April Floyd

April Floyd

April Floyd is an undiscovered author from St. Louis, MO. April takes pride in her work, dedicating each novel to those who want books they can’t put down. April's writing style impresses its readers with concise story lines, choosing not to drag the reader through countless words by adding too much description, losing the reader.  April's stories are filled with excitement, drama, love, murder, spirituality, family values, comedy, suspense, and erotica. As you turn the pages you will find yourself in your favorite chair with a warm blanket enjoying her unfolding stories. April's main objective is to tell stories that are dear to her heart, causing her to be more passionate about each character as they develop.

April's inspiration comes from being a mother of three, all suffering with physical and mental disabilities, leading her to write about the subject in her first and fourth coming book entitled "Unique." April's inspiration also came from her husband Eddie Floyd Jr., whom is the son of the legendary Blues writer and singer out of Stax.  She and her family live in St. Louis, MO.

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 22:52

St. Louis Rock N Roll Marathon

St. Louis Rock N Roll Marathon got off to a great start this beautiful morning of October 27, 2013 at 7 am. Thousands gathered to race for a great cause. The Rock N Roll Marathon Series collaborates with official charities such as Leukemia Lymphoma Society, TASK (team activities for special kids), Team Challenge (Crohn’s & Colitis), ASPCA, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Cure Mito and Serious fun children network. The Rock N Roll Marathon provides more than a race for fun to all who participate; it provides money for charities. I witnessed people having a good time in St. Louis as they patrol on foot for the 3-mile race through downtown and midtown. There were some riding bikes with children in carriages and some wore costumes. People were there to cheer them on as they began to experience fatigue. Many participants road bikes as well. The Rock and Roll Marathon is for a great cause and great fun.

This October of 2013, proved to be a great day to race!

Running through Midtown on Grand BLVD.


Monday, 28 October 2013 19:46

October Autumn Awesomeness

Hello St. Louis, one of the last events in September was Taste of St. Louis. This was my first time ever going to an event like this and I had a blast. There was so much food, music and art all in one place.

October Autumn Awesomeness Blog

Friday, 27 September 2013 15:55

Dancing in the Street Festival

The Dancing in the Street Festival started with plenty of work being done early last Saturday morning. The stages were being built, the food trucks were getting ready, the tents were being set up and yes, the Grand Art and Life Center artists from the Metropolitan Artist Lofts were ready and open for business.

A long line formed in the street with children and adults waiting to get their faces painted. Michael’s face painting was lovely, fast, and the best part was you were able to pay what you wanted. He is one of the many great artists in the Metropolitan lofts. Michael is an art therapist and you can view his paintings at 500 N. Grand BLVD in their gallery.

Monday, 26 August 2013 11:32

The Billikens after Dark

Saint Louis University celebrated the kickoff to the new fall season and welcomed the new students joining SLU. The event hosted by The Grand Art and Life Center was truly an event of fun for all the students.

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 15:58

St. Louis Neighborhoods


Can you tell me what that image above is? It looks unique, doesn’t it? This image reminds me of St. Louis’ neighborhoods: It’s unique, it’s spiraling, it’s tangling, and it’s inspiring. Most of all, it’s captivating, just as St. Louis neighborhoods are. Nothing that’s worth it will ever stand still, and St. Louis neighborhoods aren’t an exception to that rule.

I thought I had a sense of what needs to be done to produce a well-organized concert. I had not a clue. Beyoncé is truly an artist on top of her game and on top of the world. I was able to see her in Nashville, Tennessee. Her concert was filled with entertained fans. She was different; you could clearly see the love she had for each one of them. She was a graceful person and a genuinely happy one. If I could describe Beyoncé in one word it would be AWESOME.

The rain could not stop the pink fire trucks from rolling in,

nor could it dampen the spirits of all involved with this great cause.

We have a significant amount of artists who live here in St. Louis City. They are singers, dancers, rappers, painters, writers, hair stylists, graphic artists, web artists, and the list just goes on. Let me make it clear, St. Louis has very talented artists. Professional and semi- pro artists; they work and perform their art just as well, if not better than some I’ve seen on television or on stage. They are professional, creative, talented, and they all love their city. All too often, I hear about the lack of support for the artists here in St. Louis. Now, I’m not just talking about the larger businesses that can help support the arts. I’m talking about the general public living here in St. Louis; you know, the transit workers, city workers, nurses, doctors, store workers, and so on. No matter what a person does in his or her profession, one thing is certain, we all like some form of art. So, why is it hard to support a local dancer or rapper or singer or painter or writer...you get the point. We will pay three hundred dollars for a ticket to see and support someone from out of town, but won’t buy a ticket for ten dollars to support someone from our hometown. Why? Or, why does a person who likes paintings go to New York or some other city to a gallery to purchase something very expensive while never visiting a local art gallery? Never giving St. Louis a try?

Monday, 24 June 2013 16:54

Midtown St. Louis

A neighborhood flourishing with history and a community that gives back to its artists.

In Midtown at the “GRAND ART AND LIFE CENTER,” you’ll find a neighborhood that is thriving, but why? Is it because this neighborhood has a great history? In the past, this neighborhood had become a place to be with Jazz and Blues clubs, The Fox Theater, and a skate park. It was considered to be the spot for new businesses, and restaurants. Of course, a neighborhood having a history is an important factor; however, I don’t think history alone would hold a neighborhood together.

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