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In the mix: DeAngelo, Ledisi, blues, Maya Angelou, SportsBall

DeAngelo's performance at this year's BET Awards showed that for the most part the guy still has it musically. Looks like he is continuing on the comeback trail these days. He performed at the Essence Music Festival this past weekend and is gearing up for a major U.S. tour coming up in August.

On the "Liberation Tour," DeAngelo's teaming with Mary J. Blige, also performed on the BET Awards and at the Essence Festival. This marks a pretty big return for DeAngelo, who has been out of the game for quite some time. During that time he has had many run-ins with the law as well as other personal issues. Hopefully he has worked his way through much of that and the stage may be set for a great comeback album.

As for the tour, there are only a few dates set for the east coast. However, according to Mary J., more dates are being added. Memphis is not on the list just yet but who knows, they could be blowing through the Bluff City at some point. If it just so happens to come through, you can count on me being in attendance.

Here's what's happening: Ledisi & Eric Benet

Check out my girl Ledisi this Saturday, July 14 at the Orpheum for one big show featuring Eric Benet. It's always a pleasure seeing her in concert and it will be an even greater pleasure seeing her for the fourth time on stage. Yes, number 4. I like Ledisi! You can get your tickets from the Orpheum box office or through all Ticketmaster outlets at 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

Tri-State Blues Festival

Hey! Hey! The blues is alright! And it will continue to be on August 28 at the Landers Center in Southaven. Mr. Strokin' himself, Clarence Carter, will be in the house, along with Bobby Rush, Sir Charles Jones, Denise LaSalle, T.K. Soul and more. Heritage Entertainment has been at it quite a while now and this show keeps it going strong! Are you ready for the blues? Well get your tickets now at the Landers Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or you can charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Dr. Maya Angelou

Poet and writer Dr. Maya Angelou, one of the most influential voices of our time, will appear in the city for Agape's Heartlight 2012. The event, which is open to the public, will take place on August 25 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Call Agape at 901-323-3600 or visit them online at www.agapemeanslove.org.

SportsBall, No. 15

Lace up your tennis shoes for the 15th Annual SportsBall, on July 28 at Minglewood Hall. The event begins at 7 p.m. There will be interactive games and attendees can take a picture in the photo booth, spin the roulette wheel, or go Las Vegas style with "play" money casino games.

A live auction with great prizes is planned, along with great food and the opportunity to dance the night away. Yes, this is a "Black Tie & Tennis Shoe Affair!"

Tickets are $150 per person. For more information, contact Susan George or Kimberly Davis at 901-323-5440 or visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All proceeds benefit the mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis, Inc.

Parting note

Thanks to my good friend Loretta McNary for having me on her show last week. I had a ball. It's funny you are always interviewing people and now you're being interviewed. It sort of puts things in prospective for you to have been on both ends of the table.

Catch McNary's show on Comcast Cable channel 17 each and every Wednesday night at 8 p.m.; I'll let you know the airdate for my segment. Until then, that's what's happening!

(Got an event you'd like for me to cover or attend, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

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