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BET Awards, Charlie Wilson a match that works for me

charliewilson1-400I caught the "BET Awards" this past Sunday and surprisingly – pleasantly so – I didn't feel so much like an old out-of-touch guy like I do during the "BET Hip Hop Awards." I didn't even have to keep asking my kids, "Who are these people?"

Usually I would have found something else to do for a couple hours and heard about the show the next morning. But I have to admit, it was time well spent this year. It was a really great show.

I actually had a favorite part. And that part had to be the Charlie Wilson tribute. I can't think of anyone as deserving as Wilson. This guy has had a heck of a career and one heck of a story!

African-American Music Appreciation Month: That’s a wrap!

CarleeMcCullough-160No one ever accuses Memphis of being short on talent. With a church seemingly on every other corner, the choirs are filled with voices worthy of placing on compact discs. Blessed with schools such as Overton and Stax to train and hone those tones, Memphis churns out the "Voices" regardless of genre.

But as we all know, only a few have the disposable income, relationships and the perseverance to make it. It is hard to say who among the "newbies" may wind up along side the Memphis-rooted greats that include The Bar-Kays, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Aretha Franklin, Kirk Whalum, BB King and Al Green.

We have watched as Eightball & MJG, Juicy J and DJ Paul, Three 6 Mafia and Yo Gotti have all risen to national acclaim. With television shows, Academy Awards, soundtrack placements, and the like, these guys are showing us how to do it modern day.

Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland dies at age 83

BobbyBlueBland-600Bobby "Blue" Bland, who many credit with helping to usher the blues into the modern era, died Sunday in Memphis at age 83.

According to the Associated Press, which quoted his son, Rodd, the blues and soul balladeer died from complications from an ongoing illness.

Robert Calvin Bland, now known to the world as "Bobby," was born January 27, 1930 in Rosemark, Tenn., Bland moved to Memphis in the late '40's. He played with Billy "Red" Love and other influential Delta musicians. His first recording was "Dry Up Baby" (Modern 848).

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom


Myron-Mays-160WHAT’S HAPPENING MYRON?: Chad Johnson, the guy formerly known as Chad Ochocinco has managed to find himself back in the news lately. Unfortunately for him it's not all good news.

According to TMZ, the guy has been on a quest to get his child support payments lowered as he claims to make only $3,000 per month, but still has to unload about $16,525 a month in child support. He also claims he has to pay about $9,063.24 in mortgage payments, $2,500 for food, $2,650 for car expenses, $3,500 for clothes, $250 for grooming, $5,000 for entertainment and another $1,000 for something. Between all that, some other various expenses, and the child support Johnson claims he is spending $45,982.76...per month that is.

16-year journey nets local filmmaker Million Woman March documentary

film-1-600Independent filmmaker and photographer George Tillman Jr. steps into the footlights next Wednesday (June 19th) for the first screening of "From Memphis To Philadelphia" – his documentary about the Million Woman March.

For Tillman, it will be the culmination of a 16-year journey.

With the support of several community-minded businesses, the final version of the documentary, narrated by Lestine Bell, will be shown at Studio On The Square at 7 p.m.

  • Written by Tony Jones

Bilal on Beale & Father’s Day weekend fun!

Bilal-Official 500This Thursday night (June 13), Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Bilal comes to the New Daisy on Beale for one live show. The show is also gonna include spoken word poetry and other performances as well. You can get your tickets at bilalmemphis.eventbrite.com.

In addition to Father's Day Weekend, there's a lot happening in the city from music to comedy. The legendary elements – Earth, Wind & Fire – will make their way to Memphis as they perform live at the Botanic Gardens on Saturday evening. The show starts at 8:30 p.m.

My ‘Fast & ‘Furious’ weekend

Myron-Mays-160Instead of firing up the grill as I routinely do each Memorial Day weekend, I decided to be a little different and take in a good movie instead. So, Memorial Day weekend was a good one for Myron as usual. However, it was an even bigger weekend for anyone associated with "The Fast & the Furious movie franchise. Talk about a record-breaking weekend...this movie pretty much broke a lot of them. Looks like I wasn't the only one who decided to hit the theater over the course of the weekend.

No other movie by Universal Pictures has made more money than the latest installment of the series, "Fast & Furious 6." It easily came in at number one, beating out the opening of "The Hangover III," which brought in about $51 million.

Where are the people for Tyler Perry’s ‘Peeples’

14Peeple-600Over the weekend, I went to see "Tyler Perry Presents Peeples" – a film that Perry neither wrote nor directed. He is credited among the producers and apparently bankrolled the project. The movie was actually written and directed by Tina Gordon Chism, who wrote the screenplay for "Drumline."

I thoroughly enjoyed the film, however, it didn't create much of a buzz at the box office. It didn't help to be up against the second week of "Iron Man 3" and the opening weekend of "The Great Gatsby." Those two heavyweights dominated the top two positions bringing in $72 million and $51 million respectively.

"Peeples" came in at a distant fourth, with less than $5 million dollars for its opening weekend. "Pain and Gain" with Mark Walberg and Dwayne Johnson came in at No., with right at $5 million.