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Lil Wayne booking starts to answer arena critics

The five-year drumbeat to bring some acts of color to Intrust Bank Arena has delivered – and no less than hip-hop superstar Lil Wayne, who will top a June 11 bill including Trey Songz, Kid Ink, Ty Dolla $ign and Fetty Wap. So it appears we have an answer for a question asked in Opinion Line back in 2011: “What will come first – the sun going completely black or an act of color appearing at the arena?” Arena management SMG and Greg Williams of hip-hop station KDGS, Power 93.5, get credit for persistence on the issue and landing the June 11 “Power House Jam.” Meanwhile, rapper Waka Flocka Flame is scheduled for a Monday show at the Cotillion. But only strong box-office sales will prove to promoters that Wichita is more than a country town. – Rhonda Holman