Jazz group Down to the Bone

Did you know that it’s illegal in North Carolina to give birth at home with assistance from a midwife or doula? Well, it is, and one must give birth in either a hospital or birthing center.

I was oblivious to this until I attended the “Brigin’ In Da Spirit” documentary at Grier Heights Community Center. This inspirational film recorded the history of black midwives in the United States. It was definitely an educational experience.

Down to the Bone, a funky jazz group from the UK, performed at McGlohon Theater. I could hardly contain myself at this sold-out event. Keep your eyes and ears open for the 2018 jazz season in Charlotte. It’s going to be spectacular.

Beatties Ford Road Library was the place to be on Sunday. Full to capacity was a film screening and panel discussion about the importance of historical black colleges and universities. This educational event focused on the black-college experience and the richness of our culture.

What a treat listening to people talk about why they choose HBCUs, family expectations and what the future holds for black Americans.

I hope you enjoy my weekend picks.


Women, Wine & Wealth ~ Ladies, come out and build solid relationships with other women as we discuss wealth-building principles, investment opportunities, legacy building and all things MONEY. February’s presenter will be Myra Foster, publisher of #BlackOwnedCLT. Cost: $10. Location: Black Diamond Firearms and Training Facility (311 West 24th Street). Time: 7pm. More info.


‘In Syria (INSYRIATED)’ ~ A chilling, fast-moving study of a Syrian household under siege. Trapped inside her house, a mother of three turns her flat into a safe harbor for her family and neighbors as war rages in the streets of Damascus. Hosted by Charlotte Film Society. Location: Theatre Charlotte (501 Queens Rd.). Cost: $10.46. Time: 7:30 p.m. More info.


Elizabeth Randolph Room Dedication ~ Charlotte-area education advocate Elizabeth Randolph will be honored in a room renaming ceremony. Randolph was a vocal advocate for area schools and libraries and served on the Library Board of Trustees as vice chair from 1994-1999. Place: Beatties Ford Road Library (2412 Beatties Ford Rd). Time: 1:30 p.m.  Admission: Free. Register: 704-416-300. More info.

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Toni Baker-Tyson is an entertainment columnist for Qcitymetro.com. She enjoys being a social butterfly out on the town, loves live music, the arts, and foreign films. Her passion is volunteering with the...