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‘Jumping the Broom’ – you gotta go see it

 I know you have seen all of the previews for “Jumping the Broom,” right? Well, the movie is even greater than the previews.
 
 Myron Mays

The Annual Southern Black Writers Conference and Film Festival took place this weekend and there was a full slate of films – both long and short – to see. I was captivated by two films in particular, “Distractions” and “Jumping the Broom.”

“Distractions” is a 5-minute film that will make you think twice before texting while driving. And I know you have seen all of the previews for “Jumping the Broom,” right?

Well, the movie is even greater than the previews. When “Jumping the Broom” opens this weekend, be sure to drop everything you have to do and go out to see it. I’m usually not an opening weekend kind of person. In fact, I’m kind of a wait-until-DVD kind of a guy. However, in this case, I will be going out to the theatres to see this film, again. It’s really that good.

Here’s the beauty of it, not only can you go out to see this movie, you can save your babysitting money and bring the kids along as well. This is a movie that they will enjoy as well.  Don’t worry, it’s not a G-rated movie, but it’s also not an R-rated film either. It’s one that you can enjoy and be engaged together, which means there’s no cussing at all. All I can say is that Bishop T.D. Jakes is a very innovative and smart man.

I also got the chance to hang out with Royce Reed from VH1’s “Basketball Wives.” She’s very little in person. I guess TV can make you taller.

Anyway, Reed also has written a book called “College Girls,” which is the first of five novels. I got my copy and I’ll be diving into it soon.

Also, you’ll want to remember these authors’ names: Dennis Reed, Alvin Moore and Andrea Clinton. They will be making some major noise.

I came away from this year’s Annual Southern Black Writers Conference and Film Festival intrigued by many of the writers and filmmakers and quite inspired by their stories as well. Two words still ring inside my head days later, “Hustle and Grind.” These artists had to beat the pavement and knock on many a door to get their work recognized. And even after that, they still have to hustle to keep their names out there. The work is never done if you want to become and stay successful in what you do.

Gospel Four at 42

If you’re a fan of gospel music quartets, take note. George Dean and the legendary Gospel Four will hold their 42nd Anniversary show at 6 p.m. on June 12 at Cummings Street Baptist Church located at 250 East Raines Road. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, visit www.thegospel4.com.

Flo Roach: ‘Calling all Men’

Don’t miss the explosive production “Calling all Men” on Saturday, June 18 at the University of Memphis Rose Theater at 7 p.m.  The one-woman show pays tribute to all the men who do the right thing – often without recognition – by their children and women.

A portion of the proceeds from this production will be donated to a shelter for abused/homeless women and children. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased in advance by calling 901-331-3515.

Seniors Day at Taylor-Brown

Join the Taylor-Brown Apothecary at 568 Poplar Avenue for “Seniors Day” on May 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be free diabetic and blood pressure screenings and a free item for each new prescription filled. You can also receive a free item for each new prescription filled. For more information, call 901-527-2411.

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