Toni gets inducted into the Queen City chapter of National Coalition of 100 Black Women. (Photo: Courtesy of Toni Baker-Tyson)

Last weekend I was inducted into the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Queen City Metropolitan Chapter. I was honored to have been selected along with 21 other ladies in the Charlotte metro area. NCBW consists of thousands of women of African descent representing more than 60 chapters. We strive to bring change benefiting women of color.

Also last weekend, I attended the My Sister’s Keeper awards luncheon, an event that honors women who serve. Held at the Hilton Charlotte Center City, this full-to-capacity event honored a group of phenomenal women, including Mecklenburg Commissioner Velma Leak, who had guests on their feet as she delivered a powerhouse speech, reminding black women to respect one another as we fight for one another.

In last week’s column I mentioned seeing the play “A Brown Tale.” This one-man performance by James T. Alfred is incredible. Charlotte, I know we had a variety of events to attend last week, including the N.C. A&T vs UNC Charlotte football game. However, “A Brown Tale” is a must-see OnQ Production. Let’s sell out the remaining shows through Sept 23.

Check out my weekend picks.


Festival in the Park ~ When this annual event arrives in Charlotte, you definitely know its fall. This is by far one of my favorite events. Celebrate this year’s 53 anniversary with amazing arts and crafts vendors, food and live entertainment. I’m already looking forward to my Italian sausage, onions and peppers sandwich. This three-day event is free Friday through Sunday. More info


Charlotte Does Sade ~ No, the R&B singer will not be in attendance, but her sultry music will. Quite often I attend this event, which features local musicians playing tribute to outstanding artists. I’ve had the pleasure of attending Charlotte Does Marvin Gaye and Al Green. I’m sure we are in for a treat with this performance, presented by Time 2 Fly Music and Charlotte Music Heroes. Heist Brewery (2909  N. Davidson St.), 8 p.m. Free admission. More info


Sunday Brunch ~ Enjoy Sunday brunch at Big Al’s Pub & Grubberia. Casual dining and a variety of items, from French toast to chicken waffle sandwiches. Located at 9396 Albemarle Rd. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More info


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...