Last weekend, I watched “I Am Not Your Negro” at the Manor Twin Theater on Providence Road. I anxiously waited months for the release of this documentary based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscripts about Medgar Ever, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and the Civil Rights Movement. Shocking and explosive best describes this must-see film.
Although the human spirit is resilient, I found myself silently crying during many of the scenes, which were pure, raw, and unfortunately the reality of what is still very much relevant today. I loved the movie and would definitely recommend it for everyone. Do yourself a favor this weekend and place it on your to-do lists.
Also this weekend is the release of the film “A United Kingdom,” a romantic drama based on a true story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana who shocked the world when he married a white woman from London. View the movie trailer.
Check out my weekend picks.
Adrian Crutchfield ~ If you love jazz, you definitely want to check out Adrian Crutchfield, Prince’s Saxman. Adrian is known around the world for his neo-soul sound, creating music in a variety of genres such as Jazz, R&B, Pop, Funk, Soul, Hip-hop and Fusion. He has also played with Lionel Richie, Bette Midler and many more. Join Adrian at his album release concert at the Neighborhood Theatre (511 East 36th Street). Time: Doors open at 7 p.m., showtime at 8 p.m. Ticket info
Peace and Love Band ~ Looking for tournament weekend edition fun for the grown folks? Check out the R&B band Peace and Love. Charlotte’s favorite high energy band will keep you on the dance floor all night long with music from your favorite R&B groups. Peace and Love has a huge following and this will definitely be the place Saturday evening for good food and music. Reservations are highly recommended for seating. Time: 9 p.m. Location: Wild Wing Cafe (2132 Ayrsley Town Blvd.) More info: 980 297-7000. (Video)
Sunday Brunch in the Queen City ~ How about a Chicken and Waffles Gospel Brunch, hosted by Grammy Award winner Anthony Hamilton and gospel singer Casey J. This is an open mic event. Location: Kanvas (525 E. 6th St.). Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. More info
To see a larger listing of local events, visit the Qcitymetro events page at www.qcity2021.flywheelstaging.com/events.
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