The first weekend in July is supposed to be a scorcher in some parts of the country so a pool or beach may be your first option for the weekend. If that’s not an option, anywhere there’s AC, like the movie theater, is always a good plan. This week’s stripper movie “Magic Mike” promises eye candy for the ladies, while concerts starring more of your favorites kick into high gear for the summer season. And on Sunday, get your Twitter and Facebook ready for the 12th annual BET Awards. D’Angelo will perform on U.S. TV for the first time in 12 years. Here’s what’s going on around your way.

CLICK HERE to Listen to Nikki Woods' interview with Gail Perry Mason.


All Times Eastern

Friday, June 29

U.S. Olympic Trials: Women’s Gymnastics on NBC at 9 p.m.

The queens of the balance beams and the backflips are back for more – can Alicia Sacramone and Nastia Luskin return to Olympic glory?

Hollywood Exes on VH1

Andrea Kelly, ex-wife of R. Kelly, Nicole Murphy, ex-wife of Eddie Murphy, Sheree Fletcher, ex-wife of Will Smith, Jessica Conseco, ex-wife of Jose Conseco, and Mayte Garcia, ex-wife of Prince bond over their unique position as famous exes.

CLICK HERE to Listen to Nikki Woods' interview with Mayte Garcia.

Saturday, June 30

“Love and Basketball” at 10:30 p.m. on BET

Just in time for the WNBA season, this beloved black movie with Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan in the lead roles airs on BET

Sunday, July 1

BET Awards at 8 p.m. on BET

Frankie Beverly and Maze and Rev. Al Sharpton are honorees, Chris Brown, Nikki Minaj perform and a Whitney Houston tribute is planned


“Magic Mike”

Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey play male strippers at a nightclub who’s career choice brings problems


“Madea’s Witness Protection”

Eugene Levy and Madea go head to head when Madea is asked to help a family in witness protection



Mark Wahlberg has an imaginary friend…who’s a teddy bear and obviously, this causes some issues in his life


“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

An indie favorite with unknown acting newcomers in the lead roles, this story of the resilience of a father and daughter relationship despite the environmental conditions and abject poverty they live in in Louisiana is a moving, original movie.



“A Dangerous Kiss” by Francis Ray

Payton “Sin” Sinclair finds himself reasons to live up to his name when his best platonic friend Summer starts to look like more than just a buddy

Friday, June 29


Lalah Hathaway

House of Blues Chicago

6:30 p.m.


Ledisi, Eric Benet and Chrisette Michele

Pier Six Concert Pavilion

7:30 p.m.


Fresh Music Festival with SWV, K-Ci and JoJo, Guy, Keith Sweat and Doug E. Fresh

James Brown Arena

8 p.m.

Saturday, June 30


Jill Scott’s Block Party

Chastain Park Amphitheater

7 p.m.


Fresh Music Festival with SWV, K-Ci and JoJo, Guy, Keith Sweat and Doug E. Fresh

PNC Arena

8 p.m.


New Edition (with El DeBarge and After 7)

Mississippi Coliseum

7 p.m.


5th Annual “Now Listen Up Ladies; Men Are Talking” Men’s Forum

Trinity Family Life Center

3601 Dill Road

noon – 3 p.m.

Sunday, July 1  


Jacksons Unity Tour

Modell Peforming Arts Center at the Lyric

8 p.m.


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