that’s reminiscent of Fred Astaire, Noel Coward, Cole Porter and, above all, the late and much lamented Bobby Short.” Tickets for Steve Ross are $40.
Cabaret at The Sheldon will host Grammy Winner SYLVIA MCNAIR October 16-17 for two performances only. A beloved performer at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Ms. McNair has segued from opera to the Great American Songbook, the music with which she feels most at home. Now, instead of singing V'adoro pupille on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, she's singing Embraceable You to rave reviews. Of McNair's Algonquin Oak Room debut, Rex Reed wrote, "Her phrasing is exemplary. Her modulations are inspired. I could get used to this kind of ecstasy." Tickets for Sylvia McNair are $45.
LEE LESSACK’S lyric baritone vocals and sophisticated yet endearing persona have made him a shining star of the international cabaret scene. His tribute to Johnny Mercer, “Too Marvelous For Words,” runs October 29-November 1 at the Kranzberg Arts Center. As we celebrate the centennial of Mercer, Lessack is the perfect match for this romantic of songwriters. Billboard Magazine calls his singing, "Cabaret romanticism of a high order." Tickets for Lee Lessack are $30.

TONY SANDLER finishes the CSTL Fall season November 13-14 at The Sheldon with “Chevalier-Maurice & Me.” This show is neither caricature nor impersonation, but a heartfelt homage to this widely-admired entertainer. It has been the subject of a PBS special and DVD, and contains the charm and savoir faire that Maurice himself brought to film and stage. Tickets for Tony Sandler are $40.Tickets for all five Cabaret St. Louis performances go on sale Tuesday, September 2 at 10 a.m. at all MetroTix locations. To charge by phone call 314-534-1111 or online at http://www.metrotix.com/. Memberships available by calling 314-726-1616. For more information, visit http://www.cabaretstl.org/. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
AUDITION BITZ (NEW) DIVA Planning Model Search for Lights on Broadway Special Events and Bridal Expo. For more info: 314.443.8828..................................... (NEW) MTV is NOW casting season 2 of the hit show FROM G’s to GENTS The ultimate gentleman, Fonzworth Bentley, is looking for a new group of G’s to take under his wing and transform into gentlemen. “From G’s to Gents” will take 15 young “G’s” and polish them up. They will be educated in everything from Style and Grace, Etiquette, Chivalry and Business Skills. the men will LEARN that with the Right tools, every G have the ability to be a true Gentleman – and a real shot at finding success. The G that makes it to the end of the competition will win $100,000, membership into The Gentleman’s Club and leave having the skills to succeed in the real world. To be considered for season 2 of FROM G’S TO GENTS Email your NAME Phone Number Current PHOTO(S) A short bio about yourself and tell us why you need to change. Please email to your closest audition city. St Louis –
STL@GsToGentsCasting.com
For more details about the show go to http://www.gstogents.mtv.com/ ....................................AUDITIONS! A new hip comedy show named "EVA ADAMS". THE STORY: It will be a hilarious comedy about a macho guy who is suddenly changed into a woman by a witch. TYPES WANTED: Nine roles are open: four are female, five are male. This will be a fun experience for everyone, and all acting skill levels will be welcome. FILMING BEGINS: Middle of October 2008 For more details please reply to the email on this message. Reply to: job-860199000@craigslist.org Location: St Louis Compensation: $125 per each day plus per diem +
HELP-BITZ. (NEW)Nar Js Music Evangelist Nakisha Joseph, 7740 Dale Ave. 314.313.2288............................Teddy Blackett needs help with sponsors for his website. He emailed OUTTOWN and he wrote: “ Hey folks As most of you know i have my website up and running, http://www.bfreepaparazzi.com/ is still in its infancy stage and appreciate all of your support. One of my goals is to eventually bring St. louis top notch events for FREE (or for as little as possible). To do this i will need major sponsors, and the 1st step is to get my email list full grown.PLEASE TAKE A SECOND AND GO TO http://www.bfreepaparazzi.com/mailus.html AND SIGN UP. IT TAKES LESS THAN 30 SECONDS (yes i timed it fa real)”>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> St. Vincent Home for Children has agreed to allow S.H.E.R.A.H. to implement the L.O.V.E. Project. The L.O.V.E. project is a 6 week program designed to help young girls tap into their feminine power through a series of activities. The activities include affirmations, journal writing, collage designing, upper body yoga and guided meditation THRU October 18, 2008. The meeting time is from10:00 am-noon. We will not meet on the 11th of October. We are in need of women to volunteer at St. Vincent. There are forms that need to be filled out. Therefore, if you are interested in giving 2 hours a day every Saturday for 6 weeks, love to work with young girls and can maintain a certain level of compassion as well as professionalism, this is a great opportunity for you. Please contact Shante “LIFE” Davis as soon as possible to schedule a meet and greet and to fill out the proper paperwork. nappyhead801@yahoo.com ..................................Believing in Excellence in Education is a 6 week life-skills program for ages 7 though high school designed to empower young people to BEE the best they can be. The program focuses on etiquette/manners, social responsibility, financial responsibility, internet safety, peer pressure and more (see attached flyer). Open Registration and Parent Orientation will be held at Emerson YMCA on Pershall Road (near hwy 270 & West Florissant). Classes meet every Wednesday evening for 6 weeks from 6:30pm-8:30pm and ends in the B.E.E. BALL where students will dress up and show off their newly learned skills.. To register, log onto http://www.beelieve.org/. Please pass along............................................STL Poet Floyd IMPAKT Boykin and his wife Jacquette would like you all to votes for their baby boy Floyd Jr in the Majic 104.9 Baby Idol Cutest Baby Contest! He is listed as "Floyd B" under the "E-J" button. Voting started Monday. Please go to the web site and vote for him to win ( http://www.kmjm.com/pages/babyidol.html..................................................... G & G Casting is currently scouting talent. Based out of Chicago, G &G was hoping to connect with some folks in St. Louis. If you know of any individuals who are serious about their craft and have experience and/or professional head shots and resumes please let me know. G & G is currently revising their web site, but they do have a basic splash page. I have attached the link as a reference: http://www.gandgcasting.com/ Please direct talent to me, that I may review their material and touch base with each individual before it's forwarded to the Executive Director. If talent sends incomplete or inadequate material directly to G & G it may get discarded. Call or e-mail me with any questions. Talk to you soon!Tamekeyo House630-729-4169...................................................... Kobalt Books has just inked a movie-production dealwith Factor Media Group/Applecrate Films/OmniquestMedia to develop the true life story of Rev. BurtonBarr Jr. and his autobiography, “The HoodlumPreacher”, into a feature film. The publisher, KobaltBooks, is currently looking to raise development fundsfor this film. Potential investors will come on asmanaging members of the company thatproduces thefilm.For More Investment Info, Contact:Cedric Mixon at 314-503-5462......................................Joel P. E. King, owner of JPEK CreativeWorks LLC and The Space, wants to make an offer to those of you who are in search for party and event space. Close to 2,000 square feet of available spacefor your next event, wedding party, baby shower, art exhibition and more. Here at The Space, you willacquire 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................
ONGOING BITZ Floyd Boykin hs a new GreetingCard Line "POETICBYDESIGN." PoeticByDesign is a greeting card line created to inspire you, motivate you and encourage you in all that you do. The primary focus is to touch the souls of our customers the best way we can...through heartfelt, honest words and sentiments. Now, about the promotion. Currently, if you go online, you can purchase all five cards that are available for only $12. As of today (08-20-2008) you can log on to http://www.poeticbydesign.com/ and purchase ANY single card, your name with be automatically placed into our internet raffle. For each card that you purchase, your name will be placed into the raffle again, which will give you a better chance of winning. If your name is pulled, you will WIN 5 cards of your choice, redeemable anytime before 02-28-2009. So that means, as we produce more cards, you will have your choice of picking between existing and newly published cards. ISN'T THAT GREAT??? This promotion will end on September 30th.We sincerely appreciate your business. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@poeticbydesign.com, or call 314-517-8764.
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STLGRIND, Brainstorm and the Parker brothers present UPSCALE every Sunday at F15teen at 1900 Locust Street. Doors 7 p.m., Network 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Evolve from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.Admission $5 after 9 p.m. Ladies Two for one until 11 p.m. Info: 314.588.8899
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NEW: Soup Kitchen presents a Taste of Healing every 1st Sunday of the month feat. DJ G and Needles at JMRJ Soul Food Restaurant, 2800 Olive Blvd below the Heritage House 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. $10 Web-site: http://www.myspace.com/alsmile PLEASE FORWARD TO FRIENDS!!
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The Soulition and Absolut present Chocolate Sunday with Dj Needles, 9 p.m. at 609/The U Lounge, 609 Eastgate. Ladies Free til 11 p.m., Ladies $3, fellas $5. +++ Fred and Harry Inc. presents Champagne Sundays at Sol Lounge, 4241 Lindell, 3:30 p.m. Cocktails $5, Cover $3. For more info go to http://www.1stfriday-stl.com/
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Suite Soul Spot every 1st Tuesday of the Month at Old Rockhouse, 1200 S 7th St., Info: 314.588.0505. NEW. The Head Nodders Ball w DJ Needles Mondays at the Delmar Lounge, 6235 Delmar 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. $3 Cover..........................
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Mondays are Comedy Nites at Janae’s West 7555 Olive Blvd, hosted by Darius Bradford. 8:30 p.m. $10 Cover. (314)863-7420...............................
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NEW: EVERY Tuesday to follow, join 609, Bacardi USA and Precision for the Ultimate Tuesday Happy Hour from 5-8pm weekly. ALL-YOU-CAN-DRINK Bacardi and ABSOLUT for $22 (tax included). Wristbands and cup provided!". Francois Cognac and Cigar Bar presents Evening of Expressions, every Tuesday a blend of culture, spoken word and neo soul, 326 N/ Vanderventer. Free until 9 p.m. $5 after 9 p.m. For more info call Ms. Bell at 314.229.7952 or Alexander at 314.448.2939..............................
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Two Dollar Tease Me Tuesdays Comedy Show at the Twilight Room 8344 North Broadway, St. Louis MO. Call 314.385.4545 for more info.‏ Suite Soul Spot, 1st Tuesday of each Month at the Old Rock House, 1200 S 7th Blvd. 9 p.m. 314-588-0505.2 Dollar Tuesdays at The Spot, 8370 N Broadway. $2 to get in and $2 drink specials all nite long. Doors at 9 p.m. for more info call 314.385.4545..................
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NEW: Fusion with DJ Needles of the Solution, Wednesdays at Posh, 408 N Euclid, 8 p.m. 21 Y.O. and up NO HATS FELLAS. FREE Roc-a- Star presents Refreshin with DJ NeedlesThursdays at Xes behind the Drunken Fish, 612. N. 2ndSt. Lacledes Landing. Ladies FREE til 11 p.m..............
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Lamar Harris and The L, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. til midnite at Delmar Restaurant and Lounge6235 Delmar Blvd. Free before 10 p.m. 314-725-6565 ·
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NEW: After Hours presents The Return of Nightlife Networking. No Cover. Live Entertainment every other Thursday starting Sept 25 at Posh, 408 N Euclid.
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Drama House Thursdays @ The In Spot, 5854a Delmar- Clean Comedy‏ . Doors at 8 p.m., Show at 9 p.m. $5 http://www.inspotlounge.com/
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Milq Da Game presents Destination Thursdays at Club Society. $500 to the sexiest lady. Ladies Free til 11;30p.m. 2 for 1 drinks before 10:30 p.m. for fellas and free drinks for ladies. Info: http://www.societystl.com/
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M5 Entertainment presents Rhythm and rhyme Thursdays every Thursdays. Calling all hip-hop artists, poets, singers. Royal Palace Restaurant and Lounge, 4266 Natural bridge at Lamdin. Sign up by 8:30 p.m.. Show at 9:30 p.m., Admission FREE before 9 p.m., $5 After wards.
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Urban Causal Fridays hosted by Bishop V-Luv, HappyHour at Spruills, 1101 N. Jefferson. Free from6p.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 or314.625.4595 or go to www.myspace.com/URBANCASUALFRIDAYS
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All Star Inc presents Grown Folks Friday at St. Louis happy Hour bar and Grill, 12948 Halls ferry at Parker Rd., with DJ Sir Thirl. Ladies Free til 11 p.m. FREE Parking. Status Fridays every Friday at Dolce Ladies $5 before 11 p.m. 9 p.m.-3 am
+++ CAFE SOUL, every 3rd Friday of the Month, Place: Lucas Shcool House , PLEASE CALL 314-504-7405. FOR INFO. +++
NEW: DJ Sir Thurl will DJ your birthday party for FREE!!!Have "The Official Party Starter" DJ Sir Thurl from 100.3 The Beat Aka Mr. Myspace DJ for July Spin at your birthday party FOR FREE!!! All you have to do is call 314.551.9872 for the details or email: wegotthejams@yahoo.com You must be 21 years of age or over to receive this special!
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The Virtual Lounge Expressions, A Christian based open mic every 1st Friday, Cookies jazz and More #20 AllenBlvd. Webster Groves, Mo. Doors open at 8 p.m. Cover $10. For more info go to http://www.thevirtualounge.net/
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NEW: DT presents 30s the New 20 at the Jazz Spot (formerly WS Hotel), 400 Wash Ave., Starting Saturday, Sept 13, 30 and upo, Doors at 8 p.m. Dress Code. Info: 314.922.4387. JOIN DERRTY DJ'S DJ AJ & DJ CD EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT FOR THE ULTIMATE 30 & OVER PARTY
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Rance John Styles and barbering, located in the luxurious Benton Park Neighborhood, 2909 Jefferson. 314.772.7511 salonr@sbcglobal.net
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PIECES OF A DREAM" One of the most critically-acclaimed, powerful independent films of our generation!!! ORDER IT NOW AT http://www.one-wayproductions.com/ orBy calling the Customer Service toll free# at 888-418-8637 Mon.-Fri. between 10am - 5pm (CST) & selecting option #2 (accepting debit/credit cards & checks/money orders) Get the "Pieces Of A Dream" Feature Film DVD / the Music Soundtrack CD individually available for $13 + shipping/handling orGet the "Pieces Of A Dream" Combo Pack (Both the DVD & CD) for $23 + shipping/handling. Fans worldwide are responding and joining the "Conscious" Film Movement!!! Snapping up more than 30,000 copies of the independently produced "conscious" film "PIECES OF A DREAM" DVD & Music Soundtrack CD,since it's worldwide release in December 2007.
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Good Shepherd Infant and Toddler Center, 5990 Page. Now Enrolling. School age children welcome. Info: 314.725.5710
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Check out Leannett Payne’’s CHOCOLATE BLOG by emailing her at Leannettpayne@yahoo.com!
Catch all the latest STL entertainment sites, sounds and interviews at http://www.ohhmy.net/
UC ME Radio with Murphy lee, Kyjuan and comedian Darius Bradford, 6 p.m. Sundays on 100.3 The Beat.
For your hip-hop ministry and Christian music services check out Mynista’s website at http://www.reverbnation.com/mynistaakadoctawuzdead?eid=591050_2558942 :
Check out author and activist Keith Boykin’s new website Daily Voice at http://www.thedailyvoice.com/
Hear new music from STL singer Silky Sol at http://www.myspace.com.redafroqueen/ or http://www.redafroqueen.com/
For all your photography needs go to www.lanceomarthurman.com/
The Black Rep's blog, Black Reppin. It can be found on its website, http://www.theblackrep.org/ or directly at http://theblackrep.blogspot.com/
Bosley and Associates Traffic Law Centers .Suspensions, Speeding. Revocations. DWI. PointProblems. Accidents. Frison ‘s Flea Market, 7025 St.Charles Rock Rd., Fri-Sunday 9 am-5 p.m. or Big TopFlea Market, 367 Chambers Road. For more info, call314.621.1744
Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc. Patrinna Wiley & Eric LaGrone Independent Associates Small Business and Group Specialists Identity Theft/Restoration Services We give members access to professional legal counsel not only for traditional legal problems, but for everyday events such as buying a house or a car, creating a will, handling a problem with an insurance company, dealing with identity theft, and much more where legal review should be routine, but rarely is. These events can be among the most important events in a person's life, yet there is a tendency for them to take place without proper legal review. For Pre-Paid Legal members, access to legal counsel is only a toll-free phone call away. Call to set up your appointment.Office: (314) 837-6779 Cell Patrinna: (314) 581-9888 Cell Eric: (314) 713-7803
If you want to get onVanita Applebum's entertainment newsletter, email her at www.myspace.com/vanitaapplebum and also check out her blog at http://www.vanitaapplebum.blogspot.com/
Check out Lisa Rose blogsite on Strong PositiveBlack Sisters at http://www.positivesisters.blogspot.com/ or go to her my space page at www.myspace.com/lisarose08
Check out blog http://www.sistersnineties.blogspot.com/ for local literary group Sister’s Nineties Afrocentric literary activities for the family and youngsters.
Check out Diversity Gallery, for all of your naturalhair and beauty needs as well its café located at 6150Delmar Blvd. in the Delmar loop.For more info call314.721.3361 or email at diversitygallery@netzero.net
For body painting, makeup, face painting wigs andother special effects, contactJessica Dana at http://www.jessicadana.com/ or go to www.myspace.com/jessicadada13
Check out STLdee-jay Enoch online with his own radioplaylist.The Flow: Music Lounge. Peep it out at http://www.flowink.com/player-popup.html or go to his myspace page www.myspace/enochisreal.
For all your STL hip-hop info needs, go to http://www.stlhiphop.com/!
STL videographer Dana Christian has a website where people can send their professional music videos and films to get exposed. It is http://www.spitflix.com/.
Well that will be it,.Thanks all for your comments and keep em comin. Hit me up at maatspear@yahoo.com for pub or info you want on OUTTOWN.
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