The Olympics heads into its second week with track and field up beginning on Friday night. That also marks the last day of swimming (and likely the farewell to Michael Phelps’ Olympic career) with Cullen Jones going for gold in the 50 meter freestyle, swimming’s shortest race. Usain Bolt and American Tyson Gay, along with Usain’s surging teammate, Yohan Blake will compete for 100 meter supremacy on the track Sunday night, but if you don’t want to know the result until NBC shows it in primetime, you’ll have to cut off all social media and don’t talk to your friends beforehand.
Today is also Watermelon Day and August is Child Support Awareness Month. Here’s what else is going on this weekend.
All Times Eastern
Friday, August 3
“2012 Summer Olympics” on NBC at 8 p.m.
Track and field begins and the last day of swimming features African-American Cullen Jones, already a silver medalist in these Oympics
Saturday, August 4
“Norbit” at 8 p.m. on ABC
Eddie Murphy plays several roles in this comedy about a nerd married to a big girl who’s still hot for his childhood love. Thandie Newton also stars.
Sunday, August 5
“2012 Summer Olympics” on NBC at 7 p.m.
If you want to see who the fastest man in the world will be, don’t miss the Games tonight as Usain Bolt goes for his second consecutive gold medal in the men’s 100 meters, though he’ll have to hold off his own teammate Yohan Blake.
Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale star in a movie about a bored factory worker who thinks buying an alternate reality is a good idea until predictably, things go wrong.
“Celeste and Jesse Forever”
Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg are high school sweethearts who marry and then divorce but then things take an interesting turn as the movie puts a new spin on the rom-com genre.
“Let Joy Arise” by Ashea S. Goldson
Taylor Carter-Bryant’s life went on after a horrific accident that left her paralyzed. But that’s not enough for Elaina Dawson, whose husband was in the car with Taylor when the crash happened. Can faith and prayer help these two?
Friday, August 3
Finesse Mitchell at the Arlington Improv (through Sunday)
Finesse Mitchell is not just a comic, he’s an actor, TV host and relationship counselor. His book “Your Girlfriends Only Know So Much” helped him get an “Essence” column and a lot of appreciation from women who needed his no-holds barred advice. If you’re in the Dallas, Texas area, he’ll be coming to the stage this weekend at the Arlington Improv with several shows through Sunday night. For tickets and info click here.
Black Star Film Festival
Movies by Nelson George and Byron Hurt will be shown during the 3-day festival focusing on Black filmmakers.
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly w/ Patti Labelle and the O’Jays
Gexa Energy Pavilion
"The Measure of a Man" stage play featuring actor Carl Payne
Albany Civic Center
Click here to listen to Nikki Woods interview with Carl Payne
Saturday, August 4
ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Ledisi and Eric Benet
Frankie Beverly and Maze with Patti Labelle and the O’Jays
Children's Story Circle
African American Museum
The Beautiful Woman Inside and Out 2012 Event
Camelot by Martins
13905 Central Ave
GUM SPRINGS, AR
Gum Springs Southern Soul Festival
Richard L. Bryant Family Park
326 Hillcrest St.
Sunday, August 5
NEW ORLEANS, LA
Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly with Patti Labelle and the O’Jays
New Orleans Arena
Party in Fairmont Park with New Edition, Salt N’ Pepa and El DeBarge
The Mann Center
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (10/15-10/21)
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1. Just a NY girl with BIG dreams....
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2. HAPPY CHILDREN=QUALITY PARENTING. We don't always see eye to eye on everything and that's normal. We're human beings. But we come together and do it right for what's important, the kids. We are not enemies, we are parents. And we are parents 1st. S/O to @monyettashaw for making Mason's bday memorable. S/O to @itscrystalsmith at home taking care of our other lil' Prince. ❤️❤️❤️ THIS IS WHAT CO-PARENTING LOOKS LIKE. #Blessed #Happy #AboveTheDrama #BiggerThanUs
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3. So happy to finally be able to share with you all that I’m the new Global Brand Ambassador for @Revlon! Follow my day on RevlonSnaps. Yay! Choose Love, Everybody! #RevlonXCiara #chooselove #ad
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4. Glam on point!!!@makeupbymotoko & @shaylinjoneshair #easybreezy @lifetimetv #beachesmovie #january2017 😘
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5. ✨True love ✨📸: @jessiemarrerophotography
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7. Today was not easy..but by the grace of God we all got through it. Words cannot express our gratitude for all of your Prayers, Positive thoughts and Support for us throughout the years. Tommy will be missed but most certainly never forgotten...And PLEASE don't ask "Where's Martin?.." he was there too...just not in this picture. Lol! God bless you all.. #LoveConquersAll #MartinShow
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9. West coast get ready for #RockyHorror. I will be live tweeting again. #letsdothetimewarpagain
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10. #THEKEYS pre order yours now ... Available everywhere #NOV22 #WeTheBest 🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑
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11. We about to ROCK at #KCABlackBall!! All for our life-changing effort to end 🌎 AIDS.
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12. Today's #SNAPJACK is brought to you by @yazzthegreatest 😂😂😂💋💋💋
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13. Damn girl you kinda old to be headed to the Go Go. You coming in at the age they leaving. LMAO
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14. Daddy daycare B-Boxin with @acewellstucker @shopraisingace
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15. #FBF Naviyd & URV "LIL MONSTERS"
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16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST LEGENDS IN OUR HIPHOP HISTORY! @snoopdogg CONTINUED BLESSING AND LOVE FAMILY!!!!! REAL OG!
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17. Thank you for a beautiful night VSU! Let's do it again! #HOMECOMING
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18. Had a great time this morning with my familia Erica, Griff & Truth!!
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19. Check out my interview on @essence facebook live. #inmyownwords #nycpromo #day2
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20. #She💋 #tbt #TheCoveAtTheAtlantis #DawgPawsAndAll
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21. Bae #retailtherapy
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22. Why me and @coryhardrict got the same pose... and notee... new mouth #naked
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23. When my husband is my personal 'hype-man'! it kills me every time! 💜😂 #WHATNOW #lostfiles📷
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24. Diggy Simmons
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25. Hand full of @jacquieaiche 💙💎💍 @esnail_la 💅🏾
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26. SuperSoulers! You can watch my interview with Carl Lentz live from my Facebook page, tomorrow at 11a ET| 8a PT. #SuperSoulSunday
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27. 💋 .. When the friendship is easy like Sunday morning. ☀️
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28. Sunday mornings are the best........... hugs and cuddles with my angel
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29. #huggar16 #hellohuggars
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30. My gym is everywhere!.. #RnBMoney #TheGeneral 📸: @twelvepastseven
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31. Nothing I would rather be doing... Rocko setting up our movie, Romelō working on a puzzle & Laiyah singing and sharing all she's learning at school... I'm so grateful for the joy they've brought into my life ... Praying for peace , joy & love in the home of EVERY family ♥️ #HeadScarfPJSunday LOL 😂
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