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The gold medals have been handed out and the Olympics are over, but you can still see the champions on TV. Swimmer Ryan Lochte has made his interest in reality TV known and has already booked a guest appearance on “Beverly Hills 90210.” Other athletes are making the talk show circuit this week. NFL preseason kicks into high gear as does back-to-school preparation. If you’re lamenting the winding down of the summer season, read on for what options there are for things to do before the real world intrudes again. Here’s what’s happening around your way.

Click here to hear Nikki Woods' "What in the Weekend" segment.


All Times Eastern

Friday, August 17


“For Better or Worse”

Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White star in the Tyler Perry produced show which airs two brand new episodes tonight back to back starting at 9 p.m. on TBS. The show covers the dysfunctional marriage of Angela and Marcus Williams, characters that were introduced in the hit Tyler Perry movie “Why Did I Get Married.” Watch a preview here.

“Pre-Season Football”: Lions at Ravens at 8 p.m. on Fox

The NFL pre-season opens with two teams in playoff contention last year

“The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno at 11:34 p.m. on NBC

Track star and triple gold medalist track Alyson Felix stops by

Saturday, August 18

“Independence Day” on Spike at 8:30 p.m.

Will Smith and Vivica A. Fox star in this end of the world saga

“Drumline” at 10 p.m. on MTV

Nick Cannon vies for a spot on an HBCU marching band  

"10 Kids, 2 Dads" at 10 p.m. on OWN

A gay couple adopts 10 underprivileged children.

Sunday, August 19

"Oprah's Next Chapter featuring Rihanna"

The singer talks candidly about her life and her 2009 domestic abuse incident with Chris Brown.


“The Expendables 2”

Terry Crews joins an all-action star cast who work as a band of mercenaries in this sequel to the successful first movie. Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Steve Austin, Liam Hensworth and more round out the cast.



Whitney Houston, Mike Epps, Derek Luke, Carmen Ejogo, Jordin Sparks and Tika Sumpter star in the remake of the 1976 classic



“Chocolate Thoughts – Short Stories, Essays and Poetry from the Hearts and Minds of Real Black Men” By S. James Guitard

A collection of new literary works by black men


Friday, August 17


Robin Thicke, Melanie Fiona and Musiq Soulchild

Chene Park

8 p.m.




7:30 p.m.


2012 Peachtree International Film Festival and Black Hollywood Weekend

W Hotel

August 16-19

Saturday, August 18



Sunset Jazz Fest with Will Downing, Lalah Hathaway, David Sanborn, Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown

Chastain Park Amphitheatre

6 p.m.


Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo

Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach (w/ Melanie Fiona)

7 p.m.


African American Author’s Expo 2012

Crowne Plaza

2004 Greenspring Drive

11 a.m.-5 p.m.


"Back to School Basics, Classes and Session Day"

Living Stones Temple Church

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Come get free clear backpacks, school supplies, and more!  Plus moonwalks, games, and all kinds of family fun



Children’s Museum of Houston "That’s a Wrap Bash"

1500 Binz

Now through August 22

Sunday, August 19


Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo (with Melanie Fiona)

Nikon At Jones Beach Theater

7 p.m.


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