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

Ali Siddiq
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.

Essence Music Festival (through July 8)
Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Majestic Theater Dallas
8 p.m.

Saturday, July 7

Radio One Fest
T.I., Wale, Young Jeezy, Fat Joe, Waka Flocka Flame and Ice Cube
Klipsch Ampitheater at Bayfront Park
6 p.m.

Fresh Music Festival with SWV, K-Ci and JoJo, Keith Sweat and Guy
USF Sun Dome
8 p.m.

Anthony Hamilton
BMO Harris Pavilion
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 8

BB King Blues Club and Grill
8 p.m.

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