I practically skipped through the parking lot on my way to see “Black Panther.”

I arrived an hour early, ticket in hand. I marveled at the long line of my people waiting to celebrate our movie.

It brought back memories of standing in line for hours to vote for President Obama. The energy and anticipation were surreal.

Like many others, I felt a strong sense of pride. We did that! We supported a film about us, breaking all types of opening-day and weekend records. I wanted to stand by the door and fist-bump every person in sight.

As for the movie, it was everything I hadn’t envisioned and more. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you’ll love it!

I hope you enjoy my weekend picks.


King Liz’ ~ Sports agent Liz Rico has money and an elite client roster, but a woman in a man’s industry has to fight to stay on top. Enter Freddie Luna, a high school basketball superstar with a troubled past. If Liz can keep this talented yet volatile young star in line, she just might make his career and hers too. But at what price? Location: Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square (311 345 N. College St.). Time: 8 p.m. More info.


2018 Oscar Live-Action Shorts ~ Enjoy a special screening of Oscar-nominated 2018 short films, presented by Charlotte Film Society. Due to overwhelming response, an additional screening has been added. Cost: $10. Location: Theatre Charlotte (501 Queens Road.) Screening Times: 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. More info.


Freedom Train‘ ~Presented by Matthews Playhouse, Freedom Train is the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground. Using traditional songs of that era, it recounts a powerful and inspiring tale of courage, dedication, perseverance and the strength of the human spirit. This production runs from Feb. 23 to March 4. Location: Matthews Community Center (232 Matthews Station St., Matthews). Cost: $11- 13. More info.

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...