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16-year journey nets local filmmaker Million Woman March documentary

film-1-600Independent filmmaker and photographer George Tillman Jr. steps into the footlights next Wednesday (June 19th) for the first screening of "From Memphis To Philadelphia" – his documentary about the Million Woman March.

For Tillman, it will be the culmination of a 16-year journey.

With the support of several community-minded businesses, the final version of the documentary, narrated by Lestine Bell, will be shown at Studio On The Square at 7 p.m.

  • Written by Tony Jones

Bilal on Beale & Father’s Day weekend fun!

Bilal-Official 500This Thursday night (June 13), Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Bilal comes to the New Daisy on Beale for one live show. The show is also gonna include spoken word poetry and other performances as well. You can get your tickets at bilalmemphis.eventbrite.com.

In addition to Father's Day Weekend, there's a lot happening in the city from music to comedy. The legendary elements – Earth, Wind & Fire – will make their way to Memphis as they perform live at the Botanic Gardens on Saturday evening. The show starts at 8:30 p.m.

My ‘Fast & ‘Furious’ weekend

Myron-Mays-160Instead of firing up the grill as I routinely do each Memorial Day weekend, I decided to be a little different and take in a good movie instead. So, Memorial Day weekend was a good one for Myron as usual. However, it was an even bigger weekend for anyone associated with "The Fast & the Furious movie franchise. Talk about a record-breaking weekend...this movie pretty much broke a lot of them. Looks like I wasn't the only one who decided to hit the theater over the course of the weekend.

No other movie by Universal Pictures has made more money than the latest installment of the series, "Fast & Furious 6." It easily came in at number one, beating out the opening of "The Hangover III," which brought in about $51 million.

Where are the people for Tyler Perry’s ‘Peeples’

14Peeple-600Over the weekend, I went to see "Tyler Perry Presents Peeples" – a film that Perry neither wrote nor directed. He is credited among the producers and apparently bankrolled the project. The movie was actually written and directed by Tina Gordon Chism, who wrote the screenplay for "Drumline."

I thoroughly enjoyed the film, however, it didn't create much of a buzz at the box office. It didn't help to be up against the second week of "Iron Man 3" and the opening weekend of "The Great Gatsby." Those two heavyweights dominated the top two positions bringing in $72 million and $51 million respectively.

"Peeples" came in at a distant fourth, with less than $5 million dollars for its opening weekend. "Pain and Gain" with Mark Walberg and Dwayne Johnson came in at No., with right at $5 million.

Education, says actor Lamman Rucker, is ‘a big part of who I am’

L-Rucker-600Actor ("All of Us," "Half and Half," "Why Did I Get Married?" and "Meet the Browns"), sex symbol and entrepreneur, Lamman Rucker, visited Memphis on Friday, May 3, in conjunction with Teach for America Week, supported and sponsored by FedEx.

He sat down at Clear Channel Media studios with TSD President and Publisher Bernal E. Smith II to share his passion for education, his affinity for Memphis and words of wisdom to younger generations, among other things.

Following the interview, Rucker spoke at Overton High School, where the listeners included FedEx executives, who spent the day at Overton as guest teachers – another element of Teach for America Week.

  • Written by Bernal E. Smith II

Is this the last go-round for Iron Man?

Iron-Man-3-400WHAT'S HAPPENING MYRON? This weekend I went out to see "Iron Man 3." I usually don't make plans to go see movies such as this, it just sort of happens when you have kids. That accounts for how I've sat through versions 1 and 2.

However, after nearly two hours of non-stop action, a ton of overpriced concessions and a restless two year old, I must say that I wasn't disappointed at all.

Without giving up the plot or ending, this particular installment of the "Iron Man" series to be sort of a wrap-up, as if there won't be an "Iron Man 4." But of course we all know better, huh?

Music Fest had Memphis jumping

Flavor-Flave-600Memphis In May is upon us, and so is the wet Memphis weather, turning it into Memphis in MUD! But that didn't dampen the spirits of the thousands who attended the music festival. Big Boi (former member of Grammy Award winning Outkast.) took me back by singing songs like Hey Ya, and Players Ball. He had the crowd dancing and singing the to his hit songs.

The legendary Mavis Staples, who put on a stellar show, spoke about her dad, Pop Staples, and how he influenced her career. She is a considered a Memphian although she is from Chicago because her group, the Staple Singers, are part of the Stax family here in Memphis. She sang her songs and hits like I Take You There by the Staple singers. A favorite from Saturday's performances would have to be the Roots. The message they give and that funky Jazz style they have makes you want to follow them no matter where they are touring. The Roots have won a lot of Grammys with their smooth style.

  • Written by Warren Roseborough

Competition for BET is good news for TV viewers

Myron-Mays-160WHAT'S HAPPENING MYRON?: Four cable networks broadcast directly to the African-American community as of today – BET, TV One, Aspire and Centric. More are on the way.

Could Bob Johnson have imagined this when he started BET way back in 1981? Maybe, but I say probably not. However, as society changes, so do viewing habits and choice of content.

For years, BET was the central source of programming for content geared toward the African-American community. It was once the only entity of its kind fully owned by an African American. Things changed in 2005 when Johnson sold the company for a cool $3 billion. Yes that was BILLION with a "B".