“Be Black, shine, aim high.”–Leontyne Price, legendary opera singer


Monday, October 12:



TV: The “Dancing With The Stars” contestants are burning up the dance floor and R&B singer/actor Mya is leading the pack. If you like to see celebrities stepping out of their comfort zone, tune-in. “Dancing With The Stars” appears at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC (check local listing)


TV: The emergency team of “Trauma,” co-starring Derek Luke, airs at 9:00 p.m. ET on NBC (check local listings)


TV: The grown and sexy JT appears on “The Jay Leno Show” at 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC (check local listings)


Tuesday, October 13:

Happy Birthday: Ashanti is 29 today! Go shorty, it’s your birthday!


Music: R&B Singer and survivor Mario releases his fourth studio album “D.N.A.” Mario is keeping it young and in the club with his new single “Break Up” featuring Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett. “D.N.A.” is in stores and online today.



The Cast of “Girlfriends”

DVD: Our beloved TV series “Girlfriends” in now available on DVD for endless viewing. “Girlfriends” Seasons 1 through 7 stretches over 23 discs. This is a great addition for your entertainment library. It’s also a great gift for your good, good girlfriend this holiday season. The “Girlfriends” DVD collection is in stores and online today.


TV: “DWTS” elimination show is on at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC (check local listings)


TV: “Sherri” starring the hilarious Sherri Shepherd airs at 10:00 p.m. ET on Lifetime Television (check local listings). Find out why it got such high ratings for it’s debut.




Wednesday, October 14:


History: In 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. became the youngest man in history to win the Nobel Peace Prize.


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Happy Birthday: R&B heartthrob, entrepreneur and humanitarian Usher turns 31 years old. Yeah!!!



Concert: “Let Love Rule” as rock star Lenny Kravitz gets soulful and sexy, live at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza at 8:00 p.m. ET in New York City. For more information: Livenation.com


TV: The legendary Dr. Bill Cosby appears on “The Jay Leno Show” at 10:00 p.m. (ET) on NBC (check local listings)


Thursday, October 15:


TV: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” are wrapping up the second season of drama, change and high ratings. Let’s see what happens next with NeNe, Lisa, Kim, Kandi and Sheree. The death of A.J. Jewel really through a buzz kill on the end of this very long season–that was realty. “The RHoA” appears at 10:00 p.m. on Bravo.

Live Blogging: Join the Editors of ESSENCE.com as we dish the dirt on the latest during the second showing of “The RHoA.” Check us out at 11:00 p.m. and get your chat on.


Artist Renee Cox in character

Exhibit: “Undercover: Performing and Transforming Black Female Identities” is showing at the Spelman College’s Museum of Fine Art. This compelling exhibition explores the tradition of Black women artists disguising themselves and other artists transforming their image into that of African American women. This multimedia show hosts the works of artists such as Lorna Simpson, Renee Cox, Kalup Linzy and Lyle Ashton Harris.  “Undercover” is on display until December 5, 2009 on the Spelman College campus in Atlanta, GA. For more information: www.spelman.edu/museum



Friday, October 16:


TV: “Ugly Betty,” with Ms. Vanessa Williams showing out as Wilhelmina Slater, airs at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC (check local listings)


TV: “Law & Order” is on at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC (check local listings)

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Film: An everyday guy takes justice into his own hands in “Law Abiding Citizen” starring Jamie Foxx. F. Gary Gray directed the thriller movie featuring actresses Viola Davis and Regina Hall. “Law Abiding Citizen” opens in theaters nationwide.


Film: The flavor, fever and fun of Blaxplotation are relived with “Black Dynamite.” Starring Jai Michael White (who also wrote the screenplay), Tommy Davidson, Arsenio Hall and others, “Dynamite” is a comedy and action flick that will make you laugh and talk back to the screen. “Black Dynamite” opens in limited release today.


Saturday, October 17:


Happy Birthday: The music man, Wyclef Jean is 37 today.


  Exhibit: See modern and realist portraits of The President of the United States and The First Lady in “Barack and Michelle Obama” by Kurt Kauper. The paintings are on view at Deitch Projects (76 Grand Street) in New York City until October 31, 2009. For more information: Deitch.com

* Look, listen and learn. There are lessons everywhere, if you are aware.