St. Louis is an independent city and the second largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri. The city has an estimated population of 356,587 and is the principal municipality of Greater St. Louis.
Many African Americans moved north to the city in the early 20th century during the Great Migration. The arrival of African Americans from the South helped bring about the St. Louis styles of blues, ragtime, and jazz.
Starting in the 1920s the area's African American community expanded and by the post-war era it was principally black. South St. Louis City had historically been the center of the traditional AmericanWhite Anglo-Saxon Protestant and English-American community once North St. Louis was transformed into the center for European immigrant nationalities.
Discrimination in housing enforced by municipal laws and covenants was commonplace, and discrimination in employment was common before World War II. Additionally, many property deeds contained racially and religiously restrictive covenants. During World War II, the NAACP successfully campaigned, through protests and picket lines, to persuade the Federal government to allow African Americans to work in war plants. Union contracts had previously restricted these according to racial segregation or excluded black Americans from certain jobs.
With strikes interfering with vital wartime transportation and the Federal government unwilling to use its powers against the black community, the NAACP and black community leaders forced the firing of some 16,000 white workers and their replacement with blacks. The action left a bitter legacy in work-place and neighborhood relations; many white residents refused to sell property to blacks in the future.
The city's main weekly newspapers are the various "Suburban Journals" neighborhood papers. The primary alternative weekly publication is the Riverfront Times. Three weeklies serve the African-American community: the St. Louis Argus (est. 1912), St. Louis American (est. 1928), and St. Louis Sentinel (est. 1968). A variety of glossy monthly and quarterly publications, including St. Louis Magazine, cover topics such as local history, cuisine, and lifestyles.
St. Louis has long been associated with great ragtime, jazz and blues music. Early rock and roll singer/guitarist Chuck Berry is a native St. Louisan who still performs there several times a year. Soul music artists Ike Turner and Tina Turner, Fontella Bass, and jazz innovator Miles Davis began their careers in St. Louis or on the 'East Side' (East St. Louis, Illinois). The city was the home or adopted home of notable R&B and bluesmen, including Little Milton, Oliver Sain, Albert King, Henry Townsend (musician), Johnnie Johnson (musician), and Bennie Smith. It was here that Scott Joplin wrote what was perhaps his most famous song, "The Entertainer (rag)". Louis Jordan was buried here (his last wife's home town) when he passed away. St. Louis has also been a popular stop along the infamous Chitlin' circuit.
Popular entertainment in St. Louis thrived in the 1950s and 60s around Gaslight Square, a nightclub district that attracted nationally known musicians and performers. Today this area is the site of a new housing development. Rap and hip-hop artists include Nelly, The Saint Lunatics, Ali, Murphy Lee, Chingy, Huey, J-Kwon, Jibbs, and FLAME.Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam (Akon) is a Senegalese-American R&B singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, businessman, and philanthropist also from St. Louis.
The city has four distinct seasons. Spring is the wettest season and produces severe weather ranging from tornadoes to winter storms. Summers are hot and humid, and the humidity often makes the heat index rise to temperatures feeling well above 100 °F. Fall is mild with lower humidity and can produce intermittent bouts of heavy rainfall with the first snow flurries usually forming in late November. Winters are often cold and snowy with temperatures frequently below freezing. Winter storm systems, such as Alberta Clippers and Panhandle hooks, can bring days of heavy freezing rain, ice pellets, and snowfall.
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BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL
Downtown Barber Shop - 1015 Locust St Ste 200, St. Louis, MO (314) 621-2233
D-Zine Hair & Art Studio - Category: Hair Salons - 6679 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130 (314) 727-0708 - (reviews)
Halo Salon and Spa - Please visit our website for more info. 905 Locust Ave, St. Louis, MO (314) 241-3131 - (visit website)
Head Turners Hair & Nail Designs - Category: Hair Salons - Full service hair, nail and skin care salon. Online professional retail hair products. - 6342 Lucille Ave.
St Louis Missouri 63136 (314) 381-8880 - (visit website)
Jeannine's - Category: Natural Hair Salons - 4211 Virginia Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63111 (314) 353 7807 - (reviews)
Napps - 6267 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63130 (314) 727-0312
Retro Stylz Salon - 3156 Pershall Rd, Suite 112 St. Louis, MO 63136 (314) 522-8433
Salon Indigo - Category: Natural Hair Salons - Dreadlock Extensions, Twists, Weaving. Specializing in Natural Hair Care. Fast, Professional Service-Always Pain Free! - St. Louis, MO 63101 (314) 374 7127 - (visit website)
Selah Studio - Category: Hair Salons - 1708 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103 (314) 588-1335 - (reviews)
Shi Salon - 1900 Olive St, St. Louis, MO (314) 588-9948
Studio One A - Not just another Barber Shop, but a unique blend of modern comforts (HDTV & Sports Memorabilia) with old time traditions. 6925 Hampton Ave, St. Louis, MO (314) 352-3939 - (visit website)
The Nappy Kitchen Salon - Category: Hair Salons - 1110 Tower Grove Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110 (314) 535-1811 - (visit website)
AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE
Black World History Wax Museum - - Only the second of its kind the country, The Griot Museum of Black History & Culture opened as The Black World History Wax Museum in February 1997. 2505 Saint Louis Ave, St. Louis, MO (314) 241-7057 - (visit website)
Blue Indigo Publishing - - Category: Black Publishing Company Hailing from St. Louis, MO, Shadress Denise is a writer and graphic designer. Shadress Denise is a newly published author who has been writing poetry and short stories for over 10 years. She attended DeVry University where she earned her degree in Graphic Design and is currently attending Lindenwood University to earn her Masters in Communications.
With such a strong passion for the arts, Shadress Denise has written five books of poetry and one set of short stories that have not been released yet. Her fifth book; Disturbia, is a collection of letters and poems and was the first book published in February 2014. Currently residing in St. Louis, Missouri, Shadress Denise has released Who Do You Love? the first book to the series and is currently working on book 2 scheduled for a winter release. - 26 Clifton Place, St. - St. Louis, MO - (visit website)
Katherine Dunham Dynamic Museum - 532 N 10th St, St. Louis, MO (618) 874-8560
Mind's Eye Publishing - - Category: African American Publishing Company PO Box 38114, - St. Louis, MO 63138 (314) 495-0220 - (visit website)
St. Louis Black Repertory Company - - The Black Rep is the nation's largest, professional African-American theatre company. 3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis, MO (314) 534-3807
- (visit website)
BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.
Afro World - Category: Black Book Stores - 7676 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis, MO 63121-4905
Cultural Essentials - Category: Black Book Stores - 2127 S. Jefferson St., St. Louis, MO 63104-2209
Harris - Stowe State College - Category: Historically Black Public College - 3026 Laclede Ave, Saint Louis, MO, 63103-2136 (314) 340-3366 - (visit website)
Higher Visions Network, Inc. - Category: Educational Services - P.O. Box 8014, St. Louis, MO 63156 (314) 361-7566 - (visit website)
Left Bank Books - Category: Black Book Stores - 399 North Euclid, Saint Louis, Mo 63108-1245
Maid in the City - Category: Cleaning Services - Maid in the City offers residential cleanings for your home whether it is a house or an apartment. We understand that apartments are cluttered and cramped for space. We work with you to make everything tidy and neat, organized and clean! Saint Louis, MO (314) 881-8339 - (visit website)
Mind's Eye Publishing - Category: Publishing - PO Box 38114, St. Louis, MO 63138 (314) 495-0220 - (visit website)
Saint Louis Argus - Category: African American Newspaper - 4595 Martin Luther King Drive, Saint Louis, MO, 63113 (314) 531-1323
Saint Louis Crusader - Category: African American Newspaper - 4371 Finney Avenue, Saint Louis, MO, 63113 (314) 531-5860
Saint Louis Sentinel Newspaper - Category: African American Newspaper - 2900 North Market, Saint Louis, MO, 63106
The American Publishing Company - Category: African American Newspaper - 4144 Lindell Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO, 63108 (314) 533-8000
The Anthony Report - Category: Tech Services - St. Louis, Mo 63146 (314) 266-1728 - (visit website)
The Evening Whirl - Category: African American Newspaper - Post Office Box 5088, Nagel Station, St. Louis, MO, 63115 (314) 383-3875
Treasures of the Mind Bookstore - Category: Black Book Stores - 6277 Delmar (in the University City Loop), St. Louis, MO 63130 (314) 862-2777
Ujamaa Maktaba Unlimited - Category: Black Book Stores - 4267 Manchester, St. Louis, MO 63110-3850 (314) 535-3238
100 Black Men of Metro St. Louis, Inc. - Category: Community Service - 4631 Delmar, St. Louis, MO 63108 - (visit website)
DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
Bistro At Grand Center - 3536 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO (314) 534-3663
Eleven Eleven Mississippi - Where Tuscan and Northern California influenced cuisines
are brought together in a one of a kind atmosphere. - 1111 Mississippi Ave, St. Louis, MO (314) 241-9999
Marion's St Louis Rib Co - 5894 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO (314) 361-2727
Pappy's Smokehouse - Memphis Style, Slow Smoked Pork, Brisket, Chicken, Turkey and Sausage, Open 7 days a week for Lunch, Dinner and Carry Out. - 3106 Olive St, St. Louis, MO (314) 535-4340 - (visit website)
Son Ja's Soul Food Carryout - 9863 Edgefield Dr, Saint Louis, MO 63136 (314) 869-1388
Sweetie Pies at the Mangrove - Category: Soulfood - 4270 Manchester Rd, St. Louis, MO (314) 371-0304
The Shaved Duck - A family style, casual gathering place located in the beautiful historic Tower Grove neighborhood. We specialize in rustic American cuisine, slow wood smoked meats, flatbreads, chili's and many tasty traditional sides. - 2900 Virgina Ave, St. Louis, MO (314) 776-1407 - (visit website)
BTOP – Grant Manager
St. Louis Community Colleges
WCI – 314-513-4602
Cosand Center - 314-539-5119
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Antioch Baptist Church - 4213 W N Market Ave, St. Louis, MO (314) 535-1110 - (visit website)
Central Baptist Church - 2845 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO (314) 533-0747 - (visit website)
First Baptist Church - 3100 Bell Ave, St. Louis, MO (314) 533-8003 - (visit website)
Lane Tabernacle C.M.E. Church - 910 N Newstead Ave, St. Louis, MO (314) 533-0534 - (visit website)
St. Alphonsus Catholic Church - 1118 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO (314) 533-0304 - (visit website)
St. Paul AME Church - 1260 Hamilton Ave, St. Louis, MO (314) 385-8900
BB's Jazz Blues & Soups - The 700 South Broadway building which houses BB's was known as Phil's Hotel as late as 1969, and has a colorful past. - 700 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO (314) 436-0084 - (visit website)
House of Comedy St. Louis - 1925 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO (314) 241-5233
The In Spot Dessert Bar and Lounge - 5854a Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO (314) 454-6969 - (visit website)
Riddle's Penultimate Cafe & Wine Bar - Extensive wine lists and a massive variety of craft beers from around the world. Live local music performed every night! - 6307 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO (314) 725-6985
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