Westland resident appears on ‘Say Yes to the Dress’

Stephanie Steinberg
The Detroit News

Friday’s episode of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” will feature Westland resident Maria Allen, 26, and her family and friends. Spoiler alert: Allen’s parents are pastors at Greater Life Apostolic Church in Detroit and do not approve of the rhinestoned sheer dress their daughter falls in love with. For the record, the dress has no competition with Allen’s fiance, Marcel Reed, who she met at church. (He played in the choir; she sang.) The dress decision comes down to a princess ball gown and mermaid-style wedding dress. Catch the episode at 9 p.m. to see if Team Princess or Team Mermaid wins — and if the parentals approve.

Beyoncé falls into ‘Formation’ to help Flint water crisis victims

Detroit is one of three cities on Beyoncé’s upcoming tour that will feature a “signature charity event,” the singer’s reps announced on Wednesday. The June 14 concert at Ford Field, part of Bey’s Formation World Tour, will include an event that will “serve as a celebration of the resourcefulness of the people of Flint and Detroit, Michigan,” according to a release. Details of the event were not immediately available. Beyoncé’s 24-date Formation tour launches next week in Miami and wraps with the Detroit concert.

Detroit producer to discuss child sexual abuse film

In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, “Bianca, Who Did This To You?” will be screened Thursday at the Main Art Theater in Royal Oak, followed by a Q&A with Detroit director and producer Randy Holloway. The film tells the true story of Bianca, who is sexually abused as a girl by members of her church. Debuting last year on the heels of “Spotlight,” the Academy-Award winning film about the Boston Globe’s investigation of child molestation by Catholic priests, Holloway says his film sheds light on the fact that Christian pastors are perpetrators of abuse, as well. “Everybody is painting priests as just the boogeyman, but no, it’s a lot of different denominations, a lot of different professional people, too,” he says. “That’s the one thing this movie does: It opens your eyes to the possibilities that a predator can be anyone, not just a guy dressed in black with the collar on.” The film is executive produced by Eric Rhymes and stars Qiana Davis, Asianae Weems and La’Kenya Luster, who portrays Bianca from her childhood to adult stages. “American Idol” season 13 finalist Malaya Watson of Southfield also sings original songs in the film. Tickets are $10, and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Meghan Trainor’s tour stops in Rochester Hills

Meghan Trainor’s Untouchable Tour will have a stop in Michigan this summer. The 2016 Best New Artist Grammy winner will perform at the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre in Rochester Hills on Aug. 8. Hailee Steinfeld, a singer and actress known for her Academy-nominated role as Mattie Ross in “True Grit,” will be the opener. (Her singing skills hit the big screen in “Pitch Perfect 2.”) The 26-city tour follows the release of Trainor’s second album, “Thank You,” on May 13. If interested, head to Ticketmaster when tickets go on sale April 29 at 10 a.m. Trainor’s Detroit debut at Saint Andrew’s Hall last year sold out to “All About That Bass” fans.


Thursday’s birthdays

Iggy Pop, 69

James Morrison, 62

Andie MacDowell, 58

Rob Riggle, 46

James McAvoy, 37