Toni Baker-Tyson with filmmaker Nijla Mu'min (Photo: Courtesy of Toni Baker-Tyson)

Familiar with the name Nijla Mu’min? Up-and-coming black filmmakers are certainly spreading their wings, and Nijla Mu’min is definitely one filmmaker you want to keep on your radar.

Mu’min, 30, is from the San Francisco/Oakland Bay area. Her films have screened at the Pan African Film Festival, Outfest, Blackstar Film Festival and several more. In 2011, she worked as a production assistant on Ava DuVernay’s film, “Middle of Nowhere.”

Mu’min enjoys creating films based on black girls/women. She tries to focus on the emotional core of others in her films. Love, disagreement and affection are her driving forces.

Check out her films “Dream,” “Deluge,” and “Two Bodies,” which I had the pleasure of viewing this past weekend at an event hosted by The Classic Black Cinema group of Charlotte at the venue C3Lab.

Keep your eyes open, because this young sister definitely has the future in the palm of her hand.

Now for my weekend picks.


R&B Night at Brios ~ Michelle Renée is an American singer-songwriter who has toured as a backing vocalist and keyboard player with The SOS Band and briefly with Peabo Bryson before striking out as a solo artist. Michelle performs often at Brios lobby lounge and has a huge following. Join her and friends from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. for a relaxing evening of music and bar bites. Oh, and don’t sleep on the Romano-crusted eggplant. Location: Brios Tuscan Grille (4720 Piedmont Row Dr.) Cost: No cover.


Gina Robinson ~ NB Records recording artist Gina Robinson makes a stop at Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square (345 North College Street). Having toured nationally and opened shows for the likes of The Four Tops, The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips and Tramaine Hawkins, Gina is now ready to take center stage on her own. Catch her Saturday from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. More info:


Dave’s Paddle Boats ~ Looking for Sunday fun? Paddle boating at the University lake, behind the Hilton hotel, is fun for the whole family. Each paddle boat holds up to 2 adults and 2 small children. Price: $10 per boat for 30 minutes. W.T. Harris Blvd and HWY 29. 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. 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...