Three times is definitely a charm when it comes to the movie “Barbershop.”

Last week I caught a screening of “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” which opens April 15. In this latest film, Calvin (Ice Cube), Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) and the rest of the posse must work to save the shop and the neighborhood from gangs that roam the streets.

Newcomer Nicki Minaj adds a lot of flavor, but fan favorite pretty boy Michael Early had to pass this time because of a scheduling conflict with the film “The Perfect Guy.”

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, as it touched on gang activity, the Charleston 9, the bonds that keep strong relationships together and much more. I give it two thumbs up and a snap!

Now for my weekend picks.


The Kevin Jones Experience at Blunotes ~ Enjoy live jazz featuring vocalist Kevin Jones, who has been thrilling audiences for decades. Kevin has worked with some of Charlotte’s top musicians, including Maria Howell, Ziad, Rodney Shelton, Michael Porter, Gena Chambers, Adrian Crutchfield and many more. I’m a huge fan, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’ll sing “My Funny Valentine.” This is definitely a grown folks event you will enjoy. Check him out at Blunotes of Charlotte (3425 David Cox Rd). Shows at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. More info: 704 910-1996 or 704 900-7831


Single, Saved and Serious ~ Everyone is talking about relationships, but what about people who are single and Christian? How are they living their single and saved lives? Enjoy a premier viewing of the “Single, Saved and Serious” documentary. Hear from the founder, Brandon “Chuck” Brown, as he tells why he started the “movement,” where he hopes it will go, and how he hopes to change the mindset and the conversation around singleness. This event will be hosted by Jennifer Cook, owner of Fashion the Mind, Fashion the Figure. It runs from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Rebecca’s Taste of The South (630 University Center Boulevard). There is no cover charge, but a $5 donation is requested. More info:


Metrolina Spring Extravaganza ~ This event happens twice a year and features one-of-a-kind gems from around the world, including high-end antiques, shabby chic furniture and décor, silver, glassware, vintage jewelry and so much more. It runs March 30 – April 3 at the Metrolina Trade Show Expo (7100 Statesville Road). Time: 10 a.m.- 4 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...