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Entertainment entrepreneur: Curtis Givens, Jr.

by Writing by Design Media, Inc. staff

For 25 years, Curtis Givens, Jr. has been providing an entertainment outlet for urban and black professionals in Memphis. Givens is the owner and operator of LOVE, a social and entertainment venue, and the founder of the Can I Live Celebrity Weekend.

Courtesy photo of Curtis Givens, Jr.

Although COVID-19 impacted many restaurants and entertainment facilities in 2020, it did not impact Givens financial success. However, it gave him an opportunity to prepare for a new phase. With safety and health guidelines, the entertainment entrepreneur has made some changes to this year's events.

The 20th annual Can I l Live Celebrity Weekend has a line-up of activities starting Friday, July 16- Sat. July 18.

  • Friday, July 16 - Power 30 - a black tie event highlighting some of Memphis’ thriving business, government and community leaders. A few of the honorees are Ashley Dean, Superintendent Joria Ray, Sue Purnell, Judge Yolanda Kight Brown and Tennessee State Representative London Lamar.

  • Saturday, July 17 - All White Affair - an outdoor event on Mud Island in a safe environment with food, adult beverages, networking and dancing.

  • Sunday, July 18 - Sunday Brunch hosted by Duckie Confetti at Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

To learn more about events, visit

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