If you’re anywhere from the East Coast to the Midwest this weekend, there’s no relief from record-breaking temperatures. If you have power, it’s a good idea to stay in, but if you don’t obviously you’ll want to find a space to stay cool. For those around the country for whom double digit summer temperatures are the norm, then you probably already know how to adapt to the heat, but it’s still a good idea to drink plenty of fluids and only head outside when absolutely necessary. If you can, a pool or a beach is always a good summer option to beat the heat.
Lots of festivals underway. There’s the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, the Baltimore African-American Heritage Festival, the Fresh Music Festival in Tampa, and Fair St. Louis on the Mississippi Riverfront in St. Louis.
Chalk the Walk Artsplosion on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk for the babies and JAB. Too hot for all that, check the list of free museum days at museumfreedays.com or kill a few brain cells with the Three Stooges at the dollar theater.
New on the big screen The Amazing Spiderman and Oliver Stone’s Savages about two drug-dealing guys sharing the same woman. John Travolta stars along side Selma Hayek and not as a pilot JAB.
"The Help" is on Showtime tonight and the The BET Awards ‘12” will re-air tomorrow on BET.
"Amateur Millionaire's Club" about 9 new African American millionaires premieres tomorrow on centric.
CLICK HERE to Listen to Nikki Woods interview with Chyna Bethley of "Amateur Millionaire's Club"
Oprah Builds a Network Pt. 1, Kirk Franklin and Sunday Best returns for Season 5 and Big Ang finally premieres Sunday on VH1.
Today is National Fried Chicken Day.
Cue up “Hot Fun in the Summertime” and as always, be safe. Here’s what’s going on around your way this weekend.
All Times Eastern
Friday July 6
“The Help” on Showtime at 8 p.m.
Octavia Spence won an Oscar for her performance in this movie about social mores in the segregated South of the 1960’s
Saturday July 7
“The BET Awards ‘12” on BET at 7:30 p.m.
In case you missed the first airing, Samuel L. Jackson hosts, Beyonce shows her class and Whitney, Al Sharpton and Frankie Beverly are given their just due in on this year’s show.
Sunday July 8
“Big Mommas – Like Father, Like Son” at 10 p.m. on HBO
Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson
If you’re in search of a mindless comedy before the weekend’s out, here you go…
Oliver Stone latest finds two drug-dealing guys sharing the same woman who want to get out of the game
Blake Lively, John Travolta, Taylor Kitsch, Salma Hayek
“Katy Perry: Part of Me”
The pop star tells the story of her rise to success
“The Amazing Spiderman”
Andrew Garfield spins the webs this time in the reboot of the 2002 version starring Tobey Maguire, Emma Stone
“Beautiful, Dirty, Rich” by J.D. Mason
Best-selling author takes on murder in Texas when convicted murderer Desi Green returns from prison to tell her side of the crime that killed her father
Friday, July 6
Arlington Improv (through July 8)
Siddiq enjoyed his first taste of fame as a finalist on NBC Universal's “Stand Up For Diversity” and on HBO's “Def Comedy Jam.” He’s also appeared on D.L. Hughley's Unapologetic Tour, BET's “One Mic Stand” and “Comic View” and on Bill Bellamy's “Who Got Jokes?” The up and coming comic heads into the Dallas area this weekend, dropping into the Arlington Improv to share his brand of comedy with his growing fans.
NEW ORLEANS, LA
Essence Music Festival (through July 8)
Majestic Theater Dallas
Saturday, July 7
Radio One Fest
T.I., Wale, Young Jeezy, Fat Joe, Waka Flocka Flame and Ice Cube
Klipsch Ampitheater at Bayfront Park
Fresh Music Festival with SWV, K-Ci and JoJo, Keith Sweat and Guy
USF Sun Dome
BMO Harris Pavilion
Sunday, July 8
NEW YORK CITY
BB King Blues Club and Grill
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (11/26-12/2)
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1. Little Legend and Puddy 😍😍😍😍
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2. "You on point Phife?" "all the time,Tip". 💥 #bannedfromnormal
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3. Vegan! The Impossible burger at Crossroads
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4. Lawrence #BeforeandAfterEpisodes 1-4: 184lbs 13% body fatEpisode 8: 196lbs 8% body fat S/O @coachdaveboxing with the works outs and @kildareriordan with the nutrition
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5. Jus haaaanngin out
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6. Meanwhile back at home in Atlanta GA someone mad they not on the 🛳. 😳
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7. No limits... Photo cred: Chris Bridges @ludacris
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8. new new
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9. Apparently my 260lbs is too much for the actual vines in the Hawaiian jungles to hold me without breaking and me falling hundreds of feet. So for safety purposes, I'm forced to swing thru #Jumanjj on wires strong enough to hold 12 adult buffaloes and 1 adult Rock. #OnSet #Jumanji #IronicallyIEatBuffaloDailyForLunch #MoreManThanNatureKnowsWhatToDoWith
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10. hey ma! 🎎#wcw 💙
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11. Surprise visit to our factories!!! #GoodAmerican #USA
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13. Peachy Keen 🔥✨⚡️
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14. If this don't look thankful I don't know what does. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. #UltraBlessed #24kMagic #SweetPotatoFly
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15. Late nights @nbcmarlon with the writers... we in here!!!
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16. There goes my baaaaaaaaabbbbyyyyy #QueenKingMagic!!! We're up to something! Ira BIG!!! Stay out our buisness -
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17. You want to win every game you play but when you come home to these faces... who cares. #ILoveYouGirls best part of my day, everyday!
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18. Steady,steady..... full size jenga.. "I got this one "???? Or do I ?
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19. Cornrows kind of day 😉@dontaysavoy2 you convinced me and I love. ❤️️
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20. #BrotherlyLove #tbt
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22. #basel #TeamLOVE @kingcombs
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23. Just introduced a special screening of @directher 's groundbreaking (must see) documentary @13thfilm with my brother @themichaelealy | @unitedblackout #blackoutblackfriday
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24. Me & Vanessa Williams giving #DuckLips #Pose on the set of #DaytimeDivas @vh1 - Coming Soon to a tv near you. Lol. - My make up done by @makeupsurgeon
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25. This picture just makes me wanna praise the Lord, you hear me!!!!!! Yes Lord brotha #TEDDYCAMPBELL What a #man !!! You are everything right on this picture husband ......... #gorgeous #stylish #classy #strong #masculine #king #sexy #debonair #gentlemenstyle And that #bible in your hand just seals the deal for me (probably cause i know that, that is what helped you become just as amazing as you look😘). While my heart and mind experiences the goodness of God at #church on Sundays, my eyes experiences the goodness of Teddy😍. Amen somebody🙌🏽. "Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name" #myman #myhusband #goodman #blackman #dapperman #godlyman #goodfather #mybestfriend
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26. Yesterday was my mama's 53rd birthday!!!!! Got to celebrate with her all day. If this is what I have to look forward to I can't wait. Looking like a soft bucket a cocoa butter. Yaaaaaaaaaas! 😍😍😍 love you mommy!
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27. "Shout out to @PureAtlanta for getting the family right"....I'm loving this jogger. 😍😍
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28. This pic warms my heart ❤️ #myLogiebeans and aunt aunt umba @itowandabraxton 😘
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29. You will always be my baby😜. #HappyBirthdayReginae #mybaby18
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30. GC "Gods Child" Red on Red SweatSuit available now at www.MonicaApparel.com ... Take Your Crown wherever you go!! I'm pictured in a Medium... Go to the site now for other options ... cc: @trukernell
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