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Bilal on Beale & Father’s Day weekend fun!

Bilal on Beale & Father’s Day weekend fun!

This 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.

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The legacy of television dads

The legacy of television dads

As far back as television goes, TV dads have been a common figure. They were prominent on older shows such as "Leave it to Beaver," "My Three Sons" and the "Dick Van Dyke Show." And no less so later on with African-American viewers, thanks to shows such as "Sanford & Son," "The Jeffersons" and "Good Times."

I'm not really sure why it took so long for shows with African-American dads to be presented to America. There have always been strong and present Dads in the African-American household.

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Cicely Tyson wins Tony for ‘one more great role’

Cicely Tyson wins Tony for ‘one more great role’

Cicely Tyson's return to Broadway after three decades earned the elderly actress a Tony on Sunday night.

Tyson's acceptance speech for best actress in a play was an emotional highlight of the American Theatre Wing's 67th annual Tony Awards broadcast live from New York's Radio City Music Hall.

Pop singer Cyndi Lauper won a Tony for writing the 15-song score for "Kinky Boots," which led the night with six Tonys.

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  • Written by Alan Duke/CNN

Jada Pinkett Smith defends Beyoncé’s Chime for Change concert costume

Jada Pinkett Smith defends Beyoncé’s  Chime for Change  concert costume

Beyoncé was criticized last summer by black entertainment legend Harry Belafonte for not doing enough to help others with her success. Her involvement in a new organization, Chime for Change, might be her answer to this critique. But some think her latest performance on behalf of the charity may have inadvertently harmed the group she seeks to uplift.

A new initiative, Chime for Change is aimed at empowering women and girls around the world, focusing on the areas of "Education, Health and Justice," according to its web site. Beyoncé has recently given greatly to the cause.

Launched with co-founders Salma Hayek, noted actress and producer, and Frida Giannini, the creative director of Gucci, Chime for Change held its first major concert on June 1 in London, "Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live." This star-studded concert drew megawatt power players, such as Madonna and Jennifer Lopez, who appeared before a crowd of 50,000.

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  • Written by Alexis Garrett Stodghill/theGrio

Into the heart of Congo

Into the heart of Congo

World-renowned chef, author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain visits the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the next episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," airing Sunday, June 9, at 8 p.m. CT. Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

"Good food is going to be a challenge soon, so we take the opportunity to fill up on what we can," Anthony Bourdain says, fueling up at a local restaurant before leaving Goma. This city in the Democratic Republic of Congo lies at the foot of the Nyiragongo Volcano and has a population of about one million people – many of whom are internally displaced.

Grilled chicken, ugali and piri piri pepper make "a pretty nice meal," Bourdain finds.

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  • Written by Sarah LeTrent/CNN

Chance encounter yields evening with ‘ageless’ Tony Bennett

Chance encounter yields evening with ‘ageless’ Tony Bennett

I regularly capture the images of the Memphis Botanic Garden's "Live at the Garden" concert series. Last Sunday night (June 2), legendary singer of jazz, poplar music, standards and show tunes Tony Bennett performed before an almost sellout crowd.

I looked around to see if any African Americans were in the crowd. There were not many but among them was three generations of one family –Valerie Jackson-Collins; her mom, Velma H. Whitelo; and her son, Randall J. Jackson, who attends Georgetown College in Kentucky.

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  • Written by Warren Roseborough

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