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On the receiving end of ‘Happy Anniversary!’

What's happening Myron?
 
 Myron
Mays

Four years ago I opened up the microphone for the first time and uttered these words:

“Soul Classics 103.5, Number one for old school.”

Wow, it’s hard to believe that I have been at that station for that long. I guess time flies when…well, you know the rest.

I started out in radio back in 1994. The setting was a small radio station in Senatobia, Miss. I had not been on the radio a day in my life when I walked in the building and spoke to the station manager. I expressed my interest in getting into radio and offered to work for free, just to learn.

Get this: I ended up walking out the door not only with that opportunity, but with a small hourly wage as well.

I fell in love with my new career, which has featured stints at four radio stations, and work with television stations as well.

And some 18 years later, I still absolutely love what I do.

Not only is it my fourth anniversary on 103.5, this week also marks my fourth anniversary as a columnist for the New Tri-State Defender as well. Back then, however, my column was called “Ask Myron.”

My first column ran under the headline, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” I talked about how there is no more love in our music.

Now, four years and a name change later, I still love sharing my thoughts on pop culture and informing you on what’s happening in and around town. Trust me when I say, “The best is yet to come!”

Dekey at the Bartlett Comedy Spot

I’m sure you’ve heard about the Bartlett Comedy Spot at 5709 Raleigh Lagrange at Sycamore view by now, right?

Well, come and get your laugh on this weekend with ATL Comedian DEKEY’s from “Who’s Got Jokes” and BET’s “Comic View.” Two shows – 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. – are set for Friday and Saturday nights. Admission is $10!

‘Five Guys Named Moe’

Edge Productions presents the “Five Guys Named Moe Music Review” at the New Daisy Theatre on historic Beale Street on Thursday, Jan. 12.

“Five Guys Named Moe” is a musical by Clarke Peters, with music by Louis Jordan and others. The musical originated in the UK in 1990 at Theatre Royal Stratford East, running for over four years in the West End, and then premiering on Broadway in 1992.

There will be a show at 6:30 p.m. with a matinee show at 11 a.m. Tickets are $7, with ages three and under free. For more information, including group rates, call 901-721-5757.

New Year’s note: The easiest New Year’s resolution anyone can have is to “stay alive.” I mean think about it, if you’re not alive, nothing else really matters, right?

OK, maybe I’m being a little silly. But you get my point, right?

(If you have an event you’d like for me to cover or attend, send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . I’m there!)

2011: Roll those highlights, please

What's happening Myron?
 
 Myron
Mays

Flip the calendar back on the year we call 2011 and a lot of notable happenings tumble out. Collectively they add up to a big year – way too big to detail in this end-of-the-year reflection.

So, let’s go for the highlights.

Two years after the stunning death of the “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson’s doctor – Dr. Conrad Murray – was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison. He may actually get out in two, which, in my opinion, akin to a crime. Four years is nothing for the death of another human being.

The NBA Lockout put a lot of professional basketball players out of work for much of the year and caused the NBA season to start considerably late. It also had many of us wondering if there would be a season at all. Then at what was considered the 11th hour, the two sides came to an agreement. I’m sure that there are a lot of basketball wives and baby mamas happy about that news...oh yeah, I’m sure there’s a lot of happy basketball fans as well. LOL

In 2011, we were introduced to a former pizza CEO named Herman Cain. I actually almost thought that there would be two African-American men going head to head for the office of President of the United States, one Democrat and one Republican. However, Cain’s checkered past surfaced and slapped that possibility sideways. Cain reportedly failed to take into consideration that he has had countless sexual harassment cases against him, as well as a number of affairs. Funny thing, he doesn’t even realize that his run is over.

Rapper T.I. came home again after having to return to prison for violating the terms of his parole following an incident where he and his wife were traveling in Los Angeles with a few illegal items inside of their car. His new reality show, “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” also debuted on VH1 this year with 2.8 million viewers.

After reportedly hurling a chair through an office window after an appearance on “Good Morning America,” singer Chris Brown went on BET’S “106th and Park” to apologize for the incident. Thankfully for him, he was able to recover from that and move on with his career.

Black America’s favorite couple, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett, experienced marital problems, as reports of her cheating with singer Marc Anthony surfaced. Proof? None to date, as Smith & Pinkett apparently still are together. Meanwhile, Anthony and his wife, Jennifer Lopez, did split this year.

Wasn’t it cool how Beyoncé made her baby announcement on the VMAs? She performed and rubbed her torso and stole the show. Although she is still keeping the baby’s gender under wraps, we will find out soon!

We lost quite a few of our favorite entertainers in 2011. Nate Dogg, who is probably the greatest hook singer who ever laced a rap song, died earlier this year of complications from multiple strokes. He was 41. Nick Ashford, half of the R&B performing and songwriting duo Ashford and Simpson, passed away after a battle with throat cancer. He was 69. We also lost rapper Heavy D at the young age of 44.

Jazz poet and musician Gil Scott Heron passed away this year as well. He was known for his 1974 album, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” He was 62 years old. Boxing great “Smokin” Joe Frazier died at the age of 67 after a short bout with liver cancer.

Well, that’s it for 2011. I am so looking forward to what the New Year has in store. I can hardly wait. Until then, that’s what happened. Happy New Year!

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We could use some new sounds of Xmas

What's happening Myron?
 
 Myron
Mays

Yep, it’s that time of year again. You know...lots of shopping, wishing for snow and – most of all – listening to all of that great holiday music. Every station on the radio is playing some sort of Christmas music, whether its 24/7 Christmas songs or just one per hour. Go to your favorite store or even your favorite restaurant. It’s everywhere, isn’t it? The sound of Christmas is in the air.

Here’s a Christmas wish. I don’t mean to sound like Scrooge, but I wish there were more modern-day, listening-worthy Christmas songs.

Really, we have spent years enjoying our favorites such as the Temptations’ versions of “Silent Night,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and others. We have also enjoyed such hits as Donnie Hathways’ “This Christmas” and The Jacksons’ “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”

But what happens when the listener can no longer identify with those songs? Does Christmas become less meaningful? Will there ever be any new songs that have as much of an impact as those songs did?

The most recent “original” Christmas song that I can readily think of is Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight’s “Let It Snow.” And as a radio personality, I’m a witness that we have put some serious miles on that song. (lol)

But right off hand, can you think of a Christmas song that is more recent than “Let It Snow” – one that really makes you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside? I can’t and you probably can’t either.

While we consider the Christmas songs that we all know and love to be timeless, are they really as timeless as we think they are? Will my grand children look forward to hearing “This Christmas?” Will they wanna listen to Christmas music by the Jacksons when they grow up?

Here’s a challenge to today’s artists...get into the Holiday spirit. Go write a great song. Record and release it and create some new holiday standards. The future of Christmas could very well be in your hands!

Ok, maybe it’s not that serious, but you get my point, right?

Neo Soul & Jazz Jingle

El Mac and Strickly Jazz Entertainment presents Neo Soul & Jazz Jingle at the Westin at 170 Lt. George W. Lee Ave., across from the FedExForum. The event will be in the lobby and the Bleu restaurant beginning at 9 on Christmas night and going until 2 a.m. There will be drink specials and live music by Will Graves and Soul. For more information, you can hit El Mac up on Facebook.

‘If Scrooge Were A Brother’

If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out the great plays at the Hattiloo Theatre, this is a great time to get by and check out “If Scrooge Were a Brother.” The musical is an “urban” spin of Charles Dickens’ Classic “A Christmas Carol.” It tells of sour and stingy Eb Scroo’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. It plays through Christmas Eve. For more details, just go to Hattlioo.org.

From Wrags to Ritches

Don’t forget to check out “Wrags to Ritches” at the Cannon Center on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. It’s a story of domestic violence, teen pregnancy, drugs and alcohol, sexual abuse and dark family secrets, all of the ingredients for a compelling and intriguing stage play. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, call Sharon Coleman at 901-525-1645.

Soulful Christmas Celebration

Join Brown Baptist Church on Dec. 16 and Dec. 18 for a Soulful Christmas Celebration, featuring Kathy Taylor, Earnest Pugh and Angela Spivey.

The shows will be at the church at 980 Stateline Rd. in Southaven. The Dec. 16 show starts at 7 p.m. and the doors open at 6:30. The Dec. 18 show starts at 6 p.m. and the doors open at 5:30. For more information, visit the Brown Baptist Church website at brownbaptist.org.

PARTING SHOT: I’m finally gonna start my Christmas shopping soon. Wish me luck. I’ll be sure to share the details of my adventure. Until then, that’s what’s happening.

(If you have an event that you’d like for me to cover or attend, send me an email at Myron@whatshappening­myron.com!)

Herman Cain’s act is one for the road

What’s Happening Myron?
 
 Myron Mays

My ‘regulars’ know that I’m not one to stray too far away from entertainment when it comes to this column. I have never really talked about politics here, and I won’t start. But sometimes politics can be very entertaining.

And in the case of Herman Cain, it’s very entertaining. Just when I was beginning to think that there were gonna be two African-American candidates running against each other for” POTUS” – that’s President of the United States – one of them forgot that he had a checkered past when it came to females.

Cain, who was once considered a front-runner in the GOP race for the Republican Party nomination, stepped down this week amid allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity. I’ll admit, while I am a moderate Democrat when it comes to my political preference, I was actually starting to become sort of proud of the guy, even though I had no intentions of voting for him.

Why would I be proud? Well, he is an African-American man who has made such an impact that it was almost possible that the Republican Party could have made him their candidate. He was actually beginning to outshine his opponents in debates and he was really picking up momentum.

But then he sort of forgot that he carried on a 13-year affair (He says it ain’t so.). That was after he apparently forgot that there were allegations of sexual harassment against him…that he settled. Did he not think that all of those things would come back up? They always do, don’t they?

God forbid if I ever run for president. I’d never wanna have to explain anything and there are no lingering sexual harassment issues in my past. Maybe a few credit issues, a few bitter girlfriends and a couple of bad habits. (Lol) OK, let me officially announce now that I will never run for president.

Still, looking back on it all, wasn’t Cain funny? Wasn’t he entertaining? The guy really should look into doing comedy. He’d really be good. He’s already had a successfully comedy act run (read campaign). I mean, I’m not picking on the guy; He’s just really good for entertainment news.

Andre Turner Basketball Camp

The Andre Turner – Fundamentally Sound basketball camp with University of Memphis’s “Little General” and Coach “D” Davitria Harrell will be held Dec. 27-30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Collierville Community Center. The four-day camp for boys and girls, ages 7 to 14, will focus on basketball skills, strategy, sportsmanship and teamwork.

For more information, contact Brad Heacox at the Collierville Community Center, 901.457.2770 or Coach D at 817.404.2196.

With Jazz-A-F!re and Redd Velvet

You’re invited to hang out for a night with one of my greatest friends, Redd Velvet!  On Thursday, Dec. 15, the Memphis Black Arts Alliance/FireHouse Community Arts Center’s Jazz-A-F!RE Orchestra, featuring Redd Velvet, will perform in the Skyway Ballroom at The Peabody Hotel, 149 Union.

The MBAA’s first ever Jazz-A-F!RE Holiday Cabaret also will showcase vocalist Naomi Williams Moody, bassist Kent Suggs, trumpeter Nokie Taylor and other Last Sunday regulars. Co-hosted by WMUR U92 FM, the MBAA fundraiser begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and silent art auction followed by live entertainment from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Event tickets are $50 for non-members and $40 for MBAA members. To reserve tickets, call 901.948.9522 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Tickets also can be purchased online.

Stax remembers Rufus Thomas

Here’s the invitation: Please join the Stax Museum of American Soul Music on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stax Museum for a special event celebrating the life of the “World’s Oldest Teenager,” Rufus Thomas, on the 10th anniversary of his death. We’ll have a special short video, refreshments and more. Admission is free and the party promises to be funky!

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Hey, who’s driving the ‘Soul Train’

What's happening Myron?
 
 Myron Mays

Ok, now I’m gonna be the grouchy old man that I’m always joking about. Can someone tell me why these awards shows can never get the tribute portion right?

During the Soul Train awards I was looking forward to three tributes – one for Gladys Knight, another for Earth, Wind & Fire and the third was for the late great Heavy D.

Unfortunately, all three were disappointing.

As for the Gladys Knight tribute, I only have one question: “Tamar Braxton...really?”

I mean, Mary J. Blige and Jill Scott were in the audience. They were probably thinking to themselves, “Child, I really need to be up there.” It makes me wonder if they were at least asked to participate.

On to the Heavy D tribute...

All of my favorite rappers appear to be old men now. No one on stage seemed able to actually breathe and rap at the same time. And while it was good to see Big Daddy Kane, and even Kurtis Blow, why was the Goodie Mob there? Anyway, although that was not what I expected, I could not think of anyone else that I would have had up there instead. So there you have it. (lol)

The Earth Wind and Fire tribute was somewhat better. I enjoyed seeing Eric Benet and Joe and Robin Thicke performing together. Those guys could actually form a group and do very well.

One final question: Why did they have Earth, Wind & Fire performing during the closing credits?

That was just wrong.

Will Downing & Boney James

Trust me, Will Downing and Boney Jones will be put on a good show at the Cannon Center this Saturday night. I’ve seen them both in concert on two different occasions and enjoyed both shows immensely. I plan to enjoy this weekend’s show too. Call the Cannon Center Box Office to get your tickets. See you Saturday!

Starry Nights at Shelby Farms

Starry Nights has returned to Shelby Farms Park and will be there through Dec. 30.  It features dozens of enormous holiday displays illuminated with more than a million environmentally friendly LED lights. Prices are $20 per car, $50 for a minibus, limo, shuttle or oversized van, and $150 for tour buses. Cash only at the gate.

Visit starrynightsmemphis.org, become a fan of Starry Nights on Facebook, or call Jen Andrews at Shelby Farms Park at 901-767-PARK for more information.

John Witherspoon at the Funny Bone

The very funny John Witherspoon will be performing at The Funny Bone at Harrah’s Casino Tunica on December 1st through the 3rd. Showtimes are Thursdays at 8pm, Friday at 8pm and 10:30pm and Saturday at 7:00pm, 9:30pm and midnight. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of show. For tickets and more, please call (662) 357-4242 or purchase online at www.funnybone ­tunica.com. Special Offer! $5 off Thursday Nights Show! The Funny Bone is located at Harrah’s Casino Tunica on the 2nd Floor next to Paula Deens.

Hattiloo Theatre Presents “If Scrooge Was a Brother”

“If Scrooge was a Brother” is an urban spin of A Christmas Carol. It tells of sour and stingy Eb Scroo’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. This production runs from December 1st through the 24th at the Hattiloo Theatre located at 656 Marshall Avenue. For admission and other Box Office questions, please call (901) 525-0009 or visit them online at www.hattiloo.org.

Keia Johnson Video Premiere

Join us for the premiere of Keia’s new music video for the song “Movin’ On” from her debut CD “T.I.M.E.”! It’s all happening Sunday, December 4, 2011 at the Ice Bar 4202 Hacks Cross Road at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the cover is $7. Enjoy Ice Bar’s full menu and specialty cocktails and then a performance by Keia and the premiere screening of “Movin’ On” directed by the talented Isaiah Conyers.

As I am writing for this week, Dr. Conrad Murray has been sentenced for the death of Michael Jackson. I will most definitely talk about that one next week. Until then, that’s whats happening.