<![CDATA[When We Speak TV - BLOG]]>Wed, 26 Jun 2019 19:01:11 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[4TH OF JULY EVENTS- AROUND ATLANTA]]>Wed, 26 Jun 2019 23:00:00 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/4th-of-july-events-around-atlantaAJC PEACHTREE ROAD RACE
AJC Peachtree Road Race, organized by Atlanta Track Club, is the largest 10K in the world and has become a Fourth of July tradition for thousands of people throughout the metro Atlanta area and beyond.   

The AJC Peachtree Road Race starts in Buckhead near Lenox Square Mall and ends in Piedmont Park.

MORE 4TH OF JULY EVENTS

Fourth of July - Centennial Park- Atlanta
July 4, 2019
Centennial Olympic Park has confirmed that it will host the 2019 4th of July Celebration, which features top music artists and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Arrive early since gates may close when the park is full. Free.

Fourth of July - Aquarium- Atlanta
July 4, 2019
 (7 to 10 p.m.)
A ticket to Red White & Brew includes unlimited beer and cider samples, a BBQ dinner, live music, aquarium exhibits (7 to 9 p.m.), and views of fireworks from the top of the parking garage (9:45 p.m.) for age 21+.

Fourth of July - East Point
July 4, 2019
Salute to the Red, White and Blue includes a food court, live music, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. near City Hall in East Point. Bring blankets and chairs but no food or pets. Free.

Fourth of July - Sandy Springs
July 4, 2019
Music begins at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. at Sandy Springs Stars and Stripes Celebration on the lawn at Concourse Corporate Center. Free.

Fourth of July - Marietta
July 4, 2019
Fourth in the Park features a 10 a.m. parade, arts & crafts booths, food, carnival games, and live music at Marietta Square, followed by fireworks launched from First United Methodist Church at dark. Free.

Barbecue in Roswell
July 4, 2019
Barbecue & Bluegrass features live music, a children’s area, and vendors of barbecue, beer, soft drinks, and desserts on the grounds of Barrington Hall. Free entry.

Fourth of July - Lilburn
July 4, 2019
 (5:30 to 10 p.m.)
Bring lawn chairs or blankets to Sparkle in the Park, which has food vendors, bounce houses (cost), a band at 7:30 p.m., and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free.

Fourth of July - Roswell
July 4, 2019
Fireworks Extravaganza has food trucks beginning at 5:30 p.m., live music beginning at 6 p.m. and fireworks at dark at Roswell High School. Bring blankets or chairs. Free.

Fourth of July - Alpharetta
July 4, 2019
Enjoy family activities, bands, food vendors, and fireworks at dusk at 4th of July Celebration at Wills Park. Free.

Fourth of July - Mall of Georgia- Buford
July 4, 2019
Star Spangled Fourth at Mall of Georgia has family-friendly activities beginning at 3 p.m., live music at 5 p.m., fireworks at 9:40 p.m., and then a movie (Lego Movie 2, PG) in Buford. Free.

Fourth of July - Henry County
July 4, 2019
The 4th of July Family Fest promises live music, a BBQ contest, 100 vendors, a ticketed kids’ zone, and fireworks at Warren Holder Park in Locust Grove. Free admission, $5 parking. July 6 if it rains.

Fourth of July - Dahlonega
July 4, 2019
4th of July Family Celebration includes a 5K run, an 11 a.m. parade, a patriotic speech at noon, the national anthem, a crafts market, a kids’ zone, a car show, and fireworks at dark in small-town Dahlonega. Free.

Fourth of July - Callaway
July 4, 2019
July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party has beach activities, live music, circus acts, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting) at Robin Lake Beach at Callaway Gardens. See schedule.

Garden party for adults 
July 4 - Sept. 26, 2019
 (Thurs. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
Cocktails in the Garden invites you to explore the garden each week as you stroll with a cocktail, hear live music, and play games at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Admission fee, cash bar.
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<![CDATA[BET ANNOUNCES TOP 20 SUNDAY BEST CONTESTANTS]]>Fri, 21 Jun 2019 19:13:58 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/bet-announces-top-20-sunday-best-contestants“SUNDAY BEST” PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 30th ON BET IN THE U.S.A.
AND INTERNATIONALLY BEGINNING SUNDAY, JULY 7th 
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Photo Credit: BET Networks
(NEW YORK, NY) – June 21, 2019 – Returning from its four-year hiatus, America’s most inspirational singing competition, “Sunday Best,” makes its triumphant return to BET on Sunday, June 30that 8/7c with two brand-new back-to-back episodes. The well-established gospel show welcomes back Grammy Award®-winning music legend Kirk Franklin as host, gospel songstress and host of "Get Up Mornings," Erica Campbell as a judge; and added two Grammy-Award® nominated artists Kelly Price and Jonathan McReynolds as new additions to the panel. With a brand-new stage and exciting themed challenges, this season has narrowed down the competition to 20 finalists.
The new season kicks off for the first time ever with in-person auditions in front of the judges, with no audience.  The contestants have to show their true talent, with no smoke and mirrors, by performing acapella with no band support, as they narrow the field from 20 to the top 10.  For the first time the contestants were able to use an online submissions process, after which the team lead a global search for this year’s contestants, leading up to the much-anticipated live auditions in Dallas, TX, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, and Detroit, MI, Lagos, Nigeria and for the first time-ever London, England and Johannesburg, South Africa, which were open to select international contestants. The top 20 contestants are:
  • Antonio Santora, 31, Durham, North Carolina
  • Ashley Barnes, 24, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Brielle Frage, 21, Avenel, New Jersey
  • Cornelius Edwards, 33, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Chelsey Barnes, 22, Memphis, TN
  • Emorja Roberson, 27, South Bend, Indiana       
  • Jamal Roberts, 22, Meridian, Mississippi
  • James Thompson, 23, Derby UK
  • Jason Warrior, 23, Chicago, IL
  • Joshua Copeland, 37, Salisbury, Maryland
  • Kayva Offord, 27, Orange, Texas
  • Keyla Richardson, 22, Pensacola, Florida
  • Lakeesha Rice, 36, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Linda Williams, 52, University Heights, OH
  • Melvin Crispell III, 21, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Opal Staples, 38, Chicago, IL
  • Roy Moye, 26, Wichita, Kansas
  • Tiffany Andrews, 35, Newark, New Jersey
  • Tiffany Moore, 35, Augusta, Georgia
  • Yoonjung Park, 32, South Korea
Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment (BET Awards, The New Edition Story), serves as executive producer of season nine of Sunday Best along with showrunner Josh Greenberg (The Sing-Off, Lip Sync Battle).  Dionne Harmon (The Bobby Brown Story, Hip Hop Squares) and Jeannae Rouzan–Clay (Dear Mama, Black Girls Rock!) and are co-executive producers.
For updates and more information about “SUNDAY BEST”, please visit BET.com/SundayBest. Join the conversation on social media by logging on to our social media platforms using the hashtag: #BETSundayBest.
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<![CDATA[LIKE MOTHER LIKE DAUGHTER: Rhonda Ross joins her mom, Diana Ross, on tour.]]>Thu, 20 Jun 2019 07:30:00 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/like-mother-like-daughter-rhonda-ross-joins-her-mom-diana-ross-on-tour2019 BRAND NEW DAY TOUR
JUNE 21, 2019     Mashantucket, Connecticut TICKETS/VENUE INFORMATION
JUNE 22, 2019     Radio City Music Hall, New York TICKETS/VENUE INFORMATION
JUNE 24, 2019     Canada, TD Toronto Jazz Festival TICKETS/VENUE INFORMATION
JUNE 27, 2019     Virginia, Wolf Trap Summer TICKETS/VENUE INFORMATION
JUNE 30, 2019      Baltimore, Maryland TICKETS/VENUE INFORMATION
JULY 2, 2019        Selbyville, Delaware TICKETS/VENUE INFORMATION
JULY 3, 2019        Bethlehem, Pennsylvania TICKETS/VENUE INFORMATION
JULY 5, 2019        Mayville, New York TICKETS/VENUE INFORMATION
JULY 10, 2019      Chicago, Illinois TICKETS/VENUE INFORMATION
JULY 12, 2019      Toledo, Ohio TICKETS/VENUE INFORMATION
JULY 14, 2019      Milwaukee, Wisconsin TICKETS/VENUE INFORMATION
JULY 16, 2019      Grand Rapids, Michigan TICKETS/VENUE INFORMATION
JULY 22, 2019      Morrison, Colorado TICKETS/VENUE INFORMATION
JULY 25, 2019      St. Louis, Missuri TICKETS/VENUE INFORMATION
We try to keep up with all the previous When We Speak TV guests but sometimes it is really hard to keep up with so many people but when we have the opportunity to share, we try our best to share.  
Recently, our friend Rhonda Ross shared that she will be opening for her mother, Diana Ross.  
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YEP!!! THAT'S RIGHT!!!
That's like getting two for the price of one!  So check out the flyer and have a great time!!!!

Singer-songwriter, Rhonda Ross, is an international Social-Artist, who explores the social environment around her and her relationship to it - questioning constructions of race, gender, sexuality and spirituality through her lyrics. Her original music lives in the gap between jazz, funk and gospel while her lyrics delve into life's biggest questions and answers. From racism, sexism, and homophobia to the ... 
READ MORE:  RHONDA ROSS
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<![CDATA[2019 ARTISTS FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN DALLAS, TEXAS: RIVERFRONT JAZZ FESTIVAL]]>Thu, 20 Jun 2019 01:42:41 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/2019-artists-for-labor-day-weekend-in-dallas-texas-riverfront-jazz-festival
​Are you ready for another year of great music in Dallas, TexasThe Riverfront Jazz Festival is back for the 3rd year and once again, with a great line up of musical artists to enjoy over the Labor Day Weekend. 
​The Riverfront Jazz Festival presented by The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, is a multistage musical festival, that promotes, cultivates, and spotlights renowned musical artists from around the world as well as promising young artists from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  
The inaugural 2017 and 2018 festival featured an array of renowned music artists from around the world where patrons experienced a gumbo of jazz, 
​blues, R&B and soul music. Also, there was a stage for Promising Young Artists from Dallas/Fort Worth, showcasing youth from area schools and music programs in day-long back-to-back performances.

GET YOUR TICKETS TO THE 2019 RIVERFRONT JAZZ FESTIVAL

2019 ARTIST LINEUP

FRIDAY
AUGUST 30, 2019

VISIT DALLAS JAZZ MAINSTAGE
ENCHANTING 
featuring TBAAL Youth Performers 
THE DALLAS HOT BAND
featuring SHAUN MARTIN and fifteen of Dallas' Best Jazz Artists
ERYKAH BADU

SATURDAY
AUGUST 31, 2019​

VISIT DALLAS JAZZ MAINSTAGE
RHONDA ROSS
RODNEY KENDRICK
AVERY SUNSHINE
BILAL
OLETA ADAMS
REMEMBERING JAZZ LEGEND NANCY WILSON
MIKE PHILLIPS, NESTOR TORRES
CASSANDRA WILSON
BLUES AND SOUL MAINSTAGE
AHYONZ BAND
featuring Kenya C
SIX BROTHERS ON SAX
featuring Keith Anderson, Tom Braxton, Mark Felton, Joseph Vincelli, Art Sherrod, Jr., Jason Davis
TITO PUENTE, Jr.
HIROSHIMA
JONATHAN BUTLER

SUNDAY
​SEPTEMBER 1, 2019

VISIT DALLAS JAZZ MAINSTAGE
THE DALLAS JAZZ COLLECTIVE
​ROY AYERS
LOOSE ENDS
FEATURING JANE EUGENE
WILL DOWNING
MEMBERS OF THE DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

with AMERICA'S ORIGINAL "DREAMGIRL" JENNIFER HOLLIDAY 
BLUES AND SOUL MAINSTAGE
​THE NASTY BRASS BAND
LEELA JAMES
RAHEEM DEVAUGHN
THE YELLOWJACKETS
BENNY GOLSON
EDDIE HENDERSON
NNENNA FREELON
There will be an artist Talk Back/Meet-and-Greet following selected performances from the Jazz and Blues/Soul Main Stages. Artists will sign products in TBAAL's Eva Jessye Gift Shop.

GET YOUR TICKETS TO THE 2019 RIVERFRONT JAZZ FESTIVAL

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<![CDATA[Atlanta Events- June 2019]]>Fri, 07 Jun 2019 21:28:32 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/atlanta-events-june-2019​JAZZ IN THE ALLEY
FREE TO THE PUBLIC
JUNE 22, 2019
NORCROSS, GA

All concerts begin at 7:30 PM

Grammy nominated guitarist, Rod Harris Jr.

FUTURE DATES
July 27th- Greg Robbins & Remey Williams
August 17th- The 4 Korners & YemiConga
September 28th- Unknown Lyric


'Defend The Flame' Record Release

Friday, June 21, 2019
9:15 PM

EDDIE'S ATTIC
515-B North McDonough St. 
Decatur, GA

FOR TICKETS:  GARETH ASHER AT EDDIE'S ATTIC

4th Annual Jazz Matters At The Wren’s Nest
Summer Concert Series

Relax, relate, release at the 4th Annual Jazz Matters At The Wren’s Nest summer concert series in Atlanta’s Historic West.  Enjoy musical performances, by regional, national and international artists, highlighting the diversity and cultural roots of jazz music, and musical genres influenced by it.
WEBSITE:  JAZZ MATTERS
JUNE 21, 2019  JAZZ, BLUES & BBQ – CHANDRA CURRELLEY, YONRICO SCOTT & THE BARRY REDMOND BAND
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Ticket Prices:
Advance Lawn Seating $25 / Gate $30
Advance Table Seating $300 / Gate $350
  • Rain or Shine Event
  • Bring your chairs or blankets
  • Food, beverages and small tables are allowed
  • No grills or large tables
  • We can only accept credit/debit cards at the Gate.  NO CASH
  • Gates open at 7:00p


​Affordable theater
June 9, 2019
Atlanta locations
Atlanta Fringe Festival includes 20 theater shows by “adventurous artists” at six venues, plus parties.Car-free streetsJune 9, 2019
multiple locations
You can walk, run, or bike down the middle of the road during Atlanta Streets Alive, which offers free entertainment and activities for all ages on three days.
  • April 7 - Peachtree Street
  • June 9 - Cross-city
  • Sept. 29 - Southwest

Peachtree Corners Festival
June 9, 2019
Peachtree Corners Festival [website has sound] features craft & food vendors, entertainment, live music, car shows both days, and kids’ activities. Free.

Scottish festival
June 9, 2019
Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games is about athletic games, bagpipes and drums, Scottish dancing, food, music, and historical demonstrations in Blairsville. No pets or alcohol.Free concerts in

Sandy Springs
June 9 - Sept. 8, 2019 (7 to 8:30 p.m.)
Concerts by the Springs are held on one Sunday a month at Heritage Green, 6110 Blue Stone Road. Bring food and drinks, or buy them onsite. Beach chairs and blankets are welcome. Free.

Atlanta attractions
June 9 - Sept. 30, 2019
multiple locations
These discount prices include all taxes and fees.
Free movies - parks
June 11 - Sept. 6, 2019
multiple locations
See free films outdoors at Georgia Movies in the Park in Canton, Cumming, and Dawsonville.
  • June 7 - Small Feet (Dawsonville: Lake)
  • June 8 - Ralph Breaks the Internet (Canton)
  • June 11 - The Lego Movie 2 (Cumming)
  • June 15 - Train Dragon: Hidden World (Woodstock)
  • June 25 - Aquaman (Cumming)

A surprising play about race
June 12 - 30, 2019
Can a racist who is thrust into an African-American family be changed and redeemed? Hands of Color “examines the issue of racism and how it is inevitably dismantled and unraveled in the face of pure love and innocence” at Synchronicity Theatre.Ticket deal $15

Free movies - Mableton
June 12 - July 24, 2019
See an outdoor movie at the Free Movie Series at Mable House Amphitheatre.
​Oliver
June 13 - 23, 2019
Oliver is a popular musical about a London orphan, based on the classic book Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta.Ticket deal $15 to $29

Free movies - Atlantic Station
June 13 - 27, 2019 (Thursdays 8 p.m.)
Atlanta city parks
Watch Movies in the District beginning at dusk (usually 8:30 p.m.). It’s best to arrive early with a blanket or lawn chair. Free.

Family puppet show
June 13 - July 28, 2019
True love prevails in this new version of Beauty and the Beast, which “hip-hops its way into a modern day city complete with alley cats, beauty shops, and exercise videos” at the Center for Puppetry Arts for age 4+.Ticket deal $12

The story of Pocahontas
June 13 - Sept. 1, 2019
Pocahontas is about to leave her beloved home in Virginia to begin a new chapter with her husband in England, in this play that “explores self-reflection and healing by reconnecting to one’s past” on the forest stage of Serenbe Playhouse in Chattahoochee Hills.Ticket deal $15

Garden party for adults
June 13 - Oct. 24, 2019 (Thurs. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
Cocktails in the Garden invites you to explore the garden each week as you stroll with a cocktail, hear live music, and play games at the
Atlanta Botanical Garden. Admission fee, cash bar.

Latin music
June 14, 2019 (8 p.m.)
Club Babalú features a vocalist backed by Frankie Quiñones and the Atlanta Salsa All-Stars, followed by a dance party at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.Ticket deal $10

African-American music & parade
June 14 - 16, 2019
Juneteenth is a free three-day music festival with vendors and children’s activities at Home Depot Backyard. On Saturday, a parade leaves Gordon Terrace SW at 10 a.m. and follows MLK Drive to the festival. The festival ends Sunday night with fireworks.

Short plays in Hapeville
June 14 - 23, 2019
Tapas IV: The Great Divide is a festival of 10-minute plays performed by the Academy Theatre at Hapeville Performing Arts Center.Ticket deal $13

Schoolhouse Rock
June 14 - 23, 2019
Your favorite campy childhood jingles like “Just a Bill” (video) and "Conjunction Junction" come to life during Schoolhouse Rock Live at Act1 Theater in Alpharetta.Ticket deal $15

Concerts in the Garden
June 14 - Aug. 25, 2019
See national acts at Concerts in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden. You can pre-order food on the website. The concerts on July 27 & Aug. 25 are in Gainesville.


Free concerts in Sandy Springs
June 14 - Sept. 27, 2019 (Fridays 6:30 p.m.)
Bring a blanket or lawn chair, food and drinks (except alcohol, which is sold onsite), and money for food trucks to City Green Live for free concerts on select Fridays.

Ghost Tours
June 14 - Sept. 28, 2019
Ghost Tours feature “Lawrenceville’s most interesting places and the stories behind its most bizarre events, hauntingly told with the charm and personality of a real Southern storyteller.” This 90-minute walking tour goes one mile and departs from Aurora Theatre.Ticket deal $6


​​Hip hop show
June 15, 2019
0.6 miles SW
Birthday Bash ATL will be held at State Farm Arena.

Summer beer festival
June 15, 2019 (4 to 8 p.m.)
1.7 miles NE
A ticket to Atlanta Summer Beer Fest includes samples of 200 kinds of beer, wine, and cider, with live music and food for sale at Historic Fourth Ward Park for age 21+.

Fried chicken festival
June 15, 2019 (12 to 6 p.m.)
2.5 miles NE
ATL Chicken + Beer Festival [formerly ATL CluckFest] promises the “best fried chicken dishes” from 25 restaurants at Piedmont Park. Your ticket includes three samples of 3 ounces each, and you also can purchase full servings.

Mississippi picnic
June 15, 2019
11.7 miles north
Mississippi in the Park has live music and authentic food (fried catfish, chicken nuggets, coleslaw, corn nuggets, hushpuppies, tea, and cake) at Chastain Park.

Blues concert
June 15, 2019 (7 p.m.)
16 miles SW
An Evening Under the Stars Blues Festival features Tucka, T.K. Soul, Lenny Williams, Nellie Tiger Travis, and Willie Clayton at Wolf Creek Amphitheater.Ticket deal on the lawn $59

Lantern parade
June 15, 2019
18 miles north
Attend a lantern-making workshop, or bring your own lantern, or just watch the Sandy Springs Lantern Parade, which goes from Steel Canyon Golf Club to Morgan Falls Overlook Park. People gather at 7:30 p.m. and the parade begins at 9 p.m. Free.

Caribbean festival
June 15, 2019 (1 to 8 p.m.)
31 miles SE
McDonough Caribbean Cultural Festival features live music, food, vendors, games, and a kids’ zone in Alexander Park. Free.

Women’s drama/comedy
June 15 - 29, 2019
7.6 miles NE
Nine women show up for a baby shower in the idyllic city of Morningside, each with her own secrets and emotional issues to resolve at OnStage Atlanta.Ticket deal $10 to $12

Concerts in Alpharetta parks
June 15 - Sept. 14, 2019 (Saturdays)
24.9 miles north
Bring a blanket and a picnic to hear “family-friendly performances by different Alpharetta based entertainment groups” at Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series. Free.

Father’s Day restaurants
June 16, 2019
Greater Atlanta
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Father’s Day.

Father’s Day tasting
June 16, 2019
0.9 miles south
Family Food Fest Atlanta offers food tasting and live R&B music at Georgia Railroad Freight Depot.

Father’s Day at the Zoo
June 16, 2019
4 miles NW
Dad enters free with any regular adult or child ticket purchase on Father’s Day at the Zoo at Zoo Atlanta.

Shakespeare for families
June 19, 2019
32 miles NE
Midsummer Jr. is a 45-minute version of the comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” performed by Atlanta Shakespeare Company with puppets, live music, and silly props at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.Ticket deal $5.50

Monthly family festival
June 20, 2019 (5 to 9 p.m.)
22 miles north
Alive in Roswell has live bands, food trucks, craft beer, vendors, kids’ games, entertainment, and socializing in three locations connected by a free trolley (on Canton Street, in Roswell Square, and behind city hall). Free.

Shakespeare comedy
June 20 - July 14, 2019
0.6 miles north
As You Like It is a romantic comedy of mischievous misunderstandings, pleasing poetry, and hilarious happenings at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.Ticket deal $8 to $19

Summer jazz
June 21, 2019 (8 to 11 p.m.)
3.9 miles SW
Hear great jazz once a month this summer during Jazz Matters at The Wren’s Nest.Ticket deal for lawn seating $13

Beach party in Decatur
June 21, 2019 (5 to 11 p.m.)
6 miles NE
The Decatur Beach Party [formerly Summer in the City] has 80 tons of sand on the street, kids’ activities, live music, food trucks, beer, and wine. Mostly free.
​Athens festival
June 21 - 23, 2019
70 miles NE
AthFest Music & Arts Festival has 50 musical acts, an artists’ market, a club crawl, and a KidsFest in Athens.

Tony Award for Best Play
June 21 - July 7, 2019
18.6 miles NW
A black family moves to the white side of Chicago in the classic 1950s drama “A Raisin in the Sun.” Now see the same family just prior to their move (in Act 1) and 50 years later (in Act 2) of the 2010 play Clybourne Park at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square.Ticket deal $19

Burlesque light show
June 22, 2019 (9 p.m.)
3 miles NE
Watch eight acts that all feature light in some way, including LED lights, black light, and fire, during Illicitly Illuminated at the Red Light Cafe for age 21+.Ticket deal $10

Canadian party
June 22, 2019 (noon)
16.3 miles north
Come celebrate Canada, eh? Atlanta Canada Fest features Canadian food, Canadian musicians, and street hockey for the kids at Meehan’s Public House in Sandy Springs. Children under age 16 are free.

Paddleboard race
June 23, 2019
20.7 miles north
Stand Up for the Hooch is a race that goes 2 and 6 miles on the Chattahoochee River from Morgan Falls Overlook Park in Sandy Springs. Free for spectators.

Uplifting musical
June 25 - 30, 2019
1 mile north
With incredible kindness, the people of Newfoundland welcomed 7,000 airline passengers stranded for days when all flights were grounded on 9/11. Come from Away “is a musical that changes you, heals old wounds, and lifts the spirit” at Fox Theatre.Ticket deal $30

French dinner & cooking class
June 28, 2019 (7 to 9:30 p.m.)
14.6 miles north
Begin with wine and appetizers, help the chef prepare dinner, and then dine with wine and dessert during the $90 Classic Cut Series: Parisian Steak Bistro at Vino Venue in Dunwoody.

Men vs. bulls in Gainvesville
June 28 - 29, 2019
53 miles NE
Watch talented bullfighters trying to win points by exhibiting style and control as they maneuver around and jump over bulls in the Bullfighters Only Southern Classic at Chicopee Woods Agriculture Center.Ticket deal $15 (VIP $25)

Patriotic concert
June 28 & 30, 2019
21 miles north
A choir and symphony perform patriotic classics at the Patriotic Celebration Concert at Roswell United Methodist Church. Free but get tickets in advance.

New classical music
June 29, 2019 (12 to 10 p.m.)
2.1 miles east
Watch six performances of “music that’s vibrant, engaging, and not yet widely known” at YInMn Atlanta [formerly New Music Festival], surrounded by visual art in Whitespace Gallery. Donation.
Hip hop
June 29, 2019 (8 p.m.)
12 miles north
Grammy winner Common performs his hit songs plus new selections with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the amphitheatre at Chastain Park.Ticket deal $56 to $64
Father’s Day at the Zoo
June 16, 2019
4 miles NW
Dad enters free with any regular adult or child ticket purchase on Father’s Day at the Zoo at Zoo Atlanta.

Shakespeare for families
June 19, 2019
32 miles NE
Midsummer Jr. is a 45-minute version of the comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” performed by Atlanta Shakespeare Company with puppets, live music, and silly props at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.Ticket deal $5.50

Monthly family festival
June 20, 2019 (5 to 9 p.m.)
22 miles north
Alive in Roswell has live bands, food trucks, craft beer, vendors, kids’ games, entertainment, and socializing in three locations connected by a free trolley (on Canton Street, in Roswell Square, and behind city hall). Free.

Shakespeare comedy
June 20 - July 14, 2019
0.6 miles north
As You Like It is a romantic comedy of mischievous misunderstandings, pleasing poetry, and hilarious happenings at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.Ticket deal $8 to $19

Summer jazz
June 21, 2019 (8 to 11 p.m.)
3.9 miles SW
Hear great jazz once a month this summer during Jazz Matters at The Wren’s Nest.Ticket deal for lawn seating $13

Beach party in Decatur
June 21, 2019 (5 to 11 p.m.)
6 miles NE
The Decatur Beach Party [formerly Summer in the City] has 80 tons of sand on the street, kids’ activities, live music, food trucks, beer, and wine. Mostly free.
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<![CDATA[Rhonda Ross (daughter of Diana Ross) speaks with When We Speak TV]]>Thu, 06 Jun 2019 04:15:00 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/rhonda-ross-daughter-of-diana-ross-speaks-with-when-we-speak-tvWritten by: Jermaine Sain
Back in September of 2018, I received an invitation to come to Dallas, Texas, for an event.  While planning my trip to Dallas, I got the bright idea to see if I could network with ANYONE in the Dallas area while in town. 
I'm always looking for creative was to network and since I'll be there....might as well take advantage of it.  While looking for things to do in the city, I found an event 
​called The Riverfront Jazz Festival, presented by The Black Academy of Arts and Letters.  If you know anything about me, then you know that I enjoy concerts and festivals.  Plus, the concert had a long list of artists the I enjoy, like Erykah Badu, Rahsaan Patterson, Rachelle Ferrell, Lalah Hathaway, and many more.  
​Then the idea came to me....why not see if you can obtain credentials to this event so that way you can meet some great people in the area plus have footage for your next video.  

Needless to say, we did just that and we had a blast but there was one person that I wanted to see perform that I didn't get to see because her performance was happening during the time of the event that I was in Dallas for.  That person was Rhonda Ross.  

FAST FORWARD

​After I left Dallas and was now back in Atlanta, it continued to bother me that I didn't get an opportunity to check out Rhonda's performance so I went on her website to see if she would be on tour any time soon and if so, would I be in any of the cities during that time.  Of course the first city I looked for was Atlanta but I didn't see anything.   Then I noticed that none of the other cities and dates matched with my schedule, so I was like "Oh well...maybe one day".
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Then, around maybe March of this year, I started looking up the artist for the Atlanta Jazz Festival, which we have now covered for the last 3 or 4 years, and to my surprise, Rhonda Ross and Rodney Kendrick was listed as one of the performers!  Immediately I was like, "Lord, this must be my opportunity"......then I was like forget this "I want to feature her on a segment of What Do YOU Speak?".

The month of April rolled around and I was going back and forth about reaching out to her because I was so afraid that she would say no.......but then finally I decided to put down my fears and reach out to her management.  To my surprise, she said YES!!!!!

I gave you that long story to say, don't allow your fears to hold you back from what may be one of the most life changing events in your life!  

I had so much fun speaking with Rhonda and she was so super cool and down to earth!  I feel so blessed for this opportunity and I hope that this interview inspires you!!!! 
What Do YOU Speak?

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<![CDATA[Grammy Nominated Guitarist, Rod Harris Jr To Perform In Norcross, Georgia]]>Tue, 04 Jun 2019 02:30:00 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/grammy-nominated-guitarist-rod-harris-jr-to-perform-in-norcross-georgiaIt's that time of the year again!  It's time for Jazz In The Alley, a free jazz concert held in Norcross Georgia.
The 2019 Jazz In The Alley has a full male line up that is guaranteed to keep you entertained, starting with Grammy nominated guitarist, Rod Harris Jr, on June 22, 2019. 
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ROD HARRIS JR:
Website:  rodharrisjr.com
Facebook:  RodHarrisJrLive
Instagram:  @rhjguitar

Held in historic Norcross, Georgia, (Betty Mauldin Park), Jazz In the Alley has an upward attendance of 1,000.  Did we mention that it's FREE?  That's RIGHT! Thanks to generous sponsors like the City of Norcross and Peachtree Awnings, so bring your entire family.

2019 Jazz In The Alley Artists LineUp

June 22nd- Rod Harris Jr
July 27th- Greg Robbins & Remey Williams
August 17th- The 4 Korners & YemiConga
September 28th- Unknown Lyric
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<![CDATA[4 Great Shows...7 Great Jazz Artists ...ALL FREE!]]>Tue, 28 May 2019 08:30:00 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/4-great-shows7-great-jazz-artists-all-freePicture
​Held in historic Norcross, Georgia, (Betty Mauldin Park), Jazz In the Alley has an upward attendance of 1,000.  Did we mention that it's FREE?  That's RIGHT! Thanks to generous sponsors like the City of Norcross, Peachtree Awnings, and Elite Behavioral Medicine, so bring your entire family.

2019 Jazz In The Alley Artists Lineup

​​June 22nd- Rod Harris Jr
July 27th- Greg Robbins & Remey Williams
August 17th- The 4 Korners & YemiConga
September 28th- Unknown Lyric

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<![CDATA[Percussionist Emrah Kotan: What Do YOU Speak?]]>Fri, 17 May 2019 17:30:00 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/percussionist-emrah-kotan-what-do-you-speakPicture
From:  emrahkotan.com
Emrah Kotan is a classically trained percussionist who came to the United States from his native Turkey and received a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University. His debut album, The New Anatolian Experience, is a collection of original compositions and arrangements that fuse world music and jazz, creating stylistically sophisticated vibes and a genuine model of personal artistic expression.

After playing some of the most renowned venues in the world such as the Istanbul Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival and The Blue Note in New York, Emrah is one of the most sought after musicians in the Atlanta music scene. His unique musical ability transcends many genres and cultures. He is involved in various musical projects, including his own, and is the drummer/percussionist for Grammy award winning artist, India.Arie.

​Aside from performing, Emrah is an enthusiastic music educator who has conducted master classes and has taught many students over the years, some of which who have been awarded music scholarships by the colleges of their choice. Emrah teaches students of all ages privately and is the Director of the Jazz and World Percussion Ensembles at Agnes Scott College. 
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<![CDATA["SUNDAY BEST" RETURNS FOR 9TH SEASON]]>Sat, 20 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/sunday-best-returns-for-9th-season

BET NETWORKS ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF ALL INSPIRING GOSPEL COMPETITION SERIES, “SUNDAY BEST,” FOR ITS NINTH SEASON

(NEW YORK, NY) – April 18, 2019 – After a four-year hiatus, America’s most inspirational singing competition, “Sunday Best,” makes its triumphant return to BET, as a new and improved Season 9 takes over Sunday nights beginning in June. The well-established gospel show welcomes back Grammy Award®-winning music legend Kirk Franklin as host, gospel songstress and host of "Get Up Mornings," Erica Campbell as a judge; and adds two Grammy-Award® nominated artists Kelly Price and Jonathan McReynolds as new additions to the panel. With a brand new stage and exciting themed challenges, this season will be the toughest one yet.

The new season kicks off with in-person auditions in front of the judges as they narrow the field from 20 to the top 10.  For the first time the contestants were able to use an online submissions process, after which the team lead a global search for this year’s contestants, leading up to the much-anticipated live auditions in Dallas, TX, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, and Detroit, MI, Lagos, Nigeriaand for the first time-ever London, England and Johannesburg, South Africa, which were open to select international contestants.

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment (BET Awards, The New Edition Story), will serve as executive producer of season nine of Sunday Best along with showrunner Josh Greenberg (The Sing-Off, Lip Sync Battle).  Dionne Harmon (The Bobby Brown Story, Hip Hop Squares) and Jeannae Rouzan–Clay (Dear Mama, Black Girls Rock!) and are co-executive producers.

For updates and more information about “SUNDAY BEST”, please visit BET.com/SundayBest. Join the conversation on social media by logging on to our social media platforms using the hashtag: #BETSundayBest.

“SUNDAY BEST” PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 30th ON BET IN THE U.S.A.
AND INTERNATIONALLY BEGINNING SUNDAY, JULY 7th
 


KIRK FRANKLIN  (Host)

​Since making his debut in the early 90s, Kirk Franklin has established himself as a trailblazer and icon in contemporary music. He first burst onto the world stage with Kirk Franklin & The Family, forever changing the look and sound of gospel music. Since then, Franklin has sold over 10 million albums worldwide and written and produced timeless, genre-bending music for himself and other artists earning numerous awards and accolades, including fourteen GRAMMY's and forty-three Stellar Awards. With a career spanning over 25 years, he continues to break new ground and make indelible contributions to popular music. Franklin will release his 13th studio album, LONG LIVE LOVE, on May 31st.  

ERICA CAMPBELL  (Judge)

​A 5x Grammy Award winner who has released two solo albums as well as seven albums with her sister as part of the dynamic duo “Mary Mary.” Erica Campbell has received numerous awards and accolades. Her debut solo album “Help”  topped the charts for several weeks and won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album as well as earned 8 Stellar Awards. Campbell recently released her first duet "All Of My Life," with music-producer husband Warryn Campbell. Erica continues to elevate as a multi-media star and is the host of the highly-rated nationally syndicated radio show "Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell” that can be heard weekdays 6am-10am EST in over 40 markets.

KELLY PRICE  (Judge)

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Kelly Price has forged her own career path in music, when she first earned the reputation as one of the industry’s most sought-after songwriters, before becoming a 9-timeGrammy-nominated artist in her own right. Her first two albums, Soul of a Woman and Mirror Mirror both went platinum and launched Price to R&B prominence. Proving versatile off the stage, Price has now pivoted to television, and stars as a series regular in BET’s hit series American Soul, recently picked up for season 2.  The project brought Price’s career full circle as “Soul Train” was the first national broadcast appearance of her career, and her first industry award when she took home the Soul Train Awards trophy for Best New Artist.


JONATHAN MCREYNOLDS  (Judge)

​A Dove Award-winning, 3-time GRAMMY® nominee, 8-time Stellar Award winning, NAACP Image Award nominee and Billboard Music Award nominated gospel singer-songwriter based in Chicago, IL. At just 29, Jonathan McReynolds has released three full length studio albums and one EP, holds a Masters in Theology from Moody Theological Seminary and is currently an adjunct member of the Columbia College faculty on top of his work as an official contributor to Huffington Post. He is also the founder of Elihu Nation, a nonprofit organization that promotes wisdom and recently awarded $30k in scholarships. He was recently named a new member of Mensa, an international high IQ society, as well. McReynolds also serves as an ambassador for Martin Guitars.

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ABOUT BET NETWORKS
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.
 
ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT
Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full service television and film production company founded by entertainment industry veteran Jesse Collins. For more than a decade, Collins has played an integral role in producing some of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. Collins has produced groundbreaking and award winning television programming including the BET Awards, the Grammy Awards, Soul Train Awards, BET Honors, UNCF An Evening of Stars, ABFF Awards and the BET Hip Hop Awards. Collins was an executive producer of the hit TV series, Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart, the critically-acclaimed The New Edition Story, a biopic on the boy band that aired as a 3-part mini-series on BET in January 2017, posted record ratings for the network and attracted nearly 30 million viewers. He is also the executive producer of VH1 shows Dear Mama and Hip Hop Squares with Ice Cube. He has appeared on the cover of Vibe magazine and has been featured in numerous publications including Billboard and Ebony magazine. Most recently JCE executive produced The Bobby Brown Story. The mini-series picked up where The New Edition Story mini-series left off and chronicled the talented but troubled singer’s exit from the popular ’80s boy band through his solo success. It debuted on BET in September 2018 ad was the highest rated non-tentpole program on the network since The New Edition Story. Next for JCE is the second season of American Soul on BET and Netflix’s upcoming series Rhythm and Flow.

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