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When Steve Harvey preaches, er speaks, people tune in

Earlier this week, I was watching TBN, you know the Trinity Broadcasting Network…the Christian station? ... Something interesting happened towards the end of the show. Steve Harvey started preaching.

Earlier this week, I was watching TBN, you know the Trinity Broadcasting Network…the Christian station? Yes, that one. I rarely watch that particular channel, but that night it just so happened to have a few people on that caught my interest. Those people were Steve Harvey, Kirk Franklin, David and Tamela Mann and Rickey Smiley. Yes, all of them.

Something interesting happened towards the end of the show. Steve Harvey started preaching. He didn’t quite refer to it as preaching; He said he was the keynote speaker. He actually gave a rousing and moving sermon…or speech rather.

So as Harvey was speaking, I could not help but think about his influence and reach. Here’s a guy who can host a secular radio morning show, where he occasionally drops a few expletives, host the “Family Feud” and host the BET “Celebration of Gospel” and host a special on TBN where he serves in a capacity that is usually filled by ministers. And we willingly accept him in every one of those roles too. This shows that people gravitate toward positivity and real people, regardless of who they are.

I also could not help but think about the road that Harvey has traveled. He’s been through some stuff. There’s not a guy in media that is more “real.” He is who he is and makes no apologies for it either. He is practically the same person on everything he’s on. And, in my opinion, he is probably the most influential African-American personality now reaching African Americans.

I guess that is the reason why he is so loved by his fans. They know that regardless of what he does or where he’s at, he will always be Steve Harvey, right?

Will Downing & Boney James

Will Downing is coming back to Memphis on Dec. 3 at the Cannon Center, with special guest Boney James. Tickets go on sale Friday (Sept. 23) at the Cannon Center Box Office. However, there will be a presale on Thursday. Password is “mingle.” Visit www.mixandmingle.net for more information.

‘What My Husband Doesn’t Know’

David E. Talbert presents the hit stage play “What My Husband Doesn’t Know” Nov. 3-5 at the Cannon Center. The play stars Morris Chestnut, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Clifton Davis and Ann Nesby. You can get your tickets at the Cannon Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets or www.davidetalbert.com.

Scream Tour - The Next Generation

It might be a little below my age range these days, but the popular Scream Tour concerts continue to do really well. If you are a fan of Mindless Behavior, Diggy Simmons and the New Boyz, this might be a concert you’d like to put on your itinerary.

The show comes to Memphis on Oct. 15 at the Desoto Civic Center. Tickets are available at the Desoto Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.com.

Lavell Crawford at the Funny Bone

The Funny Bone at Harrah’s Casino Tunica presents comedian Lavell Crawford Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Show times are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., and  Saturday at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of show. For tickets and information, please call 622-357-4242 or visit online at www.funnybonetunica.com.

Mid-South Fashion Week

Mid-South Fashion Week returns to Memphis Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 at the Robinson Gallery located at 44 Huling. Celebrity designers Qristyl Frasier from “Project Runway” and Reco Chapple of the “Fashion Show” will be on hand. Mid-South Fashion Week will feature the hottest fashions, so come on out and see what’s next! I will be giving away free tickets on Facebook next week, so be sure to keep up with me to win. For more information on registration, casting calls and tickets visit www.midsouthfashionweek.com.

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