No matter what my pleasure is for finding new ways to unwind and relax, movies always seems to take priority at the top of my list. Last week I checked out Kevin Hart’s new movie, “What Now?”

My calling should have been a movie critic. I enjoy all types of movies, and a good comedy never hurt nobody. Hart definitely gives you 96 minutes of tummy-aching laughter. His comedy is not too over the top. Each of us can no doubt relate to one of his hilarious discussions.

Actress Halle Berry and actor Don Cheadle didn’t miss a beat in their rolls, either. Thumbs up Hart for keeping it fresh and entertaining.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Queen City Metropolitan Chapter, presented the film “Black Friday: Past, Present and Future. It was screened at Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square. The documentary is essentially about the search for economic equality in the black community.

Let me start off by saying, you should have been there, because the film touched on many key points, such as not trusting one another to work together, the lack of support for black-owned businesses, and the destructive cycle of buying frivolous items. The filmed was follow a panel discussion and a Q&A session. I definitely was delighted to see such a huge crowd on a Monday evening.

Early voting got off to a great start Thursday morning. Although I was in line for about one hour and a half, I was excited to be part of the crowd waiting to cast my vote. As we anticipate whatever will be in the next few weeks, I am able to exhale until November 8th.

Now for my weekend picks. I hope to see you on the town.


Maize Maze Night — Experience the 2016 amazing maze in Huntersville. Adult fun and team building for creative thinkers inside a corn field at night. Most teams find their way out in 45 to 90 minutes. No worries; staff is there to help if you feel overwhelmed or need to exit immediately. Great girls night out, date night, family fun or couples retreat. Reservations: 704-376- 8104. Cost: $16. More info.


King Live — Not familiar with the King Sisters? Then you’ll definitely what to put  this dynamic trio on your list of things to do this weekend. Enjoy the perfect music blend of genres and eras. This Los Angeles trio has received raves from The Village Billboard and many others. Time: 9 p.m. Cost: $18.65. More info.


Chili Cook-off — Looking for the perfect fall dish? Sample some chili at the 7th Annual Dilworth/South End Chili Cook-Off. All you can eat for $10. Children are free. This event is at Atherton Mills and Market, 2104 South Blvd, from 11 a.m. to 3 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...