On the town with Toni

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out Toni Baker-Tyson's weekly entertainment picks. It's fun for grown folks.
Toni Baker-Tyson
Toni Baker-Tyson

“Ride Along 2” is a must NOT see.

Wednesday evening I was so excited to attend the premier screening at Phillips Place near South Park. I met new friends, joked around with old friends and took selfies with the audience. I’m a huge fan of Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, but after the first 30 minutes, which started out strong, I was ready to “ride along home.”

I found the high-speed chase scenes way over the top, and the movie overall was pretty silly. Eventually I found myself nodding, and the young baby behind me was crying. I guess I wasn’t the only one eager to throw in the towel.

“Ride Along 2,” which opens Friday, certainly can’t hold a torch to the original “Ride Along.” I say save your bucks and wait for Red Box.

Speaking of films, this weekend the Deltas of Charlotte will host their 13th Annual Legacy of Black Women Film Showcase at Spirit Square. This is one of my favorite events focusing on black women in the film industry. You’ll definitely want to attend. More info: http://qcitymetro.com/event/13th-annual-legacy-black-women-film-showcase-diamonds-rough/

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Now for my weekend picks.


Adel Givens ~ Get your laugh on this weekend with comedian Adel Givens at the Comedy Zone. Givens is a pioneer comedian who has appeared in The Hughleys, Moesha, The Parkers, Comedy Central Presents, Def Comedy Jam, Russell Simmons and more. She bringing her stand up routine to the Queen City Jan 14 – 17.  More info. https://www.cltcomedyzone.com/calendar/


Pride Awards ~ This year’s theme is “Paths Out Of Poverty.” The purpose of the Pride Awards is to honor achievement in the African-American community and to raise funds for a worthy cause. Saturday’s gala will spotlight individuals who have become upwardly mobile despite the odds. This is a black-tie event at the Westin Charlotte (601 South College Street). More info: http://www.pridemagazineonline.com/prideawards/product/single-ticket/


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Celebration ~ The Levine Museum of the New South  (200 E 7th St.) is offering free admission from noon to 4 p.m. This event will honor King’s life, legacy and the pursuit of civil and human rights through film, performances, children’s activities and exhibits. More info: http://www.museumofthenewsouth.org./

For more Charlotte-area events, visit www.qcitymetro.com/events-entertainment.

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