This past weekend I went to see “Nina,” a film based on the life of the late Nina Simone. Although I had reservations about actress Zoe Saldana being chosen for the title role (there are plenty of talented, black women who could have done well playing Simone, I was still curious enough to go see it. The music was superb, but the film tends to focus too much on Simone’s relationship with her assistant. It was good overall, but I expected and wanted more. Maybe that explains why I was the only person there watching it.
On a higher note, I certainly wasn’t the only patron this past Sunday at the Comedy Zone’s sold-out show, which featured the legendary activist and comedian Dick Gregory. Gregory engaged the audience with a few jokes and kept the focus on current issues. At the tender age of 84, the activist hit on key points, such as the upcoming election, Trump, Cosby and the state of Black America. You definitely missed out if you weren’t in the house.
Now for my weekend picks:
Peace & Love Band ~ Enjoy Charlotte’s favorite R&B band at Wild Wing Cafe (210 East Trade Street, Suite D262). If you enjoy the sounds of Earth Wind & Fire, the Commodores, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye, you will definitely want to see Peace and Love. Grab your dance shoes and come on out as grown folks dance the night away, and enjoy a special tribute to Prince, aka, His Royal Badness. Showtime is at 9 p.m., but come early. With the Hornets at home in the playoffs, uptown traffic will be heavy. More info.
‘Black and Cuba’ ~ This is an award-winning film that follows a group of street-smart students who, outcasts at an elite University, band together and adventure to Cuba. The documentary illuminates racial equality and human rights issues. A must-see for people of color. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. The “Culinary Countess,” Crispin Robinson will provide a Cuba-inspired dinner at 6 p.m. There will also be a panel discussion after the screening. Crossroads High School (5500 North Tryon Street). More info.
Christian pop-up lounge ~ Looking for a Sunday afternoon of good food and Christian music? Blu Notes, located in the University area (3425 David Cox Road), is presenting a Sunday afternoon pop-up Christian lounge. Enjoy a fun afternoon of brunch and talking with single Christians after viewing the documentary “Single, Saved and Serious.” Cost: $6. This event will be held in a private lounge area. More info.
For more Charlotte-area events, visit http://qcitymetro.com/events-entertainment.