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Believe the hype. “The Butler” will make you laugh, cry, relive family memories and truly recognize the resilience of Black people in the face of years of institutional racism. Unlike controversial movies like “Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Help” this is a film where the Black characters are central and the white ones are peripheral. It’s all-star cast alone is worth your entertainment dollar. There are also concerts galore this weekend with road dawgs Frankie Beverly and Maze and Mint Condition headed to a city near you.  Here’s what else is going on this weekend.


All Times Eastern

Friday, August 16

“NFL Football” – Tampa Bay Buccaneers  vs. New England Patriots

Fox, 8 p.m.

The NFL gears up for a new season with the first of the pre-seaon games

Saturday, August 17

“Scandal Marathon”

BET, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The second season continues; the last two episodes of Season 2 air on Wednesday, August 21

“Scandal Any Questions?”

BET takes on TV’s most addictive show

BET, 9 p.m.

Gymnastics: P&G Championships

8 p.m. NBC

McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross, two of the Fierce Five Olympic gold medal team are scheduled to compete

Sunday, August 18

“NFL Football” Baltimore Ravens vs. NY Giants

Fox 7 p.m.

The reigning Super Bowl champs are back on the gridiron

“Oprah: Where Are They Now?”

OWN, 8 p.m.

Todd Bridges is one of the celebs featured

“Tia and Tamera”

Style, 8 p.m.

Tia and Corey talk about having another baby


“The Butler”

Lee Daniels directs a star-studded cast in a view of American history from one Black family’s perspective



“Shake Down the Stars” by Renee Swindle

A woman struggling to cope with her daughters death finds some healing with new friends


Friday, August 16



The Orleans Hotel and Casino Orleans Showroom


Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival w/ Mint Condition, Leela James, Urban Mystic and more

5 p.m.

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