RIP to those lost to coronavirus. Before I get started, I want to send my prayers and condolences to the families of Jazzmond “Jazz” Dixon and Judy Wilson-Griffin. They were St. Louis city and St. Louis County’s first casualties of the coronavirus pandemic. As we self-contain and practice so…

On ‘rona restriction. It’s no secret that we are living in a moment you couldn’t have ever told me I would live to see, but here we are. As the city, county, state, country and world live on lockdown as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, coronavirus or “The Rona,” among us,  I will be…

An R&B Only for the record books. Listen, it’s one thing to have an event that has the venue on lean. But when your set is so crackin’ that it affects parts of the nightlife ecosystem you’re not even affiliated with… that’s a whole new level of winning. Well, that’s exactly what happened…

Young Leaders is just around the bend. One week from today I will be giving y’all a lewk inspired by the legendary corporate outerwear game of Olivia Pope when I traipse up into the St. Louis American Foundation’s 10th Annual Salute to Young Leaders Awards and Networking Reception on Feb. 20…

Keeping Kobe’s family in our prayers. Listen. I am sick. It’s been almost a week and it still has not set in that Kobe Bryant and his beautiful daughter Gigi are gone. I can’t even imagine how his wife, their surviving children, his teammates and fellow NBA brethren must feel right now. All …

Ten years of Young Leaders. That’s right, we are a decade in the game of recognizing the best and brightest that the region has to offer by way of the St. Louis American Foundation’s Salute to Young Leaders Awards and Networking Reception and I can’t wait until we gather again for the fellow…

RIP Tony J. Look 2020, don’t start. I can’t tolerate another year of losing so many wonderful folks 2019 took us through. I thought I was going to get a break, but then this happened. Just like he would want me too, I’m claiming positivity, health and prosperity in spite of the devastating l…

2019 is a wrap! Congratulations, you made it through that series of judo throat chops that was 2019. Hunny, baby, chile we went through it these last 365 days, didn’t we? So much so, that if I wanted to, I could make do a whole R.I.P roll call – and that goes for people, places and things.  …

100 Black Men’s regal Winter Royale. I can’t say I can relate with the poor soul who got the wrath of Jigga for recording Beyoncé cutting a rug on the dance floor or when he gave Kanye the “you know I don’t mess with you no more” side eye in all the photo opps. But other than that, I know ex…

Smino put on for STL with Kribmas. I know some of you grownheads haven’t heard of him, even though he’s been all over the “hippity hop bebop shows, radios and computers.” And did I mention he’s nominated for a Grammy, thanks to J. Cole and his Dreamville crew? Well, once again he did it big …

Soul power at Stifel. When I hit up Stifel Theatre for Urban Vibe Ent’s “An Evening of Soul” Sunday night, I was expecting to have a good time. You know what, I was expecting to have a great time. Even still, I was surprised that I enjoyed Vivian Green’s little sip of an opening like I did. …

Welcome to the Brian McKnight gun show. If I’m being fully transparent, I was really torn on whether or not I felt like taking that drive down 55 South to see Brian McKnight and his crew of musicians were going to do on stage at River City Casino – especially after En Vogue’s homogenized per…

Rest easy Big B. I was just getting my head wrapped around the sudden and untimely passing of Mark Robinson – which I didn’t mention because his sister Linda Robinson, a dear friend of The American, asked for privacy – when I got news that Brian “Big B” Keith Jones passed away over the weeke…

No Limit, y’all ain’t ready yet. At this point, anybody with a single solitary friend from St. Louis on social media knows that Master P and his crew of No Limit soldiers rolled their tank through St. Louis and dropped an atomic bomb on stage at Chaifetz Arena Saturday night. But for the sak…

House of Soul in full swing. Nichol Stevenson should be giving herself and her crew plenty of props as the second week of House of Soul was just as cracking as the grand opening festivities the week before. I made sure I stopped through the first Café Soul I’ve attended in a couple of years …

A gut-busting birthday bash. I made my way to The Laugh Lounge once again for my boy Jessie Taylor’sannual birthday comedy bash – and once again it did not disappoint. Jessie and national comedy scene veteran Ray Grady served as the main attraction. But it was the poor gentleman who epically…

An abundance of life from Lizzo. So, for those of you with even one pinkie toe dipped into these streets understand October 2019 will go down as a month of many concerts – actually, one of the most concerts in one month that I can remember. What I’m going to do is run them down from this pas…

A night of life for and by L.I.F.E. I really didn’t get to the bottom of why Chrisette Michele wasn’t at the Pageant for a benefit concert, mainly because I was so glad that because of her absence, I was able to catch another one that I would have been even more disgusted than I was already …

Happy Salute 32 eve! I am sitting here in foam rollers as we speak with cucumbers on both eyes in full prep mode for Saturday’s festivities at America’s Center. If I can get the swelling down from crying like a fool upon getting the tragic news about Victor Newman, I will be the baddest bell…

Salute 32 is fast approaching. If you are reading this on Thursday, you have a grand total of nine days to get your glamour game all the way together for the St. Louis American Foundation’s 32nd Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship and Awards Gala at America’s Center. If you …

Two weeks until Salute. Yes, I am hongry (yes, hongry), but I am almost to the point where I can exhale without a real fear of busting clean up out of my glorious and glamourous Salute ensemble like the Incredible Hulk or an overheated canister of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. What? Beauty is pa…

Somebody please save the children. Iknow, I know. Last week I said I would get back to starting things off on a light note. Everybody is well aware that I’m good for a kee-kee while serving a weekend rewind of what happened in these streets as far as the kicking it. But I feel like I must le…

Remembering Mike Brown. I thought I would kick off this week by taking a moment to offer my sincere condolences to the family of Michael Brown as the region reflects on the five years since his death compelled a community to rise up – and the entire world to take notice. People will be gathe…

Ms. Ross is an on-time boss. I learned the hard way several years back that Diana Ross does not play when it comes to punctuality. Ms. Diana is one of the few folks that, if she had a flyer that said “show starts promptly at…” at the bottom, I would actually believe her. The tickets said 8 p…

RIP Quinton Jackson. Man, I really don’t have the words to express how much I hate kicking off Partyline with an in memoriam. And to make matters worse, it always seems like I’m saying goodbye to folks who are so young, impactful and with so much to give that are gone too soon. Such is the c…

St. Louis rap history and roll call. Because of some deadline modifications, I had to wait a whole week to hip y’all to the magic that happened at the Missouri History Museum, thanks to DJ G Wiz and his film, “Background Check Vol. 1.” I have been going to events at the Missouri History Muse…

Go Blues!!!!! In the words of rap god Eli Porter (you have to be a truly messy throwback internet content connoisseur to get this name reference) “We da best! We did it!” The St. Louis Blues won their first Stanley Cup and St. Louis is rightfully over the moon. Now there are all types of fol…

Classic(al) Ledisi. As soon as Ledisi did that video saying she was coming to sing with the St. Louis Symphony, I have been patiently waiting with my heels kicked up anticipating the evening that she would be perched in Powell Hall giving us all our whole entire life. I knew when she strutte…

No Jaheim. No Problem. Okay, maybe there was a problem – because folks got all worked up to see him, even though he hasn’t shown up the past three times he was scheduled to come here. And Jaheim stopped exactly short of saying he wasn’t coming to the Spring Music Festival either, but the fol…

RIP to Terrell (Finger) Muhammad. I really hate starting off Partyline on such a somber note but paying my respects to Terrell Muhammad – previously known as Terrell Finger – must be done. Some knew him as a local boxing legend. Others knew him as the kind spirit who worked the Lucas-Hunt an…

A soggy May Day. Of all the years I decide that I’m going to get to the May Day Parade extra early, the rain says “ooh, me too.” I got soaked to the bone – and my stallion parade ponytail was dripping and sloppily slinging to the side. I wrung myself out as best I could and kept it moving un…

RIP to Kirk, Malik and Miss Shirley. I hate to start Partyline on a somber note, but I feel like I must bid farewell to two people I came in contact with regularly as I made my rounds on the entertainment and nightlife scene and one person who was like a mother to me. I felt the shock of  th…

The R&B Brits have arrived. So, sixty something years later, the R&B folks can finally understand how Elvis and ‘nem felt when The Beatles and The Rolling Stones hopped on the scene and shut the music industry down, thanks to Ella Mai. I’m gonna be honest. I thought the “Boo’d Up” so…

A Good girls night at the movies. The weekend began on a Wednesday for me with the girl’s night out sneak preview screening for “The Intruder” organized by my girl Mocha Latte at the Esquire. Now y’all know how I feel about working fresh off of deadline, but this evening was so worth it. Did…

An adopted St. Louis rap son. So, by now y’all know that Jeezy came to town and became the latest sold-out show for RockHouse Ent. I found it funny how folks were lowkey hating saying they don’t know how Jeezy could sell-out the Pageant when he hasn’t had a record out in a minute – implying …

Comedy clutch from a St. Louis cousin. As much as I hated to do it, I had to break my self-imposed hiatus from Helium to check out  comedian and actor Tone Bell’s “Petty for a Purpose” Tour Saturday night. And while the employees (except for Jill Lovings -who always has my back) reminded my …

STL remembers Neighborhood Nip. Before I kick right into my weekly round of disgracefulness, let me start things off with a shout out to Radio One St. Louis and their crew for the candlelight vigil moment of remembrance for fallen hip-hop change agent Nipsey Hussle Friday night outside the O…

The blues we could all use. I’m not gonna lie, I have the time of my life when I head over to the Chaifetz Arena for the St. Louis Blues Festival – and Friday night was absolutely no different. I have so much fun that I picked Theodus and Pokey Bear and ‘nem over R&B diva Patti LaBelle –…