Toni Baker-Tyson
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

Who said women are catty? This definitely wasn’t the case last weekend when more than 350 women met for fellowship and tea at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. The event, held in conjunction with The Park Church, exemplified the true meaning of sisterhood.

Did you see the documentary “Holler if You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church”? Presented by director Clay Cane at Johnson C. Smith University, this film touched on the church being the root of our culture. Is it still taboo to be gay in the Black community? As one audience member said during the talkback session, “Be comfortable in your skin, because clothes are for closets.”

Finally, “Harriet’s Return” was wonderfully captivating. This one-woman play is based on the life of Harriet Tubman. Playwright and actor Karen Jones Meadows knocked my socks off with her portrayal of at least a dozen characters. Keeping my fingers crossed this play returns soon.

Here are my picks for the weekend.


Jazz Informance ~ This free event will give you an inside look at the art of playing jazz. Lovell Bradford on piano, Tim Gordon on saxophone, Adam Snow on drums, and Shannon Hoover on bass. Time: 7:30 p.m. at Davidson College (Tyler Tallman Recital Hall). For more information, call 704-894-2848


Ceelo Green Presents the Love Train Tour ~ Singer, song writer, producer, actor, and Grammy Award winner Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, better known as Ceelo Green, will perform live at Amos’ Southend (1423 South Tryon Street). Doors open at 8 p.m. Showtime is 9 p.m. More info.


Teach Me How To Love ~ Author and Winthrop University graduate Troy Spry will host a book signing at Vivace restaurant (1100 Metropolitan Ave.) at 6 p.m. Spry is a life and relationship coach. His mission is to inspire others to first become better people so they can become better mates and create better relationships. More info.

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Toni Baker-Tyson is an entertainment columnist for She enjoys being a social butterfly out on the town, loves live music, the arts, and foreign films. Her passion is volunteering with the...