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Alex Cross: Tyler Perry’s evolution

I never thought I would ever say these words, but I actually can't wait until next week for the opening of the new Tyler Perry movie. Really!

Although I have long admired Perry and his work, I've never been a big fan of "Madea," the stage play or the movie version. I have reluctantly sat through his "Madea-less" movies as well, only because I admire his work ethic and I felt that he deserved my support.

However, after seeing the trailers for "Alex Cross," I have a newfound respect for the guy. Not that I didn't respect him. It's that now he has not only my respect, but my admiration and my full support.

As I watched the trailer, I couldn't help but think of Will Smith on the eve of the release of "Independence Day." Here's why. After watching the trailer for "Independence Day," I couldn't help but think that Will Smith was on the cusp of something big. I remember thinking that, "This movie is gonna make Will Smith a gigantic star." I had the feeling that we only had just a little more time to enjoy the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air." Will was gonna start doing only movies from that point on. I was right.

My ultimate point is this: I don't think we're gonna be seeing Perry in a dress any time soon. I predict "Alex Cross" will be the biggest film in his career. I also predict that this film will exceed the box office numbers of its predecessors, "Kiss the Girls" and "Along Came a Spider." I loved Morgan Freeman in both of those films.

Tyler Perry has the right following, the right name and now the right project for a career changing project.

2for1 Smooth R&B Tuesday

Onix presents 2for1 Smooth R&B Tuesday each and every Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Enjoy 2for1 chicken wings and drinks all night along, with the piped-in sounds of smooth R&B from the 70s-90s. Onix is located at 412 South Main downtown. RSVP at 901-552-4609.

The Bar Takover

This Saturday (Oct. 13) from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., join Michael Suggs and crew as they take over the patio at Café Olé at 959 Cooper! If you were there for Cinco de Mayo, you know how it went down! If you missed it, here is your chance to get the Bar Takeover Experience for yourself! Enjoy drinks, great food and a great atmosphere for socializing.

Memphis Music Monday

The Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission presents Memphis Music Mondays on Oct. 15 at the Hard Rock Café on Beale. There is no admission fee for the event that begins at 6 p.m. Come early to get a good seat! Eat and listen to some of the best local music Memphis has to offer.

Flashbacks at Soul'lucions

Soul'lucions Restaurant and Lounge will be off the chain on Friday, Oct. 19, as Showtime Entertainment presents Flashbacks. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m. The host is my good friend, Stephon Smith, and the special guest host will be yours truly. There will be a $100 Old School Best Dressed Contest. Soul'Lucions is located at 2629 Lamar, Suite 101. Admission is $10. Music by DJ Redeye.

Red, White & Blues Jam

Check out Bobby Rush and the 3rd Annual Red, White and Blues Jam on Oct. 20 at the Levitt Shell. The concert lineup also features Slave (yes that Slave), four-time Grammy-nominated Cynthia Jones, and Memphis' own Vince Johnson and the All-Stars Red, White and Blues Jam Band.

The Red, White & Blues Jam was created to socially engage veterans and active-duty military and to recognize and honor their service to America. Memphis' own Randy Wade will also be honored for his military work and his daily service to veterans.

For more information, visit www.RedWhiteandBluesJam.com.

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