Thursday, January 23, 2020

OS 25:OUT ON THE TOWN

HEY OUTSTAGRS!

ITS THAT TIME!!


TIME TO GET TOWNED!!!









We are seeking gents of color for our 2021 calendar set for NOVEMBER 2020 release. Shoots will start MARCH 16. You must be in decent shape, attractive, and comfortable doing artistic nude poses (no frontal) If interested in shooting email to snaphoney2011@gmail.com for more details! \


This week I traveled to streaming services that I have and wanted to highlight a few programs that I saw that I would like to comment on.....


I checked out comedienne Leslie Jones' special Time Machine recently. Now, Jones is an acquired taste if you like loud and boisterous female comics. But, I must say, I enjoyed her hour long special. The theme mainly was about her travels of her life and what she used to do when she was younger from sex to clubbing. The highlight was when she went into the audience to playfully berate a white guy about his penis and how women have to deal with penises. It was total Leslie Jones shtick and it was hilarious.


NEXT....
 I checked out Tyler Perry's thriller A Fall From Grace as well. And I must say, I enjoyed it. The pacing was a bit slow, but overall this film that stars Crystal Fox ("Haves and The Have Nots"), Phylicia Rashad and Mechad Brooks. The story is typical Perry fare--a woman who is betrayed by a man who is part of a scheme of identity theft. (Many on social media cal;ed it "How Stella Got Her ID Stolen"). Perry has been quoted,  in his press tours for the movie  that he filmed this movie in five days. Thats impressive but why? Why rush? As I have been raised, when you rush something youre gonna make some mistakes.  The movie definitely has its share of goofs that isnt abnormal in films but his were like a parody than anything else from wigs changing in shape within a scene, extras drinking from an empty cup and a judge shown reading from the script. This film I'm sure is the most watched movie on Netflix becasue of ebveryone ripping  and dragging it for its flaws. Plus, its gotten viral/meme status when Brooks; character screams ASHTRAY BITCH to Fox's character while smoking in bed. 




AND LASTLY, 

I saw a short film on Amazon Prime called MARZ, a black LGBTQ themes short about a hip hop rapper who is on the down low about his sexuality. Picture a hip hop Moonlight. The short was released in 2017 and was a hit at black film festivals across the country. The movie stars Jade Yorker as Marz and Devale Ellis ("Tyler Perry's Sistas). I liked this short film because its not your typical black LGBT imagery of flamboyance and finger snapping. It gives a mirror to the masculine black gay lifestyle in a hypermasculine world. The actual scenes involving the liofetsyle is tastefully shot and gives more the illusion in-your-face with the subject matter. 



FIT TALEZ

The story I have this week is about when someone stole some article of clothing from me. 
It was when I worked out at Bally Total Fitness back in the day in the late 1990s at Bally Total Fitness ....so it was after my work out and I had gone to the lockerroom to get my things and prep to leave. When I unlocked my lock from the locker, I saw that my pants were missing. 

Yes, my pants! I dont recall if I had a combination lock or a lock with a key but when I opened the lock my pants were missing.

They  would actually steal some pants and nothing else???

So,  after I reported the crime to the manager, he looked just as puzzled as I was.  
I never did find out who actually stole my pants but whoever did I wonder if they tried to 
wear them?

Who knows but only the pants smuggler.

SMH





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Thursday, January 16, 2020

OS 24: OUT ON THE TOWN/SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO STL RADIO PERSONALITY TONY J


HEY OUTSTAGRS!

ITS THAT TIME!!


TIME TO GET TOWNED!!!




We are seeking gents of color for our 2021 calendar set for NOVEMBER 2020 release. Shoots will start MARCH 16. You must be in decent shape, attractive, and comfortable doing artistic nude poses (no frontal) If interested in shooting email to snaphoney2011@gmail.com for more details! 




This week OUTSTAGN looks back at our experience covering some of the annual St Louis award event The Traffic Music Awards that were created by the late STL radio personality TonyJ who passed this week from cancer at the age of 49.


OUTSTAGN covered some of his award  shows in the past in its heydey. It was like the American Music Awards, hood style. 

Looking back, the award show has become a cemented event in St Louis bridging the urban community (hood stars, black politicans, comedians, tv personalities and performers) and giving it its merited spotlight.

Tony J was a radio personality for Radio One for about 20 years and was famous for doing his TRAFFICAAA report on air. Hence, The Traffic Music Awards were formed CIRCA 2008.  He was always gracious and gave OUTTOWN access to cover his award show.


Below are links to three of the award shows that OUTTOWN covered.

May he rest in his next level of existence.

MARCH 02, 2009

OUT 566--The 2nd ANNUAL TRAFFIC MUSIC AWARDS at ROBERTS ORPHEUM THEATRE March 1, 2009









March 8, 2010

OUT 798--THE 3rd ANNUAL TRAFFIC MUSIC AWARDS@AMBASSADOR 





March 7, 2011

OUT 972--The 4th ANNUAL TRAFFIC MUSIC AWARDS (TOO MUCH AWARD) @AMBASSADOR (DAY TWO)-MARCH 5





FIT TALEZ

The front desk people are the first people that you see when you enter a fitness center. They greet you as they scan your card for access to the gym. They normally reply afterwards, "Enjoy your workout."

Even if they mean it, or not. LOL

But this tale is about a manager at my current fitness center years ago when I joined this center in 2011. He was a semi buffed black guy  and he used to manage at Bally Total fitness (where I used to workout  from 1996 to  2010) before it  closed down. 

He was one of those guys who was a jokester--but in a college jock type pf vibe. I recall one day when I was prepping to exit the gym, he jumped up on the front desk counter and walking on top of it like a tightrope--Ringling Brothers style.

I couldnt believe he actually was doing this! Some of his colleagues laughed at his antics, but soon after that day, the following days, he was nowhere to be found.\


I assume he got fired from that daring stunt. 

LOL





A few weeks ago during the Christmas holidays, I stopped at a Quick Trip Gas Station on Vandeventer in St Louis to get some gas. I walked in to prepay for it and then walked out to go to my car to pump gas. As I was preparing to pump the gas there was a distressed  40 something black woman walking around the pumps asking people for money for gas for her car that was parked at the gas station.

I then thought, "Okay, now, what scheme is this?"

So, when she walked near me, she said, 'Excuse me sir. I need a few dollars to pump some gas in my gas tank. My car is right there." She proceeded to point her finger desperately toward her car.

'm sorry, I don't have any change."

And in this case, I didn't. I only had my debit card.

Then she said, "Okay."

She asked another gas pumper the same thing and then exclaimed, "Boy, I tell ya, people are greedy these days!"

Greedy? Excuse me? So, she needed money to put gas in her car and she thinks people she is begging to are greedy. Yeah, OK.

Who's to say she wasn't greedy to scam some money through peddling. A guy at the Amoco off Skinker and Clayton Road asked me the same thing, same scenario, around the same span of time before the Quick Trip situation.

Could she have been for real with her begging? Probably

But to be rude in trying to beg is like pastor at a church cursing during his sermon.

Okay??? LOL


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FIN.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

OS 23: OUT ON THE TOWN

HEY OUTSTAGRS!

ITS THAT TIME!!


TIME TO GET TOWNED!!!






The 2020 OBSDN Men of Color Calendar is still in stock for shopping and shipping! 
You can check out  12 guys from across the country in various fields pose in black white pic collages consisting of tasteful artistic body poses , undergear and fashion styles. 

To purchase go to www.maatology-productions.myshopify.com or click the ad on the right hand side of this blog (WEB VERSION OF BLOG).  LIMITED SUPPLY WILL BE SOLD.


Here are the gents who have participated in the 2020 calendar. This is the poster that is also on sale on the Shopify link. It retails at www.maatology-productions.myshopify.com 

Parts of the proceeds of both the calendar and poster  will go Jessie B's Academy for Preschoolers in St Louis.





We will be seeking gents of color for our 2021 calendar set for July 2020 release. Shoots will start Jan 16. If interested in shooting email to snaphoney2011@gmail.com for more details!


TO COMMEMORATE THE NEW YEAR AND OUTTOWN/OUTSTAGN BLOGSPOT GOING TO NEW YEARS EVENTS BACK IN THE DAY, HERE IS ONE FROM DEC 31, 2011 AT THE FORMER COPIA RESTAURANT IN DOWNTOWN ST LOUIS. THIS WAS ONE OF THE MEMORABLE NEW YEARS EVENTS THAT WENT DOWN IN THE STL:


OUT 1090- HELLA FLY/ROCKHOUSE ENT VEGAS STYLE NYE PARTY@COPIA DEC 31,2011

Photos by Ma'atologyThere's YOURS TRULY, Ma'at Atkins, and fashion show producer Tan Hollywood posin up at the event. Check out the pic action below that popped off at this first night event.





These two young ladies assisted with the ticketing.













People gettin their gamble on at the the Black Jack table













This lovely reveler was all smiles at the event.












The dining area.












The glamazons: Cyndy Wilson, Tiffany Johnson and fashion designer Jill Marie Ross









It was deep with attendees











Can you spot Ola in this pic? LOL









....and they kept comin.













Attendees smile for the OUTCAM









There's Michelle Watson (in hat) entering the party.











A New Year's Eve reveler














More revelers

















It was a good mix of folk there











DJ A.I. Brown spun the jams near the ceiling.












Co-promoter and hype host Dano Johnson of Helly Fly Promotions walked up the ladder to join Brown.














"I see you!"lol
















Johnson gettin the crowd hyped.











Folk gettin their Black jack on.














More revelers in their party favors.














There's OUTTOWNERS' pick for Promoter of 2011 JoAnn Smith who will be relocating to L.A. in a few weeks.













Crowd shot













Stylist and venue co-owner Ola climbed the ladder to join Brown for a pic.












A pic of the crowd from the raptors.












Johnson and Ola take a pic.












There's Ola and her Sex and The City crew: Beth Chapman, Jennifer Turner Estes and Camille Burgess-Norman







Crowd shot












This couple gettin their groove on.














Ola and the SNTC Crew.















The SNTC crew smiles for the OUTCAM










A handsome couple at the event



















Hmmm, this brotha stood out with his mitch match ensem.
















The bar was packed for hours.










There's photographer Nicholas Powell looking dapper at the event.














Ola and Chapman














More folk entering the party













The bar area











Ola and event co-promoter Orlando Watson of Rockhouse Entertainment take a pic.

















This brotha was the life of the party in his mitch matchiness.













The garden motif scenery













The bar area













LaGina (left) greets a friend.

















Fashion show producer Felicia Mosley and friend













Party favors and drinks.














The bar area




















Johnson and an attendee














Mosley and Ola














People at the second bar area.


















Ola and an attendee















Fashion show producer Tan Hollywood and Ola















Cheryl Vanity W and Ola. Cheryl was wearing an Ola Style original.













The back of the dress.















Vanity W, Hollywood and Ola gettin their dance on.












THE COUNTDOWN--10....9....8...7.....6...5....4.....3......2.....1




HAPPY













NEW










YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!















Vanity W gettin a text from someone on her cell phone











Crowd shot




















Partyin in the New Year!



NOTE: This event was lively and was giving out a cosmopolitan vibe with the mixture of ethnicities all partying under one roof. The gambling area was a nice touch as well. Folk were wowed when the detachable roof opened up but the expected balloon and confetti drop didnt happen unfortunately but it was still cool to see the roof "tear off". We speculate over 500 or so were there at a given time and from what one of the co-promoters said about 200 folk were sent away because of the over capacity (some were turned away for not obeying the dress code). Beside a brief scuffle from some hooligans who were quickly exited out, the event was well put together and one of the hot spots to celebrate the first day of 2012.


FIT TALEZ

Now, everyone knows that it is extremely important to hydrate with water while you are working out. Well, there was one time that I remember sometime last year while I was working out at my gym that this particular guy took hydration to the nastiest level.

At my gym, there are two water fountains next to each other and sometimes people take a break from working out to drink from it or fill up their jugs and water bottles. Well, this "colonizer" guy (read between the lines lol) had the craziest notion to wash his hand from it.

YOU HEARD ME. HIS HAND!

He actually put one of his hands out while pressing the water fountain button with the other and proceeded to gather his other hand under the water of the fountain. 

I was like, no this MFer isnt doing this! 

What is just water going to do to clean a nasty ass hand? 

So people be careful when you are getting water from a fountain at the gym--especially when you have people using the fountain for more than their mouths and bottles! 


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