09 Jun 2011
- Written by Myron Mays
Just a few weeks ago the 2011 graduating class of Booker T Washington High School welcomed President Barack Obama to Memphis as he delivered the 2011 commencement speech. Days later, it was announced that a couple of those students received the opportunity to become White House interns.
Well, it seems like success knows no limit in this particular circumstance. Just in case America did not get the full story on these students, I don’t think that will be an issue now.
Broadcast giant Viacom has teamed with the Get Schooled Foundation and the White House to present the “Top Commencement Challenge Special.” Viacom is the parent company to some of the most popular cable channels such as BET, Comedy Central, MTV as well as Nickelodeon. The 30-minute special follows the students of BTW as they win this year’s Race to the Top Commencement Challenge and the opportunity to have the president speak at their graduation.
If you’d like to catch the special, you’ll have multiple opportunities. It airs on TeenNick on Thursday (June 9) at 2 p.m., June 11 at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 12 at 7:30 a.m.
MTVU will air the special on June 11 at 7 p.m. CT and June 18 at 8 a.m., with Comedy Central the host on June 13 at 3 p.m.
Jill Scott is on the way!
I know you have been digging Jill Scott’s new song “So in Love” featuring Anthony Hamilton, right?
Well get ready, she’s coming to Memphis on August17.
It’s so early that the venue is yet to be determined, but you know I will share that information as soon as it’s available.
In the meantime, go to her website, www.missjillscott.com.
Soul Classics 103.5’s Ultimate Family Reunion
WRBO Soul Classics 103.5 presents the Ultimate Family Reunion at the Overton Park Levitt Shell on June 25, featuring musical guests Lakeside, Gary Goin and G3.
Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
So, grab your blankets and lawn chairs and come on down and hang with us. I will be in the crowd trying to stay cool and get my party on.
This year’s Juneteenth Celebration presents three days of live entertainment (June 17-19) featuring a musical range that includes Gospel, R&B, Old School, Hip Hop and Blues.
Food Vendors will be on hand!
And there will also be health screenings, kiddie rides and more!
The event is absolutely free! Grab the kids and come out and enjoy.
Call 901-385-4943 for more information!
Cedric The Entertainer Returns!
Get ready to laugh! Comedian Cedric the Entertainer is returning to the Cannon Center on August 20 and he’s bringing a few friends along with him.
This will be one of the hottest comedy shows of the year! Tickets are available at the Cannon Center Box Office and go on sale on June 17.
NOTE: “Pieces of Me,” the new album by neo soul artist Ledisi drops next week and I got the opportunity to speak with her about the album and her musical inspiration. Be on the lookout for the interview coming up next week. Until then, that’s what’s happening!