Let’s get ready to rumble! OK, maybe wrong sport, but the Olympic Games kick off this weekend from London, England. Team USA is traditionally strong in sports like basketball, swimming and track and field, so those sports are generally the most watched. Men’s basketball is expected to win gold, but the shocker will be if the women fall short as they’ve gone gold in every Olympic Games since 1996. Black athletes to watch include two with the nickname “The Flying Squirrel” gymnastic’s Gabby Douglass and wrestling’s Ellis Coleman. This is also the first year women’s boxing is included as a Olympic sport. Go Team USA! Here’s what else is going on this weekend.

Click here to listen to Nikki Woods' "What in the Weekend Segment."


All Times Eastern

Friday, July 27

“The Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony” at 7:30 p.m. on NBC

Live from London, the kickoff of the 2012 Games starts with the Opening Ceremony and the walk of athletes from all the participating nations

Saturday, July 28

“The Summer Olympics” at 8 p.m on NBC

Swimming and beach volleyball are up first in primetime coverage that will pit Michael Phelps and surging American rival Ryan Lochte against each other

Sunday, July 29

“The Summer Olympics” at 7 p.m. on NBC

Primetime coverage of swimming and women’s gymnastics with 16-year-old Gabby Douglas among the top medal hopefuls

Sunday, July 29

TLC’s "Strange Sex" we meet Marcus who is able to …shall we say reach glory seven times in just 15 minutes.

Sunday, July 29

 "Keeping up with the Kardashians: Khloe decides that Lamar needs to go to the dentist


“Step Up Revolution”

Peter Gallagher, Kathryn McCormack

The fourth in the “Step Up” series that launched Channing Tatum into superstardom, though he only appeared in the first one


“The Watch”

Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller hope for comic magic in one of the worst-timed movies in recent history about a group of neighborhood watchmen who find out that some of their neighbors are actually…aliens.


"Runaway Slave"

Controversy is already brewing around the film. It opens in select theatres today and explores the controversial theory that American blacks were never truly released from the shackles of slavery, but instead offered the illusion of freedom by a government. Hosted by  one-time NAACP local chapter president, Rev. C.L. Bryant .

Click here to hear to Nikki Wood's interview with Rev. C.L. Bryant


“If Sons, Then Heirs”

Philadelphia-based author Lorene Cary’s book deals with a family under pressure. When businessman Alonzo Rayne finds out that the great-grandmother doesn’t own the land she lives on and his mother comes back into his life, all hell breaks loose.

Friday, July 27


Frankie Beverly and Maze with Patti Labelle, The O’Jays, Babyface and Tank

6 p.m.

Mann Music Center


Chante Moore

Howard Theater

8 p.m.

Cincinatti, Ohio

Macy's Music Festival

Dallas, Tx

DFW Diva Awards and 90’s Mixtape Tour with Shai, Dru Hill, Silk and Next.

Fair Park

Philadelphia, Pa

Grab a seat Saturday in this hands-on art-making session for children and adults, taking Charlotta Janssen's portraits of Freedom Riders and Bus Boycotters as your inspiration at the African American Museum.

Saturday, July 28



B.B. King Blues Club and Grill

8 p.m.


Ledisi and Eric Benet

Chene Park

8 p.m.


Mint Condition, K’Jon, and Avant

Country Club Hills Theater

7:30 p.m.


Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole

Greek Theater

7:30 p.m.

Houston, TX

J, Anthony Brown at the Rockaberry

1:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.


Dallas, TX

"The Voice" auditions, go to www.nbcthevoice.com for details & you have to be 15 years or older to enter.

Osceola, Florida

Culturama 2012 celebrates Jamaica's 50th year of independence. Independence day is August 1st.

Sunday, July 29


DFW Diva Awards and 90’s Mixtape Tour with Shai, Dru Hill, Silk and Next

7 p.m.

Music Hall at Fair Park


Frankie Beverly and Maze, Patti Labelle, Babyface and the O’Jays

6 p.m.

Verizon Center

Dallas, TX

"The Voice" auditions, go to http://www.nbcthevoice.com for details & you have to be 15 years or older to enter.

Click here to find out more about TJMS Senior Producer Nikki Woods. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nikkiwoods.


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