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HBCU Classic Weekend set to sport its growth

The 2nd Annual Memphis HBCU Classics takes place this weekend, building upon excitement that has been in the air for the past few weeks. This year's events have expanded into more than just a series of games and now include an HBCU mixer, a job fair, a college fair, and an ACT study session.

The Annual Memphis HBCU Classic was created to build awareness in the Memphis community of small Historically Black Colleges and Universities and to raise funds for Memphis-area students going to those schools.

This year's event has increased from four colleges to six, with more expected in the coming years.

"Everyone can look forward to some great HBCU basketball," says Corey Allen, founder and event organizer. "We have two top ranked NAIA teams this year, Xavier and Southern University of New Orleans, and we also have two head coaches who are from Memphis, Fred Summer of Concordia and Marquet Norfleet of Texas College."

Allen expects someday to grow the event large enough to require a larger venue, such as the FedExForum. The primary objective for 2012 is for the fans to come out and have a great time.

All the games are being held at Southwest Tennessee Community College located at 737 Union Ave. and will kick off Friday (Nov. 23) at 2 p.m. when Xavier takes on Concordia College. At 4 p.m, Texas College will face Harris-Stowe College, followed by Southern University of New Orleans and Wiley College at 6 p.m.

On Saturday (Nov. 24), the games continue at 2 p.m. when Xavier takes on Wiley College, and then at 4 p.m., Concordia College faces Texas College. The games wrap up with Harris-Stowe taking on Southern University of New Orleans. Tickets are $6 per day or $10 for both days. Kids ages 5 and under are free.

Also on Saturday night, it's the "Food Bank Bash," featuring Roxanne Shante and DJ Spinderella, at the Hard Rock Café at 315 Beale Street. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $15 and benefits the Memphis Food Bank!

For more information, visit www.memphishbcuclassic.com, or call Corey Allen at 901-301-3084.

Shaq's All Star Comedy Jam

Get ready for BIG laughs as Shaq's All Star Comedy Jam hits the Orpheum this Saturday (Nov. 24) at 8 p.m.! This year's line-up includes host Gary Owen from Steve Harvey's "Think Like A Man," as well as Capone, "The Gangsta of Comedy," Tony Roberts, "The Comedians Comedian" and Michael Blackson "The African King of Comedy." The legendary DJ Spinderella will also be the celebrity house DJ! There will also be a special surprise guest as well. Tickets start at $42.50 and are available at the Orpheum Box Office.

Myron Book Club

Join us this Saturday afternoon at Fresh Slices located at 1585 Overton Park Ave. for the November Book Club Meeting. We will be discussing Allison Hobbs' steamy novel "Scandalicious." As always, we'll have great door prizes, great discussions and networking. Plus, Fresh Slices has great menu items to choose from. At each meeting, we always choose the next book selection, so come and be a part of it! It kicks off at 4 p.m! Make plans to join us.

The Venue

It's going down this weekend at The Venue located at 3669 South Mendenhall near Winchester Road. Saturday night it's DJ Preacha Wear and The Legendary Doctor on the wheels of steel, and the party is hosted by me, Myron Mays! So come and party with the "What's Happening" man! Food and drink specials the entire night and BYOB! Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is free until 11 p.m., then it's $10. You can also book your birthday party at The Venue. Just call 901-877-7000 or 832-4036 for details.

Parting shot

Well, it's that time of year again. Have a Happy Thanksgiving. Try to be easy on the bird. Until then, that's What's Happening!

(Got an event you'd like for me to cover or attend, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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